San Diego Photo Roundup

Last weekend we packed up ourselves and the pug for a much needed trip down to San Diego.

We started driving early.

stop #1

on the road

Caesar enjoys the stops with grass the best.


cloudy lake

We met my mom for a late lunch at Counterpoint in Golden Hill. Wine and cheese were in order.


As were pumpkin soup and a flatbread with pancetta, blue cheese, and fig. Mom had cioppino; Josh scarfed down a pesto chicken sandwich of some kind.


The weather was a bit odd on the drive down, but San Diego delivered it’s standard unbeatable conditions in time for the Mission Valley Craft Beer Festival the next day.

mission valley craft beer festival

For those who haven’t been, it’s a few hours of unlimited beer and food tastings from some of the best places in the city. Plus live music. Top notch.

tri-tip & veggies

There was an awesome variety of all things meat. BBQ’d, smoked, braised, slathered in delicious sauces… I only wish my stomach had been big enough to taste them all.

mmm... smoky

West Coaster crew represented.

west coaster crew

mission valley craft beer festival

spicy hot dog

Geezer – Weezer cover band. Lol.


pork belly

Drink mead – become Nicolas Cage.


Beer was discussed.

west coaster

Safety Orange.

safety orange

The next morning I tried to take Josh to Hash House (he’s never been)… 40 minute wait for 2 people. On a Monday. We were hungry, so we headed over to Cafe on Park.

Mango coconut (giant) pancake, eggs, potatoes, and bacon, oh my!

cafe on park

The next couple days were spent lounging with family, walking pugs, and getting growlers filled at West Coaster headquarters.

pugs and growlers

Cutest nephew in the world + chocolate cookie. We watched lots of butterfly driving a truck. Yeah yeah!


We escaped for breakfast at Cafe Madeline & some park adventuring before a busy day.

croque madame

lemon sugar crepe


balboa park

On the way home the next day, we made a pit stop just north of San Diego in Vista to visit my mom (and the chickens), and have brunch.

table setting

The chocolate coconut banana bread was warm when we arrived!

chocolate coconut banana bread

veggie prep

We made a frittata with asparagus, tomato, basil and feta.

asparagus tomato basil feta frittata


caesar, puggin it up

My mom picked lemons and oranges for us to take home.

citrus picking

We met the neighbors.


Any day now they’ll be laying eggs!



josh & caesar

Aaaaand the low point of our trip. Being parked on the 5 for half an hour or so, not knowing what was going on or when we would be able to move again.

The line of cars was endless in both directions. We played 20 questions. We both lost. Oh well.


Until next time, San Diego. <3


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3 Responses to “San Diego Photo Roundup”

  1. Mom says:

    We had a wonderful time together! Miss you guys already. Much love!

  2. Tiffany says:

    As a San Diego native, I must say you picked some of the best places to dine while here, I am sorry that I missed that particular beer festival, but there will more… glad you had a good time!

    • brittany says:

      Always nice to meet a fellow native! I never feel like I can squeeze enough of my favorite places into one trip… there are just too many great restaurants in SD!

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