december nights


Mary is a San Diego native and has been a food blogger for 11+ years. She is an avid reader, a lover of puppies, and loves trying new food. Foods she loves: sweets, peanut butter, pasta, Triscuit crackers with cream cheese, and extra nuts on top of her sundaes. Food she dislikes: pickles, really spicy food, runny eggs, olives, and too much arugula.

8 Responses

  1. Marla says:

    The parking permit is the bomb, right? This was my first December Nights! I volunteer at the Fleet and was “working” 5 to 9 and when I went out to wander at 9 what a madhouse! Next year I’ll come early so I can check out the food in peace. The little international houses look interesting!

    • mary says:

      The parking permit is the BEST. I doubt I’d want to go without it. Parking seemed to crazy pants otherwise. I knew it would be insane once it got dark and that I would be unhappy haha. I love the little houses but that area gets pretty crazy. But it’s fun to see all the different types of food available.

  2. Had no idea you could go before 5! This explains why some of the food was already sold out at 5. Will definitely go earlier next year. Luckily we live walking distance so don’t have to deal with parking but the crowds…eesh.

    • mary says:

      Yup! It opens at 12pm though not everything is open yet. Museums are not free until 5pm. Lucky you’re within walking distance! I know it gets insane at night.

  3. I was so happy to see this post Mary! I really liked seeing what I missed. We haven’t been to a December NIghts since 2006. It was called Christmas on the Prado back then.

    A few things – great picture of T and Jake! Very nice! Also, the “Nutrageous” stick looked awesome! TC would love that! The fried meatballs looked good too (nice angles on the sticks). Spanish VIllage looked so cute with all the decorations. It was cool to see everything in the daylight as well. We’d always gone at night.

    • mary says:

      I’m glad someone appreciates this even though the event is over haha. I missed not seeing all of the lights at night, but by the time we left it was getting so busy and crowded that in glad we left early.

  4. I’ve only seen this event at night so it’s nice to see what things look like with sun! I’ve avoided it the last few years because of the crowds! If I’m off Friday next year, I’ll go during the daytime too!

    I’m surprised Mangia Mangia served their lollipops directly in the marinara sauce! These don’t look as good as I remembered… I did a huge review on their deli which apparently closed about 4 months ago *boo hoo*. And pupusas! I have 75% of a post written for a yummy place we visited recently. I might have to try homemade because of all the leftover corn masa from the tamale making party. I bet you’d have good ideas for fillers! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • mary says:

      Hi Lynn! This was my first time seeing it in the sun, too, haha. It’s slightly less appealing, but less crowds are more appealing if you ask me! Normally we would avoid it, too, but Jake’s mom working the event encouraged us to go ๐Ÿ™‚

      Yeah, I think the meatballs would be better with the sauce on the side… but maybe they figured it was much easier to serve it this way so they don’t have to buy containers for the sauce. That’s what I figured. Pupusas are so yummy! I’m totally behind reading your blog but I’ll be interested to read about your pupusa adventure! ๐Ÿ™‚

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