Previous San Diego Posts:
What to Do in San Diego, Part 1
What to Do in San Diego, Part 2
Well, I pretty much dropped the ball on my San Diego recaps. I would have let it slide, but we ate so well while we were there and I didn’t want to keep all of it to myself….
While eating gigantic pancakes was quite enjoyable, one of the things I love about California is all of the delicious healthy food options. Among those options are acai bowls, apparently a huge trend on the West Coast. I would describe them as a thick antioxidant-filled smoothie topped with fresh fruit, granola and other fun toppings of choice. They are commonly found at juice bars and starting to become popular in other parts of the country (though still not easy to find in NYC).
Well, to say we became obsessed would be an understatement. Matt and I went to Juice Kaboose towards the beginning of our trip and made it back at least two or three more times after that. Juice Kaboose is a La Jolla juice bar known for its acai bowls but also touted as being the first to offer a pitaya bowl. Honestly, I don’t know a lot about all of these super fruits, but apparently pitaya is even healthier than acai. Oh and it is also this gorgeous color (acai looks more like a chocolate shake in color)!
I tried a couple of variations but their Original Pitaya Bowl was my favorite. Matt also got on board and was so taken with the whole world of the juice bar that he was even doing ginger shots and wheatgrass shots. The people who worked at Juice Kaboose were so nice and friendly. They also didn’t make us feel stupid when we asked a million questions about what we were ordering.
But alas, balance. We might have started one morning with gigantic pitaya bowls, but it did not stop us from indulging in some crazy ice cream sundaes later on.
If you ever take a trip to San Diego, I highly suggest spending a day in Coronado. It is such a pretty town with a gorgeous beach. The day we went the weather was too cool for laying out but perfect for walking along the water and just sitting to soak in the California sunshine.
Oh, and I have to mention this crazy intricate sand castle that was there to celebrate the hotel’s (Hotel del Coronado) birthday!
So after building up our appetite, we stopped for lunch but really, it didn’t matter where we went or what we had there because all I could think about was dessert. Kathy had told me that we needed to go to Moo Time Creamery and wow, so glad she did.
The ice cream shop was actually adorable but I was so distracted by the huge variety of options they had. There were so many ice cream flavors, sundae options, etc. that it was really hard to decide what to order. After a few tastes of different flavors, I settled on a sundae with peanut butter ice cream and double dark chocolate ice cream, whipped cream and Oreos. I usually stick with frozen yogurt when I am out, but this ice cream was completely worth it.
Mine was pretty amazing, but I did have order envy after I saw Matt’s gigantic sundae. He had vanilla ice cream, hot fudge, Oreos and whipped cream. Not only are there Oreo crumbs in there, but there are also at least four whole Oreos.
Lucky for me, Matt couldn’t finish his entire Sundae so I picked up where he left off. Yes, I can pretty much out-eat anyone when it comes to dessert.
I really can’t believe we were in San Diego three months ago. Thanks to Krissy, I also enjoyed meals at these restaurants:
Davanti: We actually went here with Krissy and her husband which was so fun! The food was also delicious… everything was good but I still remember the brussels sprout salad as being extra amazing.
Neighborhood: Everything we had that night was good, especially my black bean burger (not usually a noteworthy item)
The Cottage: I highly recommend for brunch! Matt had one of the egg sandwiches, I had a version of eggs benedict with roasted tomatoes, and we shared a lemon ricottta pancake
And finally, I highly recommend a scenic hike at Torrey Pines. It wasn’t as intense as our first hike. but the views were gorgeous.
Um your sundae sounds like the perfect thing. omg.
I wish I had one right now…
I totally forgot you hadn’t finished this recap! Now why exactly can’t one of our friends get married in San Diego?!
I just got back from San Diego…it’s a great city isn’t it??!! I loved it. Love your blog :)
Thank you so much, Ashley!
I am loving these recaps! Mouth is watering from all the food / dessert pics… and these are all great tips as I am going next weekend to SD with my mom and sister-in-law for a girls trip/relaxing weekend. We are vegetarian, do you have any other specific recommendations or suggestions?
Thanks again!!!! This is awesome!
So glad you like the recaps! We had such a great time in SD.
I’d say that most of the restaurants we went to were very vegetarian friendly, especially if you eat seafood. I think the only time I ate meat was when I shared with or tasted some of my husband’s food!
Pretty incredible that you could provide enough fun things to do in San Diego to create a three part series. I have always heard it’s a great place to visit, but now I am truly convinced!
All looks great!! We love San Diego and the surrounding area and go there at least once a year!
Thanks, Tarat. And I’m so jealous!!