Friday, January 6, 2012

Staycation in San Diego

Part of my Christmas gift to E was a night's stay in San Diego during our week off. A little staycation.

We started with some quiet reading time at Barnes and Noble.  E is always reading, but this time it was for fun, not school!
barnes and noble

One of E's stocking stuffers was movie tickets. We went to see The Descendants. I'm amazed that George Clooney could pull off the family man character, but he did and the movie was very poignant.

Date night!
Testing @instagram collage with app pic stitch

Dinnertime found us in Little Italy at a place called Mimmo's Italian Village. I had looked up reviews and recommendations for moderately priced Italian, and we ended up here. It turned out to be just ok. The pasta dishes were good, but when we wanted to order 'secondo' (and no, we didn't even use the Italian word for it) the waitress was surprised and asked if we wanted to take it to go. Not a good sign for an Italian restaurant. Also, E thought it was amusing that they were playing the Godfather soundtrack in the background. Anyway, we know we're never going to find the same amazing food without paying more money than we have right now. I'd give Mimmo's a 3/5 stars.

We stayed the night at the San Diego Hilton Resort & Spa, which would have been nice, except their jacuzzi had ridiculous amounts of chlorine in it and it ruined my bathing suit (and my contacts, and dried out our skin  blah). It's taken over a week to get reimbursed and get it all sorted out. (You may have heard about this on Twitter) So that part was pretty disappointing and frustrating and I kind of want to forget about.

hash house a go go breakfast
Hash House a Go go san diego

For breakfast we planned to go to a spot that E's been talking about for a while - Hash House A Go Go. It's located in the Hillcrest neighborhood and it's popular. We slept in and didn't arrive until after 10am so we had an hour wait to get seated. Thankfully, there's a coffee shop a block down so we sipped on lattes and read while we waited. It was well worth the wait We had recommendations for our choices...I ordered the sage chicken benedict (with chipotle hollandaise!) and E ordered banana walnut french toast. Each plate was easily enough for two of us, and we eat a lot!

We went home mostly rested, full, and happy.


Newlywed Next Door said...

I love staycations!

I got married at that San Diego Hilton Resort and Spa on Mission Bay -- SUCH a beautiful resort and we ended up with a great wedding. BUT we had MAJOR drama leading up to our wedding. MAJOR. And had a tough time with their management (except the GM who was pretty good). Keep pressing them and write the GM of the hotel if you can find his contact info.

Geek in Heels said...

Sounds like you guys had a lovely time! I wish we could do a staycation in NY, but hotels are so expensive that it's actually cheaper to go someplace else!

The Less Than Domestic Goddess said...

What a wonderful staycation! (minus the jacuzzi nightmare. ugh.) I'm gonna tell my husband that we have to try Hash House a Go Go next time we are in SD!

Unknown said...

Wow this looks like some serious food! Those are my favorite kind of dates (food)! I'm so glad I found your blog. I'm a new follower :)

Tammy @ Lemons, Avocados and the Bay said...

Ah I heart Hash Hash A Go Go :)
Sounds like a great time.. except for that chlorine incident

Anway, I wanted to let you know that on Feb. 4 I'm hosting a blogger meetup in San Diego. We're expecting about 30-40 people to attend, and it would be awesome if you could attend.

You can read more about the meetup here :)

Newlyweds on a Budget said...

they have a hash house a go go in vegas and it was DELISH. of course, all we did was eat in vegas and we would be in bed by 10 since we're such losers, haha!

staycation sounds good to me!!

Casey said...

I've never been to San Diego, but it looks so fun! And that food...oh my food porn alllll over your post! LOL. Glad you guys had a great time!!

Audrey @ Putting Me Together said...

Hash House's portions are CRAZAY! I've only been there once, but it was worth the experience. Glad you had a restful staycation...besides the jacuzzi :(

Anonymous said...

This looks so nice and relaxing!

Crazy Shenanigans-JMO said...

Staycations can be the best! All of that yummy food looks good!

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