Food & Drink

Slow-cooked pork belly & so much tequila

Viva Bar and Kitchen in the Gaslamp Quarter of San Diego.

Because traveling all over Latin America & Spain would be expensive (and potentially dangerous), taste a bunch of destinations conveniently in one Gaslamp location: Viva Bar and Kitchen, with a lengthy list of $11-and-under shareable plates that tour your tastebuds through Spain, Mexico, Cuba, Peru, and Puerto Rico

Ensalada Pulpo Asado is a Mexican dish that pretty much translates to you mowing down a bunch of grilled baby octopi mixed with arugala, garbanzos, red onion & cotija with a grappa vinaigrette

This Cochinita Pibil consists of braised pork belly with queso fresco and pickled red onion on a bed of rice -- also what happens if you're lovingly spooning Condoleezza.

Their Spanish-inspired Paella is made with Bilboa sausage, scallops, mussels, carrots, and peas topped off with a shrimp duo that looks like they were caught in the midst of a heated battle for king of the mountain. Which is crazy, because shrimp don't live on mountains

They're also mixing up cocktails like this Viva Sunrise (Patron, lemonade, OJ, and grenadine) from their collection of tequilas on display. They're well on their way to their stated goal having over 100 different labels in their collection. It's important to have goals

The Spiced Banana isn't an Urban Dictionary entry for an STD... it's this tropical concoction of Captain Morgan, banana schnapps, and cola

If you're feeling something a little more old-fashioned, try... this Maker's Old Fashioned

Finish things off with a plate of creamy, caramel-covered house-made flan, because you didn't want to be skinny enough to fit on an airplane, anyway.

Viva Bar and Kitchen in the Gaslamp Quarter of San Diego.
Ensalada Pulpo Asado at Viva Bar and Kitchen in the Gaslamp Quarter of San Diego.
Viva Bar and Kitchen in the Gaslamp Quarter of San Diego.
Cochinita Pibil Pork Belly at Viva Bar and Kitchen in the Gaslamp Quarter of San Diego.
Viva Bar and Kitchen in the Gaslamp Quarter of San Diego.
Paella at Viva Bar and Kitchen in the Gaslamp Quarter of San Diego.
Viva Bar and Kitchen in the Gaslamp Quarter of San Diego.
Viva Sunrise and a shot in front of their tequila display at Viva Bar and Kitchen in the Gaslamp District of San Diego.
The Spiced Banana at Viva Bar and Kitchen in the Gaslamp Quarter of San Diego.
The Makers Old Fashioned at Viva Bar and Kitchen in the Gaslamp Quarter of San Diego.
Flan at Viva Bar and Kitchen in the Gaslamp Quarter of San Diego.