This last trip to San Diego was one of the first where I went without any real plans, and ironically, I felt like I got to explore the city more than I ever really had. The friends we were visiting were unfortunately working Saturday when we rolled into town, so we killed time by checking out Balboa Park. I had no idea what to expect, but let me tell you, it is a masterpiece of parks & rec. You can park at any of the (huge number of) museums and just walk around for hours. There’s so much to take in, and it’s all gorgeous. That evening, we shared a steak dinner (a real rarity for me) at the Red Fox Room, which I had walked by many times, but never been inside. Connected to the historic Lafayette Hotel, it’s cozy, dim, and warm, with jazzy live music on weekends. A few martinis later, our friends met us there and completely the lovely evening.