Ah San Diego, I would move there if I could!
Instead I have to be content with the occasional roadtrip there.
This time, with a very fidgety 15-month-old and not very comfortable third-row seats, we decided to take our time, make our way to the outskirts of Los Angeles, stay one night there before heading down to San Diego. A one-day drive is possible, as it’s about a 7-hour drive (some of you are probably thinking, that’s all??), but that might have been the start of a seriously grumpy and grouchy holiday!
Anyway, we finally hit Carlsbad on Sunday and treated ourselves to a seafood lunch at Fish District.
We chowed down on fish and chips, shrimp po’ boy, portobello mushroom ‘fries’, roasted cauliflower, shrimp ceviche. It doesn’t make for a very pleasant photo as everything is kinda brownish and battered but it was yummy! And we got to have lunch with some friends we hadn’t seen in over a year!
And then a stop at the Carlsbad outlets to wander around until our hotel room would be ready. They had a Godiva store and I wandered in excitedly, anticipating a Godiva soft serve ice-cream. But their machine wasn’t working!! Argh! So I had to content myself with a box of dark chocolate truffles which included an rather delectable Aztec Spice truffle which had hints of cinnamon and chilli. Yum!
We had a decent dinner at Tommy V’s Urban Kitchen in Bressi Ranch, starting with this lovely charcuterie plate and a pretty good linguine vongole for me.
The next day was spent wandering in…. Legoland! It was hot and so very crowded. And the lines were so very long for some rides. It was hard to compare it with Disneyland, which is always so very immaculate. Legoland was showing some wear and tear – and in the case of the little ‘cruise’, cobwebs. As in real cobwebs, not Halloween-y cobwebs. I think Wee Reader had the most fun in the Duplo play area. It was a long day so dinner was back at the hotel. It was a Residence Inn so there was a salad, chicken tamales, beer and wine laid out for the hotel guests. It was enough for the day!
On Tuesday we went to Balboa Park. On hindsight we should have reversed our plans, going to Balboa Park on the first day and Legoland on the second. We didn’t realise that the first Tuesday of the month was free admission for San Diego County residents! The museums were PACKED! So packed they didn’t allow strollers into the museums and all the parking lots were full.
We did manage to visit the Air and Space Museum, which was fun for the kids and the adults too. There was plenty of aviation history, models, exhibits and even a children’s play area. The 4D shows here were pretty fun too, better than the Legoland ones!
The best part about Balboa Park is just wandering around the lovely buildings anyway.
We ate dinner at King’s Fish House, not realising that it’s actually a large chain of restaurants. Still the food was pretty good, and I was surprised that there was some effort in my side of mixed vegetables (a kind of soy-ginger glaze) although my Mum said her lobster was a bit overcooked. Oops.
But those oysters were fantastic and so very fresh. Heavenly.
I almost forgot! One place I always have to go to when in San Diego is Cuban patisserie Azucar in Ocean Beach. I adore their tiramisu which uses chocolate cake drenched in rum instead of ladyfingers. The Diablo (described as “Dark chocolate cake, chocolate mousse dome, glazed in dark chocolate – finished with a cocoa nib tuile” is perfect for this chocolate lover, with lovely texture from the crunchy tuile on top). We also tried the Little Havana (top right – a soaked rum cake layered with dulce de leche), and the Mango Cheesecake (with a coconut shortbread crust) for the first time. Everything and I mean EVERYTHING was amazing. It made for a perfect ending to our short roadtrip.
I’ll see you soon San Diego, you can bet on it!
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