Good morning! I hope you all had a great weekend.
We are officially in operation pack-the-house-for-an-upcoming-move mode, so our weekend wasn’t filled with anything you’d want to read about. Yup. The secret’s out … we’re moving! Destination? Wouldn’t we all like to know. I’ll be sharing where as soon as it’s a definite answer, but it’s happening pretty quickly.
Until then, I thought it would be fun to dive back into covering our recent visit to California.
San Diego Weekend Snapshots
Our (last) Saturday morning started with a stroll downstairs to Little Italy’s Farmer’s Market. Scott and I were on the lookout for a hot cup of coffee and breakfast and BOOM there it was! Literally.
We looked out the front door of our friends’ apartment lobby, and it was right in front of us. Nice, right? Little Italy is so beautiful.
We used to frequent Farmer’s Markets often while living in Orlando. They always have the best produce and freshest flowers. Any morning starting with views like these is a great one.
Most of the produce stands had an impressive collection of exotic fruits I’d never seen before. Have you ever tried a cherimoya? It’s best described as a mix between a banana, pear, and pineapple with watermelon-like seeds.
After a breakfast of overnight oats (that stand was awesome) and our fair share of samples, we finished our journey down the local tents with a homemade guava juice and a cherimoya to split. It was all really good!
One thing I happily passed on, however, was the sea urchins. They were making seafood ceviche and serving them in those pointy little suckers. To each their own I suppose …
Something you shouldn’t pass up is a sample of the made-to-order crème brûlées …
The guy making and selling them is from Paris, France and also very nice. We sampled almost every flavor and bought three different brûlées. They were all extraordinary.
Our friend, Joel, met us downstairs with his bulldog, Rosie, and joined us for a while before we headed back in. The skies weren’t blue, but it still felt beautiful out. It’s a bummer that we didn’t pick a better week of weather to visit!
Before we flew out to the west coast, I made plans to meet up with one of my best blogging buddies, Gina. She ended up subbing a barre class we originally planned to take together, and it was so fun to see her on the mic and in action. She was tough, but encouraging!
Our friend Jess joined in on the sweat sesh, too. I met her last year at the IDEA World Fitness Convention and was excited to catch up with her. We both agreed that no matter how much you feel like you are in shape, there’s nothing that prepares you for that barre burn when you’ve escaped it for a bit. #ohmyquad
Jess had to get back home, but Gina and I spent the afternoon chatting away on the way to brunch with the guys. Her husband, Tom, met us with their two precious daughters and put our names in for a ridiculous, 2-hour wait at Snooze in Hillcrest.
Hillcrest is a cute part of San Diego. We didn’t stay long, but I can tell you there is a strip of hipster shops and restaurants that takes an incredible amount of patience to park. We took our wait time at Snooze like champs and congregated outside of a healthy and delicious looking cafe next door called Lemonade.
You order by portions, and we purchased a few items to split along with a chocolate hazelnut macaron.
Liv loved the macaron. I can’t blame her.
By the time Scott arrived (and parked), we finally got our table at Snooze. It’s a great retro-designed environment, and I couldn’t get enough of the 90s hip-hop playlist going on. Oh … and the food?
Dreamy. Our friend, Joel, met us after work and split that beast of a cinnamon roll pancake you see on the left. (What?) I ordered a veggie loaded omelet with potato hash and toast which was perfect. And, of course, mimosas.
Eventually, the restaurant closed and we had to say our goodbyes. Scott, Joel, and I bounced around different areas of San Diego (he’s a great tour guide!), and we finished our night watching a UFC fight at Society in Pacific Beach.
Unfortunately, I caught a nasty bug on our trip and felt it coming in full force the next day en route to Los Angeles! Scott was in charge of taking the majority of the photos, and I’ll be back to share more from our day in LA soon.
More snapshots from our time in San Diego include escaping the storms (unfortunately, no bikini-wearing took place whatsoever) …
Getting my acai bowl fix …
Spending time with our friend, Kylee, when I wasn’t coughing up a lung inside of their apartment …
Sushi and tapas at The Joint in Ocean Beach with Kylee, Joel, Gina, and Tom …
And visiting the San Diego Zoo!
I’ll be back to share more on that this week. All in all, we had a fabulous time. Even though it rained and stormed while we were in San Diego (<- when does that ever happen in SoCal? You might recall the answer is any time I visit California.), we made the best of our sunny days.
Questions of the Morning
• Does it ever rain every time you visit a specific area?
• What is your favorite sushi roll?
Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to enjoy the fresh sushi on this trip. My stomach was all out of whack from being sick, so I ended up surviving on salads, toast, and sweet potato fries. Normally, I like anything with shrimp and a kick of spice. The Mexican roll might be my fave!