2018 is off to a fantastic start! My incredible hubby took me to San Deigo for an extended weekend to celebrate my 30th birthday. I had been to San Francisco five years ago and had the most amazing time, and since then I could not wait to go back to California. It’s 100% accurate that after this last trip, I want to move to California! Yes, I’ve only been to two cities and I am that sure 🙂 LOL
San Diego was gorgeous, and each neighborhood we had the chance to visit showed off its own unique style. There was no shortage of sun or incredible food! Naturally, I documented almost all my eats while I was there, along with some great sights. I hope this post gives you some good ideas if/when you visit!
I’ve split this post up by neighborhood!
Trust Restaurant in Hillcrest. This was hands down my favorite place we visited and is where I had my birthday dinner. It is a tapas style restaurant and they use wood fire cookery. The chef/owner is awesome and came out to wish me a happy birthday and treated me and my hubby to the most delicious dessert (the bourbon custard!). We had 7 dishes total (yaasssss), and I give everything we ate an easy 10/10 (including the wine), but their chicken liver pâté was straight up MAGIC. I am on a mission to recreate that deliciousness at home, and will certainly share once I do! No pictures of what we ate there because we inhaled it all! LOL!
Local Krave in Midway
If you have been following me on Instagram, you know my obsession with bulletproof coffee is REAL. I can’t go long without it (read: never), so I did some research pre-trip on places that served anything like it. Low and behold, Local Krave serves such a thing. They call it the “Kraveman” and I insist that you get it when you visit Local Krave, which I insist that you do. You will not be disappointed. Get the Kraveman coffee with their plant protein, hold the banana. You are welcome!!!
Plant Power Fast Food in Ocean Beach
We stayed in an Airbnb in Ocean Beach and had such lovely hosts. It was a small cottage right on the beach and was perfect for the two of us. We landed around noon on a Thursday and knew that we wanted to maximize our day and needed a quick bite to fill up after a 4-hour flight. Our host suggested @plantpowerfastfood fast food right down the street from where we were staying. One thing I don’t eat is “fast food,” but after eating at Plant Power that all changed! We got our meal in under ten minutes and it was incredibly fresh and delicious. They have organic komboocha on tap and it is dreamy! I got strawberry and my hubs got gingerade, and we both enjoyed them tremendously. The perfect fizzy drink with no vinegary taste. For someone who loves studying a menu and taking her time in deciding what to eat, I was able to pick an entrée right away despite their extensive menu. I ordered the raw tacos made with seasoned walnut and pecan taco meat, cashew hummus, guacamole and fresh veggies all neatly piled in a cabbage shell and it was absolutely fantastic. I loved knowing that the “meat” was from of my favoirite nuts and the cabbage shell was just too perfect. Incredibly filling, yet left me feeling light on my feet! My hubby got the Southwest Avocado wrap (A zesty black bean & ‘beefy’ medley with chipotle ‘aioli’, avocado, salsa and kale mix) and enjoyed it greatly. I had a bite and loved it too. I wish we had more time (and room in our bellies) because they had a variety of plant-based desserts that sounded so dreamy. Think kombucha floats (!!!!), “mylk”shakes, “cheesecakes,” and so much more. Staff was super friendly as well.
The Nest in Ocean Beach
We were looking for a quick and healthy breakfast once morning and I found this gem on yelp. It is both a little shop with everything from cozy ceramic cups to overalls and delicate necklaces. In the back is their café where they serve vegan breakfast options ranging from elixirs, juices, smoothies, acai bowls, chia pudding, toast, and a variety of coffee beverages including a yummy mushroom latte that I enjoyed. I would definitely visit often if I lived in OB!
Café Gratitude in Little Italy
Ever since discovering Café Gratitude on Instagram almost a year ago I have been wanting to go so badly! Naturally then, it was the first restaurant I planned in our trip and I was not disappointed! Again, I wish I could have gone back 100 times because it lived up to my expectations and then some! First, the café itself is gorgeous! Clean, bright and chic. And the food? Simply amazing, creative, and my favorite, plant-based! I got the Glorious Wrap which is perfectly packed with avocado, romaine, cashew caesar dressing, COCONUT BACON, tomato, brazil nut parmesan, mixed greens with apple cider vinaigrette. I mean really, it was perfection! I need to get my hands on some more coconut bacon. So flipping flavorful and delicious. My handsome hubby enjoyed a big bowl of the Bountiful / Blackened Tempeh Bolognese, which is made up of gluten-free quinoa shells, cashew mozzarella, broccolini, brazil nut parmesan, and spinach. Bolognese is one of his favorite dishes and he seriously enjoyed this! Again, I took a bite (read several) and loved it too! For drinks, we shared a high-alcohol kombucha from Boochcraft and that was delicious. And for dessert, we split their special: a vegan turtle “cheesecake” coated in chocolate!
It was made of cashews primarily and had such a perfect texture. I also enjoyed a mushroom latte and my hubby had a cappuccino. It was all perfect and kept us incredibly full during our whale and dolphin watching adventures that followed.
Trilogy Sanctuary in La Jolla
During our visit to La Jolla to walk around and peruse, we were looking for a quick snack in between what had been an early breakfast (more on that creamy goodness in a bit) and what would be a late lunch. I pulled out my phone and typed into my Yelp app “kombucha” (if you haven’t noticed, I love kombuca J ) and Trilogy was one of the first and closest locations to pop up. Better yet? It’s description: a rooftop cafe offering organic, vegan, gluten-free eats, boho-chic decor & ocean views. Sold. We went to the fourth floor (it’s in a building housing different businesses) walked through a charming boho-chic shop (seriously cute items!) onto a glorious outdoor patio overlooking the ocean where there were tables and chairs set out and a large group doing yoga (!!) straight into the surprisingly spacious café where we were overwhelmed with deliciousness. If it had been later in the day, I would have for certain ordered lunch (think spring rolls, vegan nachos, coconut wraps, acai bowls and more!), but I was more than happy with my “very vanilla” booch and raw almond butter cookie. My hubby ordered their turmeric superfood booch and cookie as well. We sat in the sunshine and enjoyed admiring the yogis in flow. The perfect snack break. Thank you, Trilogy.
Poke Go in La Jolla
We were craving some fresh fish (specifically poke) after a long walk throughout La Jolla and found Poke Go on yelp. The staff was so friendly and our poke bowl was delicious! Many options and super fresh. Their Shoyu Hawaiian seasoning is a must!
Nado Gelato Café in Coronado
Is a trip complete without a creamy and cool treat? I don’t think so! There were so many flavors (all creative!) and absolutely delicious. Creamy, velvety and sweet! I enjoyed a scoop of “black vanilla” made with charcoal and “coconut cream.” YUM.
On a non-food related note (LOL, yes we did do more than just eat!) I bought the most precious matcha tea mug from a charming gift shop called Vitreum in Little Italy right before we took an incredible whale and dolphin watching cruise (another recommendation!)
Have you ever been to San Diego? What did you think? Where did you go?
I love traveling and cannot wait for my next adventure!