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Wednesday, July 17, 2024

California Summer season (Half I) • Kath Eats

Mazen and I went to San Diego to go to his grandmother, Karen aka “KK”. Right here’s a recap of our California Summer season!

Mazen and I are dwelling from our San Diego journey!

A few of you would possibly bear in mind KK, Mazen’s dad’s mother, from the weblog. She moved to San Diego, then to New Orleans to be near her different son, after which again to San Diego final fall. She simply LOVES San Diego and is so completely satisfied to be again!

We met Mazen’s Uncle Andrew and his daughter there for five days to spend a while within the California solar. (We determined to not share pics of Mazen’s cousin, however that they had SUCH a good time collectively!)

What’s ironic is that Virginia had a warmth wave whereas we had been gone however we got here dwelling with extra sunburn than we had been used to! We spent quite a lot of time on the seashore and took the youngsters to each the San Diego Zoo and SeaWorld.

California Summer season

Journey Day

Mazen and I flew out final Saturday very first thing within the morning. He acquired to take a look at the Capital One Lounge and was an enormous fan! Tried his first latte in an try to be fancy, however he didn’t take care of it. (Right here’s my put up on the best way to get into these fancy lounges! Saves us SO a lot cash on airport meals!)

We maximized our days by arriving at 10am Pacific Time, so we had the entire day forward of us.

California Informal

I modified out of my dirty journey garments into a pleasant informal outfit!

We settled in at KK’s home. She and I shared a room with twin beds whereas Mazen, his cousin and Andrew shared KK’s bed room.

We had a bit lunch (which felt like dinner to us!) after which checked out the Mission Bay seashore just a few blocks away. How good would it not be to have this seashore and strolling path as your yard!

Later that afternoon we headed over to an epic playground in Mission Seashore the place we loved being exterior with out the East Coast humidity.

That night time, KK ready a rooster pasta dish with caesar salad and contemporary corn on the cob.

For dessert we made ice cream sundaes! That Butterfinger topping was so good.

Kayaking Journey

On Sunday morning, KK rented us two tandem kayaks to take out onto Mission Bay. She dropped us off on the rental place whereas she went to get her personal kayak from the yacht membership. We set out with numerous sunscreen!

Our paddling took us below a bridge and over to an island swarming with birds.

We had been getting fairly drained, however we ended up taking the good distance round a big island seeking sea lions. We by no means did discover these sea lions however we did come again with very, very drained arms after 2.5 hours out on the water!

Burgers on the Seashore

As soon as we returned our kayaks, we walked over to the yacht membership the place KK is a member. We grilled burgers for lunch there and relaxed on the seashore for just a few hours whereas the youngsters performed.

French Beef

Again on the home, we showered and cooked French beef (a KK basic recipe) with broccoli for dinner.

In Search Of Acai

We began daily with some French press espresso

The opposite instances I’ve come to San Diego (the final time I used to be pregnant with Birch!) I’ve beloved strolling alongside the Mission Bay seashore boardwalk and getting acai bowls. KK lives a bit additional away from the ocean (she’s in Pacific Seashore for the locals) and so I took an extended stroll to search out The Mad Beet the place I acquired a fantastic bowl!

Zoo Day

After breakfast we “greased up” with sunscreen (as KK says!) and headed to the San Diego Zoo!

A number of the highlights….

An elephant pedicure

These cuties!

A lion napping simply toes from the window

This orangutang making eye contact

These loopy alligator-like gharials


We packed sandwiches and chips to have as a picnic lunch. Not solely did this save us cash, however it was nice to have the ability to eat proper after we felt prefer it.

We walked over six miles all around the zoo and nonetheless didn’t see every little thing!

Dinner at Pueblo

We went dwelling to bathe and drove to dinner at Pueblo, which we beloved.

The vibe was good


Hen taco salad 

Keep tuned for half II! Pleased 4th! 

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