Monday, June 13, 2011

San Diego Part Deux - June 2011

I went back to San Diego for work last week. I'm falling in love with this city more and more every time I visit.

Here's the view from my hotel room.


A beautiful walkway for crossing traffic above the road.




PETCO Park, home of the Padres baseball team.


After my colleague and I finished setting up, we went to the Gaslamp Quarter to hunt for food.


The name of this restaurant is very eye catching!


After a late lunch, I went over to my favorite cupcake place, Heavenly Cupcake. Their cupcakes are not overly sweet, and the cake is very moist and full of flavor.


I got their signature Orange Chip -- chocolate chip cake with orange flavor, and Carrot cupcake. They are both heavenly! I was a happy gal.


I took my colleague around town because this was only his second time in San Diego. While we walked around the perimeter of PETCO Park, we found out there's a game that evening, so we decided to catch a game on the whim. It was the Padres vs. Colorado Rockies. As soon as we sat down, I declared this to be my favorite ballpark yet. It is nestled between high rise buildings blended with older buildings. I loved the architecture and the atmosphere. It felt very intimate.




As the sky darkened, the view got even more stunning. While enjoying the game, we also admired the view of all the lights coming from downtown buildings. There's also a park right next to the park (behind the center display board), where you can get $5 tickets to watch the game on a giant screen, and have a picnic on the grass. I love that idea!


The next night after work, we went over to Roy's for dinner. I had been wanting to try Roy's for several years now. This Roy's was right in the marina with a nice view.


I tried their signature Hawaiian Martini. It was very good! Half a glass and I was tipsy.


For appetizer, we tried the Lakanilau roll with wagyu beef and snow crab. It was yummy.


For entree, I went for the shellfish sampler. They were delish.


The next day, we went down to Seaport Village for lunch. Here's our view from the restaurant.


After the conference was done for the day, I took him to La Jolla (he joked and said it was La "Holla." Haha!). It was his first time there and he loved it.


We had fun watching the seals hanging out on the beach.


It was drizzling...not cool!


We walked over to the Cove and saw these brave souls snorkeling.


My colleague loves to golf, so we drove by Torrey Pines golf course. Then, I took him out to Del Mar beach, which is my favorite beach in San Diego. I always loved coming out here laying on a rock. The sunset is incredible here.


Later that night, we went to top of the Grand Hyatt for a nightcap. It has an excellent view of downtown San Diego and the ballpark.


The last day of the conference, they had luncheon right outside the Hilton Bayfront adjacent to the Convention Center. It was a lovely setting.


After lunch, we hung out by the boardwalk not wanting to go back inside. :)


I'm glad we didn't have a rushed schedule on this trip so we got to see a bit more San Diego. It turned out to be a nice "workcation" for us. :)

View entire photo album here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/purplejoy/sets/72157626795310175/

4 comments:

  1. It looks like we saw a lot of the same things while we were there, although I substituted the food-gasm of Hash House A Go Go in favor of baseball...I'll do that when I return again to visit my sister and her family.

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  2. You gotta try Heavenly Cupcake the next time you visit. It's on 6th and Island. :)

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  3. Nice blog :) We are traveling to San Diego in a couple of weeks. Is it hard to drive in the traffic? We'd like to see all we can, but I don't want to be limited to bus/taxi.

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  4. Thanks for stopping by, Lance. Well, this is California so traffic is to be expected. It just depends on what time of the day you plan on hopping on the freeway. If you are staying in downtown, you can pretty much walk around Gaslamp Quarter and even out to Seaport Village. Balboa Park is also close by where you can take public transportation from downtown. You can also take the trolley to Old Town and even down to the Mexico border (San Ysidro). It's pretty convenient. For going to La Jolla, Del Mar, or Seaworld (Mission Bay), you'd need to take a car. Enjoy your visit and have fun!

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