That’s SoCal: Day 6

The past month or so has been crazy! So much to do, so little time. Also, I think, deep down, that I’m not ready to end this series. It was such a wonderful experience for me, and I’ve loved sharing my story with you all. Thanks for reading.

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I woke up to the best croissant I’d ever had. Justin bought some for the house, and I’m so glad he did. I hadn’t had one in so long! Like, why are croissants so tasty?! *insert crying emoji here*

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Just look at that beautiful pastry. It was delicious.

It was a pretty chill day. We figured we should get some good food. I mean, all of the food I had in San Diego was awesome, so we went to go find more awesome food.

I told Justin about my horrible first experience with Hawaiian food. I had some delivered from a seemingly popular restaurant. I was SO excited. When I finally tried it, I regretted every cent I spent on it. Every bite I took. I didn’t even eat half of the food. It was that bad. I was actually really bummed about it. After telling Justin my story, he suggested a different Hawaiian food spot. Thank God. He said that he heard it was good, so I was up for it.

The Island Cafe is in San Diego not too far from North Park. I loved the atmosphere. We went at lunchtime and were the only customers there. It’s a family-friendly restaurant, and you could feel that even though there weren’t any other customers. Also, I loved how simple the interior was and thought the pineapple lights were a nice touch. The staff was really nice, too. That’s always a good thing.

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I ordered the Island BBQ Chicken with fried rice and a garden salad with mango dressing. My beverage of choice was the Michele Wie, which is a passion fruit iced tea/lemonade mixed. I don’t think any word could describe what this meal was actually like. I would say scrumptious, but that kind of feels like it’s an understatement. This meal was one of the best I have ever had.

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The BBQ chicken was very flavorful. The fried rice was perfect. The two went together so well. And that salad. My goodness. This was the first time I had ever heard of mango dressing. I’m so glad I chose it. This dressing was otherworldly. Life-changing, even. Actually, I think “otherworldly” is the best word for this meal. If you’re ever in San Diego, go to the Island Cafe.

I ended up having more great food for dinner. We went to the Lucha Libre Taco Shop. You may have heard about it on the show, Man vs. Food. I didn’t know it existed until Justin and Eric told me about it. They said it was awesome, so of course I was excited to check it out. They suggested the Surf n’ Turf burrito, which is basically the California burrito with a seafood twist. When I tell you this burrito was like heaven on Earth, I mean it. I’m a Maryland girl, so I love me some seafood. I loved the California burrito the minute I tried it. Of course these things made a beautiful combination.

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Just look at this beauty. My goodness.

Inside of a Surf n' Turf burrito.

Inside of a Surf n’ Turf burrito.

And they have jokes.

Raspberry Ice-T. Haha.

Raspberry Ice-T. Haha.

Until next time.

[I Want to] Go Back to Cali

I’m so thankful that I had the opportunity to go to California for the first time a couple of weeks ago. I went to San Diego to visit one of my best friends. I’m so glad I got to experience the Golden State with amazing people and even met some new people while I was there.

San Diego is a very beautiful place. The vibe is very different from NYC. I’ve heard about how chill Cali is for years, and now, I can say that I’ve experienced that.  This incredible city in SoCal was even better than I thought it would be. I’m a sucker for palm trees and beautiful weather, so that was a given. But that along with the beautiful ocean, beaches, genuine people, food, and art really touched me. I got to experience a completely different culture than the one in the place that I’ve spent most of my time for the past 4 years. It was so refreshing to be in a new place that was similar to my suburban Maryland hometown with a West Coast twist.

I’ve been over the New York weather and busyness for a while, so it was nice to get a break from it. Not many aggressive walkers; beautiful, consistent weather; and complete strangers saying hello… it was wonderful. Someone randomly stopped my friend to tell her that her shirt was dope. Another person, who may or may not have been under the influence, told my friends and me to have a wonderful Easter. Everyone I’ve come across in NYC hasn’t been rude, but it’s really weird for people to be nice or say hi. When people randomly smile at me on the subway, I awkwardly smile back because it’s not typical of a New Yorker to do that, based on my experience here. It’s weird when random people say hello and start interesting conversations with me.

Also, when I got picked up from San Diego International, I got to hear “The Recipe” by Kendrick Lamar and Dr. Dre. I think it sounds just like the California vibe. It was definitely a different experience than hearing it on the West Coast. Just like when I listened to Jay Z in NYC for the first time.

Note: I apologize for any errors. This was an off-the-dome/free write kind of thing.

Stay tuned for my California adventure series: That’s SoCal.

– Kelci Reedy

Update (6/21/15): I made life a bit easier and listed all of the links for this series. Enjoy!

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

Day 5

Day 6