On Saturday morning we went back to our old stomping grounds in Mission Beach. I grabbed some coffee at my old spot and we played on the bay side. The weather wasn’t the greatest but it didn’t stop us from enjoying the scenery and positive vibe.
Our morning at the New Children’s Museum:
In the afternoon Declan went to a the birthday party of my Dad’s neighbor’s house, that he had been invited to. So wen dropped him off and took advantage and had a date night: fish sandwiches at Tin Fish on the pier, followed by some ice cream and some brews at the Coronado Brewing Company in IB.
Last night we went out to Puesto, at The Headquarters in Seaport Village, with my in-laws. It was for an early birthday dinner for Nicolas. I had hear good things about Puesto and The Headquarters; it was nice to finally visit both.
The design and ambiance was great and so was the food. Although the food was delicious, I thought it was a little on the pricier side. I guess that’s what happens when you put the chef’s name on the menu and give the tacos and drinks cute names. Either way, the meal was great.
Declan had a blast running around The Headquarters. He was obsessed with the fountain and naturally was soaked before we ate dinner; but he wasn’t cold enough to pass on some post-dinner gelato.
Yesterday we went to the Museum of Photographic Arts at Balboa Park for a film event that my mother-in-law was hosting. The film was called A Small Section of the World and focused on women’s empowerment in the coffee industry.
Declan loved the mixer because there was a table filled with little pastries that he would go grab as he pleased. He was the only child there and made it known. We stayed as long as his patience would let us then we wandered around Balboa Park and went to The Prado and Panama 66 for some drinks and food.
Declan had a blast: he was up past his bedtime in what must have seen like a palace to him. So worth the exhaustion today.
On Saturday morning Declan and I met up with some relatives from his Dad’s side. We went to a really nice cafe in Little Italy called PanBon. Then we walked around the Little Italy farmer’s market. We met up with some of Declan’s little cousins, Harlow and Dorian (here’s a link to their mom’s blog). It was very sweet to see them play and interact for a little bit, eve if it was just for a few minutes and on the side of the market.
In the afternoon we went to have lunch at Carnitas Snack Shack in North Park. Our friend Abner works there and their changing menu is always delicious. Their eating area is outside in a back garden where they grow vegetables. Very family friendly.
On Monday I took the day off to spend with Declan and I also had the opportunity to watch my sister. I took them to The New Children’s Museum (we got the pass so they’ll probably be many pictures of us there!). It was really refreshing to just watch them play and join them at times.
By the end of the day Declan was clearly saying my sister’s name, “Suuul!” (Sol). It was the sweetest.
On Sunday we went to visit my Uncle Danny at his new apartment in the neighborhood of Golden Hill. We then walked over to Influx Cafe to have some breakfast. Lucky guy, he only lives like two blocks from there.
We then headed over to the park on 6th and decided to take a walk to Balboa Park to explore for a bit. San Diego really gave us perfect weather this weekend.
He loved this poster with the “choo-choos.”
One of my favorite spots in San Diego. I was in plant heaven.
The neatest stag horns.
The view from the bridge on Laurel.
I’ve been wanting to go down to the Sunset Cliffs tide pools for a while now. As a San Diego native, it seems that I haven’t experienced all the San Diego experience-worthy things. So Sunday morning we made our way over there. Unfortunately the tide was too high to actually see the tide pools. But the view was incredible. The water was a deep aqua color and the waves were full of surfers. It was quite beautiful.
After that we made our way to Pacific Beach to walk on the beach so that Declan could burn off some energy. The funny part it once we got there, all he wanted was for us to carry him. Until he was ready to leave which he told us by walking towards the boardwalk. We found a cute little coffee stand on our way to the car and I ended this beach walk with a nice almond ice coffee.
On Saturday Nicolas and I finally had a chance to have a little date night. We had a gift card since Christmas for a restaurant just up the street from our house. One of the grandparent sets came over to watch Declan and we walked up the hill to The Patio on Goldfinch.
The design of the restaurant itself is great; they have two huge walls covered in plants. They are so gorgeous. It was too dark to take a picture but I found this picture just to share.
The food was awesome. We had a carnitas flat bread and ordered a whole fish to share with a side of sriracha honey brussel sprouts and cauliflower. Oh and dessert of course; a chocolate molten cake. It was SO good.
I definitely recommend this place. We plan on going back to happy hour.
Then when we got home Declan was still up and eating pizza. A total rebel.
This Sunday we headed over to our old neighborhood in Mission Beach. I would have loved to still live there right now just because I know Declan would love to be able to walk out to the beach only 200 feet from the house.
We walked the boardwalk and visited my old usual coffee shop, Better Buzz – The Lab. If you ever visit it, get the “Best Drink Ever.” It’s quite tasty.
Then we let Declan play on the sand. Usually he’s not afraid of the water, but this time he was pretty wary. It was pretty cute.