On Sunday, I had a secret date.
Jake decided to surprise me by planning a little something and not telling me what we were doing.
Me. Pre-date. Since I don’t know what’s happening I kept asking questions. “Am I dressed okay? Do we have to be there at a certain time? I thought we were leaving soon?”
Etc., etc., etc.
While Jake prepped, I wasn’t allowed in the kitchen so I just sat around and took a selfie (see above) and listened to music on my phone while I waited. Then we were finally off!
We headed west on 94 and then got on the 15 south.
At this point I deduced we were going to Coronado!
And I was right. On a clear day, Jake says that this particular view from this part of the bridge is his very favorite view in San Diego.
I thought we were going to Ferry Landing but then we went a little bit past it and ended up going to the beach just a ways down.
We didn’t know it, but there’s a parking lot for this part of the beach that we walked through. Here’s Jake setting up. He got the chair ready for me. As he worked, I was “forced” to face the pretty vista before me.
Hello, San Diego!
We only saw a little bit of the sunset since it was quite cloudy but it was gorgeous anyway.
I took photos of the skyline and of other people taking selfies. Hah! We also noticed there were a TON of people out with tripods and fancy cameras. Turns out they were a photography club and they were practicing doing long exposure photography over the bay.
Jake’s appetizers were now ready for us, all plated and lovely! He used some garlic Ritz crackers, some sharp cheddar cheese, peppered salami, roasted walnuts and honey. How sweet is that?
The next course was a “build your own sandwich” course that we planned earlier since I was recently sent coupons for Oroweat® Bread. This was the only part that I got to plan and I created these delicious “Single Decker” Club Sandwiches.
I used Oatnut Oroweat® bread as the base of my sandwich. The oatnut bread uses walnuts and hazelnuts and is made with whole white wheat. You get the benefit of whole grains with yummy nuts in each slice! Sneaking nuts into my bread is 100% okay with me.
Along with my crazy nut bread I had slices of a fresh heirloom tomato. I go through phases where I have a love/hate relationship with tomatoes but in the summer time we’re always friends. That’s the time of year when tomatoes are peaked and delicious and you can get lovely things like heirlooms which taste like REAL tomatoes and not that weird slightly red kinda pink tomatoes they try to pass off as real in the winter time.
I’m not a big believer in “stuffed to the brim” sandwiches so mine has a few slices of roasted Tuscan (aka herbs) turkey and a few slices of honey ham (both made by Boar’s Head to elevate the deliciousness).
For cheese, I choose another Boar’s Head product: a nice hickory smoked Gruyere cheese. It had a light smoky flavor but was not too overpowering (sometimes sharp cheese likes to kick you in the teeth, you know – the Gruyere was a nice, mellow change from my usual choice of sharp cheddar).
The sandwich is then completed with my tomatoes, a little bit of leafy green, and a tiny smear of mayonnaise and mustard. Club sandwiches are usually that whole three-bread-slices thing but I didn’t want to bother.
Besides, I can never fit those sandwiches in my mouth very well, though I do love them so…
Single Decker Club Sandwich Glory. Not a bad backdrop, either.
Also I’m highly in favor of putting potato chips directly into your sandwich. But I do it one chip at a time. Less risk for soggy chips that way.
After one bite I realized I had forgotten a very important ingredient.
God, how could I have forgotten the bacon?! The bacon is really what elevates a sandwich to the next level. Instead of just being a “boring” turkey and ham sandwich, we have a CLUB sandwich instead.
Don’t be like me. Don’t forget that bacon!
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And now back to the secret date…
Our sandwiches were greatly enjoyed while watching the sun set and bounce lights off the buildings. My oatty nut bread was left untoasted and turned out to be even more delightful than I thought it would be. Am I a non-toasted bread convert now? Let’s not get ahead of ourselves here, but this sandwich may make me think twice about toasting in the future.
I forgot to do one of those silly selfies of us sprawled out on the beach, so there’s this instead!
After sandwiches, Jake make me avert my eyes again and created this fun little plate of chocolate goodies, including a chocolate covered graham cracker, chocolate covered Bavarian pretzel, some almond and rice krispies chocolate pieces and acai berries covered in chocolate.
Jake was hoping we could hear a bit of the Summer Pops concert from across the bay (which was playing music for Looney Tunes cartoons) but we could only hear bits here and there. The wind killed a lot of the sound but I didn’t really mind. I had a wonderful time just watching the skyline light up before our eyes and to enjoy some quality time with Jake.
My secret date also involved a PRESENT (chocolate is a present you can eat, if you ask me, but this one was also well received by yours truly). Maya is here modeling with my present which was a Doctor Who TARDIS which doubles as a Yahtzee game!
Maya was not too pleased with this modeling gig but I am very, very pleased with my new present.
Secret dates, man. I’m such a spoiled girl.
Disclaimer: I received coupons and a gift card for the Oroweat® bread featured in this post. The coupons for product redemption, information, and gift card have been provided by Oroweat® Bread so that I could try the product and share my thoughts and information about Oroweat®. The opinions expressed in this post are my own and do not reflect the opinions of Oroweat® Bread. And yes, Jake really did plan this entire outing.