Made a quick weekend trip to San Diego with Jenny!
More info after the jump!
San Diego is a beautiful beach city about a 2 hour drive from LA that basically borders Mexico at the southernmost tip of California. While it still very much has a city feel, it is much more slower paced than LA and is full of fun activities and great food. I was lucky to visit there very often over the past 10 years, but recently I haven’t been going nearly as much so this was a really nice treat.
On the way down to SD, Jenny and I stopped in Huntington Beach to Coffee for 2 (website/Instagram). It’s a newer coffee spot under an apartment complex so the location is fairly unassuming. The interior is very cutely decorated though (so hip!) and their drinks and food were even better. Everything we had from the coffee to the matcha to the waffle to the avocado toast was really great quality. I also talked to a couple of regulars (who apparently owned a coffee shop in Orange that I used to go to in college) who really love this place which is always a great sign of a really quality eatery.
We then drove (in tons of traffic) to SD to visit our old college roommate, Kim, and her daughter, Margot! Stopped by my favorite pizza spot, Bronx Pizza, for dinner. They have huge NY style slices and my favorite is their whitestone (ricotta).
We decided to call it early for the night and stayed at the Hilton Garden Inn that overlooked the water. Since we couldn’t see anything at night when we arrived, it was a nice pleasant view to wake up to (even though it was gloomy).
We planned to get brunch with Daniel and had the absolute worst luck. We wanted to go to Herringbone but it ended up being closed for a couple of days. Then we wanted to go to Madison but someone reserved the entire space. We ended up randomly yelping a spot and found Pardon My French Bar & Kitchen. It had a weird sort of vibe at first (the inside felt like a club but then they also had a super chill patio) but the food was actually really good (absolutely loved their croissants and pain au chocolat) and everyone working there (esp our server) was super, super fun.
Daniel left to go a Tacos & Tequila festival (how fun & SD, right?), so Jenny and I met up with my hometown friend, Christine! First stop was to one of my favorite places in SD: Extraordinary Desserts. There are 2 locations (both in SD) and we went to the one on Banker’s Hill (which I prefer) which is in a converted house and is more of a cafe setting. They have a ton of delicious cakes and baked goods along with tea. What is better than that?? We got my 3 favorite sweets there: Viking (chocolate cake), Banana Cream Pie, and Cheesecake.
After tea, we headed to Mission Bay to walk along the water, enjoy the beautiful weather, and catch up. It ended up being a really beautiful day.
Before heading home, we made one last stop to Sushi Ota, which was highly recommended by just about everyone. I don’t know how I’ve never actually been before but I finally made it over this time. The sushi was phenomenal. I can’t wait to go back. And being there was literally like being in Japan!
Being in SD always makes me feel really happy so I can’t wait to go back again to relax and eat more good food to share with all of you! Be sure to check out the vlog!