san diego

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by some miracle, i got one of the last flights out of dc this past weekend before the #snowicane2016 hit. i was visiting my brother, kevin, in san diego who moved to the west coast about a year ago. while i’ve been to california a number of times, this was my first time in san diego.  my sister and her bf, kimmy and chris, made the trek down from LA and the four of us spent the weekend exploring all that this wonderful city had to offer. it was so great to spend time with friends and family now living a coast away.

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food

  • nicos: tiny mexican hole-in-the-wall in ocean beach, aptly voted the #2 california burrito in america. $6 will get you a incredibly delicious california burrito stuffed with carne asada and crunchy french fries, the size of your forearm.
  • neighborhood: american-style loungue/gastro pub in the downtown area with pimms cup cocktails on tap and incredible mussels. i later learned that there’s a hidden speakeasy in the back, so i guess this means i’ll be going back.
  • crushed: special little place in pacific beach serving brunch and beer. we were taken with the pretzel bread, cinnamon roll pancakes, and make-your-own mimosa flights with interesting flavors such as grapefruit rosemary. super nice servers, too.
  • mad beet: this place was a godsend the morning after two late nights in a row. they have made-to-order healthy fare such as acai bowls, smoothies and juices. the best part though is the  hilariously clever names of their products (i.e. “beyoncai”, “canteloupe fiasco” and “honeydewtang clan”).
  • baja beach cafe: we ate right next to the beach here in pacific beach with a+ views and decent fish tacos and bloody marys.

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british virgin islands

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jost van dyke is the smallest of the 4 main islands that comprise the british virgin islands. at 3 square miles and a population of 298, it goes without saying that this island is completely off the grid. it’s so small that:

  1.  the first mate of the small boat we chartered was also our bartender that night at the local bar where the whole island parties together each night
  2. upon arrival, the “car company” left our suzuki next to the dock with the keys under the mat, trusting that we’d sign the paperwork and pay at some point later on
  3. within 4 days i felt like i knew everyone on the island

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we stayed at the white bay villas, the cutest little apartment-type lodging with the most incredible view. there are no grocery stores on the island, so our hotel asked for a grocery list ahead of time and had it all waiting as soon as we arrived. many people visit JVD, but not many stay on the actual island. we were so lucky. most people drive their boats in from st. john, st. thomas and tortola up to one of the 5 island beach bars to spend the day, and then either boat home or spend the night on their boats.

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