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E Pacific Coast Hwy, Los Angeles, CA, USA
The journey down Highway 1 is the iconic California road trip, and this coastal route is a great choice whether you're in Northern California, the central coast, or in SoCal. But there's something extra special about driving the Pacific Coast...
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7850 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046, USA
From fancy to funky to sometimes downright fugly, Melrose Ave. is a shopping mecca for all tastes and budgets. While tourists flock to this famous strip to browse the shops, locals know to show up on Sundays for the landmark Melrose Trading...
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9149 S Sepulveda Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045, USA
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Like Five Guys in DC, Whataburger in Texas, and Shake Shack in NYC, In-N-Out is the West Coast burger joint for those in the know. It’s been a SoCal staple since it first opened in 1948 and has since developed a cult-like following...
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111 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012, USA
This bowed silver building stands out among the skyscrapers of Downtown L.A. (though it now has an equally interesting-looking neighbor in the Broad). Those stainless-steel curves have a purpose, though. Architect Frank Gehry designed the...
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1600 Ivar Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028, USA
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The Hollywood Farmer's Market spans several blocks, and is known for its buskers, as well as its vast variety of specialty foods, including vegan ice cream and organic everything. Nibble on free samples or buy your whole lunch (and dessert, too!)....
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1331 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291, USA
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At the intersection of Hyperion and Sunset is the heart of Silver Lake, the source of the pulse; Intelligentsia Coffee. Fueling the neighborhood with crafted cups of caffeine, Intelligentsia has become the east side center of community and...
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Arts District, Los Angeles, CA, USA
If you head just a bit farther east out of downtown LA, you will stumble upon an outdoor street art museum all over walls, garage doors, light poles, and pretty much any surface that will hold paint. Old industrial warehouses near the LA River and...
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1633 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291, USA
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Los Angeles loves its food trucks, and they often travel in packs. Different neighborhoods host Food Truck nights on varying days of the week. These roving food peddlers also often post up outside office buildings for lunch or by LACMA during the...
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829 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA 90401, USA
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Fusing the trends of sushi and build-your-own grain bowls, Sweetfin in Santa Monica, has created a customizable poke destination that is convenient, cost effective and creative at its core. The Hawaiian raw fish dish traditionally combines cubed...
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7290 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036, USA
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LA’s latest guilty pleasure - the macaron ice-cream sandwiches from MILK. For the gluten-free, this a dream come true. For everyone else, this is the best ice cream sandwich option around. Forget messy cookies, the macaron is a lite, subtle...
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Los Angeles, CA 90068, USA
A two-day walk that you can join or leave almost anywhere along the route, the Big Parade is a community stroll that starts at the Angel’s Flight Stairway in downtown Los Angeles and ends at the iconic Hollywood sign. Along the way, revelations...
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3626 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026, USA
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Cliff's Edge is a trendy, tucked-away restaurant and bar that focuses on simplicity and fresh, seasonal ingredients. The foliage-covered patio and deck feel like a treehouse and are perfect for a romantic rendezvous or a date with friends. The...
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700 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90017, USA
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My deep love for macarons is no surprise to anyone that knows me, so it's no wonder that after trying perhaps the finest ever in Paris, I'd look for a temporary fix in Los Angeles. This quest led to the discovery of Bottega Louie, one of my...
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609 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90017, USA
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Industriel's French-inspired dishes are prepared from the freshest Farmers Market ingredients and are presented with big-city grit. Distressed wood, colored crates, a dangling installation of Honey Bear bottles and Mason jars accentuate the...
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6333 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90036, USA
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The Farmers Market, next to the Grove shopping center, is a historic L.A. landmark dating to 1934. What was once 12 farmers' fresh produce trucks is now a maze of specialty shops, fruit stands, bakeries, butcheries, permanent eateries, and...
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8350 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048, USA
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The bustling Joan’s on Third gourmet marketplace is a staple of the Los Angeles lunch scene. It is a revolving door of characters for which L.A. is known: celebrities, aspiring actresses, power moms, and entertainment industry executives....
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225 26th St #51, Santa Monica, CA 90402, USA
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A small storefront in the charming Brentwood Country Mart is lit up late after the rest of the village has gone to sleep. Here at Sweet Rose Creamery, organic milk, eggs, cream, and sugar are transformed daily into the purest-tasting ice cream,...
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4129001902, Los Angeles, CA 90293, USA
Biking the boardwalk is the best way to experience the beaches and coastline of L.A. Rent a bike in the middle at Dockweiler Beach and either go the 10 miles north through Marina Del Rey, Venice, and the Santa Monica Pier (or keep going to Malibu)...
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Venice Fishing Pier, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292, USA
We wandered up Washington, past all the cafes and restaurants, until we hit the beach. And then, the pier. The Venice Fishing Pier dashes straight out into the ocean, cutting its way between brilliant blue waves—surfers on one side, the...
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Venice Canals, Los Angeles, CA, USA
Before L.A. became a concrete network of high-speed freeways, gondoliers used to glide through a series of manmade canals that were built in 1905 to recreate Venice, Italy in Southern California. The remaining two miles of waterways are a peaceful...
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Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291, USA
Abbot Kinney Boulevard is possibly the trendiest street in Los Angeles, where boho-chic beachgoers glide along the sidewalk like it's a runway, with besties and beaux at their sides. Open up your wallet at boutiques like Scotch & Soda, with...
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200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA 90401, USA
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The Santa Monica Pier embodies what Southern California is all about: fun in the sun. Popular with tourists and locals alike, this iconic boardwalk adjacent to the Pacific Ocean—filled with all the amusement rides, midway games, fried food, ice...
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For those who like to drink their brunch, Franklin & Co on the Franklin Village strip is the place to go. The Bloody Royale ($15) is a full meal packed with a celery stalk, green olive, a pickle spear, bacon-wrapped roasted jalapeno, pickled...
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2800 E Observatory Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90027, USA
Sitting near Mount Hollywood in Griffith Park, the Griffith Observatory has a vantage point that allows visitors great views of the HOLLYWOOD sign during the day, and even more fantastic views of the stars at night. The space has plenty...
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4443, 1760 Hillhurst Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027, USA
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Entering the spacious yet cozy outdoors patio of Home Restaurant is like a warm familial embrace. The lush canopy and central coy pond (and fountain lined with mini plastic dinosaurs) set a tranquil yet playful ambiance. The service is friendly,...
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Venice Fishing Pier, Venice, CA 90292, USA
The Pacific Ocean is a force that calls to some to jump in and join the dolphins that frequent its waters. Temperatures are warmest in August and September, but wet suits are available to rent year-round. Go surfing or take a stand-up...
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3823 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026, USA
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Forage prepares a rotating menu of locally sourced seasonal dishes. The pork belly sandwich is a regular favorite, the vegetable sides are always flavorful and the desserts are a pure-tasting treat.
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7617, 7119 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90046, USA
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M Cafe's macrobiotic cuisine promotes a nutritious lifestyle and with a variety of dishes ready to be served, time is no longer an excuse for eating healthy. Their juices are as tasty as their seasonal sides!
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1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291, USA
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When I Crave: Brunch I Go To: Gjelina And I Order: Moroccan Baked Eggs So Gjelina recently made it onto my go to list for brunch spots. Since eating there, I haven't been able to get the Moroccan Baked Eggs out of my head. Look at them! These...
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621 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91101, USA
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This lovely little Californian establishment is a local favorite. Everything from the farm-fresh produce to the artisan wines is California grown and carefully prepared. Their Pasadena location has a comfortable neighborhood feel in the lively ...
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267 S Beverly Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90212, USA
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You can't talk about cafés and coffee shops in Los Angeles without mentioning one of its most popular places: Urth Caffé. For an organic fix, there’s no better place. There are a number of locations throughout the city and...
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1205 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291, USA
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It's said that the best pizza in the United States is made in Cafe Bianca in Phoenix, AZ and as a pizza aficionado I can stand behind that statement. Enter Local 1205. When asked how Local 1205 created a pizza as good as Bianca they responded, "We...
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801 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046, USA
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When thinking of coffee shops in Los Angeles, Intelligentsia likely comes to mind. While they have the corners of creativity covered on opposite sides of town (Venice and Silverlake), Coffee Commissary, in the new 801 North complex on Fairfax...
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693 S Raymond Ave, Pasadena, CA 91105, USA
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Jones is well-known as the area's best local coffee. They make an amazing macchiato (Italian-style), their espresso is deluxe, and they do all their roasting on-site. I love the ambiance and the community feel of the cafe and shop, and they host...
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671 Rose Avenue, Venice, CA 90291, USA
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Coffee is the third most sprayed agricultural crop after tobacco and cotton, so buying organic fair-trade beans was of extreme importance to Groundwork Coffee founder Richard Karno when he first started roasting in the current Rose Avenue...
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1636 Silver Lake Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026, USA
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Living in Los Angeles means that when you have to go on the other side of town, it starts to feel like a roadtrip (if you are not pressed for time). So, anytime I have to leave the Santa Monica Beach and head to Silver Lake, I always stop at LA...
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5772 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90019, USA
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Mid-city is thanking their lucky stars that Paper or Plastik has brought stellar coffee in from the edges of LA. But, blissfully, they have gone above and beyond in creating a true melting pot for this vibrant neighborhood and encouraging actual...
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70 S Raymond Ave, Pasadena, CA 91105, USA
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Copa Vida is the newest of Pasadena’s gourmet coffee shops, and the unique tastes and aromas of their coffees are surprising (and impressive). They have three primary menus: “steep” is a menu of specialty teas; “pressure” includes coffee-house...
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260 Allen Ave, Pasadena, CA 91107, USA
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If high-quality, small-batch, locally roasted coffee is your thing, then make yourself at home at Jameson Brown. They're perfectionists when it comes to anything coffee related, and their black coffees and specialty drinks are to die for. If...
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1800 Ocean Front Walk, Venice, CA 90291, USA
The mecca of bodybuilding in the United States is Venice Beach, California. Venice Beach is the place where Gold's Gym was founded, and the epicenter of it all is here at Muscle Beach. Just steps from the sand you will find an amazing outdoor gym...
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San Diego, CA, USA
San Diegans love their street festivals- at least once a month there is something going on. Celebrate food and wine at the San Diego Bay Food & Wine festival - http://www.sandiegowineclassic.com/ The Artwalk in Little Italy is San Diego's largest...
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8302 Camino Del Oro, La Jolla, CA 92037, USA
The La Jolla Underwater Park is a great way to experience the world in the Pacific Ocean. There are artificial reefs, two canyons and a kelp forest. There are many places around the park to rent scuba and snorkeling gear, kayaks and wetsuits. The...
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San Diego, CA, USA
Just a short drive north from downtown San Diego, the 2,000-acre Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve offers an idea of what Southern California looked like before its coastlines were developed. Experience the area by taking a short walk from the...
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15500 San Pasqual Valley Rd, Escondido, CA 92027, USA
While tourists flock to the world-famous San Diego Zoo, its Safari Park—located 30 miles away in the San Pasqual Valley—is equally interesting. Spread over 1,800 acres, it’s home to more than 3,500 animals and 260...
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Broadway #700, One America Plaza, 600 West, San Diego, CA 92101, USA
Bite San Diego offers a three hour food tour around downtown and the Little Italy neighborhood of San Diego. We started at a Indian restaurant and ended at a place in Little Italy where we finished the tour with a piece of desert pizza made with...
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2920 Zoo Dr, San Diego, CA 92101, USA
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If you're short on time, don't think you are going to be able to see everything. I've been here many times, for hours each time, and it wasn't until the seventh visit that I finally saw all of the exhibits. I recommend picking some points of...
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1325 Coast Blvd, La Jolla, CA 92037, USA
Sunny Jim Cave is found in the La Jolla cove and was dug out by hand by two Chinese laborers in 1902 and 1903. The cave was later used during Prohibition to smuggle alcohol and immigrants. There are 126 steps leading down a narrow tunnel to the...
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726 Fifth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101, USA
One of the most popular places for locals and tourists alike is the San Diego harbor. You can take a harbor cruise during the day, have a breakfast or lunch cruise, rent a sailboat, go whale watching, or even just take the ferry from downtown San...
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849 W Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101, USA
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Seaport Village is located right on the waterfront, and has more than 70 shops, restaurants, and attractions. Its location right next to the bay in downtown San Diego makes it an easy walk from most downtown hotels. My mom loves this place, and I...
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La Jolla, San Diego, CA, USA
La Jolla, or "Jewel City," takes up about seven miles of coastline in San Diego. It is an affluent neighborhood with a lot to explore. The famous Children's Pool is where you can now find dozens of seals basking in the sun. The nation's largest...
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3000 Mission Blvd, San Diego, CA 92109, USA
The boardwalk between Mission Beach and Pacific Beach is around 3 miles each way. If you walk from Belmont Park to Pacific Grove, it's a touch shorter at 2 miles each way. At one end is Belmont Park http://www.belmontpark.com/ with a large wooden...
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1400 Garnet Ave, San Diego, CA 92109, USA
A three mile stretch each way, the boardwalk is a great place to rent a bike and enjoy the gorgeous San Diego weather. Or check out the neighborhood and just bike around Pacific Beach. There are lots of shops and restaurants found on Garnet Ave....
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8610 Kennel Way, La Jolla, CA 92037, USA
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I love dining al fresco and I love a beach view, so you can imagine how excited I was when Caroline's Seaside Cafe opened about a mile from our house. There's just nothing quite as beautiful as sitting on the deck of this chic little bistro and...
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1810 W Washington St, San Diego, CA 92103, USA
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Lucha Libre is an eclectic burrito/taco place run by three brothers from Mexico that pays homage to the glam of Mexican wrestling. This place is near my office so I come here often for lunch. You can get fat burritos, tacos and drinks for a great...
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777 G St, San Diego, CA 92101, USA
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More than worth a visit if you’re in the Gaslamp Quarter, Neighborhood features healthy food for everyone from the meat lover to the gluten avoider. Guests will also find around 27 local brews on tap and many more kinds of bottled beer. The...
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3731 India St B, San Diego, CA 92103, USA
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Saffron Noodles and Sate is located on the edge of Little Italy and Mission Hills in San Diego. Owned by Su-Mei Yu, a woman from Thailand who wanted to recreate the types of foods that she grew up with sold by street vendors in Thailand. The food...
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5662 La Jolla Blvd, La Jolla, CA 92037, USA
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They had me at duck confit tacos, the francophile in me couldn't resist! This great local eatery located in La Jolla's Bird Rock Community has something for everyone. There is a nice outdoor area to eat in, as well as a cute bar, and the staff is...
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2632 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92104, USA
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Meat lovers rejoice—Carnitas is home to some of San Diego’s greatest steak and pork dishes. Located in North Park, Chefs Hanis Cavin and Sara Stroud deliver mouth-watering plates like their Steak Sandwich, smothered in chipotle aioli, or their...
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1790 W Washington St, San Diego, CA 92103, USA
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Yoshino's is located on the North end of India street in San Diego. Because it's near my office, I come here at least once a month to eat lunch. This end of India street has some great places to eat, on these couple blocks you can find- Lucha...
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520 Front St, San Diego, CA 92101, USA
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The pancakes and crepes, here, are delicious: My favorites on the menu are the mandarin orange crepes, and the veggie omelet, which is light, fluffy, and full of veggies! We enjoy coming here for breakfast because we are early risers; Richard...
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1235 Coast Blvd, La Jolla, CA 92037, USA
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Brockton Villa doesn't open until 8am, but it's worth the wait. This restaurant is in a cute little cottage next to the shoreline in La Jolla. You can hear the sea lions and watch swimmers as they head out to and from the distant Scripps Pier....
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3555 Rosecrans St #109, San Diego, CA 92110, USA
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Naked Cafe is one of our regular breakfast stops. In the fall, they have a yummy pumpkin latte. The food is a fusion of Asian, Mexican and American. What I really enjoy is that the food is real, it hasn't been overcooked and processed. It's nice...
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4574 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92116, USA
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The Parkhouse Eatery is one of our favorites since we come here at least twice a month for breakfast. We try and experience new places as often as we can, but we always return to the Parkhouse. The interior is warm wood and cozy with a fireplace...
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416 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92103, USA
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The Fig Tree Cafe, located in the eclectic, historic community of Hillcrest in San Diego, is one of my favorite places to start a relaxing weekend. They have a great menu of homemade items, and you definitely have to try the house-made rosemary...
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3940 Fifth Ave, San Diego, CA 92103, USA
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Snooze is located in the vibrant neighborhood of Hillcrest in San Diego. The menu is fantastic as the chef takes simple breakfast foods and makes incredible creations. The interior is a combo- retro 1950's and yet a futuristic type ambiance,...
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1255 Coast Blvd, La Jolla, CA 92037, USA
Goldfish Point Café is one of La Jolla’s best kept secrets. The regulars – and there are many – include La Jolla Cove swimmers, who gather here for coffee and conversation after their morning workout. The young and the restless also roll in...
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4141 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA 92116, USA
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Kensington Cafe is located in the Kensington neighborhood of San Diego. We come here a couple times a month when we want something early- they open at 7am- and we're on a budget. Check out this Sandy Eggan for just under $7 and it's loaded with...
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3896 Fifth Ave, San Diego, CA 92103, USA
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This is a funky little gem located in the heart of the Hillcrest neighborhood in San Diego. The cow skin covered seats, chandelier from the ceiling and warm ambiance creates an interesting but comfortable atmosphere. I really enjoyed the...
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3146 Mission Blvd, San Diego, CA 92109, USA
Late August, September & October are the best times for getting in the ocean. The water is warm enough to go without a wetsuit. My sister and I often go body boarding at Mission Beach and we're there for hours in the water. If you go during the...
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South Casa Beach, San Diego, CA 92037, USA
On our 2 week trip across California, we stopped off at "The Casa Beach" to check out the renowned La Jolla seal colony. It's very interesting to encounter a wild seal colony after having just driven through one of La Jolla's high end shopping...
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Del Mar Bluffs Ln, San Diego, CA 92130, USA
Del Mar is a small, affluent beach community in northern San Diego County. The very meaning of Del Mar (“the sea” in Spanish) conjures up thoughts of long walks on bluffs perched high about the surf, fantastic crimson-colored sunsets, and lazy...
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1421 S Pacific St, Oceanside, CA 92054, USA
Surfers, lovers, sun-soakers, and everyone else all frequent the beaches on both sides of the Oceanside Pier. Enjoy a stroll during the weekend as the atmosphere during the day is very relaxed. This beach seemed to be extremely popular for...
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Balboa Park, San Diego, CA, USA
Balboa park is a landscape of arts and culture in San Diego, including museums, such as The Natural History Museum, and the Museum of Photographic Arts. The photo above is of the large koi pond outside the botanical garden house. It makes for a...
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2688 East Mission Bay Drive, San Diego, CA 92109, USA
Mission Bay park is the largest man-made aquatic park in the United States. This park is 4,325 acres of water and land, over half of this area is water. On the weekends, you'll find locals here flying kites, picnicking, having family gatherings,...
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Pacific Beach, San Diego, CA, USA
Pacific Beach is a great place for swimming, surfing, and bodyboarding. There are a good number of bars, restaurants, and places to stay. Check out the yearly Pacific Beach festival: http://www.pacificbeachfest.org/pbfest/index.htm Or, the largest...
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San Diego, CA, USA
Ocean Beach, or OB, has the laid-back feel associated with the California hippie vibe that was once so popular many years ago. And, OB is one of the oldest beach towns in San Diego. The OB pier, pictured here, was built in 1966 and at 1971 ft, is...
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Little Italy, San Diego, CA 92101, USA
Little Italy is a great neighborhood with restaurants, gourmet grocers and boutiques- well worth a check out on any day of the week. But if you're in San Diego on a Saturday morning from 8am to 2pm, you have to walk over to the Little Italy...
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Gaslamp Quarter, San Diego, CA 92101, USA
The Gaslamp Quarter, located in the heart of downtown San Diego, has come a long way since its start in 1867. It is home to some of the finest restaurants in San Diego, and is an ideal place to spend an entertaining weekend. Go shopping at The...
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South Park, San Diego, CA, USA
The South Park neighborhood in San Diego is quickly becoming the hip place to hang out, eat and/or do some shopping. Check out the activity at the Whistle Stop bar- http://www.whistlestopbar.com/ or chill out with the locals at the AC Lounge-...