Summers in Arizona are very tough. So tough, that you are tasked with finding ways to escape the state whenever possible. Luckily enough, my husband suggested a trip to San Diego so we could finally enjoy normal, summer weather. All jokes aside, I seriously forgot what 80 degrees felt like. It's heavenly. Especially when at night it dips into the 70's. I know, I must sound crazy talking about the weather, but it's 108 degrees here.
We stayed at the lovely US Grant hotel, in the hopping Gaslamp Quarter. Excellent service and the friendliest concierge I've ever had the pleasure of speaking to. Honestly, just the sweetest people around. Every morning we had such a wonderful breakfast at the hotel, they have some kicking coffee and tasty avocado toast. One night after dinner we headed down to the lounge for a cocktail, where a little band was performing. It was so nice!
Our first lunch spot in San Diego was The Crack Shack. This place has such a cool vibe, awesome food and some kicking dipping sauces. You honestly can't go wrong with any sandwich. They are so flavorful and packed with so much punch! We ordered the Coup DeVille and the G-Bird. If you're in the area, you better waddle yourself over there right this second!
That night we headed over to Buona Forchetta for dinner. Be prepared to wait if you are headed there around 7pm. They don't take reservations, but let me tell you it's worth the wait, even if you're not seated till 9pm. People were still showing up at 10pm to put their name on the list. There is the cutest bar, Kindred, across the street for you to grab a cocktail or two, while you wait. They make some really fun drinks! So after you sit around, sipping away and you finally make your way back to Buona Forchetta, get ready for a party in your mouth! We started off with the meatballs, which is a must! Then we split a ravioli they had on special and of course a pizza. The owners were both there working their butts off. Honestly, the whole staff was killing it! They seriously have a great thing going on there. I just hope your lucky enough to be able to make your way there and experience all that magic. The food was just outstanding. You can tell they really pour all their blood, sweat, and tears into that place. I can't wait to go back!
Saturday we walked around and stumbled upon the most gorgeous place called The Pendry Hotel, in the Gaslamp Quarter. They have a rooftop pool and such beautiful restaurants within walking distance. But my favorite was their bright and inviting beautiful bar, and of course the outstanding cocktails. We will definitely be staying here the next time around! Shortly after we cabbed it to Embarcadero Marina Park, to see the San Diego Symphony perform the score from Harry Potter Goblet of Fire. This is an absolute MUST DO on your next trip to San Diego in the summer. It's called Bayside Summer Nights. Check out their schedule for the rest of the summer! You can get there right when the doors open and walk over to their wine bar and grab a bottle to take to your table, along with food, snacks, and dessert! You can even bring your own little picnic if you wanted! I mean who doesn't want to have some drinks waterside, listening to the symphony perform in 70 degree weather?!?!
For our last day in San Diego we wandered around Balboa Park and saw some pretty amazing architecture. It was a gorgeous day out, but pretty warm. So after sweating profusely, we zipped over to Moo Time Creamery on Coronado Island. They can honestly make you anything you want. I ordered a waffle bowl with vanilla and with Twix mixed in. So yummy and surely worth the short drive over the bridge. It will instantly cool you down!