Whew, y’all ready for a lengthy post? I promise there will be lots of pretty pictures, LOTS of food (aka donuts) and some fun times. I’ve cut these posts into two, and will also have YouTube videos up soon in case you’re more interested in finding out more that way. Okay, enough blabbing, time to go!
So, the trip started on Wednesday, August 30th. I went into work until noon, came home to finish packing (mind you, I literally just moved OUT of my apartment the night before, so my stuff was everywhere) and then got to the plane station (heh) for our flight. Of course, yo girl had an ALMOST anxiety attack as soon as we got into the air, but with lots of coaxing from Ben, I made it through the quick and harmless 3.5 hour flight.
We arrived in San Diego around 7:30 pm PST, headed to our Air BnB and then out to visit our first food location, Barrio Star.
After some food, margs & AMAZING service at Barrio Star, we walked back to our Air BnB and passed out.
We woke up really early (aka 5 am) on Thursday, so we did a few things around the place (which was super cute by the way) and headed to our reservation at Great Maple.
As you can see, we got quite a bit of stuff! I got their “Pickle Mary” which was really good and then Ben and I shared their specialty – maple bacon donuts. OMG SO GOOD. I also had vegan hash and Ben had brisket hash (I think?), but they were all out-shown by the donuts!
After “breakfast,” we walked to a nearby Trader Joe’s, grabbed some food we could make/take with us places and then stopped by a super cute coffee shop to get me some caffeine.
One thing we noticed in San Diego was everyone was SO nice and helpful – servers and just random locals on the street.
After (or maybe before?) the coffee, Ben and I passed by this cute little wall where you could write in something you want to do “Before you die” which I took full advantage of and wrote in “Work for Myself.”
Ben is becoming a very good blogger photographer, by the way. 😉
We got an Uber back to our place … so here’s a few pics of that before I forget! There was a hammock in the back that we took full advantage of as well, which is where the cute pic is taken.
The best part about the place, though, was the location. We were right near Little Italy, close to the Gaslamp District (but not TOO close) and the neighborhood was super cute and safe.
A little later in the day, we took the ferry over to Coronado Island for the rest of the day.
The island was super cute, so we hung out on the beach and walked around before heading back to get dinner.
Dinner was at Bencotto, a little Italian place in Little Italy. Our food was really good (appetizers and wine were the best IMO) and our server was outstanding. We sat outside enjoying our food and company, before walking back to our place.
On our way back, I convinced Ben to stop quickly at Queenstown Public House for a quick drink because I just wasn’t ready to go home yet (mind you – we had been eating at SUPER grandma/grandpa times because we were still stuck on central time).
So, Friday marked one year since Ben and I met *in person* for our first date back on Sept. 1, 2016 so we definitely made the day a celebration.
We were up early and headed to the airport to get our rental car before driving off to Torrey Pines for a hike.
Besides seeing the biggest spider I’ve ever seen, we had a great time (no pics because I was running away quick AF, let’s be honest.)
After Torrey Pines, we stopped in quick at In n’ Out because Ben’s never had it and I lovvvvvve it. Unfortunately it did not love me, and I was pretty sick the rest of the afternoon.
Once we got my stomach under control, we hit up the Cabrillo National Monument and tide pools.
(P.S. You still with me? I told you there were a lot of photos!)
Once we were through with that, we were pooped and sweaty and sticky, so we headed back to our Air BnB for showers, a quick rest and then got ready for our dinner out. Initially we had planned a fancy anniversary dinner, but then realized that just wasn’t “us” and instead went to a more chill outdoor place called Indigo Grill.
Ben looked super handsome BTW, but we didn’t get any pictures together … of course. He got steak, I got fish (and a couple of drinks) before heading home to hang out in the hammock. Perfect anniversary night.
So, I’ll switch over this post soon since we were only in San Diego in the morning before heading to Laguna Beach, BUT I can’t NOT tell you guys about Donut Bar.
I may or may not have went a bit overboard with the donuts and donut pics.
And then we died. KIDDING. There’ll be another post on Tuesday wrapping up my trip 🙂
Whew, thanks for getting through it, but I think travel posts are the most fun! We loved San Diego and the rest of the trip wasn’t as jampacked, so stick around for those blog posts!
Have you ever been to San Diego?