Happy Friday! I’m going to finish up my California vacation posts today with a recap of our time in San Diego. Next week we’ll be back to regularly scheduled programming (aka whatever random thoughts I feel like sharing…).
I was actually excited for the drive to San Diego because I heard great things about the scenery. Once we got outside of LA it did not disappoint. Another thing that did not disappoint: Pressed Juicery Freeze, which we stopped for on our drive. Pressed Juicery is a well-known juice bar located mainly in California and on the west coast (but now in NYC!). Their “freeze” is a spin on frozen yogurt made by freezing some of their most popular juices and smoothies. It is only made with fruits, vegetables, almonds and coconuts. All-natural (they aren’t just saying that) and so delicious.
I had the “vanilla freeze” (almonds, dates, vanilla bean and sea salt) and the “greens freeze” (kale, apple, celery, cucumber, lemon, parsley, romaine, spinach, dates and coconut) topped with sliced almonds and blueberries.
While my taste buds loved it, my stomach didn’t unfortunately. Probably more sugar (even though it was natural) than I’m used to.
Probably the highlight of our time in San Diego was our day in La Jolla. My mom warned me I would want to move there immediately and she was right. We walked by the water, ate lunch outside at Caroline’s Seaside Cafe (LOVE), shopped in the cute town (so many awesome stores, both name brands and boutiques), saw the seals and spent time on the beach.
Workouts in San Diego: Core40 + Running
We took a megaformer class at Core40 in downtown San Diego. This was our third megaformer class of the trip (I think I got them hooked)! It was a regular class but we used the Pilates ring for some leg raises and pulses, which was different from normal. Core40 was a small but very nice studio in a building with a wine bar, smoothie bar and massage studio. We joked that we would live in that building if we lived in the area.
I also ran along the water in San Diego! My first and only run of the trip. 5 solo miles throughout the Gaslamp District and along the water. I didn’t really have a plan for my run so I just wandered the streets and then made my way to the path by the water. I saw signs all over town for the San Diego Half Marathon, which was the day after we left. Poor trip planning on my part :)
Hotel del Coronado
On our last night of the trip we went out to a fancy dinner at the Hotel del Coronado on Coronado Island. Not only was the food delicious, but the view and hotel property…seriously stunning. It is a well-known California “landmark” so I feel fortunate that we were able to visit. We watched the sunset and ate dinner outside. A quintessential California evening :)
For those who are unfamiliar, Cafe Gratitude is a plant-based (vegan) restaurant with a focus on local, organic foods. For some reason I was afraid I wouldn’t be full after the meal here (such a dilemma…) but that wasn’t the case. I ordered the “Pure Salad,” a sushi-like salad with kale, nori, sprouts, avocado, carrots, cucumber, basil, sea palm and almonds along with the garnet yams (aka roasted sweet potatoes, my favorite). Everything was so delicious and fresh!
Our waitress was incredibly helpful suggesting options that would suit our allergies/preferences. They even had a book that listed exactly what was in each menu item, including how it was prepared. So helpful for allergies! Most things had beans (they don’t sit well with me) but the options were creative and intriguing. Go eat there if you have one near you!
After some reading, shopping and one last dinner out (at the Red Door, my picture was too dark) I took the red-eye home. It wasn’t too awful but combine that with Daylight Saving Time and I was in major nap-mode all weekend. No complaints!
I will probably try to weasel out one more post from the trip (thoughts, planning tips, etc.) but, for now, let’s just say it was just the adventure I needed.