There was much debate about leaving baby and going on vacation. We can be free! Drop the baby off with grandparents, pass the Coronas. Will I survive without him though? Paranoid first time mom with a 6 month old? I don't think so, no, not happening. We're parents now, let's make this work.With fear of missing out and anxiety, we pack up baby and load up my new car the "White Chocolate". I've named this car in hopes of getting closer to it. Before buying the "White Chocolate" I drove my single gal car a white shiny Volkswagen Beetle, I loved that thing. Together we grew and experienced life adventures. When baby and dog came, I out grew it. Enter, the "White Chocolate". 2017 Ford Escape, zero miles, also white and shiny. I should love it, I have to love it, it's mine, I own it. I'm stuck with it and it is no beetle. My first world privilege encourages my hesitation.
We made a 6 hour road trip from Tucson to San Diego tolerable by spending the night in Yuma. Tip number 1, take breaks when traveling with baby and never be in a rush. Yuma allows time for rest, family and the best burritos in the USA. Rated, ranked,verified, tried and true . When in doubt, Always say yes to these burritos and rolled tacos. I highly recommend the Machaca burrito.
First stop in San Diego is Old Town Cafe, Mexican restaurant in Downtown San Diego with huge menu and amazing skinny margaritas, two please! Gabe and his family have been coming here for years and now baby Kingston can share in that tradition .The carnitas plate and the chile rellenos are the go to here, don't venture off, don't try anything else. When I do, I find I am disappointed. We will still always go here because the señoras making fresh tortillas in the window are too sexy to pass up. I see you señora, big ups to the dying skill of hand made tortillas. Refer to "Ain't nobody got time for that".
We spend the evening at Paradise Point, a beautiful resort in Mission Bay. We're lucky enough to party in the Presidential suite, baby and all. Bill gates is rumored to frequent the resort and stay a couple of doors down. Let's put it on Bills tab. Drinks for days, Chicken BBQ pizza for days. What more can a Foodie ask for? Despite the glitz and the glamour of the resort, the best part was watching baby Kingston see the beach for first time. This is the priceless part, this is the stuff Bill can't buy with his billions.
We were torn between having our usual SD fish tacos for breakfast and joining our friends for brunch at their recommended spot. In the end friendship won and we joined our friends at Bayside Landing Gastropub for Chicken and Waffles and Mimosas. Blueberry waffles, crispy fried Chicken, Mac and Cheese under fried eggs made it worth it.
We spent the afternoon getting 40$ massages by tiny ladies who walk on you and browsing used goods at the San Diego Swap Meet. If you haven't checked it out, do so. Here you will find everything from cheap sunglasses to organic fruit, to vintage toys. We cooled off with the new Starbucks Almond Milk Cinnamon Macchiato. I highly recommend it, it tastes like a liquid Cinnabon!
We ended the weekend at our favorite sea food place, Blue Water Seafood Market and Grill. Here you can choose your type of fish, type of sauce and style of plate. We dinned on Ahi Tacos drenched in ginger butter, clam chowder and fried shrimp with a house made tartar sauce .There is always a line out the door here, and we stood in line for 15-20 minutes. The food here is delicious and fresh and very worth the wait. I'm never annoyed by lines when it comes to food.This is usually indicative of something good. I can always trust the Zagat, Yelp and Trip Advisor stickers on the doors.
Ultimately, we figured out traveling would never be the same. We're parents now, baby is priority. If baby wasn't by my side, he'd be on my mind at all times. I'm excited to show him the world and see things through his little eyes. I know one day he will be greatful for these moments and experiences.We're looking forward to the next trip. Where to next?