This San Diego Weekend Itinerary Is All About Relaxation
Cookbook writer and wellness expert Candice Kumai shares the not-to-miss spots.
Sunset’s Insider Guide series highlights seasonal diversions and secret travel tips from local experts. Follow along as we learn where to eat, drink, stay, and shop.
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Meet the insider: Candice Kumai, cookbook writer
Candice Kumai grew up in San Diego, and is the author of six best-selling books, including Kintsugi Wellness and Clean Green Eats. She’s appeared on HBO Max’s Selena + Chef and is the host of the weekly podcast Wabi Sabi.
“My favorite spot is Balboa Park. This is by far one of my favorite places in San Diego, besides the beach, of course,” and “the museums and parks are the best medicine for a technology cleanse.” And “if you can make it out to Encinitas, I recommend Moonlight State Beach” as well.
“My mom is Japanese from Kyushu Island, known as the mecca of ramen, and Tajima Ramen and Nishiki Ramen are some of the best. There are some great Japanese grocery stores, too,” like Nijiya, Mitsuwa, and Marukai.
“Four Moons Spa is a delightful, blissful retreat for massages, facials, and relaxation. Their hip and stylish gift shop has thoughtful, spiritual gifts and an outdoor area to read a book or catch up with a girlfriend for a tea. Nearby are surf spots like Beacon’s and D Street, plus plenty of local good eats.”
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