Getting a coffee in La Jolla
The Living Room is a cafe house in the heart of downtown La Jolla. Not only does it serve great coffees, greater sandwiches (think big sandwich with lots of each type of topping), and amazing pastries, it also has comfortable seating inside and out. On the inside there are cozy little couches with cute little coffee tables, tables with mix and match chairs, and an at home feel. Outside is regular seating with separate smoking and non-smoking areas. This is a favorite of La Jolla locals for studying (if attending University) and for just hanging out.
It's located at the very end of Girard (beach end) on Prospect. Prospect is the main street in La Jolla for the cove and Girard is the main shopping street, go where they intersect and you'll be good. This place is right next to an English school so there are plenty of foreigners working there and hanging out there. It's a good mix of people.
Down and out
Like many large cities - especially those with a moderate climate - San Diego has its sad share of homeless. They are not dangerous nor do most of them make a habit of approaching tourists although it’s entirely possible to be panhandled now and again. You may also encounter one who may have had a few too many and are loud and unruly, as we did one evening in the Gaslamp. Still, they are nothing at all to be worried about where safety is concerned.
San Diego has a number of social services to assist the homeless community so visitors who would like to lend a helping hand are encouraged to give a donation directly to one of those. We ran across this unusual method of doing exactly that on one of the city streets.Related to:
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Weekends at Balboa Park
Every weekend there are extra events going on at Balboa Park. Of course while walking around the park, the botanical displays are seen, and there are street performers with tip cups out as well as palm readers, face painters and craft sellers all hoping to attract your attention long enough to make a sale. Also there are clubs, associations and hobbyists who hold meeting or gatherings once a month or several times a year. These are generally open to the public and free of charge. These gatherings are usually announced in the local papers as well as on the Balboa Park website calendar. All sorts of Hobby clubs will have some sort of display going on at the weekends.
Usually there is no admittance fee and often times there are items to purchase. Two of my favorites are the Turtle Shows and the Orchid Shows. Almost any "hobby" will be represented during the year so it might be worth your while to check out what will be going on the weekend you're in San Diego.
My kids & grandkids especially loved the turtle shows. So many different kinds are represented and many can be held for a closer look. There usually are some for sale too. The only problem with buying a turtle is the they can live a hundred years.
I enjoy the orchid shows and usually buy a few that I like but I have no green thumb with these beautiful plants so never would try to win a prize.
An added bonus to these shows is that the participants are happy to answer your questions and freely give advice.
Address: 1549 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
Directions: Between 6th Ave. & Park Blvd.Related to:
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A few local brews
San Diego isn't really known for great beer, but there are definitely some good local brews. I've tried Karl Strauss and Ballast Point beers and in general they are consistently good. Check out the websites (where available) of the following companies for company histories, locations and descriptions of their beers. Karl Strauss (www.karlstrauss.com), San Diego Brewing Company, Stone Brewing Company (www.stonebrew.com), Ale Smith Brewing Company (www.alesmith.com), Ballast Point Brewing Company.
You will find that the people of San Diego are huge fans of their neighborhoods. The various neighborhoods are quite different and no matter where they are from, everyone thinks their neighborhood is the best.
Of course...my neighborhood is the best...I live in Banker's Hill...
Just ask anyone who lives here...it is heaven~
Taco Tuesdays are a big deal in San Diego. Almost any restaurant that serves tacos will have a special on Tuesdays and the restaurants in the area fill up with people for the deals and comrade.
These specials aren't always advertised so ask what they are.
So join the locals and have some fun!
Yappy Little Dogs
I've been living in San Diego about three months and one thing that I have really noticed is that they have yappy little dogs here instead of real dogs. Maybe it is just the fact that I live in the downtown area...but those yappy little dogs are everywhere. Oh well no place can be perfect.
Fitness and Health
The people in San Diego are really into health. There are some great benefits that come along with this including:
1) some wonderful and absolutely stunning walking bridges
2) great variety of healthy choices on restaurant menus
3) great cross walks with blinking lights
4) great bike lanes and even car lanes where bikes can take up the entire lane
5) great selection of organic and healthy choices in the supermarket
Fitness and Health - the guys
I've already shared that being healthy is an important part of the culture here. I've been living in San Diego about three months and one thing I found a little shocking is how often guys talk about health and what they say. Things I hear from guys here on a pretty regular basis that are different from guys from the south include:
1) I lost 2 lbs this week! - seriously I hear a guy say this almost every day!
2) oh I could never eat that too many carbs!
3) what are your best salads?
4) do you have a vegetarian version of...?
We all think San Diego is the best place on earth
Everyone in San Diego thinks San Diego is the best place on earth. When people find out you just moved here the first thing they say is "you love it here don't you?"... if they do ask you if you like it here...the assumption is that you do...
It is so funny... Although... I do totally love it here... so maybe there is a reason ;)
One of the things I totally love about San Diego is all the great and stunningly beautiful walking bridges. Look up and you will see they are everywhere and most are objects of art.
I live in a tiny little downtown community of Banker's Hill and there are NINE walking bridges here. There are several that are quite long, stunningly beautiful and make absolutely no financial sense. So when you are visiting here enjoy the bridges..we paid a fortune for them!
San Diego is an outside town. People here are really into hiking and urban waking. There are trails everywhere. There is an iconic book on the walks/hikes in San Diego
"Affot & Afield in San Diego County" by Jerry Schad. This 459 page book has been continually updated and republished since 1986!
Hillcrest - Our Gay District
Hillcrest - is our version of The Castro, the gay district in San Diego. It is an awesome area full of life, restaurants and bars. It is very "straight people friendly" and an area that I as a single female feel safe walking around by myself at night.
The center of Hillcrest is University Avenue and it is very easy to get to from the interstate.
Parking here is an issue so expect to pay to park and walk
San Diego Shot Glass
a nice souvenir from San Diego
not only do i collect assorted fridge magnets of my local and international travels but i also collect shot glasses which I sometimes use to take a shot of tequila heheh (thank you patron!) and here in San Diego is no different hehehe. you can buy these assorted shot glasses in Gaslamp Quarter Area or Coronado Island or at Downtown or at Old Town San Diego that comes in all lengths and materials like the usual glass or frosted glass or tempered glass or aluminum or pewter and the prices vary from $ 3.99 to $ 9.99 per piece of my favorite shot glasses. The can be had att he many souvenir shops lining the various areas of San Diego.Related to:
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San Diego Chargers Shot glass
another good souvenir hehehe (San Francisco's 49'ers still better! but they are still at the bottom in rankings right now, unfortunately but they won versus the Chargers in 1994) as I do sometimes Collect Shot Glasses of the Sports Teams of the Cities that I've Visited and you can buy various San Diego Chargers Memorabilia like these Shot Glass and Fridge Magnets, Post Cards, Jerseys, Football Caps, Baseball Caps and more at the Qualcomm Arena or even at the various Souvenir Stores in San Diego like in Nearby Gaslamp Quarter or at Horton's Plaza and more. Shot Glasses have different designs and cost $ 3.99 to $ 7.99 per piece.Related to:
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