San Diego Eats

This post is long overdue & before you read through the rest of it, I just want to give a shout out to those that recommended these food spots, sightseeing, & activities to do while I was in San Diego! I appreciate everyone’s recommendations & it truly helped with my visit there. Although I wasn’t able to visit all of what was recommended, it gives me more reason to go back & check out what I couldn’t knock off my list.

& thank you to the cousins for hanging out with us & showing us around! & thank you Sheryl for your hospitality 💖 I’ll see you guys in August! 😊

Day 1 in San Diego

Breakfast Republic

For our first day in San Diego, Jeremiah & I went to Breakfast Republic with his cousin Sheryl. I already miss it so much. I wish I had a bigger appetite to finish everything because it was THAT good. Jeremiah & I both ordered the Mushroom & Pesto Eggs Benedict and we both absolutely loved it. Great complementary flavors all around.

The Mushroom ‘n Pesto Benedict

I wasn’t expecting a big plate, but that’s what the French Toast Sampler came on & it was delicious. I’m glad we decided to share because I definitely wouldn’t have been able to finish it all on my own. I loved the Strawberry French Toast the best out of all of them.

The French Toast Sampler


Station Tavern & Burgers

After the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, Jeremiah’s cousins & I all headed to Station Tavern & Burgers to have dinner. The restaurant kind of reminded me of Portland, Oregon! It’s a good place to go if you have a group of friends or family with you. The appetizers come in HUGE portions and there’s good selections for everyone. It’s also dog friendly!



Oh, if you order the large tater tots, it’s THIS big. There was 6 of us eating and we barely finished half of the fries & tots we got lol.


Extraordinary Desserts

After dinner, we headed to Extraordinary Desserts. We stayed there for a while just catching up with the cousins. Apparently they are known for their cakes, but their dessert was great too. Jeremiah & I ordered the Chocolate Strudel, along with some vanilla bean ice cream. It was a great combo. The strudel was warm and delicious. We also got to try their french press coffee and it was soooooo good.



Day 3 in San Diego

Cafe Hue

Jeremiah & I ate at Cafe Hue after we checked out La Jolla. We had time to kill before I met up with my friend, so we decided to just try the place out. It was pretty good, but I probably would’ve enjoyed it more if we had a real breakfast. The crepe was well made and had a lot of different fruits in it.
Nutella & Mixed Fruit

Kung Fu Tea

On the list of recommendations I received from people, Kung Fu Tea was one of them. There was plenty of seating, but it also gets real busy. When we got there to meet up with my friend, it was thankfully still early in the day. Once we got our drinks, the line went out the door and stayed that way for a long time.

Jeremiah got the Winter Melon Milk Tea & I got the Winter Melon Green Tea. I liked his much better than mine 😓 I normally order milk tea, but I didn’t really understand what the difference was when we ordered. The difference was the “milk”. I guess I was slow on that one. 

Ballast Point

After catching up with my friend, Jeremiah & I met up with his cousins & we all headed to Ballast Point-Miramar. Jeremiah would NOT stop talking about this place FOR MONTHS!

& honestly the place was worth the trip. For the tasting flight, you get 6 samples for $2 each, which Jeremiah said is really worth it to try the different kinds of beer. We liked most of the flights, but there were some weird flavors we tried. One of the beers had a spicy flavor and we really did not enjoy it lol. All in all, the beers were great and so were the appetizers. We ordered some duck nachos to share and we killed it quick haha.

Crack Shack

After Jeremiah & I checked out Sunset Cliffs, we met up with his cousins again to eat at Crack Shack. It was a toss up between Soda & Swine & Crack Shack, but his cousins expressed that the Crack Shack is worth going to for their biscuits & they were right! We both loved their mini biscuits (w/ maple butter!). The fried chicken was also great. 

Seating is scarce, so I advise that if you’re with a group of people, have someone try to find a seat while another person orders food. I enjoyed the atmosphere of the place. It seems like a great spot to eat and chill with friends.

They also have a bar & games like cornhole here, so it feels like you’re not exactly at a restaurant, but just a spot to hangout at. It also had a full bar and outdoor seating.

Eclipse Chocolate

After the Crack Shack, we all went to Eclipse Chocolate to catch up & drink coffee. I think we all felt kind of wiped out. We all just ordered coffee and shared a small dessert. I wish we got to try more of their desserts, but we were all so full from eating all day haha.

Day 4 in San Diego

Phil’s BBQ

On our last day in San Diego, we went to Phil’s BBQ because it’s been four years since we last had it 😩 This is one of the best BBQ spots I’ve ever been to. The ribs are cooked so well that the meet just falls off the bone. The sauce is also super good. Jeremiah ordered corn for us too. Yums!

Hammond’s Gourmet Ice Cream

After eating at Phil’s BBQ, we tried Hammond’s Gourmet Ice Cream since this place was also on our list of places to try. The spot wasn’t busy at all, but it could be because it was still quite early in the day. It was also cold during the weekend we visited, so maybe people weren’t exactly in the mood for ice cream.

They have plenty of seating which is great especially if you plan on taking your time trying the ice cream flights.

They have a Waffle Cone Flight & a Cake Cone Flight you can choose from. We both chose the Waffle Cone Flight. I think this is the best way to have ice cream. We got to try 6 different flavors and we liked all of them. There’s even an option to try all 32 of their flavors if you’re feeling brave. Jeremiah & I decided against doing that lol.

Kona Coffee, Chocolate Coconut Macadamia Nut, Green Tea, Birthday Cake, Lychee Cream, & Mango Sorbet

Better Buzz Coffee at Fashion Valley

Since we had time to kill before heading back to the Bay Area, we decided to check out Fashion Valley. Jeremiah got coffee & we checked out some of the shoe stores.

& that concludes our San Diego food spots!

For more food spots that we’ve tried in San Diego or Southern California in the past, click here.

7 Leaves x The Last Bookstore x Uniboil x Confection x Roasting Water

Our second day in SoCal was way more relaxed. We didn’t have enough time to get breakfast at Roscoe’s so we headed straight to 7 Leaves Cafe.

Right after 7 Leaves Cafe, we drove to downtown Los Angeles & went to The Last Bookstore. It’s a real cute bookstore, but it was just super hot in there! They had fans everywhere, but even that wasn’t helping. I really wanted to go to a museum while we were here, but Jeremiah said we didn’t have enough time :/ Maybe next time.

After The Last Bookstore, we ate lunch at Uniboil.

We left Los Angeles & went back to the OC to snack on a few more things before we had to leave. We went to Confection & I got the strawberry pocky flavor (it really does taste like the strawberry pocky) & Jeremiah got the earl grey.

& of course, our last stop was Roasting Water. They had new designs! The last time we were here they had a panda design.

We brought the car rental back & finally made our way back home. The next time we visit SoCal, we’ll probably do it during Autumn or Winter. You know, when the weather isn’t too horrendous to walk around in. haha. Idk how the people who live there do it. I couldn’t even stand it for two days :l

THINGS I’M EXCITED ABOUT
The San Diego Comic-Con was going on during the weekend I went to SoCal & this happened! 




Eddie Redmayne hands out wands to everyone at his panel at Comic-Con, leads everyone in a spell

Being a Harry Potter fan, of course I’m going to watch Fantastic Beasts & Where To Find Them.

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I liked the first Lego film, so I plan on seeing this one as well.

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YAAAAAAS! I’m so freaking excited for this! I love Gal Gadot & finally, a superhero movie on a female (:

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This trailer looked good, so I added it on my list of films to see.

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& CAN I JUST CRY RIGHT NOW?!?! BLACK PANTHER CAST. YESSS! YOU DON’T KNOW HOW HAPPY & EXCITED I AM FOR THIS. I LOVE THEM. (CRYING EMOJI X 1000 HERE)

The Black Panther cast & director at SDCC!
From left to right: Danai Gurira (Okoye, the leader of the Dora Milaje), Chadwick Boseman (Black Panther), Ryan Coogler (director), Michael B. Jordan (Killmonger), and Lupita Nyong’o (Nakia).
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Okay, I didn’t like the first film, but this one looks kind of horrifying, so I’ll probably give it a try.

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I’m very happy about this announcement because I love Kiersey Clemons ever since I saw her in the film “Dope”

‘The Flash’: Kiersey Clemons Confirmed as Iris West in Upcoming DC Film
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Marvel’s New Logos Will Appeal to the ’80s-Video-Game Enthusiast in All of Us
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I’m pretty stoked about this! Both Daredevil & Jessica Jones had awesome seasons, so I’m stoked how they’ll do this series.

Luke Cage

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Thor: Ragnarok
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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
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YES. BRIE!!!!!! (crying emoji)

Captain Marvel
starting Brie Larson and out March 8, 2019. No director yet.
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I’m glad Marvel now has some creative control over Spider-Man, so I’m hoping they’ll finally do Spider-Man right.

Spider-Man: Homecoming
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I heard this tv series is supposed to be like X-Men or something? If you know me, you know I love X-Men. I’ll give this new series a try.

New Marvel Series “Legion”
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Iron Fist
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Justice League
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Who else is waiting for this to premiere?! (raises hand) I just want to know who died! I’m currently watching their other spin-off series: Fear The Walking Dead. I’m behind on two episodes.

The Walking Dead returns Oct. 23 at 9 p.m. EST on AMC
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Throwback Post: San Diego

On Sunday, my brother asked me to give him a list of places to check out & spots to eat at in Los Angeles & San Diego since he’s heading there this weekend, so I gave him plenty of suggestions.
A couple of the places that I suggested reminded me of the great time I spent in San Diego, so here’s a throwback post to one of my most memorable birthday’s ever(:
In August 2014, Jeremiah took me to San Diego for my birthday & I had so much fun that I bug him every now & then about how much I want to go back.

Phil’s BBQ! Literally the best BBQ I’ve ever had next to the way my brother makes his. haha. I wish they had this here at home ):

After Phil’s BBQ, Jeremiah & I went to La Jolla Beach & went kayaking, which was the only bad experience I had while I was out there! I’m super sensitive when it comes to motion sickness, which is why I don’t ride crazy roller coasters & why I always have to take dramamine before I board an airplane. I’ve never been kayaking before, so it was my first time & probably my last! lol. I felt super nauseous ): If I took dramamine before the activity, maybe I wouldn’t feel nauseous? I do kind of want to try it again, but I’m not exactly pushing it at the top of my list. haha.

We stayed at the Lafayette Hotel, which is one of the cutest & nicest hotels I’ve ever stayed at. The hotel had some activities/events going on throughout the day, but we didn’t participate in any of them because we spent time exploring SD.

He took me to Morton’s Steakhouse for dinner. I’m glad we both enjoy the same food because our meals were delicious :p

The second day of our trip, we grabbed Trinitea & headed to the San Diego Zoo!

We did the 45 min. tour bus. I didn’t get the chance to take pictures while we were on the tour bus because we couldn’t really see any of the animals up close. It’s more of an overview of the zoo.
After getting off the tour bus, Jeremiah & I spent our time walking around the entire zoo. It was sooo hot! I made mistakes by not bringing a hat/sunhat, didn’t have sunscreen, & didn’t wear comfortable shoes. I wore sandals & I thought I would be okay walking around in it, but it was tough. If you ever plan on going here & walking around the entire zoo, just wear comfortable sneakers. Overall, the zoo was still sooo much fun.

you think he has broads in Atlanta?

After the zoo, Jeremiah said we were also going to the San Diego National History Museum. He said they have exhibits about dinosaurs. I was sooo excited & so happy! Before this trip, I would constantly tell him about how much I wanted to go to a museum with dinosaur exhibits, but there aren’t any in our area. He said the best ones are the ones in New York & Washington D.C., so this was the closest thing to that. You really have no idea how happy & excited I was about it ^_^

There were four floors of the museum & we went through all of them. The second & third floor were the best ones. I loved seeing all the dinosaur stuff! UGH. I can only imagine how much cooler the museums are in Washington D.C. & New York.

After going through the San Diego Natural History Museum, we did MORE walking around Balboa Park. & GEEEZ, that park is huge! I honestly didn’t think the park had so many beautiful spots. It really, truly is as remarkable as people make it out to be. I also didn’t know that within the park, there are small museums in there too. This park is definitely a nice spot for an engagement or wedding photo shoot. It’s so beautiful there.

After Balboa Park, we hit up Fashion Valley since we had time. We ate at California Pizza Kitchen because we were starving. After CPK, we walked around Fashion Valley.

We spent our last day in San Diego doing as much as we could!
We ate breakfast at the hotel before checking out.

After breakfast & checking out, we went to Fashion Valley to grab Better Buzz Coffee.

After grabbing coffee, we made our way out to La Jolla Cove. Parking is crazy over there! We had to park in the neighborhood. We made our first stop at the Children’s Play Pool & walked down to the beach.

It is soooooooo beautiful there at La Jolla Cove. Even saying it’s beautiful is a huge understatement. The pictures seriously don’t do it justice. I wanted to stay there, but Jeremiah said Mission Beach was cool too & they have bars on the beach, so we left La Jolla after a while. I wish we hadn’t! I wanted to stay longer );

After La Jolla Cove, we went to Boba Bar & headed to Mission Beach.

Parking at Mission Beach was so awful & the beach was super packed. We felt like there wasn’t enough free space to lay our blankets down. We also went when the weather was scorching hot. I’ve only been there once, so I’m unsure if it’s just normally packed like that.

We ate at this bar/restaurant on the beach called South Draft Mission.

We definitely want to make another trip out there. We’ve been talking about it for over a year now & I thought we’d be able to go again this summer, but we couldn’t make it happen. 

Roscoe’s x Porto’s (not pictured) x Little Madfish

Before we left SoCal we stopped by Roscoe’s right when they opened so that we could have breakfast. We don’t come here often so we might as well stop by this place. I couldn’t finish everything because I was already so full ):

After breakfast my mom wanted to stop by Porto’s because she wanted to buy a couple of boxes for people. That place is always packed, but it wasn’t as bad as the last time I went.

After a couple of hours on the road, we finally arrived back home.
I had dinner at Little Madfish with Jeremiah & his family because it’s his birthday today ^_^

SoCal Day 2: Roasting Water x KBBQ

After walking around Universal Studios in the very, very hot sun. We decided to get a refreshing drink. We were going to go somewhere else, but my co-worker gave me a list of places to go & eat down here & Roasting Water was one of them.

It definitely didn’t disappoint! Probably my favorite down here by far.

After Roasting Water, we ate dinner at this KBBQ place. The wait time was long, but they also close at 12AM. It was good. It reminded me of this place I went to in Sacramento for my cousin’s graduation celebration. I think they have one like this at home, but I’m not sure. I’ve never really looked into it. I should though so I can go with my friends or cousins.