Artelexia: Delightful Mexican Gift Shop in North Park

I started following Artelexia on Instagram a couple of months ago when searching for cool murals in San Diego. At the time, a large, beautiful, inspiring mural on their south exterior wall was being painted. I loved seeing updates over the course of the week, and I hurried to go visit the shop in person after it was done. I couldn’t have been more impressed … Continue reading Artelexia: Delightful Mexican Gift Shop in North Park

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Holy Matcha

Holy Matcha: Yummy Coffee Alternative

Holy Matcha, the shop that launched a zillion Instagrams just celebrated their one month anniversary. I’ll mention the decor (which was the real showstopper) first, and then get to the drinks and snacks second. Wow! It’s so pretty inside and smells amazing. They have fresh flowers everywhere. If there were ever a café interior designed specifically on trends, it would be this one… Palm wallpaper is … Continue reading Holy Matcha: Yummy Coffee Alternative

5 Best Tips for Experiencing the Superbloom

‘Twas the second weekend of March. Southern California had gotten so much rain in December, January and February that rumors swirled that the famous desert “superbloom” was imminent. Last year I went desert camping with some friends in late April, which was a great time for camping but too late for flowers. This year I was determined to see some. Beat the crowds The rest of San Diego … Continue reading 5 Best Tips for Experiencing the Superbloom

Celebrating Lunar New Year in San Diego

Last year was my first time celebrating Lunar New Year (Chinese New Year to some), and I had an amazing time. My friend invited a bunch of us out to dim sum on a Sunday morning. The food was amazing, the place was packed with families all giving off a festive vibe, and there was even a lion dance performance by a local community group. There are a … Continue reading Celebrating Lunar New Year in San Diego

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Using the CBX to fly out of Tijuana

When my friends and I went to Mexico City in December, we used the new CBX “border terminal” that goes straight to the Tijuana airport from US soil. The bridge opened in December 2015 and has had some growing pains (and price increases) in the past year but having used this service, I do recommend it. Many of my local San Diego friends encouraged me to write … Continue reading Using the CBX to fly out of Tijuana