San Diego is home to the Poinsettia Bowl a most entertaining event is the Battle of the Bands.  Boise State and Northern Illinois University marched and played band instruments up and down 5th Avenue in Gaslamp until they met at the crucial intersection of 5th and Market. People crowded around to hear both bands square off while swaying to the music and watching the color guard twirl flags.

Tempura squash blossoms

Tempura squash blossoms

We had the best seats for the performance, outside and under a heat lamp at Blue Point Coastal Cuisine.  It was hard to stay in the chair as the symbolic whistle blew signaling drumlines, shiny tubas and cheerleaders to parade by the restaurant.  Fanny Bay oysters, tempura squash blossoms filled with blue crabmeat and Angus NY steak kept calling me back to my seat.

NY steak in peppercorn sauce

NY steak in peppercorn sauce