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February 28, 2018

High Tide Breakfast - Marine Room, La Jolla

The full moon always brings tidal extremes.   The high tide on Wednesday was nice +6.3, not the extreme of a super moon, but enough that the tide was at eye-level while enjoying the High Tide Breakfast at La Jolla’s Marine Room.
High Tide Dinner from the web

The La Jolla Shores Hotel and Restaurant, the La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club, the Marine Room are collectively known as ‘The Shores’.  Just north of The Shores is the public park and Scripps Pier.

The Marine Room is noted as an elegant (very high-end) spot for dinner, with lobster on the menu every Sunday and Monday evening.  But on the mornings of the full moon a 4-course breakfast buffet is offered.  The local seafood lovers like to eat here too, when the opportunity arises:
From the Marine Room Face Book page

I would not have paid $55 for breakfast on my own, but I was invited to join with the employees of the company where I still work part-time.  I know I should be retired, but with perks like this I really don’t mind going in a few days a week.  A shot in front of the Marine Room of Mike and I with John photo-bombing in the back ground.   We three have been together for nearly 4 decades.

From the entrance the buffet looks awesome.

Up close it looks even better.  Lots of meat and cheese selections with breads and bagels, eggs benedict,

The omelet bar had 4 burners going to keep up with the demand, with Chef Bernard, himself, photo-bombing my omelet.

The fruit selections were on the dessert bar.  Some of the best ever watermelon, along with pineapple, and other fruits.  Hoang and I really made a dent in the mixed berry bowl.  We both skipped the pastries,but I was told they were indeed good.

The real reason to be at the Marine Room is for the high tides, with the waves slapping against the window panes.  During our visit it was a beautiful calm day, although the waves did slap our window they did not come crashing against it.

Here’s a picture of the breakfast bunch; from left:
Hoang – who knows all the best Pho places in San Diego.  He’s also been with us for about 40 years.
Dave – the CEO out from our New Jersey corporate office.  I’m next to Dave.
Mike – the man in charge of the San Diego office
Steve – the newbee, he’s only been here for a little over 10 years
John – this is our 6th company and more than a few trips to San Felipe together

I’m sure the reason we’re all together and why an east-coast company keeps us is the chemistry.  We really work well together, I like to call our group a ‘center of excellence’ as we are pretty good at what we do.

A gotcha, at least for me, is the Marine Room’s dress code which is business casual, “jackets and ties for men are not required but appropriate.  [They] do not permit beach or active wear in the dining room (including t-shirts, shorts, flip-flops, etc.)”  I had to buy a pair of shoes! and pants!  No Keens; no cargo shorts …. at least not in the Marine Room.  My new shoes did not show up in any of the pics!

 Kono’s Cafe in PB is a fine choice for any mortal and beach attire is preferred.


our awesome travels said...

Loots like a great bunch that you work with, the Breakfast buffet looks amazing, for $55.00 nice to have somebody else foot the bill.

Jeff Pierce said...

It is a great bunch of co-workers and we are all friends as well. Little perks, like the breakfast, do help hold our bonds.

ck said...

What a handsome, handsome group of guys! Luv you all......

Jeff Pierce said...

Thanks ck! and we're a pretty good group of friends too

Gaelyn said...

Missed the new shoes. Breakfast looks good but way too much $$. Do the high tide waves slap the windows on purpose or because the ocean is rising?

Jeff Pierce said...

It's on 'porpoise', the windows are set for a +6 foot tide - basically a full moon. The storm surge in 1942 and again in 1982 broke through and flooded the place. Perhaps the next break is coming up in a few years.

heyduke50 said...

Wow, what a cool spot for breakfast - too bad a guy on my budget won't ever get the opportunity to have the $55 breakfast!!!

Jeff Pierce said...

For sure John it is a splurge, glad for the opportunity to do it once anyway.