I briefly lived in San Diego and loved so many things about it. After getting to know Pete and realizing we had a lot of the same likes, I figured it was the perfect place for us to spend a few days exploring together. I booked us a room at The Dana on Mission Bay. I had stayed there a couple times before with friends and on one occasion we got this amazing room with a little patio that lead to the hot tub. I thought I had booked the same room online, but when we checked in and all, we were sent to the very back of the property to an area that looked like we had checked into a cheap motel! I was mortified. ON top of that, I had lost my bank card between Las Vegas & San Diego so Pete ended up paying for our stay there as well. So you can imagine how I was feeling the first few hours in SD. Completely embarrassed and with absolutely no desire to do much. I didn’t want to waste the night so after Pete calmed me down and assured me things were okay, we decided to explore a bit of the Pacific Beach area.
It was late and it was a Tuesday night, so I really wasn’t expecting much of a nightlife, but we still tried to go to a few bars. One thing we weren’t aware of was the fact that most bars don’t accept foreign IDs, so Pete was turned down from a few. It wasn’t until we got to Bub’s @ the Beach that the bouncer was kind enough to let him in after we told him what had happened at all the other places we tried. Bub’s was perfect! Not only is their kitchen open late, the food is great and the ambience is fantastic! Since it was Taco Tuesday on their daily specials, we opted for some tacos. I am the Taco Queen. If you ask Pete what my favorite foods are he will reply with “Tacos and chicken wings”. I absolutely love them! I think we each ordered 3 tacos each. All different so we could try all the varieties they offered. And let me tell ya, I was not one bit disappointed! They were all delicious! Since Pete didn’t have proper identification we couldn’t enjoy a few cold ones with our tacos so after we finished our meal, we opted to go do a late night walk by the boardwalk then I picked up a few bottles of beer on the way back to the hotel.
The next morning, we got dressed and I drove us to Downtown San Diego. It was late morning and we were getting a bit hungry so we stopped by one of my all time favorite sandwich places, Grab & Go. They have several locations throughout San Diego, but my absolute favorite spot is the one in the Little Italy area on Indian Street. They have a few tables outside on the corner of the street so it’s nice to just chill and have a quick bite to eat there. After our brief brunch date in the sun, we walked around the harbor. We walked past the popular USS Midway and a Tom Cruise impersonator and on to the little Seaport Village area.
While in San Diego we also visited the famous San Diego Zoo. We were looking forward to the Zoo so much because we both love animals, but the weather wasn’t on our side. At first it was just a drizzle. I looked at him and he said it’d be find and that it’d probably go away soon. We walked in and started walking around, the more we walked the more it started raining. Just like us, animals don’t really like to get wet, so to our disappointment, most of them were hiding out. We saw maybe 10 animals (Not including all the reptiles) I remember seeing a Tasmanian Devil, Elephants, some of the big cats, a sleeping polar bear, pinguins, some birds, and 1 of the 5 pandas. We were about to walk out when it started seriously pouring and as Pete looked around for a place to get some cover, he walked right into the SNAKES! Perfect hiding spot but if you know me, you know I absolutely hate snakes. I put my big brave girl pants on and dealt with it for a bit because it made him happy. He was like a little kid in a toy store! “Look at this one Keri!”. After going around the snake cave, it was time to leave. We had gone around the entire zoo and seen as much as we could with the rain. We ran back to the car but still got soaked and were freezing. Thankfully I had put some beach towels in the back because we were supposed to go hang out at the beach after the Zoo.
That night we went out for a meal at a nice BBQ joint in the Hillcrest area of San Diego then took an Uber to the Gaslamp District where I took Pete into one of my most favorite bars there, Vin de Syrah. It’s a cool underground Alice in Wonderland themed wine bar. It’s hard to find if you don’t pay attention to the signs. Once you find the way down the rabbit hole, you’ll be confused as to which is the right door because it’s actually a hidden door. So much fun watching people go the wrong way once you’re inside! After Vin de Syrah I took Pete to The Tipsy Crow followed by Double Deuce and finally Patrick’s Irish Pub.
On our Final day in San Diego, we were looking for a place to have a decent breakfast and came across Shakespeare Pub in Old Town San Diego. Proper English Pub owned by a man who’s father was from the same town Pete was from. I had my first Full English Breakfast there, which was deliciously made. After our meal, we set off to Yuma, Arizona to spend Christmas with my family.