The beauty posts are coming back soon, I swear!!! I haven’t gotten back into my beauty groove and I’m off for a weekend getaway. so I want to make sure I have the right mindset to deliver quality product reviews and looks for you! To finish off my San Diego Comic Con experience, I have to add on my food experience and what else I did in San Diego except for lining up and fangirling to the next level.
Hilton San Diego Bayfront
As I mentioned in my previous post; this was my humble abode for the 5 days I was in San Diego. It was pretty comfy and conveniently close to the Convention Centre. Unfortunately, to get to Petco Park and other places in Gaslamp, it is around a 8-10 minute walk. It looks deceivingly close on Google Maps, but there’s a foot bridge to get across to Petco Park/ Gaslamp Quarter for food. My favourite part of the room was the big washroom AND the Peter Thomas Roth hair products/soap! Not going to lie, I took some extra shampoo and conditioner home, because – it’s sold for $$$ at Sephora. I didn’t pay >$100/night for nothing, you know!
One of my biggest disappointment was grabbing food at the Odysea Lounge. They had a special “comic con” menu (which pretty much most restaurants had; which is a bit disappointing because I wanted to try what local food would eat.) My friend and I both ordered sandwiches and they mixed the ingredients up, I had pork belly with avocado and the jalpenos I wanted ended up in my friend’s chicken sandwich. If we were both allergic to anything, we would’ve been pretty dead by now. We understand it was busy; when we pointed out their mistake the waitress just told us that a) they were really busy and b) it is a new menu so they aren’t familiar with the ingredients. THEN WHY BOTHER PUTTING THEM ON THE MENU? I much rather pay a bit more to get a decent bite. #endrant
Don’t be fooled by the super cute and talented drawings on the Starbucks; which is part of the hotel. The prices are exorbitant; a tall coffee was $2.75 USD!!! I thought it was just during comic con, but it seems like that’s how it is ALL YEAR ROUND (according to Yelp.) There’s another Starbucks in Gaslamp so I recommend going there to avoid the high price tag.
You know I’m tired when I barely have any food pictures to post. I honestly only had around 5 real “sit down” meals with food in a presentable manner. The first day, after we arrived in San Diego, my friend and I were pretty much just looking for a place to sit down. We went to Rockin’ Baja Lobster Coastal Cantina and shared blackened fish tacos ($15 USD.) These were pretty good and you can see there were a lot of ingredients put in. A bit messy, but delicious. Plus you get all you can eat chips/salsa/mango salsa..etc!
One of the days, my friend and I had some time for lunch so we went to Bottega Americano based on our other friend’s suggestion (plus Natalie Dormer was seen there last year!) I got the express lunch which was the “Little Gem Salad” (aka ceasar salad, WHICH wasn’t called that on the menu so I was like ‘oh’ when I saw my plate,) and Spaghetti and Meatballs. The salad + pasta together was $20USD. They were delicious and I pretty much inhaled all the delicious protein and carbs. The washroom was pretty nice too!
For some late night cheap eats; The Food Shop reminded me of home. Good ol’ hearty pho. I had the Pho Thai Nam ($9USD) which is rare beef and beef brisket noodle soup. The prices were reasonable and I had a bowl of hot noodles to soothe my tired throat and body. It’s a very small, hole in the wall place; but it was constantly buzzing with people getting takeout. Also; the cashier/servers were REALLY nice and friendly. 1000% will go back.
On the last Sunday of the convention and after the zoo, my friend wanted to sit down and have a nice dinner. With my shoddy Roam Mobility reception at the zoo, Spike Africa’s Fresh Fish Grill & Bar seemed like a decent choice. I ordered a virgin mojito and their salmon from the ‘daily catch’ menu. I chose ginger ponzu sauce with Garlic Blue Lakes (those beans!) with my fish. Again, the food quality was top notch; the sauce was delicious and complimented the salmon really well! The salmon was cooked medium rare so it was a bit pink inside and slightly charred on the outside; and it wasn’t dry at all. Where can I find delicious fish like this in Vancouver?!
On the last day in San Diego, my friend and I stopped by Broken Yolk for brunch. I had their Golden State Eggs Benedict and I love how you can get fresh fruit (with no additional cost!!) The eggs benedict was alright, a bit too much sauce – I think Vancouver is spoiled with good brunches already. However, the coffee was YUMMY! Perfect caffeine boost to the morning.
Apart from overpriced snacks at the actual convention, the restaurants in Gaslamp was top notch. I wish I had more time to visit more restaurants (next year probably!) Honourable mention goes to Cheesecake Factory. I ordered the soup of the day, which turned out to be a mediocre Cream of Mushroom. The server said he didn’t like the soup either and didn’t charge me for it.
San Diego Zoo
As if we weren’t tired enough already, my friend and I ubered to San Diego Zoo right after the convention on Sunday. Because we were tired, we did the 45 minute bus tour that took us to main attractions of the zoo. Many, many cute animals were there. Not sure if it was late in the day, but a lot of the animals were just chilling. But that’s cool, as long as they’re happy and relaxed. I wish we got to see the polar bears; there was construction going on the zoo so some animals were relocated around. There were a lot of different herbs and plants growing along the side of the zoo, and zookeepers would use those to calm animals or rub it on their body to relax them! We also saw a cute ‘elephant shower’ where they get cleaned! Can we all agree that elephants are adorable?!
Probably the cutest thing I learned was that baby cheetahs are paired with a puppy and they literally become BFFs when they grow up! I saw the cheetah but no dog. 🙁 Love the idea of this Animal Ambassador program!
Special thanks to San Diego Tourism for sending me + my guest complimentary zoo passes!
I definitely know that I didn’t spend enough time visiting San Diego. Other places on my “to visit” list include Sea World and the other towns such as Little Italy and La Jolla. Crack Shack is my to-try restaurant too! There are also many museums around the zoo that I didn’t have a chance to go and I wanted to check out The Old Globe as well for some nice #ootd pictures. Should I start planning for next year already?!
Those who have visited San Diego, where else should I visit?!
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Disclaimer: Zoo pass was complimentary