The SD Central Library in downtown has been open for less than a year. She's a beaut. It was designed by the same architect that built the New Children's Museum, also in downtown, so expect the same modern feel. The gift shop and the used bookstore downstairs are fun to browse. I should...more
This is one of the best spots to take photos in San Diego, with both the water and downtown in the background. The restaurants and stores here are definitely for tourists rather than locals, but it's still a very stunning spot. Dog friendly, too!...more
Aside from being LGBT-friendly, I love Hillcrest because it is one of the more walkable neighborhoods in San Diego. One could easily get there from Balboa Park and see many local boutiques and restaurants.
Mariposa Ice Cream is one of my favorite dessert shops in San Diego. It's family-owned, and the family is composed of a bunch of Beatles and Charger lovin' hippies. What's not to like about that? Get the cookies and cream or the Mexican chocolate and call it a day. The hours are kinda...more
A must visit when in Julian! These pies are almost legendary. They are so popular that a handful of local grocery stores carry them, but of course nothing beats a freshly baked slice topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, or, if this is your thing, a slice of cheddar cheese....more
This iconic fountain is perfect for picnics and serves as an ideal meeting spot for big groups visiting Balboa Park. I've also seen many photo shoots done in front of this fountain at sunset or in the evening.
This organ pavillion provides a stunning backdrop for photo shoots, so don't be surprised when you see a wedding party or two taking photos while you walk to your car. Aside from that, it's an excellent venue for performances. I performed here every year for December Nights (formerly...more
I love the Old Globe! So much history and character in this playhouse. During the holidays, try to catch a showing of How the Grinch Stole Christmas and be sure to take a picture under the gigantic, whimsically decorated trees outside.