Groovy Hotel: The Pearl in San Diego

Flashback to 10 years ago. I started college in Point Loma, San Diego and commuted down Rosecrans Street every day. A unique-looking vintage hotel out the right window caught my eye each and every time as I headed to class. I always imagined what it was like inside and dreamed of staying there. I now know that The Pearl had at that time (2007) recently completed their … Continue reading Groovy Hotel: The Pearl in San Diego

Artelexia: Delightful Mexican Gift Shop in North Park

I started following Artelexia on instagram a couple of months ago when searching the social media site for cool murals in San Diego. At the time, what is now a large, beautiful, inspiring mural on their south exterior wall was being painted. I loved seeing updates over the course of the week, and hurried to go visit the shop in person after it was done. I … Continue reading Artelexia: Delightful Mexican Gift Shop in North Park

Holy Matcha

Holy Matcha: Yummy Coffee Alternative

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 so 2017. … Continue reading Holy Matcha: Yummy Coffee Alternative

The Peso is Weak: Visit Mexico!

My article title may come off as a bit callous. Hear me out: The Mexican peso is weak right now for many reasons; yes, one of them is the U.S. political climate (global price of oil is a larger factor, though). It is my opinion that despite grim economic news, traveling there this year should be seen as a wonderful opportunity. It is important for Americans to build a good relationship with our neighbors … Continue reading The Peso is Weak: Visit Mexico!

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

Waiting to board at TIJ

Using the CBX from San Diego to Tijuana

When my friends and I went to Mexico City in December, we used the new “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 about … Continue reading Using the CBX from San Diego to Tijuana

Palomar Mountain View

Fall Camping on Palomar Mountain

For the past two years, our friend group has gone camping on Palomar Mountain at the Doane Valley Campground, which is a little over an hour northeast of San Diego. We’ve gone one of the first two weekends of November, when the weather definitely feels like “fall,” but it is not yet too cold to be sleeping outside in a tent. Both years, the itinerary has been as such: … Continue reading Fall Camping on Palomar Mountain