Our 4th Anniversary (a.k.a. Gluten Free in San Diego!)
I have to say, I have the most sensitive, sweet and romantic husband a girl could ever ask for. Ever since the day I met Karl at our high school’s Christmas play auditions, I knew he would forever be the man I compared every other man to. Little did I know I would eventually get the man! I am so incredibly blessed, and so thankful that somehow I ended up with him. Ok, enough of the mushy stuff (for now). 🙂 Here are the amazing things Karl planned for our anniversary!
Well, as usual I got the day off to a late start. I’ve been getting worse and worse lately, and there’s no telling how I’m going to feel from one day to the next. But the important thing is we still left! Off to San Diego we went, with a few familiar stops along the way. We drove out to San Clemente for some lunch at the marvelous Avila’s El Ranchito. We got the fish bowl, which was delicious as always. And then off to StellaLucy’s for some snacks to hold us over until we arrived at our hotel. When we walked in StellaLucy’s, we were pleasantly surprised to see that they had expanded their store! You can actually shop in there now! It’s beautiful! We took our time and grabbed a few of our favorites:
- Liz Lovely Gluten Free Cookies
- Annie’s Gluten Free Bunny Cookies
- Enjoy Life Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Andean Dream Orange Essence Quinoa Cookies (Ok, I guess we like cookies hehe)
- Mrs. Mays Pom Raspberry Crunch
Since we were running a bit later than anticipated, our fancy dinner had to be put off until the next night. So we made a quick run to Whole Foods on our way to the show and grabbed a quick bite from the salad bar. And from there it was off to Balboa Park to see Jane Austin’s Emma: A Musical Romantic Comedy at the Old Globe Theater. That’s right, ladies. My man bought tickets to a show that was a musical, a romantic comedy, and based on a Jane Austin novel. Be jealous. 🙂
The next day was a lot of relaxing in the hotel room (mostly because I woke up, and it wasn’t one of my better days symptom-wise). Luckily we had a beautiful view of the harbor from our room, so it didn’t feel like such a waste. It helps to have such an understanding and patient husband, as well. But later that day I was feeling a bit better, so off we went to downtown for dinner at The Old Spaghetti Factory. Not only do they have a great gluten-free menu, but the downtown San Diego location is directly under Dussini! Have a while before your table is ready? Head upstairs and grab a pool table and a drink while you wait! They have a great atmosphere and it’s a really fun place to just hang out, relax and wait for your table.
And now, for my favorite foodie experience of the trip! Just before we headed home the next day, we stopped at the most amazing raw, vegan, gluten-free, organic place I have ever been to (also the only raw, vegan, gluten-free, organic place I have ever been to): Peace Pies. Go there. Everything on their menu is locally grown, organic, and amazing. It is definitely a unique experience. It’s like what food would taste like if we only used… well, food to make meals. Karl and I each had a slice of Peace Pizza with a flax seed crust (soooo good!).
For dessert, Karl had apple pie a la mode with some kind of ridiculously delicious coconut & almond based ice cream.
I had some sort of chocolate cheesecake-looking creation. I have to say, I wasn’t so sure about mine at first. I tasted it, and I literally hadn’t experienced that taste before. But the more I ate it, the more I fell in love with it. I can’t wait to visit this place again!
Once we made it home, the anniversary wasn’t over. Karl surprised me with the BBC version of Pride and Prejudice (can you tell I’m a Jane Austin nerd?). What a husband! For dinner, he cooked us potatoes with corn salsa and asparagus with a side salad. Then we cuddled on the couch and watched Pride and Prejudice.
Again, what a husband. 🙂