Operation girls getaway was in full force. I have been traveling non-stop for work lately but was craving a little ladies trip that was far enough from home but close enough that I did not have to deal with flights and rental cars. Being in LA that leaves me a few options; Santa Barbara, the desert or San Diego. I broke it down like this-
Santa Barbara – mellow and vino centric
Palm Springs- sunny and mellow
San Diego- sunny, good food, great bar scene and a fun nightlife scene
I think you get why I chose San Diego. Personally I am single and I thought a girls weekend escape would be perfect with my friends Claudia (@claudiagraziano) and Michelle Infusino (@michelleinfusino), but I honestly would do the same thing if I were in a relationship with my significant other. Going on trips for the blog is always fun with other bloggers, but it is even better when they are your real pals too :) Our weekend goal was food, food, food, good drinks, dancing and finding the best places in the city to share it with you all. I am proud to say I think we achieved that! But honestly this weekend would not have happened if it were not for this collaboration I had with San Diego Tourism : Visit San Diego (@visitsandiego). They are so dedicated to their audience, that they wanted to encourage people to come and explore their city. AND that is EXACTLY what we did.
Here is a detailed breakdown of the weekend, and for you cliff-notes types (me!), you can zoom to the bottom where I have all of the places listed. BUT do give the below a read because I put in some effort here! <3
Day 1- Friday:
We got to our hotel and unpacked our stuff and had a full blown try on our outfits for the night party. We were prepping for a fab dinner at Born & Raised. Which I am still salivating over. IT WAS INSANE!! From the food presentation, the service, the cocktail bar cart (they literally made drinks for us at our table) and the steak grill cart where I got to see them cook my dinner right in front of me. The whole experience was truly divine and I highly suggest you go. Afterwards we went to False Idol for their delicious rum drinks. It is a speakeasy that is located in the restaurant Craft and Commerce. The vibe and décor reminds you of being on an island vacation. All I have to suggest is you should take a Lyft or Uber home. Those drinks were so delicious and STRONG. We stayed there until around 2 AM and kept the party going back in our hotel room.
Day 2- Saturday:
We woke up to a rainy Saturday but that did not stop us. We grabbed umbrellas from our hotel and went over to the Little Italy Farmer’s Market for some French bread and to buy some fresh fruits. It was fun to see how many locals and tourists gathered there – rain or shine – everyone was out there enjoying the food and local experience. Then we went for a round of cava champagne from Spain and oysters at Ironside Fish & Oyster. We shot some content in our outfits and then went to Café Chloe for a late lunch. It is an adorable Parisian inspired café in the heart of downtown. After speaking to our nice server they let us know that we should walk over to their new café that opened up down the street (Parisian inspired as well) called Minou. They served delicious crepes and coffee and it really was a great place for us to escape the rain.
Once our food comas subsided, we went shopping in downtown to try to find outfits to wear that night. Saturday night was going to be our big night out food and nightlife wise so we took a 30-minute nap before heading out that evening. Also, made sure to wear something cute but not too tight (Well, Claudia and I did). I say this while chuckling because we teased Michelle all night for having a food baby in all of our pics. If you missed this video, it is in my highlights under Travel SD. Trust me..the meal was worth all of our food babies!
The night started out Provisional, a super posh restaurant located in the hip Pendry hotel. Walking in we stumbled upon a champagne vending machine (so boujie) and an extremely friendly staff. I personally have loads of food allergies so I struggle to find places to eat in new cities. The restaurants I picked for the weekend not only happen to be some of the top restaurants in SD, but also the most accommodating. Which is not always the case with a city’s hot spots.
Ok back to the meal..my favorite part about the meal was definitely the champagne and French fry flight. They brought three different types of fries out and carefully paired them with a champagne and dipping sauce that would complement them. You all know how much I love my French fries, so I was definitely sold on this experience! This was something new that they recently brought on to the menu (a suggestion from one of their new managers) and let me tell you…IT WAS WORTH IT. I am definitely coming back for it.
After dinner we wanted to either go to Omnia, Parq, Bang Bang or the newer Oxford Social Club. We ended up going for Oxford Social Club. It was actually an amazing choice because the music was great and it had overall great vibes. Ironically, I ran into other friends who came to spend the weekend in SD from LA as well and we partied all night together. It was such a nice change from the regular LA scene and being a single little lady…I forgot how many cuties were in SD! Our one big night out ended perfectly as the girls and I went up to our room and snacked and laughed at our ridiculous videos we took all night.
Day 3 - Sunday:
FINALLY, the rain was done and we wanted to hit as many spots as possible. We hung out at the roof deck of the Pendry Hotel which was super chic!! Then we went to a cute part of town called North Park. It is a more hipster area and it is home to that very Instagram/Pinterest friendly matcha shop called Holy Matcha. If you haven’t saved it on your Instagram, then go to my pic I posted and save the location. IT WAS perfect. The avocado toast was delish, so was the chia pudding and the coconut matcha I ordered was great. I am also very picky about matcha and I was not mad at this one. Then went over to communal coffee because I heard it was super cute and decided to get highly caffeinated for the day. We walked around some more, grabbed some lunch at Encontro (more fries of course) and went to Hunt and Gather, a thrift shop, to find goodies for Coachella.
We were DYING to go to You and Yours Distillery so we ventured back into downtown to grab some drinks and to take in their amazing décor. Anywhere to get a good gram in ;) I really suggest this place as it can be a spot to take your parents, to go with your pals, a client, but also a good date spot!
To summarize, I forgot how amazing SD was and how easy it was to trek there. I cannot wait to head back into the city and I am so grateful I partnered with Visit San Diego on a project that allowed me to experience all the charm SD has to offer. I made a list of my itinerary for you and put a star next to things I have been to and things people (thank you @sabrinalouisen) have suggested to me that I will have to try out next time I am in town! Until then, thanks for reading along and thanks to my girlfriends Claudia and Michelle for the best weekend ever!
*Café Chloe- downtown SD
*Minou- downtown SD
Queenstown Public House- Little Italy
*You and Yours Distillery- downtown SD
*Holy Matcha – Northpark
*Communal Coffee- North park
*Born and Raised- Little Italy
*Provisional- downtown SD
*Ironside Fish and Oyster – Little Italy
Cowboy Star- downtown SD
*Bang Bang (sushi) – downtown SD
*Born and Raised Rooftop – Little Italy
Polite Provisions – North Park
Coin Op (arcade) – downtown SD
*Craft and Commerce – Little Italy
*False Idol (speakeasy) – Little Italy
Noble Experiment (speakeasy) – downtown SD
Note: Funded in part with City of San Diego Tourism Marketing District Assessment Funds