My recent San Diego jaunt with my mom and sister was more focused around historic sites and local eats. We drove around town and strolled around touristy places like Seaport Village and Old Town San Diego. Also visited The Del, I first photographed at Christmastime decades ago. Named a National Historic Landmark, the 1888 Hotel del Coronado, a wooden Victorian resort fronting San Diego Bay, looks well-maintained after all the years.
The local food scene was lively, notwithstanding the off-peak season. Ironside Fish and Oyster, a busy restaurant and bar in Little Italy, and the downtown Extraordinary Desserts by Karen Kranse were amazing finds.
At Ironside, my fruity fried oysters complemented my farm-fresh leafy salad dribbled with blue cheese. Clam chowder was also excellent. You can see them bake their own bread at a station.
Sweet cravings led us to Extraordinary Desserts near The Bristol where we spent the night. The place was also full. I got a Shangri-la which was so true to its name. Laced with a not too sweet guava confit, the pastry was deliciously light.
The Bristol Hotel is a nice and comfy place to stay in San Diego. They allow pets, btw.
No to zoos for me.
Photographed by V. Lo and Tina Tan
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My Uncle Neil and Auntie Adelfa welcomed me at their beautiful home in Sparks in the Reno area. Reno is known for casinos. Though smaller than Vegas, it is a wonderful place to dine (all you can eat Alaskan king crabs and oysters!), and play slots if you like the thrill of jumpy situations. My uncle drove us to Lake Tahoe the next day. It was a 45-minute drive up in the hills. We passed by historic cowboy town Carson City. The weather was gorgeous — sunny but not too warm. It could be my next home. I love the low-pressureness of the place — nature abounds, they have the four seasons, it’s quiet, the cost of living is noticeably lower, and my Auntie Adelfa, who likes shopping, brought me to places like Dillard’s and Kohl’s, and we found great steals (2-dollar Lauren Conrad pineapple-print thongs, hahah!). This trip actually made me certain of the many opportunities in America and still enjoy life that’s unhurried with clean air and a peaceful existence. I’m not so used to metropolitan cities, so I’m considering Reno as a potential home base. Reno has a little of everything.
My uncle Neil Rose.
Thanking the Roses for bringing me to Reno and the love and care.
The Filipinoness of their garden. But they have cherry blossom trees too.Lemony chicken dinner by my uncle. He calls it Chicken a la Neil. Lake Tahoe.
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