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.
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!
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.
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
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...?
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 - 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
The Miramar airshow is a huge event once a year during fall at Miramar USMC air station in North San Diego.
Just a bench in the Old Town Commercial Restaurant. The style is old spainish influence with carved dark wood.
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