San Diego events

This Weekend in San Diego: November 14-16

I’m excited to be back in San Diego and have an opportunity to enjoy this weekend’s events. My friend Caitlin is visiting from Connecticut and I’m excited to show her around!

Here are four events I think are worth checking out:

Fit Foodie 5K (event website)

Saturday, 8:00 am-12:00 pm

I’ve seen several bloggers talking about this event and it definitely looks like a good one! After completing the 5K race, enjoy food demos and tastings, giveaways, and beer and wine tastings. This race takes place Saturday but there will be fun events (such as a cocktail party and yoga and brunch) all weekend long.

Pints and Paddles (event website)

Saturday, 10:00 am

Bring your kayak or paddle board (or rent one on-site) and help raise money for Team River Runner, a nonprofit that helps wounded veterans recover through kayak and paddling programs! After you complete the two-mile paddle around Mission Bay, you’ll get a pint glass to use at the after party where there will be beer on tap, prizes and live music.

It’s The Pits 5th Annual Bark and Brew (event website)

Saturday, 6:00 pm-10:00 pm

Saturday night, stop by Mission Brewery in Gaslamp for a fundraiser for It’s The Pits dog rescue! With food, drinks, raffles and an auction, it’s going to be a fun night. Combine that with dogs also being invited and the event being for a great cause, and it’s definitely an event that’s worth checking out!

Celebration Run San Diego – Half, 10K + Kids Fun Run (event website)

Sunday, 8:00 am-1:00 pm

On Sunday, enjoy the Celebration Run! With a scenic, flat, waterfront course that takes you around Mission Bay, this is definitely going to be a great race! This event starts and ends in Bonita Cove, and your registration fee includes medal and a tech tee. Race day registration is available.

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Happy Friday! I hope everyone has a great weekend!

Don’t forget to enter the giveaway for free entry to a Spartan Race!

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Reebok’s Spartan Race Giveaway + Promo Code

Hey everyone, I’ve got a fun giveaway coming your way today!

I was recently contacted by Dan from Spartan Races about giving away a free entry to any Spartan Race! To say that I was excited for everyone would be an understatement; I have a lot of friends who have done these races and they’ve loved them, and it’s definitely something I think a lot of you (especially my fellow SweatPink Ambassadors) would enjoy!

What is the Reebok Spartan Race?

With course lengths of 3+ miles (Sprint), 8+ miles (Super), and 12+ miles (Beast) each course is filled with mud, water, and various obstacles. These events are designed for athletes of all fitness levels, including kids, who have their own race called the Spartan Kids race.

For those of you looking to participate right away, there is a sprint at Fenway Park this weekend (UMM, Boston friends – I think you need to do this), or for my SoCal friends, there are a bunch of awesome races coming up:

For those of you elsewhere in the US? I can assure you that there are races all over the country year-round. And lucky you, even if you don’t enter the giveaway below, you can still save 10% on your entry fee with the Spartan Race promo code: SPARTANBLOGGER

And now for the fun part!

Enter the giveaway below for entry to any open heat in any Spartan Race in the US. The giveaway ends on Monday, December 1. I will announce and contact the winner on Tuesday, December 2. Good luck!

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This Weekend in Photos: October 24-26 – LW’s BBQ, Halloween, and Dan Diegos

Friday

After another crazy work week, Adam and I had dinner planned before the day was even over. Since we recently got coupons for a few different places, and we explored barbecue in Nashville and in Texas, we knew we wanted to try a newer barbecue place: LW’s BBQ  (Yelp) in Clairemont.

The pictures don’t really do the meal justice, but I’ll share them anyway. It was amazing, just like the authentic barbecue we experienced almost a year ago in places that are known for it. We will be back for sure.

lw bbq san diego

lws barbecue san diego

We forced ourselves to stop about halfway through since we had a Halloween party later on. No pictures from that one…

Okay, so I took one picture the whole night. Our friend was dressed as Jason from the Friday the 13th movies (but everyone kept calling him Michael Myers from the Halloween movies and he kept getting mad about it). We told him he had to wear his mask the whole night and he probably shouldn’t talk much, just so he would be as creepy as possible. We spent the evening hanging out with our friends and meeting new people, and at one point, we were standing outside where everyone else was, and I looked in and saw “Jason” standing in the kitchen, with his mask on, just looking around. The lighting was weird and he looked like a total creep, and then when a girl went up to talk to him, it looked like a scene straight out of a movie. So yeah. I took only one picture the whole night:

creepy jason costume

Happy early Halloween 🙂

After the party–which was located in Crown Point, just two blocks from Mission Bay–Adam and I walked along a path by the bay. It was quiet and serene, and at that hour of the night, it was just us. It was a great way to wrap up the week.

Saturday

We caught up with “Jason” later in the day, and then around 5, we headed to Howl at Helm’s, an event sponsored by PetBox and benefiting Second Chance Dog Rescue.

It should be no surprise that the event was full of cute dogs in their costumes, but my favorite two dogs were (unsurprisingly), Maeby and her best friend Lilo.

dog in pirate costume

dog in bee costume

smiling dog in bee costume

And even though this pic is super blurry, I love it so much. Kind of shows just what a maniac my dog is.

smiling dog in pirate costume

The guys got hotdogs from the food truck, we all enjoyed a couple of beers (I personally LOVED the Beeruccino), and Kayla and I entered the raffle. We didn’t win anything, but still had a great time!

After the event, we all went back to our house, where the dogs continued to party, and we ate pizza and talked about Christmas (since we’ll all be in San Diego), work, and what else we’ve all been up to.

Sunday

Maeby and I started our day with a 5-mile run around our neighborhood. When I got back, Adam and I headed to one of our favorite spots, Dan Diegos, for brunch.

dan diegos brunch

As per usual, it did not disappoint. I got scrambled eggs with peppers and onions over shredded potatoes, and Adam got the corned beef hash. I also enjoyed their red cider (half sangria, half cider) and Adam got one of the many beers on tap.

The rest of the day was spent running errands and taking it easy.

It was my last weekend in San Diego since I leave for the UK on Saturday! Can’t wait to share my week from our UK office and my days in London.

How was your weekend?

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This Weekend in San Diego: October 24-26

It’s been another crazy week but I’ve done a little research about what’s happening in San Diego this weekend.

Here are three events I think are worth checking out:

Howl-O-Ween 5k Mutt Run/Walk (event website)

Saturday, 8:00 am-12:00 pm

Run this 5k and help raise money for Labs and More! In addition to the race, there will be a raffle and a dog costume contest, the winners of which will receive prizes. This event takes place at Road Runner Sports in Kearny Mesa.

Howl at Helm’s Fundraiser for Second Chance Dog Rescue (event website)

Saturday, 4:00 pm-8:00 pm

dog pirate costume

As everyone knows, Maeby is a spokesdog for PetBox! The wonderful people at PetBox are hosting this event with Second Chance Dog Rescue at Helm’s Brewing Company in Kearny Mesa. This event is free, but there will be a food truck, raffle, costume contest (Maeby will be there as a pirate), and more! Proceeds will go to Second Chance Dog Rescue, an organization near and dear to my heart, as we almost fostered a dog through them.

Trick or Trot 5k and 3k Fun Run (event website)

Sunday, 8:00 am-12:00 pm

Here’s another race for a great cause. Proceeds from this event will go towards after-school clubs and enrichment programs for Roosevelt Middle School (80% of the kids at this school are low-income). You are encouraged to wear your costume and prizes will even be awarded to runners with the best costumes. This event take place in the beautiful Balboa Park.

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What are your plans for this weekend?

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This Weekend in Photos: July 25-27

Friday

I took Friday off just to have a long weekend and let me tell you, that extra day made all the difference.

san diego gaslamp palm trees

I spent the morning running and baking cookies, and then Adam and I headed down to Gaslamp to drop his friend off at Comic Con, people watch, and explore the free things happening in the area.

comic con display in san diego

We loved wandering around the area and seeing people in costumes, and the displays that many of the businesses had around the area were impressive! Everyone got into the Comic-Con spirit, and it was a lot of fun.

olivettis san diego

As we decided to head home and began walking up 3rd Avenue, I stopped and saw samples of ghost chili sea salt and was immediately intrigued. I took a sample and nearly died, and the woman inside the shop came out to talk to me after laughing at me and the face I made.

We found ourselves outside of Olivetti’s Fine Oils and Vinegars, and as we went inside and began walking around the small shop and sampling the vinegars and oils, we were happy we landed upon this gem in Gaslamp. Olivetti’s (330 3rd Avenue, San Diego) is still fairly new, but they’re doing something right. We ended up leaving with a bottle of apricot white balsamic vinegar and another bottle of black truffle olive oil.

If you end up in Gaslamp or near the Convention Center and consider yourself a foodie or love cooking, I definitely recommend you stop in this place. It’s owned by a friendly couple who are still trying to build a business, and I was happy to support them and will definitely be returning in the future.

After we left Gaslamp, we headed to Point Loma to take Adam’s friend to one of our favorite places out here: Slater’s 50/50, but only after stopping in at Stone Brewery while we waited for our table to be ready. We didn’t get to spend much time at Stone (our table was ready sooner than we thought!) but we will definitely be returning soon. Slater’s, as usual, did not disappoint, and their new sriracha thai wings were delicious, as were our usual go-to’s, the deep fried macaroni and cheese balls and the 50/50 burger.

Saturday

north county san diego beach 3

north county san diego beach sand cloud

north county san diego beach

It was absolutely gorgeous out, so I knew immediately I would be going up to my favorite beach in North County. I brought my Sand Cloud with me, and relaxed in the warm sun with the waves crashing nearby.

Later, we headed back downtown to grab dinner with some friends at Mariscos El Pulpo (415 Market Street, San Diego). We picked this place out based on the Yelp reviews alone.

mariscos de pulpo san diego

I really wish this picture was better. We got several tacos among our group (the shrimp on the left and shrimporizo [shrimp and chorizo] on the right), and everyone loved it. Honestly, I don’t think I would’ve picked this place if we had just walked by it, but I should’ve known better. It’s a small, hole-in-the-wall kind of place, and those usually end up being the best. All the food was authentic, flavorful Mexican, and the drinks were delicious as well. We will definitely be returning.

We spent the rest of the night hanging out at Tipsy Crow, but I dipped out a little early because I wanted to drive for Lyft in the morning.

Sunday

Spent a couple hours ‘Lyfting’ in the morning, then headed to a barbecue for our friend’s birthday at Mission Bay Park.

mission bay park

Good food, good company and beautiful weather.

On our way home, we stopped at a local produce stand and then got caught in a short downpour. The perfect way to wrap up this weekend in San Diego…and we definitely needed the rain.

rain in san diego

This weekend was full of all things San Diego – local events, great restaurants and businesses, beautiful weather and beaches, and good times with friends. I am loving this city more and more every single day.

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There’s still time to enter the Sand Cloud giveaway! Get up to four entries and enter by Monday for your chance to win.

Tell me about your weekend! Did you do anything fun?

dog things · San Diego events

This Weekend in Photos: July 4-6

Friday

Fourth of July in San Diego.

What can I say about it?

I had the day off, and was thrilled about it since I’d heard great things from everyone about it. We have beaches everywhere, fireworks all over the county (including something like 5 or 6 launching areas just in the city of San Diego), and it’s apparently a ton of fun.

For the first time in my life, I live in a tourist destination, and this was especially evident on July 4th. We initially thought we’d grab a fire pit at Fiesta Island and spend the day there grilling and hanging out with the dogs, but when we realized fireworks would be launched from the island, and there’s only a one-lane road on and off of it, we decided against it. Some of my friends ended up in Coronado, some went to the San Diego County Fair in Del Mar, and some partied it up in Pacific Beach.

With all the usual beach traffic, along with all the tourists, we thought we’d keep it simple and fun. A group of us grabbed some cheap Padres tickets and headed downtown via Lyft (<–if you don’t already have it, sign up with this link and get a free ride up to $25!). First, we stopped off at Bub’s at the Ballpark just outside of Petco Park, where we waited for the rest of the group to arrive. Once we all met up, we headed into the park, grabbed a couple of beers, found our seats, and took in the view of downtown San Diego while watching the game.

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petco park section 306 fourth of july

After the Padres beat the Giants (duh), we walked around downtown a little and met up with some of our other friends at the Tipsy Crow. We love this bar and have a few friends that work there, so it’s always nice to stop in and hang out for awhile.

Later, we all took a Lyft back to our place where we took it easy until 10 p.m., when we drove the five minutes down to Mission Bay Park, where we caught the fireworks launching from Fiesta Island. The best part? We managed to avoid the hours of traffic that apparently plagued the rest of San Diego (including my friends who ended up stuck on Coronado Island for a few hours).

Saturday

Since Friday’s recap was a little longer, we’ll keep this brief…

Took Maeby to Fiesta Island in the morning to run and swim…

fiesta island dog

And a few of us grabbed ramen in the afternoon from Tajima

tajima spicy ramen

Maeby also got her new Red Sox bandana that we bought for her while we were in Boston (and she managed to sit like a weirdo)…

red sox dog bandana

Sunday

Woke up early and went for a quick run with Maeby. After that, I met up with my friend Kayla (and her dog Lilo), and went to Nate’s Point Dog Park in Balboa Park.

balboa park dog park

The dogs were worn out by the end of it. It was pretty hot out…

balboa park dog park dogs

…but we loved the park.

We hadn’t been there before, and it was huge, with some grassy spots and a little bit of shade. We will definitely be going back.

Then Maeby drove us home…

maeby driving

How was your 4th of July weekend?

San Diego events

Upcoming Blood Drives in San Diego

I recently got an email from a colleague about a blood drive happening at a shopping plaza near my work. Attached to it was a press release that said the following:

‘O Negative donors are urgently needed to give blood immediately at San Diego Blood Bank donor centers and bloodmobiles,’ said Jackie Vella, blood bank spokesperson. This shortage is being caused by a patient suffering from severe trauma and low donor turnout over the last few weeks. ‘This is a very risky situation since O negative is the universal donor, the only type safely given to any trauma patient when there is not time to identify their blood type,’ Vella said.

Please donate today to ensure we have enough on our shelves for this patient and others who may suffer trauma as well.

If you’re in the San Diego area, I strongly urge you to find a donor center or mobile location to donate blood. I will definitely be there next week with some of my colleagues and I hope you can find a location at which to donate as well. It’s a quick and easy thing to do and it can help save lives!