At long last, the gods saw fit to end our search and, around a corner, there it was - daisies growing wild and the ocean - and the fog was lifting. There were a few cars parked there and I'm sure people wondered at us, cavorting about with cameras, taking pictures gleefully ( future blog posts ) and trying ( not successfully ) to capture seagulls in flight.
All that activity worked up an appetite and I decided we should visit one of my favorite restaurants and one Jo had not eaten at in several years. In the days before my job loss,
Nick's at Rockaway Beach was a spot I frequented. It was about halfway between my home and Terra Nova High School which Alex and Jeremy attended and, any time we ate there, we were always waited on by their classmates. Now they've been out of school so long, no one from their era remains but the wait staff are still Terra Nova students are Pacifica old timers. The restaurant, with its adjoining motel, sits just a few feet back from the ocean and it is especially fun on a stormy day when waves crash against the sea wall.
It was actually a very calm ocean day - this is the same area where I got those wild ocean pictures during that big winter storm this past January, if you remember my blog post from back then.
Opened in 1927, Nick's, operated by a Greek family, has an incredible menu of wonderful dishes, excelling in seafood items and is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Jo, who is totally obsessed with Belgian waffles ordered them today and declared them supreme among all she has eaten. I, of course, chose what I normally always eat, their famous fresh Dungeness crab sandwich, with tomato and avocado. They serve it on grilled sourdough bread and it is fabulous. I always have their eggplant french fries to go with it.
Dungeness crab sandwich ( fresh ) with tomatoes & avocado on sourdough bread
Joanne Olivieri, is my dear friend, blogger, fellow poet, photographer, mentor, and jazz lover -we met five years ago when I attended my first Sony Holland concert. She was a personal assistant for this fabulous jazz diva and Jo and I have been friends ever since. It's funny how things happen in your life. It was Jo who helped me get started in blogging and, without her help, I would probably never would have gotten "Life's Journey" published. She is a treasure. We share a lot of secrets that throw us into a frenzy of laughter.
This mango colado looked good but my budget did not allow me to indulge this time.
A portion of Nick's great menu
The interior of Nick's
I did splurge on a glass of the house chardonnay!
We had a wonderful few hours together before returning to our computers and the weekend tasks ahead of us.