San Diego... in love with a city
time in San Diego, and what can I say, I fell in love (with the
city)! Leading high-tech hub, cool night-life scene, breathtaking
views, perfect for running addicts, and friendly, laid back people
who greet you on the street. Very much a Seattle vibe (yes, I am a
Seattle fan) with the perfect weather as an additional perk. - And
the short ride from the airport to downtown San Diego definitely
played in favor after a painfully long journey via storm ridden
Chicago airport. Bottom line: there’s definitely going to be a
‘next time’... actually trying to talk my 12y old to go to
UCSD... so mom can visit!
you like “fusion cuisine”, you want to head to Roy’s
San Diego Waterfront restaurant. Incredibly flavored and delicate
dishes, truly “chef inspired bites” as advertized on their
website. I tried out their strawberry salad, followed by an opulent
plate of sashimi – thanks for picking this place, Haim!
Mezé Greek Fusion in the Gaslamp district is a good option if you fancy oriental type dishes, and good wines. You can either dine in the restaurant’s urban chic premisses or order to go – if you’re entertaining at home and don’t have time to cook, a sampler plate by Mezé will make you stand out as a host.
the city’s proximity to Mexico there are tons of options for
mexican food. I’ve tried out El
in Old Town San Diego. Old Town is obviously a little more of a
“tourist” destination (albeit fun if you’re visiting with
kids). Yet it harbors some genuine places. El Patio is a family-run
business, where service isn’t always up to speed but the food was
fresh and excellent... and they have some humongously sized
Margaritas – no driving after one of those!
... Sports & Fashion...
I had penciled in the San Diego trip to renew my ageing running gear... and since I’m running a lot it ages quickly, or so I like to think (hey you need some kind of rationale to justify shopping sprees’ ). As you can witness from the picture this season’s accent for running apparel is all about mixing and matching colors & patterns. I went for a flashy pair of Brooks Glycerin 11 and a multicoloured shorts / t-shirt combo by Asics, on sales of course – an outfit which turns each training unit into your personal feel good color run!
San Diego I also discovered a neat and truly comfortable walking
shoe, namely the “memory
model by Sketchers
– good advice Catherine! Memory foams come in all shapes, colors
and sizes. Once you try them out you’ll be hooked. I haven’t seen
them in Luxembourg yet but I’m quite sure you’ll find them on
Amazon if anything else fails.
since you can’t just keep running or walking in life here comes a
recommendation for those who are after decently prized second hand
designer cloths, namely Laurie
Ann’s Designer Resale
– you might find exactly that one special piece you’ve been
...Visiting with kids...
San Diego is a kid-friendly city: easy to walk and with a fairly extensive public transportation system. For instance Coronado Beach, the perfect family day-at-the-beach outing, can be reached from downtown San Diego in 15 min by ferry boat or water taxi.
we (Sham, Carl, baby Jan and I) didn’t have much time for leisure
(Sham & I were working; Carl & Jan were watching the world
cup games) we maximized the time available by walking to Balboa Park
– a long uphill walk from downtown San Diego. Don’t think of
as merely “one” park. But rather a resort that includes a wide
range of things to do and to see – from playground & activity
centers for kids to museums, historic buildings, vegetation zones,
theaters, and of course the well-known San Diego Zoo. check Balboa Park here
... where to stay?
Obviously San Diego features all the usual hotel chains. Rates can be quite pricey though, especially during major conventions. Since we were traveling with a child we decided it would be more convenient instead to rent a flat downtown. We picked a loft-type flat in the Gaslamp district (the place to be at night), right on top of a bar. Well it turned out to be the perfect location: great flat, great neighbours, great host... what else can I say? Great tenants, I guess ;-) - Check out the flat and Shamala’s review on the link below.
Enjoying Malibu’s shoreline as I’m finishing up this post... just a small hint for the next edition!