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Exploring Our City: La Jolla

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Well, it still doesn’t really feel like our city. Not the way Vancouver felt to me. Vancouver will always have a special place in my heart. Nevertheless, we live in San Diego now, might as well make the best of it, right? ;)

One of my favorite places to visit in San Diego is La Jolla. On the one hand I’m really enjoying it as it is situated directly at the coast (which means cooler temperatures than where we live). On the other hand, it is such a cute and walkable little town, with nice eateries, art galleries, upscale boutiques, coffee shops, yoga studios and the children’s pool, which isn’t for swimming at all, but has been taken over by sea lions, and which we love to look at.

Unfortunately rents are not exactly in our budget in La Jolla, but I’m so glad there’s a walkable little place we can visit, that is NOT a strip mall (of which there are a LOT of here in Southern California…). La Jolla is about 20 minutes from where we live, and I have grand plans to check out the Sunday Market, toddler yoga at the library and La Jolla Shores Beach and Kellogg Park.

If you want to read more about our adjustment to living in California and some of our first few weeks and months in San Diego, feel free to check out these posts:

- Exploring Our New Home: Farmers Market + Vino

- Moving to Another Country: Culture Shock? 

- And let’s not forget the town of Julian, about an hour and a half east of San Diego. We went there to pick apples this fall and it was gorgeous!

Have you been to San Diego or are you a local? What are your favorite brunch spots? Parks? Things to do? We’re still exploring and can’t wait to learn more, so feel free to share, I’d be super happy about it!

 

 

 

 

Weekend Fun

Posted on by Susan Posted in Fun, Green Living, Life | 2 Comments

This was actually two weekends ago, but I still wanted to share!

We went apple picking in Julian, CA and we had so much fun, especially our two year-old little guy! We’ve been eating apples/applesauce/apple crisp like crazy. I think pie is the next logical step. :)

If you’re looking for some fun fall family activities and you have apple farms close by, I’d say do this as long as it’s apple season!

Oh, and of course, we also got even more apples in our CSA box last week, because – you know – it’s apple season.

Now, what to do with 10lbs of apples?

Have you ever been apple picking?

What’s your favorite apple recipe? Please share and leave a comment! I need more apple ideas! ;)

Also: Stay tuned for the unboxing of our latest CSA share box!

 

Exploring our New Home: Farmers Market + Vino

Posted on by Susan Posted in Fun, Life, Uncategorized | 2 Comments

And by home, I mean the city we currently call our home.

I cannot believe, we’ve been in San Diego for almost 5 months already.

What can I say, I’m still not convinced. I’m just not sure if the whole California she-bang is right for me. I loved living in Vancouver and exploring the outdoors of the Pacific Northwest. I didn’t mind the cooler temps in the winter or even the rain.

Regardless, we’re in Southern California right now for the foreseeable future, so I might as well try and get used to it, right? ;)

Last weekend’s exploring led us to the Rancho Bernardo WineryRancho Bernardo is a suburban part of the city of San Diego.

It’s funny, because our zip code is a San Diego one, but we’re pretty far north of the actual urban core (more than 20 mi./30 km) The distances are pretty big and the city is spread out on a huge area, especially compared to Vancouver, which is beautifully wedged in between the Pacific Ocean (or the Georgia Straight?) to the West, mountains to the North and East, and the US border to the South.

Anyway, our little guy and I decided to check out the farmer’s market at the winery last week. The weather was scorching hot, like it’s been all summer so far, and the farm stands were set up in a dusty parking lot at the winery entrance.

I was happy to see the Hummus guy, who sells a really delicious, thick and fluffy pita – similar to what I’ve had in Greece many years ago. There were also crafts vendors, a little coffee shop, and even a hair salon on site.

It looked like a nice little heritage village museum, with historic buildings and all sorts of wine-making equipment on display.

Little man loved running around and exploring the grounds. “Look, a wagon!”

I ended up with a little bit of farm fresh fruit and veggies, but the market was not comparable to Vancouver’s Trout Lake Farmers Market, to be honest.

Baby summer squash were a gift from the vendor to our son to try, and the little guy also picked out two yellow roma tomatoes, while I grabbed a bunch of cilantro (I’m obsessed lately!)

Also – mix and match stone fruit: :

We picked 3 delicious yellow peaches, 1 nectarine and a saturn peach. It’s peach season!

All in all, if you’re in San Diego and looking for a nice place for your Friday morning stroll, come well before noon and check out the winery and farmers market. There is a wine tasting room and a restaurant on site, which I’m hoping to try out eventually.

I wouldn’t mind some vino now, would you? :)

What are your plans for the weekend?

Are you going to the farmers market regularly? We are, but we’re now actually on the wait list to join a CSA, which I can’t wait to try out!

Have a great weekend!

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