San Diego: It’s not Goodbye but See You Again



On our second and last day in San Diego (and final day of the trip)  we did a mini road trip along the coast! We drove through Del Mar and Encinitas and explored the beach towns. This was so much fun and the weather was gorgeous!


We popped into Whole Foods for a quick bite to eat along the way:


I don`t know what was better, the meal, or when we realized how much cheaper the Whole Foods bar is compared to here in Ontario. Our bill was at least 40% less than it normally is. Tears of joy, tears of joy.

I didn’t do a great job documenting our road trip, but the sights were beautiful.


Maybe it’s a good thing I didn’t attempt many pics…those “shooting from the car pictures” never seem to pan out! I try to take a shot of the ocean and all I get is a concrete highway median.

We made it back for the sunset in La Jolla again! This time we took pictures from the beach (instead of up on the cliff) and we had a totally different perspective.




I told you the people here are chill.


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After relaxing in the hotel room for a bit, we drove to Encinitas to try out The Lotus Cafe that we came across earlier in the day.


Similar to Rancho’s, Lotus cafe offers a wide variety of omnivore, vegetarian, gluten-free, and vegan options. If only more restaurants made it this easy! I immediately loved the menu in this cafe. Check out the legend…


After discovering our obsession for vegan nachos the night before, we had to try the vegan nachos at Lotus made with organic blue corn chips topped with vegan cheese, salsa, and guacamole.


The nachos were great, but Rancho`s still has the win!


Eric ordered the lasagne made up of spinach pasta, ricotta cheese, fresh veggies, and marinara sauce. He said it was great.


I wanted something spicy to warm me up, so I ordered the Indian Curry Bowl made up of fresh steamed veggies with an Indian curry sauce served over organic brown rice. It was light, low on the oil, and fresh, but it wasn’t as spicy as I expected it to be. It could have used a bit more curry in my opinion. All in all though, it was a nice light meal and a nice change up from a few heavy ones while traveling!


As we were finishing up our meal, this beautiful California girl walked up to us and introduced herself as Sarah, an avid blog reader. Small world! Sarah if you’re reading this please shoot me an email as I have a question for you…I’m not as awkward over email, I promise. ;)

Since my meal was so light there was obviously room for their vegan dessert bar.


This vegan peanut butter chocolate fudge cupcake was anything but light, but it was the perfect ending to our vacation. The peanut butter frosting was so buttery and not super sweet. A great way to end the trip!

Our stay in California was short and sweet, but that just means we’ll have to go back soon! Thanks to everyone who provided us with suggestions on what to see and do. We actually got home last weekend (and were already gone before I posted), so we’ll have to take you up on your suggestions next time.

When I got home, I edited some of my favourite photos in HDR format (high dynamic range imaging) which is when image files of differing exposures are merged together. The HDR format is new to me, but very fun to learn. I set my DSLR so it took 3 pictures at once (one at –2 exposure, one at normal exposure, and one at +2 exposure) and then post-processing I merged the images together. It creates a fun 3-D effect and works great for travel photos.

Anyways, here are some of my favs!



Love love love the 3-D look of this one:



San Diego:




I’m hoping to create a few more and frame some of them.

Have a great Friday!

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1 Heather @ Better With Veggies December 9, 2011

Wow – I’ve never seen the HDR format before, those are beautiful. I’m going to have to learn more about that and try it out myself!


2 Sandra December 9, 2011

I LOVE those HDR pictures too…definitely blow up and frame some of them – they’re gorgeous! And so is So Cal…I think I would be a much more zen person if I lived there:)


3 Lauren December 9, 2011

Your HDR pictures are awesome. I have a DSLR and have taken the pictures like that (3 at a time), but I don’t know how to combine them. How did you do it??? Photoshop?


4 Angela (Oh She Glows) December 9, 2011

thanks! I used Photomatix Pro software


5 Ricki December 9, 2011

The HDR pics are great! Looks almost like a painting rather than a photo. Your trip sounds totally fantatic. So glad you had a great time!


6 Lys December 9, 2011

All these photos have been so beautiful. Thanks for sharing your vacation with us!


7 Katie December 9, 2011

It looks like you had an absolutely wonderful time! I love love LOVE california and the people there really are drinking some other sort of cool-aid… they are so… reeeeeeeeelaxed. Your outings to dinner also looked wonderful. After browsing the menu, I realized that there would be absolutely no possibility that such a menu would exist in North Carolina. Sad day. Wonderful vacation recap, Angela!


8 Angela (Oh She Glows) December 9, 2011

must find special cool-aid mix…


9 sabine @ December 9, 2011

those sunsets are siiick! haha. i love love love sun set pictures. hope you have/had a safe trip home :)


10 StoriesAndSweetPotatoes December 9, 2011

That tree picture is real? Definitely needs a huge frame. Geez, you could probably sell some of those.


11 Sarah December 9, 2011

Those pictures are absolutely gorgeous. If you decide to sell some of those, definitely let us know. They are much better than any picture I took while in San Diego! The look like art!


12 Angela (Oh She Glows) December 9, 2011

Thanks Sarah!


13 Julia December 9, 2011

I’ve never heard of the HDR format before but the effect looks so cool!!!
The pictures are beautiful and definitely need to be framed.


14 Colette December 9, 2011

Those pics in HDR are AMAZING! I so want a nice camera now!!! :-(


15 Andrea December 9, 2011

Wow, as everyone else has said, BEAUTIFUL pictures! I definately wish I could go to some of those restaurants you’ve been to, or even some LIKE it. I live in rural Northern Illinois, so none of those to be found around me! + all of these nacho pictures are realllly making me crave nachos… :)


16 Cassie @ Back to Her Roots December 9, 2011

I love HDR photos. They are so colorful and brilliant! One of my favorite things about the new iPhone is that it has HDR capabilities on the camera. It obviously doesn’t do anything as awesome as these, but it definitely helps to make some better-than-average cell phone photos. :)


17 Angela (Oh She Glows) December 9, 2011

Does it really? Wow that’s cool!


18 Brittany @ GOtheXtraMile December 9, 2011

All of those pictures are amazing! California and NY are two of my all time favorite places.


19 Andrea @ Vegvacious December 9, 2011

I love that one your readers spotted you on vacation — I’m thinking you’re just a wee bit famous Ange :-D

Glad you had a great trip – welcome home to Ontario — however we are getting snow as I type this, so maybe we should just pack up and head right back down south!


20 Angela (Oh She Glows) December 9, 2011

hah yea we got back last weekend and I was going through sun withdrawal…3-4 days of clouds once home. Missing the sun! Although I hear it’s supposed to be sunny this weekend? Here’s hoping.


21 Cindy December 9, 2011

PLEASE tell me what kind of camera you have. I have been searching for a new one and adore the quality of your photos. Thank you!!! :)


22 Ashley December 9, 2011

The HDR images are so cool! I think my favorite is the first, in the park. I’ll have to try those out sometime. :)


23 Elizabeth December 9, 2011

Just had to tell you I made the biscotti last night – Oh MY GOODNESS! DELICIOUS! I’ve been dipping and eating all morning. I used 1/2 ww all purpose flour, 1/2 ww pastry flour, because I don’t use white flour – and they were still wonderful. Thanks for another fantastic recipe.


24 Angela (Oh She Glows) December 9, 2011

That’s so great to hear! Tea time is a lot more fun this week. ;) Im happy to know that they worked with the flour change, as sometimes they can act a bit funny. What is the ww all purpose flour? Is it whole wheat but processed fine like ap?


25 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga December 9, 2011

Del Mar and Encinitas are great beach towns and before I had Skylar, I did yoga Encinitas at the best, most amazing yoga studio…ever. Cherished memories. If I could hang out in Encinitas doing yoga and being hippy dippy all day and then clean up and hit the town in Del Mar in the evening, I’d be a very happy camper..ahh, but I have a few memories like that and I can dream, right? :)

You pretty much can’t go wrong with cute and quaint little cafes and foodie spots in La Jolla, Del Mar and Encinitas, or really anywhere in the San Diego area. So happy you explored and had this time and next time I hope I’m at home when you’re in my hometown!

“those “shooting from the car pictures” never seem to pan out! I try to take a shot of the ocean and all I get is a concrete highway median.” <– Lol and it's the same for me.

The HDR images are so cool!! I need to try my hand at those. Wow!


26 Angela (Oh She Glows) December 9, 2011

Well fell in LOVE with Encinitas…could honestly imagine moving there someday! I laughed at the yoga studio thing because I saw a bunch of yoga studios while there.


27 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat December 9, 2011

Wow Ange, the HDR images are amazing! Totally need to learn that trick with my camera! And San Diego.. you’ve convinced me that I need to go. Gorgeous sunsets, the food (especially that cupcake).. looks like a perfect trip.


28 Kristen @ Chocolate Covered Kristen December 9, 2011

Those HDR pictures are AMAZING. Will you be posting a tutorial?


29 Casey @ Pocket Full of Sunshine December 9, 2011

That is so awesome!! Could you maybe do a tutorial? Is this a Photoshop Elements thing? Beautiful pics. :)


30 Laura @ My Pink Thumb December 9, 2011

Wow, I just LOVE those HDR photos!


31 Katie December 9, 2011

The first photo on this post is AMAZING! actually all of them are!


32 Meg December 9, 2011

Hey Angela, Love the HDR photos, what HDR software are you using, there are so many out there, and I just don’t know what to choose. BTW – Love you blog, read it everyday :)


33 Angela (Oh She Glows) December 9, 2011

m trying a free trial of photomatix…new to using it, but I hope to do a post on this stuff at some point!


34 Erica | Cupcakes & Coffee Breaks December 9, 2011

I hope my new camera (that i’m crossing my fingers for for Christmas) does HDR… that looks insane! So pretty. Love all of the sunset photos too :)


35 Kelli December 9, 2011

Those pictures are beautiful, Angela. Usually people who are so good at so many things just tick me right off, but not in your case, lol. Glad you guys had a nice trip… gives me some good ideas for my own future travels with my omni boyfriend!


36 char @ char on a mission December 9, 2011

What a cool effect to do to pictures. I’ll just learn all the tricks through you! My husband loves Del Mar – I think I kinda like it, too ;). It’s amazing how different the west coast is from the east. I could definitely spend a few months (read: years) over in San Diego area!


37 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen December 9, 2011

Wow, those last few HDR pictures came out so cool! I’ve never even heard of that! There’s so much I don’t know about my camera. I feel like I use maybe 10% of it’s capabilities.


38 Heidi December 9, 2011

It’s too bad you didn’t get a chance to visit Balboa Park while in San Diego. It’s a photographer’s paradise! You would love it. :) So glad you enjoyed San Diego!


39 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table December 9, 2011

The way the frosting is dripping off of that cupcake is downright pornographic. In a god way. ;)

Your pics are beautiful! Do you have them printed and framed often from trips? I took one good shot at the beach a few years ago and had it printed on a canvas. It’s nice to have the memory on my wall as “art.”


40 Jaclyn T December 9, 2011

SO jealous of your trip!

–Jaclyn T
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41 Sonia (the Mexigarian) December 9, 2011

The photos are amazing. I love your pictures of San Diego! Next time I’m down there I have to hit up Lotus :) I too try to take drive by pictures and most of the time they’re not that great but once in a while there’s an awesome picture :) I love the tree picture.


42 Katie @ Katie Without Restrictions December 9, 2011

Wow, what an incredible vacation! I love today’s sunset pics.


43 hannah alehandra December 9, 2011

Hey Angela! This is going to sound really random but I love how you photograph trees! :D


44 Angela (Oh She Glows) December 9, 2011

thanks! ;)


45 kaila @ healthyhelper December 9, 2011

I LOVE THOSE PICS!! So cool! How did you take the one of the birds eye view of the buildings?! Did you guys take a helicopter ride or something!?


46 Angela (Oh She Glows) December 9, 2011

We went to Top of the Rock (rockefeller centre)


47 RachelSD December 9, 2011

Thanks for coming to our neck of the woods and showing it off so beautifully! I can’t help but think you stayed in the wrong location (downtown) considering you spent so much time along the coast! Hopefully you’ll be able to stay in La Jolla next time! And now I’m off to figure out when to fit some of the restaurants you featured into my schedule…


48 Kelly J. R. December 9, 2011

I’ve really enjoyed reading about your travels. Looks like you got to experience some amazing foods! I love the sunset and ocean photo. So peaceful.


49 Moni'sMeals December 9, 2011

late to the party I guess because I have never seen these HDR Pictures~ Wowzers and Yozwers!

Love them all… so unique and classy and they all tell a story.

Lotus looks just great too. :)


50 Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) December 9, 2011

Those HDR photos are insane! So interesting to look at. You mentioned the software, is it really expensive??


51 Angela (Oh She Glows) December 9, 2011

im not sure…trying a free trial right now as Im new to the program. I suspect like most software it probably is!


52 Anne December 9, 2011

your pictures are beautiful! you should think about selling prints


53 Angela (Oh She Glows) December 9, 2011

Thank you Anne!


54 Cat @Breakfast to Bed December 9, 2011

wow, those are really beautiful pictures. they really jump off the screen. glad you liked the states!!


55 Jenny @ Simply December 9, 2011

Neat pictures! I’m going to have to check it out on my camera.


56 Kaitlyn@TheTieDyeFiles December 9, 2011

Wow, those HDR images are incredible! I need to try that but it’ll be tricky since my camera doesn’t have multiple exposure mode. I wish my friend was more well-versed in SD’s vegan spots when I visited, I need to go back!


57 katie@ KatieDid December 9, 2011

I’ve never even heard of that type of processing, I’m SO impressed. I absolutely love the look of them. What program is that editing under, photoshop?


58 Angela (Oh She Glows) December 9, 2011

Thanks Katie! Im trying a free trial with Photomatix


59 Anna @ The Guiltless Life December 9, 2011

Those shots are amazing! Did you have a particularly good book that teaches about that format or was it just learn as you go?

I can’t believe WF is so much cheaper in the US than up here – no fair lol! If I go to Cali I’ll stuff my face silly at the WF bar ;)


60 Angela (Oh She Glows) December 9, 2011

I just looked it up online (there are tutorials online)…after reading the comments, I might have to give one on the blog since there is so much interest!


61 Lia December 9, 2011

Those pictures look awesome!


62 Hilliary @Happily Ever Healthy December 9, 2011

Your pictures in HDR format are absolutely stunning! And the vegan cupcake looks delicious!


63 Amanda December 9, 2011

Those photos really sucked me in. The HDR images are kind of mesmerizing. And how cool is that tall, twisted tree?

I’m envious of your vacation. I think it’s time to plan one of my own. Somewhere tropical would be nice… :)


64 Amber K December 9, 2011

I love places with helpful menu icons like that! Makes dining out sooo much easier when I know I won’t be feeling pain afterwards.

The cupcake looks delish! Definitely the perfect end to an amazing trip. Although, I’m sorta scared to know how much you usually spend at Whole Foods if you saved 40% by shopping in the states!


65 Kath December 9, 2011

Wow, what a cool feature!!!


66 Holly December 9, 2011

Wow! Those HDR photos are REALLY cool. I wish I would have known about this when I went to Paris.


67 Kait December 9, 2011

Loved reading your recaps of your trip to my city! Your photos really capture how beautiful it is- I’m from the east coast and I’m still in awe that I live in SD even after 4 years! You were able to visit all the best places and basically hit up all my favorite spots to eat! Hope to catch you next time you are in town for a visit!


68 Angela (Oh She Glows) December 9, 2011

Thank you, that would be wonderful :)


69 Krissy @ Shiawase Life December 9, 2011

Angela, those pictures are AMAZING! Wow! You could sell these as prints!!!!!!!!!


70 Nicole December 9, 2011

These pictures are GORGEOUS!! Especially love the last New York 3D one.

Lotus Cafe is pretty yummy! Encinitas has a ton of good cafes and restaurants!!


71 Lauren @ What Lauren Likes December 9, 2011

Love the last photos! The cupcake sounds fantastic :D


72 anna December 9, 2011

I’ve loved your SD visit updates. I used to live down there and work in La Jolla. The pictures take me back to my lunch time walks along the ocean watching the waves crash and the seals play. Thanks for the flashbacks :-)


73 Angela (Oh She Glows) December 9, 2011

Oh man that would be the best lunch break ever heh


74 Halie Colbourne December 9, 2011

I cannot believe you came to San Diego, nevertheless Encinitas! That is where I am from! And I go to Lotus all the time, and love the new Whole Foods they put in on 101 :) Glad you enjoyed your trip!


75 Angela (Oh She Glows) December 9, 2011

Lucky girl! :) We just loved it


76 Tiff @ Love Sweat and Beers December 9, 2011

Always room for dessert! ;) Great pics – those are really neat!


77 emily December 9, 2011

im glad you enjoyed SoCal. I live in LA, and mom lives in Encinitas where the Lotus Cafe is. They are bringing more vegan places there including a native foods soon, which is awesome because whenever I visit the Lotus Cafe is the only place I can get 100% veganness! Next time hit up LA! We have loads and loads of vegan places!


78 Angela (Oh She Glows) December 9, 2011

hey Emily, It’s funny you say that because we’re planning on doing LA and surrounding coastal areas next time. Im so pumped to see more! What is Native foods? Googling…


79 Lauren December 9, 2011

I live in San Diego and absolutely LOVE Lotus Cafe! So glad you enjoyed your meal there :)


80 Char @ December 9, 2011

*sigh* the pictures are so beautiful, especially the last ones. I visited San Diego last year, but it was a brief trip. I would love to go back.

Ummm peanut butter chocolate fudge cupcake?!?! WHAT?!?! I want one!! :D


81 Eve December 9, 2011

I just found your website and LOVE it and your recipes! I just logged in to post a comment on your kale salad recipe and found this! I spent my whole life in San Diego surfing on the beaches of Del Mar, Carlsbad, La Jolla, and Encinitas and boy do I miss it now being stuck on the east coast (blech!!!) !!! Thank you for sharing these beautiful shots of **HOME** for me to enjoy today! :-)


82 Angela (Oh She Glows) December 9, 2011

Hey Eve! Im glad you found the blog…and even happier that you were able to relive your beautiful hometown.


83 Laura @mypurposefullife December 9, 2011

Love love LOVE those pictures. Really beautiful.


84 Kit-Kat December 9, 2011

San Diego is so gorgious. I love it there.
Haha, for you it might seem like prices are much lower here in the USA than in Canada, but we’re not very far off from becoming a very financially troubled economy. Food prices have gone up so much, and especially on the good stuff. *sigh*


85 Kelly @ Foodie Fiasco December 9, 2011

I’m so glad you’ve had fun. Have a great and safe trip home! ;)


86 Gail December 9, 2011

I really like that first one of San Diego in the HDR format – very cool!


87 Lisa December 9, 2011

Amazing photos! Thanks so much for sharing them!


88 Michelle Hnilica December 9, 2011

Paradise on Earth!!!! I love the HDR pics! Have you done a blog entry about stretching or shared your “stretching after working out” routine?


89 Katie December 9, 2011

These last few pics of yours are amazing!!!!! :)


90 Anna H December 9, 2011

Hi! I love this blog. i think i’ve only commented once or twice but just wanted to let you know how much i appreciate everything you put on here, and the journey you’ve taken! it looks like your life is unfolding in amazing ways.
I also have a new understanding of how exciting cooking can be. i have been really into cooking lately because i kind of like knowing what i’m putting in my body and eating real, authentic food. cant wait to try some of your holiday recipes. Thanks for all you do!!


91 Angela (Oh She Glows) December 11, 2011

Thank you Anna :)


92 Danielle December 9, 2011

It takes an outsider’s perspective to realize what a beautiful place this really is….because of your blog, I’m inspired to take a ride up the coast tomorrow (I live in the North Park neighborhood of SD and don’t get to the beach that often). You’re always welcome to be a ‘guest chef’ in my kitchen!


93 Angela (Oh She Glows) December 11, 2011

Have fun! :)


94 Angela @ PattycakesnPancakes December 9, 2011

Holy Moly! You’re pictures are incredible! You should sell them. Fantastic girly!!


95 Claire December 9, 2011

LOOOOVE your photography!!!


96 alexandra December 9, 2011

incredible pictures miss angela. im glad you had such a wonderful trip :)


97 Tiffany December 10, 2011

I am from San Diego and have been to all the spots you and your husband have visited, including Lotus and the Encinitas Wholefoods. It is so cool seeing my hometown on your blog!! I’ll have to try that sinfully delicious-looking cupcake soon… I’m so glad you had a good time in San Diego. Next time you return, you should and Eric should hike the Torrey Pines trail in between La Jolla and Del Mar–there are breathtaking views and you’ll be able to snap away.

You are making me so excited to go to San Diego! know I can’t wait to enjoy the beautiful weather there!


98 Juliane @ C'est moi à Paris December 10, 2011

So beautiful! I love your HDR pictures! I can’t stop looking at them!


99 Nessy December 10, 2011

Your pictures are absolutely stunning!!!


100 LizAshlee December 10, 2011

Amazing recap with the photos…so beautiful! Have a wonderful weekend!


101 Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers December 10, 2011

Your photos are gorgeous!! Your nachos look amazing!!! :)


102 Jasper December 10, 2011

Hi Angela! LOVE the HDR format! You should try taking some photos of your home and deck and putting them in HDR – notice how your photos with angels and architechture/structures change in HDR and create amazing features never imagined possible in 2-D?!!

Angela, you’re awesome


103 Lisa [With Style and Grace] December 10, 2011

Oh, this post made me so happy! We lived in Carlsbad for a year and would eat at Lotus all the time! We definitely miss it and would love to move back one of these days. Happy you enjoyed your trip!


104 Ashley December 10, 2011

WOW those HDR photos are SO amazing!! I haven’t heard of that. My favourite is the NYC one. You should frame those. :) I love when restaurants can easily serve vegans and omnivores, which is really rare here.


105 Alicia @beingLA December 10, 2011

Those HDR pictures are so cool! Looks like you had a great time in San Diego!


106 Ellie@fitforthesoul December 10, 2011

This HDR stuff sounds intense!! I wanna learn too now~:) And whooooaaa such gorgeous photos! I always can’t help but think how small we really are in light of all creation! But still so significant…

It still boggles my mind that Cali is cheaper than Canada!! After my fiance (who’s from Kansas) told me that you can buy a huge house in Kansas with the money you pay for apartment rent in Cali, I thought nothing would beat that. :P


107 Ellie@fitforthesoul December 10, 2011

oh btw! Hehe…perhaps you can do a giveaway with your beautiful photos!!!! :D


108 Colleen December 10, 2011

Those sunset pictures are so beautiful, and I’m glad you had a great time! I would like to visit California one day :)


109 Stacy December 10, 2011

Great HDR pics.


110 Joann@womaninreallife December 11, 2011

That cupcake looks amazing! Great photos as usual.


111 Jolene ( December 11, 2011

Gorgeous photos Angela!


112 Julee Sanchez December 11, 2011

Hi Angela, thank you for this website. I’m new to this way of eating and I have to say I really love it! I was wondering when we can expect to see a cookbook from you? Also, I was wondering what a typical day of meals looks like for you….and how often do you indulge on the yummy treats found on your recipage!?! Thanks!


113 Janna December 11, 2011

I scrolled through the comments to see if someone answered but didn’t see it; if I missed it I apologize for the double post.

Your beach ‘roadrunners’ look like Sanderlings.
They breed in the high Arctic and winter on pretty much every beach in the world. It seems they like to play tag with the tide. :)


114 Kait December 11, 2011

WOW those HDR shots are amazing! I didn’t even know you could do that. They’re beautiful!


115 Brenda December 12, 2011

You have so much fun on vacation and go to such fantastic looking eateries….I would love to travel with you….I never thought of New York as somewhere I wanted to go, but it is on my bucket list now! Thanks for sharing!


116 Ali December 14, 2011

Oh you found my neighborhood cafe!! Hope you had a fun visit to Encinitas!


117 Julie January 6, 2014

How do you get the 3D effect on your photos. …. You’ve done an awesome job … I certainly would be framing some of these :).
I love what you do!!


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