My birthday could not be at the worst time of the year (November 30th). It’s right after my wedding anniversary, the holidays, family birthdays, and it’s usually cold. I’ve always had to get creative with my birthdays as a NorCal native, but this year, was different. While we tend not “travel” per se, I do explore places as often as possible. I thought it’d be fun to share some of my recent trip to San Diego with ya’ll since it was a blast!
We got the cutest airBnB in the Hillcrest neighborhood on San Diego. Our host was spectacular as was the AirBNB
which allowed us to walk to both Communal Coffee and Great Maple.
Coffee at Communal Coffee
This isn’t just any old hipster coffee shop, as the sign outside says, Coffee + Flowers (a match made in heaven). Order your favorite beverage and create your very own flower crown. It will run you around $45
girl, bye maybe next time! I will say if the flowers don’t strike your fancy, there are plenty of very cute knick-knacks to shop for. My favorite is this pin, which, totally kicking myself that I didn’t buy! Next to Communal Coffee is the cutest nursery, it wasn’t open yet while we were there (bummer), but from what we could see, it’s definitely worth a visit!
This place is Instagram famous, but rightfully so. I ordered the chai with almond milk which was phe-nom-inal. The fresh ginger is what you taste first. Now, keep in mind we went on a weekday morning, so I would imagine this place is B-A-N-A-N-A-S on a weekend, you’ve been warned! Can we just talk about the whole flight thing that San Diego offers?! You can try multiple drinks flights style.
Brunch at Great Maple
Great Maple is situated on the corner on Cleveland and Washington street in University Heights. This hidden treasure sits proudly on the corner wafting out smells of comfort and decadence. When you walk in to the building, you are transported to a chic upscale 1960’s diner, complete with funky lights over the bar. The wait staff is friendly and all smiles. You may even hear a “honey” or “sugar” dropped casually as your order is taken. This place oozes charm and has a sure foothold in a hyper competitive food scene. Good for you Great Maple, good for you indeed.
We started with the Maple Bacon donuts (which are made to order). These fluffy yet crunch gems were the star of the show. With three full size donuts per order, these could easily be a meal of their own.
In true diner style, the portions will definitely fill your belly. Word to the wise, find something you can both agree on and share. Unless you’re a lumberjack; then eat on! We tried the House Smoked Beef Brisket as pictured above. Light and delicious hollandaise, perfectly smoked brisket, and tender veggies topped a buttery popover.
Kayak Adventure in La Jolla
Can we first just talk about how stinking beautiful La Jolla is? I’d like to live there one day, #goals for real.
The water was a brisk 60 degrees.
who am I kidding, I don’t know
It was cold, but thankfully the sky was cloud free. We had fun and experienced guides who shared all the rich history of La Jolla while taking us on our 17 mile roundtrip adventure. You don’t have to know how to swim and the tour comes with all of the items you’ll need (kayak, helmet, life jacket). We had a wonderful experience with La Jolla Kayak
and if you’re in the area, check them out.
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