Our weekend in San Diego

San Diego is definitely one of our favorite places to visit. It’s just such a beautiful city with incredible weather and delicious food! There’s been a lot of craziness and mis-matched schedule situations for B and I so we decided we were in need of a mini-getaway. This past weekend we drove ourselves to SD for an overnight trip.

We normally pick AirBnB for our stays because it’s cheaper and we are rarely ever there other than to sleep, but sweet hubs booked us a lovely little hotel close to Little Italy (our favorite little nook in SD).

We arrived around lunch time and went straight to Herb & Eatery after drooling over the Yelp pics. The restaurant is also a little mini store that sells drinks and kitchen goods. We both loved the fun decor and all the light that came in from the windows despite the grayish day.

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We ordered the curry chicken salad and the SD turkey. The curry chicken salad had just a hint of curry-enough to flavor, but nothing strong. The SD turkey was a solid turkey sandwich with the sprouts and the hearty bread! If we lived here I have a feeling we’d be coming here more often then not…

Afterwards we walked around a bit and then headed to our hotel. Hubby had also booked us massages so we dropped off our things, explored the hotel a bit, and headed out. I look so tired here!

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Post massage we were both so relaxed and exhausted so we tried taking a nap. I was on and off mostly because the same weekend we were here there was an EDM concert AND twitchcon. It was a bit noisy from outside the hotel, but lots of excitement and lots of people!

Post nap we left on HGTV and got ready to head out to dinner. We had decided ahead of time to just walk there. It was a 40 minute walk, but it was a lovely day and figured it would fuel our appetite. The walk was a little sketch for a few minutes, but we made it to Cucina Urbana with some time to kill.

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Our reservations were for 6:45pm, but we got seated probably closer to 7pm so we had some time to sit and look at the menu. It was restaurant week in SD too so the larger crowd may have been due to that. We were fine with it because it gave us time to ooo and ahh over the inside of the restaurant and people watch.

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By the time we got our table we knew exactly what we wanted and ordered the chicken liver pate, roasted cauliflower, and for our main got the pappardelle with short rib.

The chicken liver pate had barolo soaked fig on it and came with different kinds of bread. I am super happy about the fig situation because I am not much of a liver person and this pate definitely had an iron-y flavor. Even though this was not my favorite dish of the night it was one of those things you could tell was done really well and was good quality.

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Then they brought out the cauliflower which was dressed with fennel, pine nuts, golden raisins, mint and yogurt. My first bite was a bit sweet, but after that I got some salty goodness from the pine nuts possibly? It was a really incredible dish that gave you all the mouth feels.

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When the pappardelle came out with the short rib, mushroom, carrots, and topped with parm it looked like comfort in a bowl. It tasted like a Sunday roast but made better with the house made pasta.

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We both left full and happy and walked back 40 minutes to let the food settle and ponder our dessert options.

After perusing through some spots we went back to a classic and a favorite-Salt & Straw. I got the child’s scoop of cookie dough in a cup and B got a split scoop with the cookie dough and another flavor in a cone.

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We walked around with our ice-cream and then headed back to the hotel so I could change into comfier walking shoes. We were going to walk to Gaslamp, but after getting into the coziness of our hotel we both decided we’d rather just stay in and relax so instead we went and checked out the firepit/bar/outside balcony area of our hotel and sat around talking until we were both a little chilly and ready for some tele and bed!

On Sunday we woke up to sunnier skies and decided to do a quick workout and enjoy the free breakfast before heading back home. We literally had the quickest workout ever and headed to breakfast which was conveniently right next to the gym.

I had some eggs, spinach, and this biscuit which made the whole meal! I also have this thing for hotel waffles so I had to try this one. I will say it wasn’t the best, but it was okay. I think I may just enjoy the waffles where they give you the batter and you make it in the waffle maker yourself?

We showered and headed out to the Donut Bar before leaving SD. We had visited Donut Bar a few years ago and I remember loving it. We got the pumpkin with cream cheese icing, birthday cake, Boston cream (it was the favorite of the girl who was helping us), a nutella, and the creme brulee.

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Instead of just grabbing and going like we normally would we decided to try out a couple…we went for the pumpkin which was SO good. It was pumpkin spice flavored and the icing mellowed it all out with a good dose of sweetness. The creme brulee that we tried afterwards seemed underwhelming in comparison.

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The donuts here remind me a lot of the brioche type donuts we had in Maui when we went. They aren’t light, but dense and chewy for a yeasty donut.

We kept the rest for later that night and drove home. We had some errands to run in the form of grocery shopping so we did that, some laundry, and then prepped for our week ahead.

When we were ready to grab dinner we decided on Burger IM and ordered what ended up being a lot of food. We got their duo burgers, chili garlic wings, and their half and half side option of sweet potato fries and their special Burger IM fries which we had seasoned with Cajun seasoning.

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We got basic cheese burgers for our duos and they were like mini burgers (bigger than sliders, but smaller than a regular burger). These were just tasty cheeseburgers. We had no complaints!

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The wings were saucy, garlicky, and kinda sweet. They had great flavor! The fries were my biggest surprise. I didn’t think I would like the disc shaped potatoes as much as I did, bu they did a great job at keeping the outside crispy and inside fluffy. They were also a good thickness.

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We went for a really long 2 hour walk after dinner and when we came back we were ready for something sweet. Lucky for us we had some donuts left! The Boston cream had the same vanilla cream as the creme brulee and was again a bit underwhelming. The birthday cake was sweet and pretty close up there with the pumpkin for me. The nutella was also delicious, but I do wish there was more nutella on the donut.

We spend the rest of the night watching football and HGTV on Hulu until we got too tired and headed to bed!

We had a really great weekend of hanging out and eats! Have you been to SD? What’s your favorite place to go when you’re there? Let me know in the comments!

Coronado

Good morning!

On a Tuesday morning I headed out with a friend and co-worker to the last session of our leadership conference. I don’t know if you remember, but for the session in April and June hubby was able to come along. Sadly, this time around he had work and couldn’t make it. I was bummed, but super grateful I didn’t have to make the trip alone!

I was excited to have the opportunity to finish the program, but also sad that it would be the last time we would be coming. It was a really great conference and I learned a lot about leadership and myself.

While in Coronado, we made the most of it and had some yummy food.

The first night we went to Maretalia. It’s a lovely Italian joint on the Island and we walked to it. The walk felt long since we were all hungry, but once we got there we were in carb heaven!

After sitting down we were offered bread and a lovely gentleman came around with the bread choices. There was no choice for me other than the big fluffy slices of focaccia. The bread was salty and soft and served with softened butter in a pool of olive oil with a piece of roasted garlic on top. I could eat that bread everyday for the rest of my life!

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I ordered the shrimp campanelle and boy was this good! The shrimp were perfectly cooked and there were tomatoes that added brightness and acidity. I asked for some parm on top which added a nice flavor and depth. The pasta was cooked al dente and I am sitting here drooling thinking about this dish.

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By the time we left the sun was starting to set and our walk home was much easier with the carbs in our belly. We were all tired from our day of traveling and conferencing that we headed back to the hotel to settle in and get some rest.

I had a hard time sleeping-always do without hubby-but I finally gave up, woke up a little earlier than planned and headed to the gym.

As much as I enjoyed the conference it was a lot of sitting and I am not used to that much sitting. The morning workouts gave me life and helped with the restlessness that sitting for long periods causes me to have.

After conference we made dinner plans and walked to another spot on the island-Miguel’s. I had been craving tacos and tortilla chips and queso and had gotten many recommendations for this place. It was another 30 minute walk to this place (we passed Maretalia on the way).

Once we arrived we were seated and served warm chips, salsa, and queso. The chips were salty and crispy, the queso was creamy, and the salsa was bright. It was really difficult to stop eating them.

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The server was really nice and let us know we could order two different kinds of tacos so we could try more than one. I ordered a swordfish taco and a ahi tuna taco. The swordfish was grilled and flavorful and served in a soft corn tortilla. The ahi tuna was seared and chopped up and served in a hard taco shell.

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If I am being completely honest, I ate most of the ahi tuna taco and half of the swordfish taco. I ended up eating the rest of the swordfish, but not the whole taco. It was served with rice and beans and I think I took one small bite of each, but was too full to bother even trying to eat anymore.

We walked to Hotel Del Coronado and saw these incredible sand castles. I think there had to have been a competition of some sort. We ended up unintentionally taking the long way home so it was a long walk, but we didn’t mind. We were fueled with yummy food and beautiful weather.

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After the conference Thursday we headed back home. I was super excited to see hubby, but by the time I got back he was still at work. I did come home to this which was so sweet. He is honestly the best husband ever!

We ended up going out to sushi that night at Sushi Hachi. We ordered some edamame and a few rolls. We both really enjoyed these and they were on the fresher end of the spectrum rather than the fried or cooked rolls we sometimes get. I feel like this might turn into one of our regular sushi spots 🙂

Have you guys been to any of these places in Coronado? Let me know in the comments!

San Diego Round 2

I don’t know if you guys remember/know, but I had made a trip to sunny SD in April for a leadership conference. It’s a 3 part conference and part 2 was in June.

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My view from the conference

Hubs and I drove up there Tuesday and had some delicious eats and treats when I wasn’t at the conference.

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For lunch before the conference we went to Big Thyme and ordered a reuben sandwich and salad to share. The hubs loved this salad so much that he ended up going back the next day and getting one for lunch!

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Yes, that is watermelon in our salad and it was actually pretty wonderful! I’m not a big fan of fruit in my salads, but maybe I am??

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Night one, some friends, the hubs, and I went to Barbusa. I was hungry and luckily were able to get seated immediately. We ordered some apps to share: arancini, cheese bread, and burrata.

The hubs and I shared a salad and this salmon dish!

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Afterwards we walked around Little Italy and fell in love with the delicious smells of pizza and pasta and the sweet stores that lined the streets.

I’m guessing we must have been on an Italian food kick because for dinner the next night we went to Isola Pizza Bar. Obviously we had to get the margherita pizza, but for our apps we got the shrimp and polenta along with a roasted veggie dish that was listed under the salads.

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I was intrigued by the dessert menu and while hubs got gelato I got a tiramisu…it was pretty delicious!

After a morning of conferencing the next day we drove home. It was a fun trip and even though I didn’t get too many pictures of everything seeing the ones I did take gives me the warm fuzzies 🙂

I hope you all have such a great weekend! We have family coming in today for some fun celebrations this weekend and I am so looking forward to it!

What’s your favorite Italian food? Have you been to Little Italy in SD?

San Diego Livin’

I had a conference I needed to attend in SD and hubs came along to chill and study!

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I really tried to be present and mindful during the three days and two nights we were here. I didn’t want to be focused on getting a decent pic that I missed the scenery, so to speak.

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Or miss cute little guys like this walking around…

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That being said I did get some snaps of our date night and other random meals.

The first thing we ate in SD was this sandwich. It was a reuben and although it was delicious I couldn’t finish my half! I was so nervous about the conference. I’m definitely one of those people that if I’m nervous I can’t eat!

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That night we went out to dinner with some of my fellow conference goers. I didn’t get any pics of our grilled octopus or surf n’turf, but it was yummy. Instead I enjoyed the conversation and savored the ambiance.

I had breakfast at the conference. Pretty basic dish of potatoes, scrambled eggs, fruit. I had green juice and coffee. #allthebevs

The 2nd day was 8 hours and we were fed lunch here. It was Mexican fare and pretty good. I snagged a couple of desserts for hubs and I for later!

We got to have a sweet little date night at Sear Sucker.

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We started with the beef tartare which was a first for both of us. It was flavorful and meaty. It was served with potato chips. The chips added an incredible crunch to contrast the smoother texture of the meat.

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For our main we shared the short rib and we ordered Brussels and fries as our sides. It was a pretty incredible meal!

We walked around Gaslamp and enjoyed the lights and sounds.

The next day was our last day of conference. I enjoyed the same breakfast.

By the time I was done, B had packed up. I changed into some comfy joggers and we headed out to LA!

Before getting back on the road we decided to stop for lunch at Meze. It’s a pretty highly rated spot on Yelp.

We ordered this shrimp dish that was flambeed tableside. It was one of my most favorite dishes I have had at a Mediterranean spot.

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We also had the cilantro jalapeno hummus. You guys, this hummus was incredible. It is the best hummus ever!

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Our main was a combo plate with shrimp, beef, and lamb.

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Needless to say we were full, but still needed dessert.

We stopped by a nearby ice-cream spot and shared a cup of some cold and creamy deliciousness. We got the Abuelito and birthday cake.

The Abuelito was like a chocolatey cinnamon flavor and it was delicious!

We hit up a Costco for gas and headed home after this! We spend the rest of the day unpacking and getting ready for our upcoming work week and Philly/NY trips!

Thanks for coming along you guys! What are some of your favorite spots in SD?