San Diego is one of my fave beach cities--it's big enough to have that big city feel, but small enough that it still has that je ne sais quo that you only get from quirky beach towns. It was my fourth time in San Diego and I thought I would document my trip for those needing a quick getaway weekend guide!
We left for San Diego the day after my oral surgery (my two bottom wisdom teeth were removed), and the doctor told me to stay home and take it easy after my surgery because I had a bit of a complicated situation. My bottom teeth were impacted and they were both very deep & close to the sensory nerve (I had to sign a couple documents stating the risks of potentially losing feeling in my tongue, lips, and chin). I was actually supposed to get these babies out years ago, but I kept postponing and postponing it... Well, I got it done, but I was not going to miss out on San Diego!
Now, about 2.5 weeks from surgery, I am feeling better. I still have some pain and I still have holes in my mouth, but I am healing and it will take a little bit of time for my mouth to be back to normal. Anyway, enough about this, and MORE ABOUT SAN DIEGO!
*All outfits linked at the bottom!*
Where we stayed:
- We stayed at the Sheraton on Harbor Island (super close to the airport). The room had a gorgeous view of the harbor and overall, the hotel was nice! Some things were a little outdated, but it was clean and the beds were super comfy. Honestly, I am pretty low maintenance--all I require are clean and good-smelling rooms. Parker thinks my clean standard is unachievable. I admit that I am a clean freak, but I don't think my standard is unachievable--Ritz & St. Regis have always met the standard! LOLOLOL 😉
Where we ate:
- Barbusa--modern Sicilian food right in the heart of Little Italy and the atmosphere is great (they have an Italian farmhouse vibe and Italian celebrity portraits hanging on the walls)! Because I am obsessed with anything truffles, I had the Funghi e Tartufo (basically truffle risotto) which was to die for! Plus, given my wisdom tooth situation, it was super easy to eat. Though I was on antibiotics, I also tried a house cocktail (not recommended by the doctor LOL), but it was one of the best cocktails I've ever had! I don't remember what it was called, but here is a picture of it! It was super refreshing and just delicious overall!
- iDessert By Jean Phillippe--such a unique twist to the ice cream sundae! Being from Vegas, we are familiar with Jean Phillippe sweets, but this was nothing like we had ever encountered! This treat was one of the best to ever hit my tastebuds, that's for sure. If you have a sweet tooth, you don't want to miss this yummy & creative place!
- Café Gratitude (twice)--this was my mom's favorite! We are fans of the farm-to-table & all-organic food concept, but this place only serves Vegan food, which I have to say surprisingly good! Being a meat-eater, I don't really gravitate toward places that limit my carnivore instincts; however, I didn't even care that I didn't have any meat! HAHA Everything was super tasty! I had an almond milk cappuccino and the "I am Liberated" (Raw Pesto Kelp Noodles)--everything here is about showing gratitude, so you order from the many using positive affirmations (cool concept & very Californian LOL). I stuffed my face and finished everything on my plate! I highly recommend for breakfast and/or lunch!
- Herb & Wood--one of the highest rated restaurants in San Diego, which we happened to randomly stumble upon. There was a 45 minute wait, but it didn't disappoint. It was super chic and hopping on a Saturday night! Everything was absolutely delicious! Like, everything. The drinks. The food. The dessert. Unfortunately, I don't have many pics from our dinner because I wasn't feeling too well due to my surgery, but--trust me--you don't want to miss this delicious place.
- Moniker General--this is where we waited to be seated for Breakfast Republic--their coffee was absolutely delicious and they have cute & tasty finger foods! Because we had a 1.5 hour wait for Breakfast Republic, we got a couple things to hold us over until brunch. The coffee was amazing (I had a cappuccino) and they had the yummiest hummus and bruschetta.
- Breakfast Republic--I LOVE breakfast/brunch foods, so this CA chain was right. up. my alley. It was SO delicious that I just kept ordering and ordering and ordering. I started off with the flight of health shots (probably to make myself feel better for all the eggs and pancakes I was about to ingest). Honestly, the picture speaks for itself (wish I had gotten more photos, but I was too busy stuffing my face). If you love breakfast food, you don't want miss this place. *The only weird thing was how close the bathroom was to the kitchen. Also, there was constantly a line to the restroom--men & women and patrons & employees all use the same one stall.*
- Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens--this was my dad's choice, and I have to say it did not disappoint! We thought the only Stone restaurant was at the factory in Escondido so, my dad being that Stone IPA fan that he is, was absolutely giddy when he found out here was one so close to where web were staying! Everything here was delicious but I absolutely loved the bone marrow and steak tartare (basically raw meat) appetizer. I ate two...honestly, sometimes I think I am a vampire... It was JUST THAT DELICIOUS.
What we did:
- Balboa Park--such a great place for walking around; lots of museums and parks. It's the biggest urban park in the United States, so this is a must-see if you go to San Diego. Lots of picturesque areas too! The Spanish Village (within the park) has the cutest little shops and wall art. Definitely worth exploring if you are in San Diego!
- San Diego Zoo--the zoo is located within Balboa Park and is a MUST SEE in San Diego. I've never been to San Diego without visiting the zoo; it's one of the best zoos in the world and y'all know how much I love animals, so this probably doesn't come as a surprise to anyone. But, really, if you get the opportunity, visit the ZOO! It's also so reasonably-priced. Overall, I highly recommend!
- La Jolla--oh my goodness! This is one of of my favorite places in the world. La Jolla Cove is just so unbelievably beautiful. I love coming here to spend time with the sea lions, especially as the sun is setting. They have the cutest little shops and restaurants, but my favorite place is definitely La Jolla Cove! I was a little bummed at how popular it has gotten over the years (it used to be a kind of hidden gem; now it was p.a.c.k.e.d.), but it was still so beautiful to be there. *Fun fact: Dr. Seuss lived in San Diego for a large part of his life and it is believed that the tree in The Lorax was inspired by the tree in the La Jolla Cove park.*
- Coronado Island--another iconic place in San Diego. Hotel del Coronado is a must-see. They've got yummy food and cute shops to explore, and you can't miss the opportunity to take a couple pics on the grounds. The island is also really fun place to walk around--they have really cute shops and store fronts.