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clayton’s coffee shop / coronado The days have bled into weeks, and while I know that we are all manifesting the world to return to “normal” sooner than later, well. . .here we are. In a few ways life still feels kind of the same for me. I still work from home, I still binge […]

Shake Shack

Last weekend, the newly renovated Westfield UTC mall finally opened it’s doors to it’s very own and highly anticipated Shake Shack.  I am pretty sure that there is a cult-like following for Shake Shack on the East Cost, but out here, us San Diegan’s are pretty die hard for our In-N-Out.  And having been to […]

Apple Picking

When Ryan and I lived back East, Fall would roll around and I would instantly be excited for the brisk weather, long walks around Boston enjoying all of the colorful trees, freezing our butts off at a pumpkin festival, going to King Richard’s Faire, and of course, the arrival of sweater weather. Now that we […]

Best-Laid Plans

On Sunday we had a little bit of extra time on our hands, so I suggested to Ryan that we drive up the coast for the afternoon.  I thought that it might be nice to enjoy some of the beach towns that we don’t normally visit.  (But I was also secretly hoping to get some […]

the Flower Fields

If you live in the San Diego area, then you definitely know what I am talking about when I say that this year feels like a record breaking year in terms of wildflowers and greenery.  San Diego has absolutely exploded with color these past few weeks, and I am loving it! Remember all of the […]

El Pescador

I don’t think that we are alone on this – whenever we have out of town guests visiting, we basically have a go-to list of things to do and places to eat; pretty much the “don’t miss” spots in San Diego.  And as far as food goes, we always make sure to make time for […]

Butterfly Jungle

Last Friday I had the oh-so-joyful experience of getting to preview the Butterfly Jungle at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park.  The hubs and I had gone once before a few years back, and have always talked about wanting to go back.  I had remembered it being a magical experience, and truthfully, it was even […]

Rainy Day Fun

I can’t hardly believe that I am writing this post, but here I am.  It’s raining, and you know what, it’s been raining a lot in San Diego lately.  So much so, that I have been asked frequently, “what do you do in San Diego when it’s raining?” Well, a lot of the time my […]


Ah, Bencotto (sigh).  I write this review with a bit of a heavy heart.  Bencotto was truly one of our favorite restaurants in San Diego for most of while we have lived here.  For years you could find us sharing an outdoor table overlooking the bay on a late Saturday afternoon, enjoying a glass of […]


It had been a few years since we had last dined at Amaya at the Fairmont Grand Del Mar, but the memories we had of our last experience left us feeling very excited for a return visit.  We had visions of a lush hotel oozing with warm marble tones and sparkly chandeliers at every turn; […]