Sunday, September 14, 2008
I just got home from California this afternoon. My parents and I spent the week in San Diego. My Dad had a tax seminar, so my Mom and I went shopping while he was in class. It was pretty nice because there were 4 malls within 15 minutes of our hotel. I especially enjoyed the Gaslamp Quarter, which is downtown and reminds me of San Francisco, with its rolling hills and blocks of shops and restaurants. At the Hard Rock Hotel, they have a frozen yogurt chain called Pinkberry. We got original with rasperries, strawberries and blueberries, which was really good.
We also went to the Seaport Village, which is like Ports of Call in L.A. with shops next to the water. The Kobey's Swap Meet was a little disappointing, because they didn't have any fresh fruit for sell on Friday. We also drove out to Coronado Island, where the Hotel Del Coronado is located. The Hotel is the inspiration for the Grand Floridian Hotel at Disneyworld in Florida. If you are ever in California, you must eat at El Torito, Pinkberry, Abbey's BBQ, and The Crab Cooker. They are our favorites there. I would also recommend the Banana Cream Cheesecake from the Cheesecake Factory.
We went yesterday and spent the day with my brother Ryan driving around Newport Beach. He has been living in Costa Mesa since he graduated from BYU in April. We went to the O.C. swap meet and drove around Laguna as well.