19 July 2011

A Visual (and Edible) Tour of San Diego

This April we packed up the fam and decided to head across this fair country and visit beautiful San Diego. We survived the four hour plus plane ride with the babe and arrived feeling jet lagged but excited to see as much of the city as possible in four days. 

Views from the hotel room.

The bar and breakfast at Cafe Chloe.  This place was delicious and we highly recommend it for breakfast and brunch.
Cafe Chloe 721 9th Avenue San Diego, CA 92101 (619) 232-3242

The duck ragout and decor at Cucina Urbana.  (Sorry the pictures are blurry- we had the better half of a delicious bottle of wine this night and needless to say we had quite a lot of fun and giggles.   On the way home we hailed a cabby that drove like a maniac. I am sure there were no shocks on his van taxi and every time we went over a bump the interior lights turned on and the radio turned off. He would readjust the settings each time and never flinched. Meanwhile, I laughed so hard that I lost all control of my bladder.  Memories. )  Cucina Urbana may have been my favorite meal in San Diego and this says a lot because we ate at some wonderful places.  The ambiance was romantic yet unpretentious.  We walked in with our giant stroller bus and baby in tow and they were so accommodating despite our lack of reservation.  The server was fabulous and friendly and the food was exceptional.  Two big thumbs up.
Cucina Urbana Banker's Hill San Diego, CA (619) 239-2222


Fabulous wares in Coronado.
Cotier 1053 B Avenue, Coronado, CA (619) 435-0791

The enchanting and beautiful Hotel del Coronado.  I would love to stay here next time, but it's haunted and after The Planter's Inn in Savannah, I don't do haunted.  This place is amazing and right on the beach.  Worth visiting if you're in the area.
Hotel del Coronado 1500 Orange Avenue Coronado, CA 92118 (800) 468-3533

Women making tortillas in Old Town.

Immaculate Conception Church, Old Town San Diego

Trinkets and cacti in Old Town.

Papel picado at Casa Guadalajara restaurant in Old Town.  We were told this was the best place to eat good Mexican food in Old Town and we were very pleased.
Casa Guadalajara 4105 Taylor Street San Diego, CA 92110 (619) 295-5111

Food and decor at Brian Malarkey's Searsucker restaurant in the Gaslamp quarter.  I loved the decor and the food, but found the place to be a little stuffy.  Would still recommend it, but leave the kids at home. 
Searsucker 611 Fifth Avenue San Diego, CA 92101 (619) 233-7327

All in all San Diego was very kid friendly and people were extremely accommodating. 
Kudos, San Diego.  You are quite a town.

16 July 2011

B&A: Rope Lamp

I was in need of some instant gratification this weekend and decided to take on a quick and easy Saturday project.  I had some rope that I bought at Home Depot weeks ago, a glue gun and a lamp that I wasn't feelin'.  Here are the results...





13 July 2011

The BroFam Castle

Hello blog.  I've been away for too long and oh how I've missed you.  Fortunately, I have been knee deep in fabulousness.  I have begun work on the home of my first client and I'm having a blast and learning a ton.  Ashley and Bill live in Sumter with their three beautiful children.  They are a fun young family wanting a change of scenery- a home update that will be edgy enough for adults and spill-proof enough for kids.  Ashley is an artist herself and it's been fascinating working with such a creative person.  I've enjoyed the collaboration thus far and can't wait to see how it all turns out.  No real changes have been made yet, but I thought I would share my first take mood boards.