San Diego: Food, Fun, and Fauna

Continuing the recap of my San Diego trip with family in August, I would say there were three primary highlights of the trip.

1. Food (obviously)

Food was delicious and also provided lots of good table time sitting around and talking about the days. My favorites were True Food Kitchen (a natural food cafe with great juices):

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Breakfast at Cody’s La Jolla:

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…Cody’s also had a dog menu!!

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And all meals eaten on the back patio of the house facing the beach:

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When we were at Cody’s La Jolla, a woman sitting near our table commented to us that she was impressed that no one had their phones out during the meal…good job quality family time!

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2. Fun!

Fun defined as activities out and about but primarily biking

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Papa Bear in action:

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We took a couple breaks during our rides to check out the water and views (clearly my parents have a thing for wearing college apparel):

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Goofin’:

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3. Fauna

So fauna might not be the most appropriate word, but it was an alliteration. We went to the zoo – an establishment I have had a great affection for since childhood.

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This was the best day. We were at the zoo for a loooong time – 6 hours maybe? But it is huge! And amazing! And has pandas!

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Good times on the gondola:

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Last but not least, it’s always a treat to enjoy the eccentricities of family. 

Samuel with homemade sun protection:

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Classic Dad explanation mode:

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And…unfortunately I don’t have enough photos to document it, but the number one most exciting thing to happen was…meeting a new family member! I hadn’t yet met my gorgeous and lovely baby (although not quite a baby anymore!) cousin. We only had a brief visit, but it was great to spend a little time together! (the light in the picture isn’t great, but you get the idea) 🙂

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When do I blog?!…and family trip to San Diego

Wow – I have seriously missed blogging! The blog has definitely become a creative outlet for me over the past few years. Unfortunately, I’m back in school full time (and a half) and my life feels crazy. I wake up, I read. Day happens, I read. It’s time for bed, I keep reading and then am way too tired the next morning. Something’s gotta give…but right now I am waiting for this recipe to finish cooking in the oven as I prepare for some guests that Noah and I are having over for Shabbat dinner tonight. I’m sitting here trying to do work but thinking, “oh my gosh, it’s been so long since I’ve written a blog post and that makes me sad!”

So…here goes! Throwback to AUGUST when I saw my wonderful FAMILY in sunny SAN DIEGO.

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I love my little bro so so so so much. In fact, besides grad school and a new city and Noah’s job, he is one of the reasons I was excited to move to Massachusetts because he also goes to school here! Unfortunately for me and very fun-ly (not a word, I know) for him, he is London this term so we won’t be reunited on this side of the pond until next semester.

As for San Diego…we spent a lovely 10 days next to the beach enjoying food, sunshine, bike rides, long afternoons of reading, and the occasional trip in the car. We stayed in a condo with a full kitchen, so one of the first matters of business was stocking up on food. Check out this crazy cart escalator at the grocery store:

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There was much disagreement about how much food to get (I’m sorry, parents! You can do whatever you want next time. <3), but everything worked out great in the end.

The condo itself was gorgeous – lots of space with a great view directly onto the beach volleyball courts (oh, how California!) and the beach:

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One of the highlights of the trip was going to the Puzzalarium:

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The Puzzalarium is an “escape the room” place (they’re springing up all over the place now!). Basically, you and a group of people (hopefully your family and close friends) get locked in a room. Using only clues that you uncover within the room, you need to “escape” within an hour. If you don’t solve all the clues by the end of the hour, you lose. But don’t worry, they still let you out.

The Puzzalarium was so much fun! So fun, in fact, that Noah and I are planning to go to another “escape the room” place in Boston with some friends next week. Unfortunately, we missed the hour cut off at the Puzzalarium by about 35 seconds. I blame myself. But I’m over it now. In brighter news, we had some good times taking photos in the waiting area:

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I will hopefully have another post about San Diego coming soon, but in the interim I’ll close by saying a highlight of the trip for me was hanging out with my forever baby bro. It was so fun to go on a trip with him where we were able to spend so much time talking and goofing together. 🙂

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