San Diego Won Me Over

My cousin moved there for college and never looked back, but I never loved San Diego like everyone else. Until now. Until I went with the perfect companion, sharing drinks and food, meeting people, holing up in the cozy hotel, and exploring by foot or scooter. We barely made a dent and I can’t wait to go back!


After the long drive home from LAX, we got nachos at our favorite spot. Then we proceeded to game night with my friends and Social for a couple of drinks and late night In N Out.


First stop: Brewbies Fest in Oceanside with local beers poured by the vendors rather than volunteers. We met plenty of passionate people and got a good buzz.

We stopped over in Miramar/Beeramar to check out my favorite brewery, Pure Project. We chatted with a couple next to us who are doing long distance.

We checked into our hotel, napped, and got pizza delivered. I love using Postmates and eating on the hotel bed because it feels like such a glutonous thing to do. I didn’t have much energy to go out but was glad we went to a couple of bars in the Gaslamp and ran into my coworker!


We slept in till noon. I splurged on the Kimpton Palomar in the Gaslamp District.

We got coffees from WestBean by the hotel then enjoyed the day walking around Little Italy: happy hour at Prep Kitchen, shared beer at Ballast Point, shared glass of wine at Pali Wine, following a couple of girls to Craft & Commerce for Korean BBQ wings, and a couple of speakeasies (False Idol and Noble Experiment) with new friends we met. We ended the night with a giant “So Meaty” pizza delivered to the hotel.


Monday morning was beautiful. We finally left the hotel to grab gyro fries at Liberty Public Market. Then we rode electric scooters on the Mission Beach boardwalk. Does anyone in San Diego work?

Over a drink at Miss B’s Coconut Club, we decided to extend our stay an extra day, which meant getting another hotel and postponing his flight out until Wednesday.

We were pretty pooped. We checked into our hotel in Little Italy and hung out in the hot tub. We motivated ourselves to get out to a dive bar, Waterfront Bar, for a beer, chicken wing night, and music.

It was a relaxed night in the hotel eating Salt & Straw ice cream and watching TV.


We planned to explore outside of Little Italy, but first, we ate the best tacos ever at Not Not Tacos in Little Italy Food Hall! We ate outside with a couple of mimosas.

We made a quick stop to the Spruce Street Suspension Bridge, which has a nice view of the city beyond the greenery.

We walked around North Park and stopped in for arcade games and happy hour at Coin-Op.

We planned to make one last stop before making the trek home. Our bartender at Coin-Op suggested Polite Provisions. It was another bar with a speakeasy vibe and we ended up chatting with one of our favorite people on this trip!

After talking to him, we tagged along with him to Hillcrest’s InsideOut for a drink and La Jolla’s Raised by Wolves speakeasy. It was 1:30 before we made it home – we stopped at In N Out – and probably 4:30 before I went to bed and I had work the next day.


After work, we went to happy hour at Lola Gaspar. It was his first sangria! Then we went to trivia night over at Wursthaus. We lost but we had fun and ate a massive bratwurst platter and some Philadelphia ice for dessert.


For Valentine’s Day, one of my students brought me a metal red lantern with my favorite succulents!

When I finally made it home, we got an afternoon snack of Lunchables inspired by this video as we sorted all the grocery store Monopoly pieces.

We drove up to North Hollywood and again, got home at 2am. We ate some food and passed out… for a total of 2 hours of sleep before work (me)/leaving for home (him).

In total, I slept 10 hours in 3 days, but it was worth it. I was wired! I’m thankful for another long weekend to rest.

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