Taking Stock – The San Diego Edition

Taking Stock San Diego

I’ve always wanted to go to San Diego but never quite got there… Until now that is. As it’s just a two hour train ride from Disneyland, it seemed almost rude not to go. So we hopped aboard the Pacific Surfrider and choo-chooed into town. So without further ado, or further a-choo, here it is, Taking Stock – the San Diego edition!

Arriving: By train into the beautiful Santa Fe station.

Taking Stock San Diego - Santa Fe Station

Drinking: All the craft beer from Half Door Brewing.

Eating: San Diego’s finest burgers at Hodad’s.

Trying: All the amazing craft beer San Diego has to offer.

Keeping: Caffeinated with the good stuff from  Westbean.

Deciding: On which donut to choose at the Donut Bar. What would be your pick?

Taking stock - Donut Bar

Frequenting: All the high bars in San Diego. So many rooftop bars, so little time!

Getting: Addicted to tater tots. Especially these ones from our new favourite rooftop bar, The Nolen.

Taking Stock - Tater Tots

Exploring: USS Midway. Such a fun day out.

Channelling: Our inner Top Gun on the flight deck of the USS Midway. Tom has nothing on David!

Taking Stock - USS Midway

Catching: The ferry to Coronado Island.

Visiting: The iconic Hotel del Coronado and having a sneaky (and totally gold plated) drink in the bar.

Taking: A step back in time at Clayton’s Diner. More old school than you can shake a stick at.

Slurping: These super thick and super delicious milkshakes.

Taking Stock San Diego Claytons Diner

Making: The most of Uber and Lyft. So quick and easy to get around!

Staying: At this amazing loft in Gaslamp. I totes feel like one of the cool kids!

Taking Stock - Gaslamp loft

Enjoying: A day in Old TownSan Diego’s first settlement created in 1769.

Finding: The best Mexican food at Old Town Mexican Cafe.

Watching: The ladies making the tortillas by hand at the Old Town Mexican Cafe

Hoping: That when I grow up, I can make tortillas like that!

Old Town Mexcian Cafe - Taking Stock

Marvelling: At the enormo portions at Hash House a Go Go.

Wondering: How any one person ever finishes a dish at Hash House. We struggled with one between two!

Wearing: Clean clothes. Yay for staying in a place with a washer!

Wishing: We had time to visit the beach.

Facing: My fears on the Spruce Street Suspension Bridge. It’s a hidden treasure.

Taking stock - Spruce Street Suspension Bridge

Missing: My uncle. He loved San Diego to bits. How I would have loved to have compared notes.

Feeling: Very lucky.

Skipping: The San Diego Zoo. I’ve heard brilliant things about it but I’m not really a zoo person.

Loving: The San Diego Musuem of Man.

Climbing: The 160 odd steps to the top of the California Tower. The 360 degree views were amazing!

California Tower - Taking Stock

Walking: Around Balboa Park. There’s so much to see and do. We barely scratched the surface.

Admiring: The handiwork at the San Diego Model Railway Museum. It’s mesmerising!

Taking Stock - Model Railroad Museum

Buying: A souvenir Christmas decoration. I buy one from every place I go.

Wanting: To pat all the dogs and there are so many in San Diego.

Finding: A Phil’s outlet at the airport. It was like all our Man vs Food dreams come true!

Running:  Around San Diego.

Taking Stock - Running San Diego

Seeing: The San Diego Padres play baseball from one of the rooftop bars!

Knowing: I will come back to San Diego one day. One visit is never enough.

Falling: In love with San Diego.

Planning: All the things we’re going to do in Waikiki.

Looking forward to: All the aloha.

Leaving: On a jet plane to Hawaii.

So tell me what’s been happening in your world? Have you ever been to San Diego? What’s your preferred method of transportation? Planes, trains or automobiles? Do you prefer a city break or a beach break?

Linking up with Kylie for IBOT

  • I love seeing all the amazing food you’re eating and the cool places you’re visiting!

  • I’d love to visit the USS Midway. I don’t really know if I’m a boat person but I also did volunteer at a maritime museum when I was uni, so I’ve got a bit of a “do I or don’t I” thing going on!

  • Oh wow, I had no idea San Diego was such a pretty place! That hotel looked very hip too. Looking forward to the Hawaii taking stock edition. #teamIBOT

  • writeofthemiddle

    Wow you’ve been having some awesome experiences lately. Lots of travel to wonderful places and achieving great things together with your partner Good on you both! San Diego looks amazing! 🙂

  • The Gaslamp loft apartment looks amazing. I love those exposed bricks and that bed looks so comfy. You were definitely one of the cool kids staying there!

    Ingrid
    http://www.fabulousandfunlife.blogspot.com.au

  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella

    LOVE that loft! And re the donuts, I forget how much choice there is in America. Which one/s did you choose?

    • The loft was fabulous! It was so stylish and brilliantly located too! I had Salted Caramel and David had Maple Bourbon. So good!

  • Oh I would have asked for a big box of donuts and tried as many as I could haha! What a beautiful place, I’m glad you had so much fun in San Diego! 🙂

    • We had so much fun and so many treats in San Diego, so we had to limit ourselves to the one donut! It was a tough choice, I tell ya!

  • Fabulous! Enjoyed San Diego – we did go to the zoo and had a great (and very long!) day.

    • I heard such great things about the zoo but I just couldn’t bring myself to do it. We were there for three full days and barely scratched the surface. Still, running out of time is a good excuse to go back! 🙂

  • Courtney Wilson

    Been to San Diego and loved it so badly! Loved all the food too. We went USS Midway and Old Mexico Town as well. I can’t wait to go back one day.