restaurant review

3 Best Burgers in San Diego

Anyone who knows me knows I love a good burger. Growing up, it didn’t matter where we went out to dinner, whether it was fancy or casual, or what the occasion was, I’d get a burger. I wish I was exaggerating but I’m not.

Naturally, living in San Diego has endless options for delicious burgers, and I’m not just talking about In-N-Out Burger.

Best Build-Your-Own Burger

Great Maple, Washington St (Hillcrest)

great maple san diego burger
Photo courtesy of Yelp.

Whether you go for the grass-fed beef or opt for the turkey burger, Great Maple’s burger patties are flavorful and made with the finest ingredients. What do I recommend you add on to your burger? Cheddar, bacon and caramelized onions. Upgrade your fries to the truffle fries (come on now, they’re only $1 more) and you’ve got yourself one hell of a meal.


Best Homemade Burger

Dan Diego’s, Morena Blvd (Bay Ho)
Dan Diegos Burger

Photo courtesy of Yelp.

To be honest, no matter what you choose to order at Dan Diego’s, you will know it’s made with love. This place is undoubtedly our favorite place to go in San Diego, because it’s local, family-owned, and everything is homemade. About the burger though? Let me tell you what it consists of:

  • Ground steak patty
  • Sharp cheddar cheese
  • Corned beef
  • Caramelized onions
  • Bacon
  • Horseradish Sauce

This thing is unreal. Pair this burger with one of their many unique beers on tap (or enjoy with my personal favorite, a “red cider” [half hard cider, half sangria]) and life will be perfect. I do advise that you don’t eat the whole thing and you save some room for dessert. One of the owners makes all of the desserts herself, and the bread pudding is everything you could ever possibly want in a dessert, so plan accordingly and thank me later!

Best Bacon Burger

Slater’s 50-50, Liberty Station (Point Loma)
50-50 Burger

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What is the 50-50 burger? It’s half ground beef, half ground bacon. This is an obvious pick for bacon lovers. They even have a burger called the B’ B’ Bacon Burger, which includes bacon american cheese, bacon, bacon island dressing and a bacon pretzel bun. Excessive? Maybe. But if you’re a bacon lover, this is your spot. Pair it with one of their many, many amazing beers on tap and you’ll be a happy camper.

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On Happiness

In case you missed it on my Twitter a couple weeks ago, or haven’t seen/heard Rainn Wilson’s USC commencement speech, check it out below (if the video below doesn’t show up, see it on YouTube here).

I found it particularly inspiring and think it’s definitely worth listening to.

Happiness is not an if-then proposition. It’s not something to be found outside of ourselves or even something to be pursued. It’s inside of us and it’s a choice that we make.


What I didn’t expect about living in San Diego: Part I

Obviously I wanted to move here. Obviously it’s a great city.

No, but seriously, it is.

mission bay park

I expected the palm trees and beautiful weather. I even expected traffic. But there were some things I couldn’t really plan on.

    1. How nice everyone is.
      I’m an idiot but I had this idea that southern California was full of beautiful people that were way richer than me and I’d be poor and ugly. Maybe that’s slightly exaggerative, but I thought I wouldn’t fit in. And while I still think that way about Los Angeles and it freaks me out and I have no idea how my brother is living there, I have never once felt that way in San Diego. The people here are laid back, friendly, and not at all what I expected. In the best way.
    2. Helicopters that search for people.
      Yes, there are helicopters that do search and rescue and that’s a wonderful thing, but by this, I mean the helicopters that fly above your neighborhood for extended periods of time and tell you to stay indoors. Because they’re looking for someone who is dangerous. This recently happened while Adam was at work and naturally I went and locked all the windows and found an online stream of the police scanner. Nope, wasn’t freaked out at all.

    3. San Diego (maybe it’s all of SoCal?) drivers freak out in the rain.
      Coming from New England, I know how to drive in blizzard conditions, but San Diego drivers legitimately go into a panic when it rains. It’s almost laughable, until you have to drive in it, and your commute which normally takes 25 minutes takes AN HOUR AND A HALF. I wish I was joking, but I’m not.

      San Diego traffic and accidents on a rainy day. This is real life, people.
      San Diego traffic and accidents on a rainy day. This is real life, people.
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      More to come.


DIY Painting

On a whim (or actually because Adam’s friend is coming to visit this weekend and we still had nothing on our walls), I decided it would be a great idea to make my own painting, considering I’m so artistic (I’m not).

I did a little googling and decided on this idea (their tutorial is very helpful), so after a trip to the dog park, I stopped at Michaels and got everything I needed for this project. PS – Michaels is having a huge sale on canvases right now…like I got a pack of 7 canvases for $9.99.

I got home, and laid everything out, and began painting.

I bought the canvases, four colors of acrylic paint (red, yellow, blue and white), a palette, and some paint brushes (which ended up being the worst brushes I’ve ever used because they kept “shedding” onto my beautiful artwork…either that, or I’m just incompetent, which is probably more likely).

diy painting
Painting #1 done.
diy painting 1
Put your tape in a pattern (like above).
Also, check out that creepin’ dog in the background.
diy painting 2
Paint where the tape is not covering.
diy painting 3
Peel off paint and put on display.
Also, become a fan of the Red Sox.
diy painting 5
Or a different pattern and different paint.
diy painting 6

I swear it’s super easy and it’s a lot of fun to just play around. All of the materials I bought ended up being around $25, so I didn’t really care how it all turned out and with my low expectations, I was actually pleasantly surprised at how much I like everything.

So that, my friends, is how you can create some artwork all on your own.