San Diego: Part II

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San Diego Part 1

After our energizing lunch at Lean and Green Cafe, we explored downtown La Jolla and all of its of shops and cafes. Very cute and laid back!

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Then, we headed over to a popular look out point in La Jolla with 360 views of the city and surrounding area.

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…and back to the beach!

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We realized the sun was about to set, so we raced over to the ocean to try and get some pictures before the sun went down. Sunset lighting is a photographer’s dream! Everything glows :)

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There were these cute little birds that we called ‘roadrunner’s’ because they would SPEED RUN across the sand…I’m pretty sure they could outrun me! Anyone know what kind of bird this is?

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meep meep!!!

These guys were a bit more chilled out and wondering what the commotion was all about…

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There were so many surfers out taking advantage of the waves and lots of women surfers too. So bad ass. I would love to learn to surf, if I could get over my shark fear!

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After booting it about 10 minutes, we finally made it to the look out point for a sunset pic. :)

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By sunset, there were a ton of seals on the shore and on the rocks. At least 100 or more. It looked like they were retiring for the night! It’s so cute how they all snuggle up close with one another.

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After watching the sunset, we headed back to the hotel and decided where to go to dinner. We decided on a Mexican place called Rancho’s.

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A peek inside Rancho’s fun decor.

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The restaurant has meat, vegetarian, and vegan options…and I even think some gluten-free options too.

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We started with the organic blue corn nachos with black beans, guacamole, pico de galo, and Daiya cheese. Both of us quickly claimed them to be the BEST NACHOS EVER! Quite a claim, I know. If you overheard us you would have instantly thought we were nuts because we could not stop talking about them.

Can you see how the nacho chips are flakey and layered?? They were incredible!

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I think we managed to eat about half and then had to stop eating so we wouldn’t ruin our appetite!

Eric ordered the chicken and beef enchiladas for his main:

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And I ordered the vegan enchiladas with green, mole, and red sauce. One was packed with avocado, another with roasted eggplant, and another with beans.

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Don`t judge a book by its cover. ;)

We couldn’t get over how huge the portions were! I could barely finish half my plate.

I must say, this picture wins for OSG food photo of 2011.

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Eric said I should submit it in a photo contest, heh.

If that picture doesn’t make you want to eat there, I don’t know what would.

We finished the night with a lil nightcap!

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Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga December 8, 2011

What a great post and so happy you had a great day in my hometown, the day AFTER I left to go on my own lil vacay :)

The waves and the surfers…it wouldn’t really be the sharks but the COLD water!! that scares me. When I got Scuba dive certified in that ocean, right there off La Jolla Shores, about 7 years ago…I almost quit so.many.times. Every weekend, I vowed it was my last b/c the water was so cold. Even a 7mm wetsuit isn’t even warm enough. I give it up to surfers who just hang out in ice baths…for hours!

And Mexican food…I give it up to anyone who writes a Mexican-themed blog b/c taking pics of it has never come easy to me :)

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katie@ KatieDid December 8, 2011

beautiful sunset pictures! I love san diego and would die to go back. And I think the meal looks great, Mexican food is never usually the most photogenic but it’s definitely one of my favorites.

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Amelia December 8, 2011

Those are some beautiful pictures! Thanks for the fun update :)

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Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat December 8, 2011

Oh wow, the beach at sunset looks gorgeous!!! I am the same as you on the surfing front – would LOVE to learn how but I have a shark fear to. And yes, that photo – it’s definitely one for a frame! ;)

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Lauren - Raw Is Sexy December 8, 2011

Angela!!!!!!!!!!! How long are you here for? I moved here to San Diego in Feb this year from Philadelphia and I lived in La Jolla (with a ton of roommates) when I first got here, and now I am about 20 minutes from La Jolla (and about 5 mins from downtown) in an area called South Park near Hillcrest. I’d love to meet you at Evolution Fast Food (raw food drive through and restaurant) or Juice Kaboose (on Fay Ave in La Jolla) or Spread, or Veg-N-Out! There are SO MANY vegan places here, it’s incredible. If you have time to meet up let me know! So excited that you are checking out San Diego for the first time! It’s amazing here. XOXOXO – Lauren

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Angela (Oh She Glows) December 8, 2011

hey Lauren, Aww I would have loved to meet you! We went home last weekend sadly! I wish we were still there…maybe I could have moved in with you? haha. We will def. be back someday….

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Gina @ Running to the Kitchen December 8, 2011

I’ve only ever been to San Diego for work so I’ve never been able to see it as a visitor. I love the seals :) Mexican is always the most repulsive looking stuff but man, it tastes good!

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Carmel December 8, 2011

The birds are Sand Pipers! They are super fun!! Loved the pictures of all your travels! San Diego is a favorite place of mine!

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Stacy @ Stacy Eats December 8, 2011

Great pictures! Looks like fun!

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Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table December 8, 2011

San Diego is one of my favorite places in the States. I’d so much rather be there right now than in this cold weather!

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Amanda M December 8, 2011

That beach is beautiful! And although dinner wasn’t the most photogenic, it still looks really tasty. I love that you were able to get vegan enchiladas!

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Katie B. December 8, 2011

I can’t believe you are in San Diego! I hope you are having a wonderful time so far (I live in S.D =D) and if you’ll be here on Saturday make sure to check out the Little Italy farmers market!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) December 8, 2011

heh we left last weekend unfortunately! will def be back someday :)

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Amanda December 8, 2011

What a gorgeous beach! I always loved seeing the seals when I lived in San Francisco, but man were they stinky! ;)

Dinner looks delicious, despite not photographing well!

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Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn December 8, 2011

San Diego is SO beautiful. A guy on my floor is from there and hasn’t been home since August. So hard to fly out there! I’m glad you’re having a good time, chica! The sand is literally making me miss the beach more than lyfe

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Micaela December 8, 2011

Sandpipers! And those nachos look amazing! I’m definitely gonna have to try those when I visit my parents in SD next week. Ranchos is one of their favorite restaurants.

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Janine @ThePurpleGiraffe December 8, 2011

Okay, the more pictures I see from La Jolla, the more I feel like that needs to be my next vacation destination! Gorgeous pictures!

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amy December 8, 2011

Ahhh, La Jolla, so nice. I remember renting Segways and touring around as a newlywed with my husband. Love it there, I recall the restaurants being sooo good. Would love to go back. Thanks for sharing!

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Katy December 8, 2011

Great post. San Diego looks beautiful! To answer your question, those “roadrunners” look like sandpipers to me.

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helly December 8, 2011

yep, they’re sandpipers! :) did you happen to see how they dip their bills into the sand to find food? i love the san diego area. my cousin lives there–so jealous!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) December 8, 2011

ahhhh sandpipers!!! They are amazing….I think I saw them dipping into the sane too :)

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LizAshlee December 8, 2011

Amazing photos of the scenery! What a beautiful sunset and on the ocean…spectacular!

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StoriesAndSweetPotatoes December 8, 2011

Those vegan enchiladas sound great, but that’s like a catering plate!

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Annie December 8, 2011

Wow, I can’t believe how gorgeous those photos are!

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Sabrina @ Radioactive Runner December 8, 2011

ahh, that Mexican food looks sooo good! Other than the mole lol.. mole is definitely not my favorite.. but everything else, I’ll take it :)

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Kath December 8, 2011

Love the sunset shots!

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Jamie @ Don't Forget the Cinnamon December 8, 2011

Your photographs are GORGEOUS!!!! I especially love the ones of the birds :)

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Andrea @ Vegvacious December 8, 2011

So glad you enjoyed Cali!!!! We spent a day in LA/Santa Monica when we were on a Vegas vacation in October and we loved it. We’ll definitely be heading back there for a full vacation of exploring the Cali coast!

PS – I definitely hear ya on the shark fear – I’d love to surf but I’d be terrified :-S

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Laura (the first mess) December 8, 2011

Beautiful sunset and snuggly seal pics! We’ve been planning a west coast trip so your updates from Cali are making me antsy. And yeah Mexican food = brown city. But so, soooooo good.

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Mac December 8, 2011

I have a big fear of sharks too, so whenever I get a chance to go on vacation on the coasts I don’t enjoy my time in the water as much as I should… some day we’ll conquer our fear!

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jenna December 8, 2011

i love mexican food!! everything looks so stunning and wow! i can’t believe they serve meat, vegetarian and vegan! impressive!

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Anna Crouch December 8, 2011

No matter how colorless, dark and grainy those photos of the enchiladas looked….I still wanted to eat them!!! lol And the nachos too. Man…..I’m really craving some mexican food now!!

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Rebecca @ Naturally Healthy and Gorgeous December 8, 2011

Looks delish!

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Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning December 8, 2011

Once again, the photos are SO breath taking! You really know how to sell San Diego- and I must plan a trip there! Between that and traveling to NYC, you are one lucky lady!
BTW- I’m going to NYC today and staying through Saturday, and I was looking through your posts for restaurant recommendations. I really only get to choose one meal while we’re there (lunch tomorrow) because dinner both nights is taken care of, and I bring my own breakfast to pinch pennies. It’s definitely between Cafe Blossom and Candle Cafe- I want that burger that your hubby had! :)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) December 8, 2011

I didn’t make it to Candle Cafe but I heard great things about it…I dont think you can go wrong! have fun my dear!

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Tricia December 8, 2011

Love it all. Thanks for sharing. Regarding Mexican food and mole sauce in particular, the absolute BEST (seriously) mole sauce is in New Hope, PA at a little place called The Blue Tortilla. everything is freshly made right there. (I have no affiliation with the place. Just love to visit there when we go for a weekend from Maryland). Their mole will win over anyone who previously didn’t like. (It got my attention). I wish I could get it just right at home, but they do sell it bottled. It contains banana! So, next time you’re on the east coast of USA, spend a day in New Hope/Lambertville (not very far from NY City). Fantastic restaurants, shops, places to stay…..and mole at the Blue Tortilla. I am so glad I discovered your blog and recipes, Angela.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) December 8, 2011

Good to know Tricia! Anyways with banana is a winner in my books.

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hannah alehandra December 8, 2011

Oh my god, those enchiladas! Just looking at them makes me hungry. They look soo gooooood.

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Joann@womaninreallife December 8, 2011

That beach looks like a dream right now…I am not a big fan of snow! Also, the food looks yummy!

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Ashley December 8, 2011

I’m dying about that Mexican food!!!! The first surfing photo is my favorite of the bunch. What a gorgeous place!! I visited once, but only for a few hours. So glad you guys got to romp around the states for awhile!! How fun. :)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) December 8, 2011

Some day I will show you how to take Mexican Food pictures, don’t you worry. bahah

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Jessica @ Dairy Free Betty December 8, 2011

Looks so beautiful!!
You should come to Vancouver Island and go to Tofino – the surfing there is awesome – and no sharks!! There is a company called surf sisters that caters to girls that want to surf!! We just usually rent our board and gear and go! It’s super cheap and soooooooooooo fun!!!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) December 8, 2011

That sounds amazing Jess! I will have to come visit you :)

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Cat @Breakfast to Bed December 8, 2011

I love that picture of you in silhouette. It’s so simple and beautiful. I bet your mom would ADORE a small framed one. Just sayin.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) December 8, 2011

Thanks :) She actually did ask for a few trip pictures framed!

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Ashley @ This Is The Place December 8, 2011

oh man, these photos almost made me cry. My husband and I just moved from San Diego to the suburbs of Washington D.C. and I miss that place so much. We used to live walking-distance from Ranchos. So delicious…and one of our favorite dinner spots. We used to visit the seals on Saturday mornings. Drinking a latte and watching seals be goofy…a great way to start the weekend. It’s also one of the best places for a long run. Training for a marathon out here is nothing like running back home.

I am so jealous you were there for a few days. I have beach-envy like crazy..

PS – go surfing! Shark attacks are like car accidents. They happen, but you drive anyways, right? And the thrill of riding your first wave is totally worth it.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) December 8, 2011

Ah I love that, I want to go back right now! Good point about the car accident thing…Im sure it’s much more risky to get into a car each day then in the ocean…

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VeggieGirl December 8, 2011

mmm I want those nachos!

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Christine @ The Brighter Side of Life December 8, 2011

Yup, sandpipers. They’re quick on their little legs, eh?

Beautiful shots. I went to SD for a conference once and loved it, though I had just a weeny bit of time to check it out. Visited the Hotel del Coronado like you guys did, and of course watched the surf. Most of the rest of the time was spent in the convention hall. :-( We went in Feb. (from Ontario), so the weather was a great break from the snow. I’ve heard it’s around 72 degrees much of the time there. Nice.

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Meredith December 8, 2011

I always find that mexican restaurants are the easiest non-vegan restaurants to create a vegan meal! Rice, beans, guacomole… so simple!

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