Last weekend the hubs and I celebrated our first wedding anniversary in San Diego. I’m in San Diego nearly once a month for work, but I haven’t vacationed there since I was a kid, which added a bit of nostalgia to the trip. We ate well, drank well and relaxed well. It was the perfect way to celebrate us.
I arrived a day early for work meetings, and was frustrated by low, stubborn clouds that would stay with us until Friday afternoon. Luckily, San Diego is an active city with tons to do and see, and the clouds encouraged us to go exploring.
Rather than sun tanning on the beach Thursday we took the fairy to Coronado Island and bummed around there for the day. We rented a couple of electric bikes to get us around. Electric bikes are the way to go! You peddle when you want, but when the hills get tough or you want to be lazy you turn the motor on. Brilliant!
A couple weeks before our trip a work colleague told me about her recent day trip to Coronado Island and raved about a little wine shop I must go to if we are ever at Coronado, Wine A Bit. Of course, Cameron and I aren’t ones to pass on a recommendation for a place to grab a glass of wine.
The wine was good and people watching fun from the front patio, but the couple we met there made this stop particularly special. We started chatting with a couple who was also celebrating their wedding anniversary.
While Cameron and I were celebrating our 1st year of marriage, they were celebrating their 47th! Although separated by 46 years we shared several similarities. First being we both were married on August 25th. They met on a blind date almost 50 years ago, while Cameron and I met on a (Tinder) blind date. They are from Phoenix, as am I. They eloped, as did we. You can read about our New York wedding here. We even chatted about being vegetarians! It was one of those kismet encounters that you walk away from smiling and feeling somehow changed by the experience.
We asked their secret to 50 years together. She said, “never go to bed angry.” He said, “always remain friends.” They elaborated on his point saying that life is fast and busy, especially with kids. If you don’t remain friends with your partner the house will one day be empty, and you will no longer know the person you’ve shared a life with all those years. Simple but profound if you ask me. How often do we drift away from each other because we simply forget to “check in” and continue to learn about the people closest to us. I think this goes for all relationships, not just the romantic ones.
Another recommendation brought us to Herb & Wood for dinner. I was starting to get a bit overwhelmed by restaurant recommendations, to be honest, but then I realized there are so many recommendations because there are so many amazing places to eat in San Diego, and everyone wants to tell you about their favorite spot!
Herb & Wood is a hip, rustic restaurant in Little Italy. The atmosphere is upscale, the crowd is trendy, and the energy is high. We were immediately impressed by Herb & Wood.
The food took second to the environment. It was good, but not as special as the place itself. We shared a beet salad and both had a pasta entree. The portions were small, which I liked, and the flavors satisfactory. They did surprise us with a anniversary dessert on the house.
I would come back here, and I do recommend it. If I do go back, however, I think it will be for happy hour or a business dinner.
Friday morning Cameron and I ambitiously walked 1.6 miles to Orange Theory – almost entirely uphill. We both worked up a bit of sweat before the workout even started. Afterwards, we at lunch at Harvest. Yum! Harvest is located in downtown San Diego, just a few blocks from where we stayed at The Pendry. They serve brunch, lunch and dinner in an interesting and cozy upstairs lounge. The food is healthy, and they offer gluten-free, vegetarian and nut-free option. Look a my beautiful salad.
That afternoon, we spent a few hours walking Mission Beach until we noticed the bright blue skies over downtown. Since the beach was still cloudy we headed back to the hotel for a few hours of poolside sunning before our anniversary dinner. I was finally in my happy place. Pure bliss.
After an exhausting afternoon of relaxation it was time for our anniversary dinner; a meal we had been looking forward to since making the reservations. The hotel kicked off the romantic evening with a couple of gifts in our room.
Dinner was at Mister A’s; a gorgeous upscale restaurant with a breathtaking skyline view. I’ve eaten at my fair share of skyline restaurants, but this one is my new favorite. Probably due to the combination of planes flying into San Diego Airport, the small downtown with the water peaking through in the distance, and the sun setting dining experience.
Honestly, I could dedicate an entire post to Mister A’s, but I’ll leave you with this extra commentary. It’s hard as a vegetarian/vegan to find gourmet food. To feel extravagantly dined while eating a plant based diet can be underwhelming, and I expected Mister A’s to be the same. In fact, I considered eating fish just for the occasion. I was delighted by my choices and every bite was exceptional.
I ordered the Raw Summer Squash Salad for my starter and Cameron ordered the Lobster Bisque.
For my main course I ordered the cauliflower steak and Cameron ordered the petite filet mignon. See the “steak” in the bottom of the picture below. That’s the cauliflower. Not only does it look like an actual steak, it was insanely good. I couldn’t even finish it all.
If you are looking for a unique and fabulous dining experience while in San Diego I highly recommend Mister A’s. It’s worth every penny.
Being married to Cameron is a blessing. I value his openness to life and adventure. I appreciate his support of me, his neurotic wife who will drag him to every gym, vegetarian restaurant and still want to blog about both on our vacations. He is a great man who is always striving to be better. And, he loves me. I’m so very lucky. I love you, Cam. This post is for us. Another entry in our life’s journal. Cheers to 47 (or more)!