This week, I am heading to Austin for my dear friend Maddie's wedding! While I am only there for two days, I am so excited to visit a city that has a special place in my heart. Austin reminds me of Nashville, and it is another city I could see myself settling down in the future.
With that said, anyone have any food/drink recommendations? I'd like to try some new spots!
Aside from looking forward to exploring Austin and reuniting with my friends, here's what else I'm feeling this week:
1. Half Door Brewing Company
One of many new perks about my new office: it's located across the street from Half Door Brewing Co. This brewery/pub is situated inside an old white house downtown and serves up Irish-inspired dishes and a huge beer menu. It's so cute and so yummy. My picks? A sausage roll, a goat cheese burger, and a North East IPA. Bonus: the exterior of the brewery offers a pretty sweet view of Petco Park.
2. Pacific Crest Trail
A few weeks ago, I headed out to the Mount Laguna area with my dear friend Jamie to hike along the Pacific Crest Trail. While it was no Wild-length adventure, we did hike along the famous trail for a solid 5 hours (starting at the Penny Pines Trailhead). The trail was absolutely gorgeous, with sweeping views of both the mountains and the desert valleys. I'd love to see other sections of the trail someday because I'm still dreaming about how beautiful this section was!
3. Viejas Mountain
This past weekend, I headed out to Alpine for a jaunt up Viejas Mountain with Justin and our friends, Ericka and Russell. The trail was tucked away near an Indian reservation, but once we found it, we were good to go. The rocky and super steep trail was worth the incredible 360-degree view at the top (mountains everywhere!!). It was absolutely gorgeous and incredibly peaceful. I'll be back here soon!
4. Ho Chi Minh Trail
Might as well continue on my hiking train of thought, right?! A few weeks ago, I headed to the Ho Chi Minh Trail in La Jolla. This trail is tucked away in a fancy La Jolla neighborhood and leads to Black's Beach, San Diego's clothing-optional spot. While the trail is pretty short (less than a mile), it can be a scramble with a narrow, sandy trail. But, trust me, the view of the ocean (and a random waterfall!) while you're making your way down is absolutely worth it.
5. Care/Of Vitamins
I suck at taking vitamins, and I'm fully aware of it. So, after hearing about Care/Of vitamins, I decided to give it a shot. Care/Of creates personalized daily vitamin packs based on your individual needs and ships them out a month at a time. So far, I've actually stuck to taking them! I like having the pills in tiny packets I can carry around. The cute fun facts printed on each pack don't hurt either. What's in my pack? Vitamin C, Vitamin D (strengthening those hip bones!), magnesium and rhodiola.
6. Lululemon Wunder Under Pants
If you know me, you know my obsession with Lululemon is real. A few weeks ago, I finally decided to try on their famous Wunder Under pants...and I am hooked. These yoga pants hug in all the right places, are high-waisted and feel like butter. I can't wait to stock up on a few more pairs of these!
7. The Dinner
This week, I finished up The Dinner, a fiction novel by Herman Koch. The entire book is structured around a very tense five course meal shared between two couples in a family. While parts of the book were a little confusing (it is translated from Dutch), I couldn't put it down. But, I won't spoil the family secrets too much...
8. Beach Days
San Diego's weather has been a bit all over the place. One day it's cold, one day it's in the 80s! But, I've been trying to take advantage of the latter with beach days spent lounging on the sand with a book in hand. These serene afternoons in the sun remind me why I love living in San Diego.
9. Wild, Wild Country
I love documentaries. I love Netflix series. I love anything about cults (except being in them, of course). So, I was thrilled when Wild, Wild Country hit Netflix. This docuseries focuses on a religious cult that lived in Oregon in the 1980s and all of the subsequent conflict that led to its downfall. It's absolutely fascinating!