How is it already almost the middle of July?! While the first half of this year has been great and I've accomplished a significant amount, this second half of the year is what I've been really looking forward to. I have quite a bit of travel planned: Las Vegas, Idyllwild, mountain camping (location TBD), Nashville, Atlanta, Los Angeles...the list goes on. I love San Diego, but I'm so excited for some exploration.
Beyond travel planning, here's what else I'm feeling this week:
1. Jane the Virgin
If you have not seen Jane the Virgin, you are seriously missing out. Honestly, when the promo ads for this show came out a few years ago, I was unimpressed and confused on the premise. But, once the show started racking up a bunch of awards and always appearing on top TV lists, I decided to give it a go...and naturally, it blew away my expectations. It's funny, it mocks itself (and the genre of telenovelas) in a clever way, it's touching and despite all the crazy things that happen in the show, it's authentic and real. Netflix just added the latest season - and I can't stop watching. Spoiler alert though: major tears ahead this season. I'm recovering from bawling during an episode as I type...
2. Hello Fresh
I'm a fan of meal-delivery services for weeks that I know I have some extra time to cook meals during weeknights (aka where I don't have to rely on frozen food/meal prepped food). It also saves me a frantic Sunday trip to Trader Joe's. I had dabbled with Blue Apron and Gobble before, but had never tried Hello Fresh until last week. My coworker had a code where I ended up scoring 6 meals for $19. Yes, you read that right. So, over the past week, I've indulged in Chipotle Glazed Pork Chops, Creamy Dill Chicken and Cheesy Chorizo Orzotto. Honestly, as commercial-y as it sounds, I feel like a chef making these meals - and it's way easier and all the flavors are already planned out for me. While I can't commit every week, I am excited to snag some new menu items in the coming weeks.
3. High Dive
I'm slowly learning that Linda Vista/Bay Park has some pretty good food and drinking options - Sab E Lee, J&T Thai, JV's Mexican, Coronado Brewing, and most importantly, High Dive. This weekend, I hit up High Dive for breakfast and can't stop raving. This dive bar is the cutest neighborhood restaurant, where people know each other when they enter. The ceiling is filled with beer taps, the doors are covered with stickers and there's a pinball machine! I've eaten dinner here (when, Nick and I literally ordered four entrees because we couldn't decide), but this weekend was my first time going for breakfast. I had their classic scramble - bacon, tomato, avocado and swiss with tortillas. I am actually starting to drool typing, thinking of how good it was...
4. Bird Rock Coffee Roasters
On the note of places to eat/drink in Linda Vista/Bay Park: Bird Rock Coffee Roasters. Bird Rock is such a San Diego staple, but most people don't know that their roasting facility is located in this area - and actually serves coffee too. It's a little bit quieter than the other locations, but I love seeing all of the roasting supplies in the back. It's another neighborhood spot where people seemingly all know each other. But, most importantly, their French Roast: 10/10.
5. La Bodega + Bread & Salt
This weekend, Nick and I ventured down to Barrio Logan for a Frida Kahlo inspired art show at La Bodega, a small local gallery. I've mentioned it a few times, but in college, I won a research grant to study Frida Kahlo and wrote a 50-something-page paper on her, so she holds a special place in my heart. When I saw the event on Facebook, there was no question: I had to go. I've been to a few art shows at La Bodega, but I'd never seen one as packed as this - we waited in line for an hour! The show featured a collection of Frida-inspired pieces from both established and new local artists. It was fascinating to see so many different interpretations. Moreover, though, I was so happy to see so many people of all ages and races interested in art. Later on that evening after dinner, Nick and I were driving back to the freeway and saw a big, open warehouse that seemed to be hosting a party or gallery of some sorts, so we stopped to take a peek. We ended up at an opening for an exhibit "AnthroMorphoCene" at Bread & Salt, another local gallery. This show featured some experimental art...and a lot of hipsters. While we definitely did not fit in and while I didn't love all of the art, there were some pieces that caught my attention (like the one in the picture!). It was an art-filled Saturday.
6. La Fachada
As I mentioned, Nick and I spent a bit of time on Saturday in Barrio Logan. We originally planned on hitting up Salud (one of my all-time favorite places for tacos in San Diego), but the line was crazy long! So, we hit up Yelp and ended up at a hole-in-the-wall - La Fachada. This wasn't your traditional mom-and-pop cutesy hole-in-the-wall - it was dirty and gritty, but oh my goodness, the food was amazing. My carne asada and carnitas tacos were on point, and Nick enjoyed his cabeza and lingua (ew). We split a tamale to top it off. Like I said, it wasn't the best area of town, but that's where you tend to find some of the best food.
7. Housewarming Parties
This past weekend, my friend Katie thew a housewarming party. I was so excited to see her, her new place...but, mostly, I was selfishly excited because she moved into a place so close to my apartment! Yay! We celebrated with games, new friends, beer and catching up. It's the small things - but I really love any excuse to get together. And, her whole setup is inspiring some serious decor/apartment envy, so I've been spending a lot of time on Apartment Therapy since the party...
8. John Nagib
Do you ever have those people that step into your life and immediately you want to become a better person? You want to do better, be better - and they help you (whether they know it or not). That's John. I met my friend John through November Project, and I'm not even entirely sure how we became friends, but we did. Anyways, let me give you some background: John is from the East Coast, he runs a lot, was in the Navy and was a teacher, and now works at a startup. But, there's so much more than that. John is one of the friendliest people - the kind who can walk up to anyone and make them feel like they've known him for years. He immediately lights up a room, makes everyone laugh...and is just real and authentic all the time. I got to spend Sunday morning with him, eating breakfast, drinking coffee and just talking about anything and everything between. You rock, John, and I'm pretty lucky to call you a friend. PS - I'll just let you guess you what's happening in the picture.
Lately, I've been getting headaches on the daily - and I'm not down with that. I suffer from migraines, and honestly it ruins an entire day. So, I finally decided to go back to the chiropractor to see if they could knock around any kinks in my neck that were causing the sudden onslaught of headaches. Plus, my hips and shoulders are still imbalanced from nine months on crutches. Yikes. Anyways, I visited Chiropractique (in Mission Hills...but, there's one in North Park too) twice this last week...and have not had a single headache since. Some people may think chiropractors are hokey, but I totally believe in the power of getting adjusted. Plus, visits to Chiropractique leave me feeling totally relaxed and blissed out. You start your visits with 15-minutes in a massage chair with a hot cup of tea before getting consulted and adjusted. Amazing. Cheers to a week without a headache! It's the small victories.
10. Elevation Church Podcasts
I very rarely talk about religion or spirituality on here - it's just not my thing to preach on and on about, but I was baptized my senior year of college and while I haven't found a church in San Diego, faith is still a pretty big part of my life. Anyways, I started recently listening to Elevation Church's podcasts of their sermons. Elevation Church is based in North Carolina, but my friend Alex discovered the church while in college and used to regularly watch their sermons. There's something about their sermons that I love, the fervor of the pastor and how he speaks and how I always somehow pick a sermon that seems to apply to what I need that day. I'm still on the hunt for a church, but this is a great supplement in between.
What are you feeling this week?