Ray and I recently got the opportunity to travel out to San Diego where we got to spend some time with family, check out the San Diego Zoo, and road trip up to LA.
We were lucky with the weather we received when we were in town; bright & sunny in the mid 70’s! I’d spend the mornings on the rooftop, soaking up as much vitamin D as I could get. I used to live in San Diego when I was younger, but trips to downtown wasn’t often and being able to stay in this part of town on this trip was interesting. Staying at Andaz San Diego was such a treat! The staff were friendly, there were complimentary drinks and snacks in the room, and I was a huge fan of the rooftop. I even got to squeeze in a work out.
Since we were downtown, it was only natural that we do lunch at Seaport Village — another favorite spot that my family always visited. We ate at the Harbor House, which happens to be my parents’ first date spot 🙂
Ray got to meet more of my family while we stayed in San Diego! Our trip was short but we really tried to squeeze in time to see everyone. It was nice to be surrounded by my family & getting to eat Filipino food!
We spent one of the afternoons at the San Diego Zoo! It was so nostalgic being there; my family once carried annual passes to the zoo and we’d spend a majority of our weekends gazing at the animals. It was fun getting to take Ray for his first visit! We got to see our favorite animals — in fact, we got to see all the animals!
A visit to San Diego isn’t complete without a stop at La Jolla. Ray and I drove out to watch the sunset and to see the sea lions! La Jolla is truly breath-taking and is my favorite beach.
We were flying home through LAX so we left San Diego and made a few stops before we had to fly back home. Stopped by Irvine Spectrum for a few but because of traffic we didn’t spend too much time there. I forget how awful traffic could be in California. We grabbed lunch at Phorage and was lucky enough to catch Perry! Right before we got on the plane we walked lunch off around the Venice Canals.
It may have been a quick trip but any time in San Diego is worth it! Thanks to my family for working with our quick schedules — I’m already missing them!
Other Stops We Made Along The Way
Cafe 21 was a block away from our hotel — they serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as cocktails n the freshest ways possible! They’re gluten-free and organic. I ordered eggs benedict!
It seemed as though we were in the middle of breakfast heaven! Breakfast Republic‘s menu was incredible! I have a thing for eggs benedict so I ordered that as an entree. Ray and I split the pancake sampler (your choice of 3 different pancakes from their selections of about 9 pancakes!), we weren’t expecting the sampler to be this big!
My family has frequented this restaurant since we lived in San Diego. Manila Sunset bibingkas are our favorite!
Honey & Butter
It was just by coincidence that I realized that Honey & Butter was in Irvine Spectrum. I had seen their macarons across Facebook & IG as they were gaining popularity from their creatures macarons!
I’m particular when it comes to Vera Bradley prints but I’m obsessed with Havana Rose! Thanks to my Vera Bradley fam for sending this Vera Tote out just in time for my trip!
Hi! I'm Mariel, a twenty-something working & living in Manhattan. I blog about my admiration of style & beauty, my journey to staying fit, and my adventures in the city & abroad! - xo, MM