A few days after I arrived here in Irvine one of my friends, Josh from Sydney, landed to attend the same conference and has now decided to stick around for awhile to set up a PhD here in California. Last week we decided to go down to Newport Beach just to get away and have lunch.
Since he arrived, Josh had been walking pretty much everywhere. Walking from his hotel to the campus every day during the conference which was 7 miles away and took him an hour and 20 minutes. Looking at a map the distance between my friend's hotel and Newport Beach didn't look too far, but we first choice to catch a bus rather than walking it. Unfortunately, we found out that buses don't go through the area on a Sundays, so we ended up walking.
An hour and a half later we finally arrived at Newport Beach. Our legs were killing us and we were quite dehydrated, but we decided to walk along the water before finding somewhere to eat. We got to the pier and the weather was strange, it was sunny but over the water there was a thick coat of mist. We ended up walking down to pier to have a look out over the water and at the beach so find that right at the end there was a resturant.
After a round of much needed and definitely well earned water we ordered some food and drinks.
Fish and Chips ($14 US)
Josh ordered himself some fish and chips and a local beer. The fish was called Mahi mahi, a species which I had never heard of, after looking it up on the net I found out that its also known as a common dolphinfish, and was served with a beer batter. The fries were crisp and crunchy and were served with a coleslaw and tartar sauce.
Lobster Tacos ($18 US)
I decided to binge a bit with some lobster. Crumbed slipper lobster was served with lettuce, cabbage, pico de gallo, cotija cheese and sonora sauce. They were an excellent lobster fix, the combination of all the ingredients went together extraordinarily well and the lobster will still juicy with a light bite to it. The tacos were served with coloured corn chips that really brought some colour to the plate and black beans, which was the first time I've ever had black beans. I also tried Pepsi for the first time in the US here as well, and its so much better then it is in Australia, I think it in Australia sickening sweet, but its quite nice here.
The restaurant was really cool, it was decked out with surf boards along the building and had a really casual and laid back atmosphere. It felt very Californian. And just before our lunch was served there was a California Sea Lion (we think it was) sighted out in the water about 60m from the pier.