August’s Celebration of Traditions

Yes, we missed another date last month. We missed our July date to hangout with Tiffany’s aunt and cousins who were in town from Taiwan. In an attempt to catch up on our dates, we decided to combine our May date with our August date. The May date was supposed to be a trip to the USS Midway Museum followed by lunch at Tacos El Gordo. Since the August date is our traditional anniversary dinner at Sushi Ota, we decided to go the the USS Midway Museum before dinner.


2 tickets to USS Midway Museum [May]
Cash for tacos (Tiffany is still sad she didn’t get to try their awesome tacos) [May]
Dinner at Sushi Ota


$36 for 2 tickets [bought online]
Cost of dinner

The Plan:

Visit the USS Midway Museum, then have our anniversary dinner at Sushi Ota.

USS Midway Museum
910 North Harbor Drive
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 544-9600

Even though we’ve lived in San Diego for most of our lives, neither of us have been to the USS Midway Museum. There are numerous exhibits and different activities to explore and experience aboard the ship. From the inner workings of the engine room, living quarters of the sailors, to the flight deck and hangar bay lined with restored planes and flight simulators, there was a lot to see. Unfortunately, we didn’t get to see everything because we arrived late in the afternoon, unaware of the 5PM closing time. It was a fun experience and hopefully we’ll get to go back some day.


  • Get a map from the information desk. The museum is very big with lots of exhibits. Don’t get lost!
  • Watch where you’re going. Aircraft carriers aren’t designed for comfort, so watch your head and don’t trip when going through narrow doorways. Also, some stairs are quite steep.

Sushi Ota
4529 Mission Bay Drive
San Diego, CA 92109
(858) 270-5670

Sushi Ota is one of the best sushi restaurants that we’ve tried in San Diego. Tiffany thinks Kaito Sushi is better, but I think it’s a tie. Sushi Ota is pricey, but worth it for the great service and how good the food is.

We sat at the sushi bar, and chef Mickey was very friendly and helpful. Food was awesome as always. We tried a lot of different things and allowed ourselves to splurge a bit, since it was our anniversary. Toro (fatty tuna) melted in our mouths and the salmon belly was super fatty and flavorful. Uni (sea urchin) was sweet and delicious [this place has the best uni I’ve had anywhere]. It’s even better than the fresh ones at farmers markets because they clean it better.

Chef Mickey even treated us to free ice cream when he learned it was our wedding anniversary. Sweet!


  • This place gets busy so reserve a few weeks in advance to be safe. I went there without a reservation once, and waited almost 2 hours to get a seat.
  • If you aren’t sure what to order, try to sit at the sushi bar and ask the chef for recommendations. The sushi chefs are very friendly and they’ll help you figure out what you like.


Previous Months:

January’s Stroll Around Coronado
February’s Casual At-Home Game Night
March’s Stroll Down Memory Lane
April’s Venture to the Market
June’s Visit to the Garden

Next Month:

September’s Harvest of Apples