Before the trip, we had decided to rent a car one day so we could go up to La Jolla and some local breweries at our leisure. So, Sunday morning we woke up and took an Uber to the airport car rental center to pick up a car. Unfortunately because it was Sunday, none of the car rental places more near our hotel were open during the hours we wanted to pick up and return our car, so we decided just to get one from the airport.
After getting our ride, we went to Streetcar Merchants of Fried Chicken, Doughnuts, and Coffee for some morning fuel. Boy, were we in for a treat. Knowing we were in for a full day of stuffing our stomachs with wonderful food, we skipped the chicken and opted for the doughnuts. They had their daily assortment of doughnuts and what they called "dessert doughnuts" which were their regular doughnuts with toppings. Obviously we had to get the dessert doughnuts. I got the Cookie Monster doughnut which was a cookies and cream doughnut piled with whipped cream cheese and Oreo crumbles. Alex chose the ATL Peach Cobbler as an homage to our hometown. It was a glazed donut topped with peaches, brown sugar crumble, coffee cake pieces, salted caramel and whipped cream. Both were really tasty!
When we had had our fill, we hopped in the car and headed to La Jolla. The first place we stopped was Scripps Beach. There was a parking lot right at the entrance to the stairs which only cost about $3 per hour. We weren't sure how long we planned on staying, so we overpaid because we only ended up hanging out there for about a half an hour. This particular beach wasn't so great for just hanging out on, but judging by the number of surfers there, it must have been a prime place to surf. We spent time watching the surfers and then walked down to an incredible pier that was part of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego.
We wanted to see more of the beautiful beaches we had heard San Diego is famous for, so we drove farther south towards Children's Pool Beach, which is apparently where a bunch of seals like to chill. By the time we arrived and found parking nearby (which was free, but difficult to come by) the fog had rolled out, and the water was the most amazing turquoise/blue color. I had always thought you couldn't beat the clear blue water of the Caribbean, but this color sure did rival it.
For lunch, we headed even further south in La Jolla to Oscar's Mexican Seafood for fish tacos. I'm sure there are a lot of good places for fish tacos in San Diego, but the tacos we had were down right delicious. I ordered the Battered Fish Taco and the Spicy Shrimp Taco. Alex got a Battered Fish Taco as well, but also ordered the Surf and Turf Taco based on recommendations we saw on Yelp. If you go, don't miss the different sauces they have in the windowed fridge next to the counter (they really put these tacos over the top). I thought both of my tacos were great, but Alex said his Surf and Turf Taco was tastier than his Fish Taco.
Even though we were pretty stuffed after lunch, we couldn't miss out on ICE CREAM! We walked a couple blocks and ended up at a an ice cream sandwich shop called The Baked Bear where we got an ice cream sandwich with chocolate chip cookies, vanilla ice cream and sprinkles. YUMMM!
Then it was time for some beer, so we drove over to Green Flash Brewing. If you love IPAs like me, this is the place for you. We counted that they had 10 IPAs on tap when we went. We didn't partake in the tour because we feel like we've been there done that when it comes to brewery tours. But, we heard that the tour more than pays for itself in the beer samples that you get. The inside was a renovated warehouse and they had nice picnic tables outside that were unfortunately all full, so we found a couple stools near the bar inside.
The one thing we thought was cool about Green Flash is that you can order a full pint of a beer, but you can also get half pours and tasting-sized pours. We both had the West Coast IPA and then the Tangerine Soul Style IPA intrigued me so I tried it. I enjoyed it at first, but then the tanginess and tangerine flavor became a little overwhelming after a few sips. Alex had a the Ristretto Porter for his second tasting, which he was super excited about because he loves porters, but they are rarely found at breweries.
We rounded out our tour of San Diego breweries by hitting up Modern Times Beer. This was by far the coolest brewery we have ever been to. One of the walls had a gigantic mural made out of post-it notes. Another was covered in comic books, and the bar was made from stacked books. It was just a really awesome place to hang out and drink beer, especially because it wasn't crowded.