weekend getaway – San Diego, CA.

I love weekend getaways. Especially when you miss the first winter snowfall in New York and fly cross-country to 60 degree weather. You won’t hear me complain!

We arrived in San Diego around 11:30AM, which gave us just enough time to grab lunch before heading to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park for our cheetah adventure. [See all of the pictures, plus the video of the cheetah on Two Coins Photography].

Night #1, we were ready to go out on the town. We got ready and went in search of delicious Mexican food. Which is exactly what we found at La Puerta in the heart of the Gaslamp District. Can you say AMAZING guacamole? Margaritas, salsa, enchiladas ..oh I was a happy camper. But halfway through the meal Jeff & I ran straight into a brick wall. After being up for close to 20 hours, we decided it was bedtime instead of our intended night on the town.

Saturday morning first stop ..breakfast at The Broken Yolk Cafe – Home of a Man vs. Food 8 lb. breakfast challenge. Let me tell you, the service was great, the food came in a blink of the eye, it was delicious, my coffee was re-filled every 30 seconds [which I loved], and the prices were good. So …we came back Sunday morning too! [First morning – Betty’s Southern Biscuits & Gravy. Second morning – California Breakfast Burrito]. Can I go back now? I’m hungry thinking about it!

Sunday morning we ate outside [in January]. It was beautiful.  

It was rainy on Saturday, so I didn’t complain about being stuck inside. [The day of work. with Jeff].

 Unsunny San Diego.

On Sunday, we had the entire day for the taking. [We were booked on the red-eye (9PM) back to New York]. After breakfast at The Broken Yolk, again ..we made our way up the California coast. Destination: Orange County, to visit my aunt, uncle, & three cousins.

Roadtrip .. :)

We enjoyed football, drinks, sun, and relaxation in my family’s backyard. Followed by a trip to the historic town of San Juan. And last but not least, mexican food on the ocean in Dana Point. Perrrrfect end to our weekend in California! [Family, thank you for having us!!]

The family pet – Sunshine. Took quite a liking to Jeff.

We got to the airport just in time to see the end of the Giants vs. the 49er’s game and have a couple cocktails. I do not sleep on airplanes. But with a New York arrival time of 5 AM, followed by a full day at work, I had two options ..sleep/knock myself out or have an extremely miserable Monday. Thank you bloody mary & JetBlue eye mask for the sleep-assist.

lions, & tigers, & CHEETAHS ..oh my!

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I was inches away from a CHEETAH!

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I thoroughly enjoy trips to the zoo, but Jeff topped the ‘traditional’ zoo experience yesterday. He got us passes for the Cheetah Safari at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. We stood only feet away when the cheetah ran 70 mph after a stuffed animal and stood inches behind him for a photo opp. [I was terrified]. Only a leash was between us & the wild animal. The trainer said “Come closer! I wouldn’t put you in danger”. Surrrre! Scary, but honestly amazing & unforgettable!

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And our San Diego adventure continues… :)

philadelphia.

One of my many 2012 goals is to explore 4 new cities. What better way to ensure I’m on track than to start the first day of the year? Needless to say, Jeff & I were in Philadelphia (a foreign city, to me) for New Years Eve. The next morning breakfast in bed [room-service-style] was exactly what we needed to get us in “tourist-mode”.

After a couple cups of hotel coffee, no make-up, and a long night. [Ha!]

Happy 2012cheeeeese.

We did the necessary Liberty Bell, Independance Hall, and the President’s House in Philadelphia (or what’s left of it). I love history. And I loved walking through the doorways our founding father’s once walked through.

After seeing the “necessary” stuff, we moved on to the “important” stuff ..getting ourselves a big, cheese-whiz-y philly cheesesteak. We honestly drove all over the entire city in search. First we couldn’t find a spot to park within miles of Pat’s or Geno’s. So across town we went to Tony Luke’s, which was closed for New Year’s day. [Ugh!] I swear this was hours worth of driving ..at least two, or 1.5. Regardless, we were starving by this point and too stubborn to give up on our dream of cheesesteaks. We parked, walked, waited in a 15 minute line, and got ourselves a delcious cheesesteak topped with cheese whiz from GENO’s. Obviously too hungry to wait until we got back to the car, we ate while we walked. And Jeff – FAIL ….. ha :)

hahahahahahaha – thumbs up!

You’re looking at the three photographs I took of our adventure. In my defense, I was with the master photographer [Jeff], who caught a lot of great shots of our trip. You can see all of them at Two Coins Photography – Flipadelphia. [Look for my ‘gorgeous’ faux glasses in the photos]. Enjoy!

one city down. three to go. <3