Travel: San Diego

Come follow Jared and I on our trip to San Diego, CA! I recap all the places we visited, the food we ate, and what I enjoyed best.

Happy Sunday friends! If you follow me on Instagram you know that Jared and I took a short road trip to San Diego this past week! I was actually born in San Diego, my dad was stationed there when he was in the navy and we lived there until I was four. It was such a pleasure to escape the desert for a few days and soak up the amazing ocean views and beaches of San Diego. Not to mention some incredible food! I thought I’d share some photos along with the places we visited on our little trip. Have you ever been to San Diego? What were your favorite spots?

03-WebAfter we checked into our hotel the first place we visited was The Baked Bear. We got into town early afternoon and wanted a sweet treat to hold us over until our 8pm dinner reservation. The Baked Bear is an ice cream sandwich shop, and since I wrote an entire cookbook about ice cream sandwiches I HAD to see what it was all about.


01-WebIt was so cute and fun to pick out my ice cream sandwich cookies and ice cream, I got chocolate chip cookie + brownie + chocolate ice cream. It was all pretty basic but the beach is literally around the corner and there’s nothing quite like enjoying an ice cream sandwich at the beach.

06-WebNot a bad view while indulging in an over-the-top dessert. The weather was absolutely perfect the entire time we were there. Not quite warm enough to swim but just cool enough not to get sweaty and gross.


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09-WEbOur next stop was Point Loma where we visited the Cabrillo National Monument and the Old Point Loma Lighthouse.

10-WebWe actually had no clue what Point Loma was all about, we just heard it was a cool SD destination and popped it into Google Maps and decided to be surprised.

11-WebI was a little nervous for a few minutes because you basically have to drive up a mountain through a Navy base to get to the tourist part. I thought we were going to get in trouble. But then we came across a park toll station and knew that if we were being charged $5 we must be in the right place.

12 WebThis monument honors Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, the first European to set foot on what is now the west coast of the U.S. I can’t imagine what California must’ve looked like with no congested highways or smog!

21-webWe got to visit this neat little lighthouse which was filled with preserved rooms with antique items showcasing the kind of life the lighthouse family lived back in 1800s. Let’s just say there was definitely no food blogs or Pinterest to pass the time.

13-WebYou can’t beat the view from up here. It was fun to see all the sail boats pass and there were a few helicopters swirling around the sky the entire time we were there.



22-WebWe still had quite a bit of time before our dinner reservation so we decided to visit Sunset Cliffs which was absolutely gorgeous and probably my favorite part of our trip.

23-WebThere were a handful of other people exploring the cliffs, which had a big staircase that allowed you to descend the cliffs to get down to the rocky beach.

24-webThough you can’t really see it, there were a bunch of amazing surfers taking advantage of the gorgeous waves.

28-WebJared took this really funny cheesy picture of me walking towards him.

30-WebWe managed to climb down to those slippery rocks where that awesome dog is hanging out in this photo. It was beautiful down there. There were a few little tide pools with some crazy cool urchins and other pointy creatures.


32-WebIf you’re ever in San Diego and haven’t already been here, you seriously have to come! Especially around sunset because as the name implies, it’s awe inspiring and so relaxing.

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That night we ate dinner at Cucina Urbana which was scrumptious, I would definitely recommend the place but be sure to make reservations. It was busy!

48-Web The next morning we started our day with a trip to Balboa Park which is a fascinating place. I wish Arizona had something similar, it’s so fun to just spend the day walking around the beautiful grounds and taking in all the splendor of the various museums. We actually saw a guitar exhibit at the Science Center which was pretty fascinating. As a full-time guitarist Jared especially enjoyed it. I had no idea there was so much to know about guitars.

49-WebAfter lunch at Las Cuatro Milpas (we waited in a line out the door for some authentic Mexican food there!) we headed to Scripps Park in La Jolla which was just stunning.

50-webLiving in a desert, the sight of the ocean is nothing short of magnificent. You can’t beat the adorable seals, too, even if they did absolutely stink! Don’t they have the cutest little faces?


54-WebMeet my new squirrel BFF, who was hanging out at the park and not at all afraid of humans. He was so stinkin’ adorable and I think I took more photos of him than anything else on our trip. We don’t have squirrels in Phoenix!

That night we had an incredible dinner at Bankers Hill Bar + Restaurant. Seriously, so delicious and the ambiance and service were wonderful. We shared some highly addictive truffle fires and I got an incredibly tender steak that was mouthwatering. Before leaving to head back to Phoenix the next morning we had breakfast at The Mission Restaurant where I went all out and ordered cinnamon bread French toast and a side of bacon and rosemary smashed potatoes. Amazing.

Have you gone on any fun trips recently?

7 Responses to “Travel: San Diego”

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    Gerry @ Foodness Gracious — February 23, 2014 at 9:09 am

    I love SD, soundsike you both had an awesome time. Another crazy good place for breakfast in La Jolla is Brockton Villa..catch it next time πŸ™‚

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      Tessa — February 23, 2014 at 10:03 pm

      Thanks for the recommendation!

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    Diane @ Vintage Zest — February 23, 2014 at 1:40 pm

    I don’t live too far away, but it has been a long time since we’ve been down that way. Always spectacular! πŸ™‚

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      Tessa — February 23, 2014 at 10:03 pm

      Lucky you!!

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    Leah — February 25, 2014 at 7:09 am

    Aww, thanks for posting this! I grew up in SD (til we moved when I was 13). Miss it sooo much! Gonna be pinning lots of these pics!

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      Tessa — February 25, 2014 at 10:03 pm

      I’m so happy this post could conjure up some happy memories of your time in SD. Thanks for pinning πŸ™‚

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    Michelle — February 27, 2014 at 9:02 am

    San Diego is our favorite vacation destination and I’m going in March for Spring Break! Thank you for your suggestions on some new places to eat. Can’t wait to check them out!! Your pictures make me miss the each so much!! Thank you for sharing them!!

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