Time for a memory preserving photo dump post! (And, yes, it's mostly of FOOD.) When I learned that I earned another Hot Chocolate Ambassador trip, it was an easy call to choose another visit to sunny San Diego. We had such a lovely time last year and there were a few repeat destinations, as well as a few new ones.
Also, the Mercado margarita was TOP NOTCH.
Although, at $16, it had better be! After our stroll, we did some required pool sitting
and then headed out to dinner at Roy's. We enjoyed a Roy's traditional Mai Tai the last time we were in San Diego, but hadn't enjoyed the food since our Chicago days.
We decided on not renting a car again, and utilized some great coupons for newbie rideshare users. So on Saturday, we got a Lyft to La Jolla (Use code CROOKED for $10 your first THREE rides!) and spent the day strolling and communing with seals and sea lions.
This was so much fun. We rested our tired feet from all the walking at Karl Strauss Brewing and had some tasty beers and I ate a lovely seared tuna salad.
After taking a Lyft back downtown, we walked over to Little Italy to check out the Saturday farmers market. Alas, it was all being packed up as we arrived, so we consoled ourselves with tasty cocktails at Underbelly - my whiskey drink was named after Totoro! The ramen looked amazing, too.
Saturday night we made a return visit to La Puerta for their humongous burritos. This time I got 'California style' and it had FRENCH FRIES inside! I was thankful for the digestive walk back to the hotel.
We slept LATE on Sunday after all the walking we did in La Jolla and Little Italy (nearly 7 miles worth) and visited Old Town for a late lunch and some shopping.
Churros from Coyote Cafe filled with dulce de leche. Yummmm.
We also found the most AMAZING store of rocks and minerals behind the restaurant that we missed on our last visit (SA Imports), and bought all sorts of awesome treasure for our kids.
Our last dinner was an impulse decision to go into one of the MANY Italian restaurants in Little Italy and Bencotto did not disappoint.
Lo and behold, what was on the tv that night as we packed up?
A perfect ending to another perfect trip. Stay classy San Diego!
Every year I earn one of these trips, I feel so very thankful and fortunate. It has given my husband and I the opportunity and impetus to start taking vacations together again, even though it's a pain living so far from family that can watch our kids. But, now that we have the logistics of this yearly Spring tradition figured out, I'm hopeful that we (and my sister in law) can continue it for some years to come - whether it's part of my Hot Chocolate Ambassadorship or not. As always, I'm so grateful for their generous program and for everyone who visits my little space on the internet!