One of the best parts about living in Rosarito is a built in location for quick vacations that’s only 45 minutes away: San Diego. From the indie vibe of Gaslamp quarter, to the smattering of great restaurants, scenic hiking areas, and high-end movie theaters, San Diego is a wonderful mix of outdoor recreation with the bigger city feel I sometimes miss while living in a small town in Mexico.
And I expected this trip to be my favorite to San Diego ever, because Collin and I were celebrating our 5th anniversary and staying in the nicest hotel I’ve ever been in. The Grand Del Mar is situated a bit north of San Diego’s city center, but it feels a world– or at least a country– away.
Surrounded by Mediterranean landscaping and hiking trails, I can’t even hazard a guess as to the large number of gardeners that must work here full time!
Once we were in our lush room overlooking a perfectly manicured garden, they even brought us sparkling wine and strawberries for our anniversary! Every night they brought us a different treat with the turndown service, ranging from delicious truffles to chocolate covered Oreos. The rooms were equipped with Nespressos—which is the best coffee I’ve ever had outside of Europe or a fine dining restaurant. Also, when I left my phone charger plugged into the wall with its cord dangling like an ornery serpent, I came back to find it neatly roped together and tied with a pretty bow of gold ribbon.
Having only showers in my apartment in Mexico, I turned my skin into a giant raisin in the deep bathtub at least twice a day—throwing in scented bath bombs and soaking in every second of it!
When I was able to stop soaking in the bath for long enough, there were great activities abound, such as going to the San Diego Zoo safari park, where I saw white rhinos for the first time. Our hotel also boasted free croquet for hotel guests, and though we were playing with rules that we invented, I won!
Hiking in Torrey Pines park was one of those rare moments of beauty bathed in yellow sun that was so picturesque that it almost felt like we were on a movie set for the dramatic kissing scene at the end of a romantic comedy!
Collin surprised me by taking me to the restaurant I most wanted to go to: Addison. One of the dished we were served had special resonance for me.
When I was in culinary school, my phase one chef had trained and worked at La Maison Troigros in Roanne, France. Their most famous dish was salmon with sorrel, and the special dish we were served was a modern, fresh take on this classic of French Cuisine.
And this will go down in history as the best ice cream sandwich I’ve ever tasted:
Fortunately my high expectations for the trip were actually exceeded, and I headed back to Mexico very relaxed and ready to hit the tables again to go for my goals of 200k VPPs on PokerStars this year! Thanks so much to Collin for planning on of my favorite vacations ever!