Happy Monday and happy Labor Day! Since I’m sure you already have your BBQ menu all planned (what’s that? you don’t quite have it finalized? then might I suggest this or this or these as easy last-minute desserts? ???)… And since Labor Day typically marks the end of lazy summer days and start of back-to-school craziness…
One last slow-paced morning sounds just right. The kind where you leisurely sip your hot coffee (or tea—we don’t judge here!) and savor the quiet calm and birds softly chirping in the trees.
Plus… I have some big news to share with you!
So pour yourself a cup of coffee—or maybe even make a healthy homemade pumpkin spice latte because you’re like me and a-okay with pumpkin season lasting all year round—and pretend like we’re having a virtual coffee date!
So if we were actually having coffee together… You’d be laughing at me right now because I’d be bouncing up and down in my seat like a baby in a highchair. I’ve been holding in this little bit of news for far too long!
I moved to San Diego!
In the beginning of this summer, I packed all of my belongings into a large U-Haul (slightly embarrassing that more than half of those things were baking equipment and ingredients!) and drove down to Southern California with my awesome moving team, aka my mom and brother. Mom’s amazing U-Haul driving skills are a story for another day…
But once they helped me unpack the kitchen and office, my family flew back to Northern California, and I went straight back to work recipe testing and photographing and sharing treats with you.
Well, I tried to… But Grandma insisted that I also took time off to enjoy and explore San Diego! And since she’s just the sweetest person and only lives a mile away, I gave in.
So here are some of the fun things I’ve done over the past two months!
PADRES BASEBALL GAMES
Grandma is actually the person who taught me all about the game when I was 9 years old, and she’s one of the main reasons I ♡ baseball (just as much as baking!). We’ve already been to three games, and we’re headed to another four this week! The Padres stadium, PetCo Park, is absolutely incredible. Easy to get to, great seats, tons of yummy food—and even a place for dogs in the outfield! ?⚾️
SAN DIEGO ZOO
The San Diego Zoo is one of the best in the nation, if not the world, and I can totally see why. It’s HUGE! And there are so so SO many animals… Which makes it easy to get lost and wander around for hours without feeling bored. I bought a yearly membership the first time I went, and I’m so excited to go back!
You’ll probably find me with the penguins… They’re my favorite animals! ? (Although they never stay still enough for a good photo when I’m around!)
SAN DIEGO SYMPHONY
In mid-August, Grandma invited me to see the San Diego symphony perform old Broadway show tunes in a relaxed outdoor setting, a grassy field next to the ocean just behind the Convention Center. They devoted the entire second half of the program to “Fiddler on the Roof,” which was the first musical I ever did! (I played in the pit. I only sing in the shower and in my car when nobody else is around! ?)
LOCAL COFFEE SHOPS
I’ve only been to two that have really stood out so far: Moniker Coffee Co. and Communal Coffee. They’re the cutest places! Spacious interiors, relaxed vibes, white hexagonal tiles… (I’m obsessed with white for kitchens and kitchen-related rooms—that’s the main reason I bought my new house!)
I could hole up in either one every day and work for hours. Cheers to delicious coffee!
And new friends! This is Odette! We virtually met on Instagram almost a year ago (go follow her account! she’s the BEST!), and we finally met in real life this past Friday. She’s just as positive and upbeat and sweet and inspiring and absolutely amazing in person!