San Diego: Part II

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on December 8, 2011

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!


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?


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.


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.


A peek inside Rancho’s fun decor.


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


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!


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:


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.


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.


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 at 9:13 am

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 :)


[email protected] KatieDid December 8, 2011 at 9:13 am

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.


Amelia December 8, 2011 at 9:16 am

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


Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat December 8, 2011 at 9:18 am

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! ;)


Lauren - Raw Is Sexy December 8, 2011 at 9:24 am

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


Angela (Oh She Glows) December 8, 2011 at 10:43 am

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….


Gina @ Running to the Kitchen December 8, 2011 at 9:26 am

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!


Carmel December 8, 2011 at 9:27 am

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


Stacy @ Stacy Eats December 8, 2011 at 9:33 am

Great pictures! Looks like fun!


Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table December 8, 2011 at 9:35 am

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!


Amanda M December 8, 2011 at 9:35 am

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!


Katie B. December 8, 2011 at 9:37 am

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!


Angela (Oh She Glows) December 8, 2011 at 10:40 am

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


Amanda December 8, 2011 at 9:37 am

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!


Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn December 8, 2011 at 9:39 am

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


Micaela December 8, 2011 at 9:46 am

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.


Janine @ThePurpleGiraffe December 8, 2011 at 9:47 am

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


amy December 8, 2011 at 9:52 am

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!


Katy December 8, 2011 at 9:52 am

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


helly December 8, 2011 at 10:32 am

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!


Angela (Oh She Glows) December 8, 2011 at 10:41 am

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


LizAshlee December 8, 2011 at 9:56 am

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


StoriesAndSweetPotatoes December 8, 2011 at 9:58 am

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


Annie December 8, 2011 at 10:00 am

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


Sabrina @ Radioactive Runner December 8, 2011 at 10:00 am

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 :)


Kath December 8, 2011 at 10:02 am

Love the sunset shots!


Jamie @ Don't Forget the Cinnamon December 8, 2011 at 10:02 am

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


Andrea @ Vegvacious December 8, 2011 at 10:05 am

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


Laura (the first mess) December 8, 2011 at 10:13 am

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.


Mac December 8, 2011 at 10:21 am

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!


jenna December 8, 2011 at 10:26 am

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


Anna Crouch December 8, 2011 at 10:28 am

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!!


Rebecca @ Naturally Healthy and Gorgeous December 8, 2011 at 10:30 am

Looks delish!


Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning December 8, 2011 at 10:45 am

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! :)


Angela (Oh She Glows) December 8, 2011 at 2:13 pm

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!


Tricia December 8, 2011 at 10:47 am

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.


Angela (Oh She Glows) December 8, 2011 at 2:12 pm

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


hannah alehandra December 8, 2011 at 10:49 am

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


[email protected] December 8, 2011 at 10:53 am

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


Ashley December 8, 2011 at 11:06 am

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. :)


Angela (Oh She Glows) December 8, 2011 at 2:11 pm

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


Jessica @ Dairy Free Betty December 8, 2011 at 11:10 am

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!!!


Angela (Oh She Glows) December 8, 2011 at 2:10 pm

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


Cat @Breakfast to Bed December 8, 2011 at 11:12 am

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.


Angela (Oh She Glows) December 8, 2011 at 2:10 pm

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


Ashley @ This Is The Place December 8, 2011 at 11:13 am

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.


Angela (Oh She Glows) December 8, 2011 at 2:09 pm

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…


VeggieGirl December 8, 2011 at 11:21 am

mmm I want those nachos!


Christine @ The Brighter Side of Life December 8, 2011 at 11:23 am

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.


Meredith December 8, 2011 at 11:31 am

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


Shanna, like Banana December 8, 2011 at 11:35 am

I don’t make nearly enough trips to SD even though I live in Cali. This is inspiring me to take a mini-vacay there sometime soon ;)

And yes, the food is drool worthy!


sarah @ climbinvegan December 8, 2011 at 11:38 am

I LOVE Ranchos- I went there when I visited SD. My family could eat meat, and I had a delicious vegan dish. Glad you’re enjoying California!


Get Skinny, Go Vegan. December 8, 2011 at 11:40 am

Beautiful photos!


Moni'sMeals December 8, 2011 at 11:44 am

What a nice time you are having! You are so close to me…Come to Santa Monica too , k? :)

Love these pics!


Anna @ The Guiltless Life December 8, 2011 at 12:11 pm

Oh the States and the huge portions lol! But that’s awesome value as it sounds like they were really great eats! I know Mexican food is so hard to make pretty but it always tastes just so darn good!


Sonia (the Mexigarian) December 8, 2011 at 12:21 pm

Yay! It looks tome you were on Mount Soledad with the giant cross (unless they took it down). I love going up there. The 360 views is amazing and for two years we celebrated the 4th of July up there. We could see fireworks from all over the county. it was amazing.

Wow. I forgot about Rancho’s! I haven’t been there in a while!! Thanks for the reminder!

The sharks aren’t too bad in SD. Though there was this one year where there were at least 50 sharks lined up just off of Shores (only seen by helicopter) and dolphins were patrolling the area, keeping them at bay, away from surfers. :D OOOh and the green algae! Certain times of the year the algae flourishes and the ocean water glows green at night. :D


Carolina December 8, 2011 at 12:35 pm

Did the restaurant actually sell the tacos with daiya cheese, or did you ask them to add it to your plate? I’m asking because I’m going to a pizza place for my boyfriend’s birthday and am wondering if it’s too rude for me to ask them to add my “cheese” to my pizza.


Angela (Oh She Glows) December 9, 2011 at 9:02 am

yes they did :) cool right?


Carolina December 9, 2011 at 12:59 pm

Wow! God bless America… :p


[email protected] December 8, 2011 at 12:40 pm

Angela, your photos are absolutely stunning. They are all frame worthy!

Oh and I wish I had those nachos right now!


Lauren December 8, 2011 at 12:49 pm

Beautiful pictures! I especially love the one with the two surfers! Ahh-mazing.


kaila @ healthyhelper December 8, 2011 at 1:01 pm

I LOVE THE SURF PICS!! So pretty! Totally magazine worthy! And those enchiladas sound fantastic! I love roasted eggplant….and with all those amazing sides and toppings!?!?! INCREDIBLE!


Amber K December 8, 2011 at 1:05 pm

I love Mexican food places. They sure know how to give you your money’s worth! And they tend to be some of the cheapest options around. Okay, I mostly just love places that offer cheese-less and gluten-free options!


Hilliary @Happily Ever Healthy December 8, 2011 at 1:13 pm

Beautiful pictures as always, and the food looks amazing!


Carla December 8, 2011 at 1:33 pm

Just wanted to comment on the biscotti recipe from the last post, but it was full. I have made biscotti for years as Christmas gifts. Since I am now vegan for health reasons, I was trying to figure out what else to make. Thank you for posting the recipe, I can’t wait to make it!


Kristen @ Popcorn on the Stove December 8, 2011 at 1:43 pm

Sounds like a great trip! That food looks amazing!!! You should try to recreate the nachos so we can all make them ourselves!


Marleena @ The Flex Foodie December 8, 2011 at 1:54 pm

Ahh I looove La Jolla! I haven’t been there for a few years, but it’s absolutely beautiful. So glad that you were able to head out to SoCal! I definitely would love to live there someday instead of this bitter cold in Chicago! lol..


MindyG December 8, 2011 at 1:55 pm

LaJolla is one of my happiest places on earth. I love it there. We went to San Diego in 2008 for my best friends wedding and ended up spending most of our non-wedding oriented time in LaJolla! I keep asking to go back.


Susan H. @ the food allergy chronicles December 8, 2011 at 2:04 pm

Wow! Beautiful photographs…hard to pick a favourite…but I do like the sunsets.

The Vegan Enchelada’s look delish…blown away by the portion size!


TeenyLittleSuperChef December 8, 2011 at 2:08 pm

What an awesome trip you seem to be having! I’ve never made it down to San Diego before, but it definitely looks like a place I want to go, and soon. I’m so sick of this crappy Oregon weather we’ve been having lately. A little California sun would be nice.
Your enchiladas look tasty to me, despite the somewhat foul picture. Mexican food doesn’t always photograph well, but it sure does taste great! Have fun


Laura December 8, 2011 at 2:09 pm

HOW do you find all of these great vegan-friendly restaurants while you’re traveling?! My boyfriend and I are heading to Chicago over New Year’s and I would love to try some amazing restaurants that we can both enjoy. Any tips?


Laura December 8, 2011 at 2:10 pm

Also, I can’t believe you found a Mexican place with dairy-free cheese! I still haven’t tried Daiya yet…I live in a small town that doesn’t sell it, but I can’t wait! Your food looks delicious!


Angela (Oh She Glows) December 9, 2011 at 9:03 am
zoe (and the beatles) December 8, 2011 at 2:18 pm

I LOVE RANCHO’S! it’s so good :) as are your photos. photographing during sunset is my favorite!


Char @ December 8, 2011 at 2:24 pm

I love enchiladas!! And those nachos look AMAZING!! I like to make vegan nachos at home- we don’t have any restaurants close by that make them. love Mexican food <3


Kristin December 8, 2011 at 2:45 pm

Wow, beautiful sunset pictures!! love the seals :) those nachos look muy DELICIOUS!


Alicia @beingLA December 8, 2011 at 2:51 pm

I love your pics and San Diego is such a beautiful place! You should make it up to LA sometime too! Did you have a chance to check out George’s in La Jolla? It’s such a great restaurant, one of my favorites there!


Lauren @ What Lauren Likes December 8, 2011 at 3:04 pm

Hahah I think the food looks good! Great pictures :)


Scarlette December 8, 2011 at 3:05 pm

The photos are amazing! Thanks again for contributing so much amazing stuff to the World Wide Waste. :)


Katie December 8, 2011 at 3:28 pm

I absolutely LOVE sand pipers! :) Everytime we see them at the beach, I just want to grab one, cuddle with it, give it kisses, then send it on its merry little way.


Jacqueline @ digintobooks December 8, 2011 at 3:41 pm

The enchiladas look SO incredible!! These posts are making me want to plan a trip to California ASAP!


Natalie December 8, 2011 at 3:46 pm

your beach pictures are gorgeous! also I believe the little birds are sandpipers. cute, right? I hope you had a good vacation! Sure sounds like you did. :)


Gina December 8, 2011 at 4:12 pm

Amazing photo, the seals on the rock! Glad to have found your blog, great photos, fun posts and healthy vegan food!


Jilian December 8, 2011 at 4:21 pm

I think they are either sanderlings or sandpipers. I love how I’m commenting on this blog for the first time about birds and not something vegan related haha! I’m taking an Ornithology class in college so I was pretty excited about this. Love your blog and am sooo excited to try the biscotti! Before I went vegan I ate my mom’s biscotti and I can’t wait to eat it again. Mmm!! Happy travelling!!


Angela (Oh She Glows) December 9, 2011 at 9:04 am

Thanks Jilian!!


Judy December 8, 2011 at 4:29 pm

What beautiful photos! And holy yum, those vegan enchiladas sound amazing.


Alexa @ Simple Eats December 8, 2011 at 4:35 pm

That meal looks amazing…I can’t believe how insanely big the portions are. I need to eat in San Diego !


Emily (Edible Psychology) December 8, 2011 at 4:59 pm

I totally agree about wanting to learn to surf but being too scared of the sharks. I know it’s irrational but I can’t help it!


Andi December 8, 2011 at 4:59 pm

I love those little birds! I’m pretty sure they’re called Snowy Plovers, I used to see them all the time walking on the beach :)


Heather @ Better With Veggies December 8, 2011 at 5:14 pm

That pile of nachos & plate of enchiladas looks awesome! I might have to make mexican food tonight now – yum!


Keri December 8, 2011 at 6:19 pm

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful pics. I really want to try to recreate your vegan enchiladas–they look amazing!! Also, the pic of you walking along the beach with the sun beginning to set is so very pretty :)


Emily December 8, 2011 at 6:22 pm

The pictures you managed to capture on the beach are absolutely gorgeous.
I love living on the west coast- I can’t imagine living anywhere else!
And Rancho looks amazing! It’s so hard to find good mexican restaurants that offer vegan options. Next time I’m down in San Diego I’m definitely going to have to make a point to eat there!


Joanna December 8, 2011 at 6:34 pm

That food looks ah-may-zing! The “layered, flaky” nachos might be the kind I like to make at home when I need to use up old tortilla wraps to make space in the freezer ;) you just cut the wrap into triangles, spritz lightly with spray oil, sprinkle on any seasonings/spices you want and then bake in a low-medium oven until lightly browned and crispy (5-10 mins). I’m sure you could make blue tortilla chips that way with blue corn wraps if you can find them! Either way it makes for really savoury, flaky chips and you can add any flavours you want.


Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin December 8, 2011 at 6:41 pm

Your Mexican meal looks so good! I love making Mexican at home, but I haven’t eaten Mexican at a restaurant in years… they don’t seem too popular in our area! Do you recommend any in the Burlington/Oakville/Milton area?


[email protected] December 8, 2011 at 6:42 pm

Gorgeous photos (of the sunset)! And those nachos look divine. I think I need to make some rawchos! The enchiladas look delish too


Sara December 8, 2011 at 7:25 pm

What.The.Hell. You all are (were?) here in SD, and even RIGHTDOWNTHESTREETFROMME (at Rancho’s. I live at the end of 30th street a few blocks from there.). Surreal to see pics of my favorite places on your blog. Also it cracks me up that you said the weather is good, because we’ve all been complaining like a bunch of wussies. ;) Glad my hometown treated you well! :)


Eat Hike Sleep Repeat December 8, 2011 at 8:11 pm

Just came in from the first ice climbing day of the season only to see your warm beach shots. Wish I could just jump between the two climates with a twitch of my nose.
PS took your Last Minute energy bars. Delish!


The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh December 8, 2011 at 8:18 pm

Wonderful pics! The Mr wants to learn to surf and probably will in Hawaii. I’m hoping to do kiteboarding eventually.


Kelly @ Foodie Fiasco December 8, 2011 at 11:35 pm

Yu totally deserve a vacay and I’m glad your having a great one!

You won’t happen to be coming to LA, will you? We have some great vegan places. ;) Please?


Katie December 9, 2011 at 3:41 am

That Mexican food looks so good! I really miss good Mexican, it’s near impossible to find in Sweden, even the ingredients to make it yourself are hard to find – my kingdom for a can of chipotle peppers!


Lorin December 9, 2011 at 3:58 am

It’s so funny how you’ve been to really cool places that I have never heard of yet I am from there. Although I live up north from there in San Diego. It’s interesting seeing a tourists perspective, because a lot of local (including myself) don’t always realize how lucky they are to live in such a beautiful place.


Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers December 9, 2011 at 7:30 am

Thanks for sharing your photos of your trip. I’ve been to San Diego once and I just loved it! I try to make the LA Area at least once a year! It sounds like your having a blast!!


Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed December 9, 2011 at 8:41 am

Omg, Cali is so beautiful! Seriously, those views put the Jersey shore to shame! Oh well… living in PA will keep me going there haha. I guess I can’t be too sad since I still have a beach close enough.

I’ve never been to SD, I’ve only visited LA and the surrounding areas… I need to get back out there, your pics are amazing!


Lauren @chigallauren December 9, 2011 at 8:51 am

Your pictures are gorgeous!


Karen December 9, 2011 at 9:55 am

I believe the bird is a sandpiper. There are multiple varieties so I’m not sure which variety.



Shelley December 9, 2011 at 12:28 pm

Angela – I live in San Diego and seeing your pictures and appreciation for our town inspires me to get out and enjoy it even more! Thanks for sharing your trip and pointing out some great places for even us locals to try! You should definitely try surfing sometime; I like to tell people I am “learning” even though i have been learning for 7 years now! No difference, still a great thrill everyone should at least try. And plus, I don’t think a vegan would be very tasty to a shark, so you should be safe! Safe Travels!


nancy December 10, 2011 at 12:15 pm

Did you take up everything cali had to offer medicinal wise?? ;) I hear they have good vegan treats!


Debbie December 12, 2011 at 1:54 pm

I’ve been reading your blog for forever it seems, but when I saw you were here visiting my home, made me want to say hello! My hubby and I had our Thanksgiving dinner at the Hotel Del, it was amazing. Loved your pix!


Angela December 13, 2011 at 3:26 pm

AH! I loved seeing your pics. I use to live in SD and Rancho’s was one of my favorite restaurants. I lived in Ocean Beach and was right around the corner from Ranchos. Mmm. Now I’m craving Mexican. Too bad there is nothing near as good in CT.


Ashley December 15, 2011 at 7:50 pm

So I live in Texas, and there are so many Mexican restaurants….. and it is not easy to create vegan food there. Most places use chicken stock to cook the rice and I’ve even found places that put cheese or cream in the beans. Just a heads up on that one. Also I’ve always called the fast little birds sandpipers… I spent a good deal of my childhood chasing them down beaches in Florida.


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