Sunflower Seeds: My Top 5 Places to Eat in San Diego

Food holds a very special place in my heart since I’m a Taurus, Italian, and a Chicago Native. These past 3.5 years of school have allowed me to find some of my favorite places to eat in San Diego, and I thought I would share them with you all! Today I would like to honor my top 5 places to eat in San Diego.

My number one absolute favorite place in San Diego is Sushi Diner 2. It is located off of Friars Rd, so it’s extremely close to SDSU. Sushi Diner 1 is the same thing but located a little further from College Area off of Mesa College Dr. The beachy décor makes you feel like your toes are in the sand and the sushi is out of this world. My favorite roll to get is the Shrimp Lovers Roll which includes shrimp tempura and crab in the inside and cooked shrimp, avocado, and fresh salsa on the outside. There are so many options to choose from, so you really can’t go wrong with anything. The fish is always fresh, and the prices are super affordable. If you are a fan of sushi, this is the place for you!

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If the sound of paninis and brick oven pizza excites you, then you need to immediately stop over at Pappalecco. The closest location to SDSU is in Kensington, but they also have locations in Little Italy and Hillcrest. Some of my favorite items are there are the brick oven pizzas, fresh paninis, and creamy gelato. Every time I have visitors in town, I make sure I stop here! The location in Kensington offers a cozy atmosphere that really makes you feel at home. All of the staff members make an effort to get to know your name and they are all super friendly. This is great place to go to is you want fresh Italian food, wine, and a good time! Fun fact: the pizzas are half off on Tuesdays at the Kensington location to my knowledge! 

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TJ Oysterbar is a place in San Diego that everyone needs to try at least once in their life. The authentic Baja seafood taste with turquoise walls will take you far away. Customers are able to experience traditional seafood with a new modern take without having to cross the border. Not only is the seafood flavorful, but the micheladas are to die for! I recommend going with a few friends, so you try as much of the food as possible! TJ Oyster Bar has three locations in Chula Vista, so find the one that’s right for you!

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If you’re anything like me, breakfast is my favorite meal of the day. Kono’s café in Pacific Beach is a must if you enjoy food with a view. Locals line up every day to come to this oceanfront surf-themed diner. I’m a big fan of breakfast burritos and they offer 5 different egg burritos that are all delicious! If you dine in, you can have a front seat view of Crystal pier and the surfers since they have a dining section overlooking the beach! There is a coffee stand right outside adjacent to the boardwalk, so you don’t have to wait in line to get your latte!

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Last but not least, Extraordinary Desserts is a must to try. I have a major sweet tooth and I like to indulge from time to time (maybe 4 times a week but whose counting). Extraordinary Desserts isn’t any ordinary dessert shop – hence the name. Every dessert is perfected to be beautiful and taste like heaven. I don’t even have a recommendation on what to get here because everything is that good. Each dessert has its own personality whether it is decorated with chocolate shavings or filled with colorful flowers. There are two locations: Little Italy and Bankers Hill. The line can get a bit long to order, but this is worth the wait!

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I know I put my top 5 places to eat, but there are so many more! I recommend following different San Diego food pages on Instagram so you can get some more inspiration. I’m always looking to try something new and San Diego always has just what I’m looking for.

P.S Don’t forget to keep up with Sunflower Hour!

Written By: Nina Capuani
(Photos taken from the restaurants websites and Instagram’s)

Sunflower Seeds: Your 2020 Horoscope

Goodbye to 2019 and say hello to many more opportunities in the coming year! Here are some horoscope insights for the end of the year.

If you listen to my show, Sunflower Hour, you probably know by now that I read horoscopes on the show and talk about astrology. Since there are only a few months left in 2019, the signs can take advantage of new opportunities in 2020.  With that being said I’d like to give all the signs some insight on what 2020 is going to look like for everyone!

The Horoscopes

Aries: Enthusiasm and success are coming your way in 2020. This year will be very goal-oriented with good things coming your way. This is the year to put all your hard work and dedication to use, for you can manifest anything you put your mind to. All your previous dreams will start to become a reality.

Taurus: I am a Taurus myself if you can’t tell. This year seems like it’s going to be another building block for us. We have been putting in a lot of effort and hard work these past few years and we just have to keep pushing ourselves to reach our full potential. Late March through May should bring a lot of positive energy into our lives, so this is a good time to reach for what you want in life. 

Gemini: This upcoming year will be a solid foundation for what you want in life.  Pay attention to what you want and dig deep to accomplish that. This year will help bring great fortune into your life in the future if you dig deep now. 

Cancer: This is a year to help give and heal yourself and others. Giving your true love will empower your life more than you know. This year will be a good time to reflect on yourself and loved ones. Love may come become prominent with a close lover and a lover could become an ally. 

Leo: This year will be a year of knowledge and learning. You will be handling many responsibilities and dedicating your time to bringing the things you want into reality. Friendships will remain positive this year and become more vibrant.

Virgo: This is the year to find out who you really are. This is an empowering year for you because you will get a sense of yourself and your purpose. This will be a very healthy year for you in terms of mental and physical health, for this will allow you to do the things you have always wanted to do. 

Libra: This year you will cause powerful changes and help you grow tremendously as a person. This year shows that children can play a very important role in your life, so keep the young ones in your life loved. Believing in yourself is something to make sure you prioritize still.

Scorpio: This is a major growth year for you as well, Scorpio. Therefore, your efforts from the past still play an important part in your success that will be coming in this year, so make sure you are still working hard. The beginning of 2020 will have the biggest impact on your future and career.

Sagittarius: There will be a lot of change coming to your life over the course of 2020. This is a year to rework how you present yourself to world. Be ready to experience some dramatic changes, like nothing you have ever experienced before.

Capricorn: This is the year to make your life what you want it to be. Love is likely to strike you this year either in a form of a new or old romance. Children play a role in your life this year too. This can be a significant year for you in terms of building a foundation for your future.

Aquarius: This year might resemble 2019 with the same energies. There is change right outside your door with all the hopes and dreams you longed for. It is time to take advantage of these hopes and dreams and turn them into the life you want to live.

Pisces: There will be a huge amount of abundance available to you this year found within the relationships that you form with yourself. Dreaming of your dreams without fear will allow them to happen without any disturbance. Go with the flow and be ready to accept the change that you have been longing for.

I have written these from reading information on various websites. It is my perspective on how 2020 will go, and I am not qualified under any circumstanced to write them professionally!

Written By: Nina Capuani

Sunflower Seeds: Gratitude

What does gratitude exactly mean? The Oxford definition is “the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.” I wanted to discuss this topic today because it seems to go unnoticed in life sometimes.

The other day I went to the beach by myself to read for a class. I was sitting on the sand and I took in everything around me. Laughter filled the air, there was not a cloud in sight, and faces were smiling everywhere you looked! I couldn’t believe that I was at the beach in the middle of October with so many other cheerful people. At that moment I felt so grateful that I am alive, happy, and healthy. I have so many awesome friends and family that support me in such a positive environment.

Life is hectic and it’s easy to get stressed out sometimes, but the moments you can cherish don’t compare to anything else. I believe there is universal magic, so being able to feel those special moments is something to be grateful for.

Practicing Gratitude

Last year I took a Consumer Behavior class and my last assignment of the semester was to journal for about a month. We were able to write down anything in the journal; the only requirement was to do it daily! I was super excited about this assignment because my best friend, Lara, just came back from Barcelona and she bought me this super cute journal! My journal was ready to go and I couldn’t wait to start! 

I decided that I was going to write about recaps of my day and what my favorite part of the day was. The first few of the entries were all sort of the same. I would talk about how I was happy to play beach volleyball, excited that the weekend was approaching, or that I had a special event coming up.

However, as I progressed into the assignment, I started writing about how grateful I was for the life I have. It was a very emotional assignment for me because I came in touch with the world around me. As I continued writing, I felt significantly happier. I was able to appreciate what was going on in life more often and made me feel so blissful and happy. My life improved because I was doing this! I still journal today because of this assignment and I can confidently say my life has been the best it could be because I am able to reflect on all of the positive things happening. If you don’t journal, I highly recommend it, for it can lead you to a happier life!

Written By: Nina Capuani

Sunflower Seeds: Positive Vibes Only

Hello Friends, today’s seed is going to be all about cleansing negative energy from your job, your friends, or even daily routines that you partake in.

I’m not saying quit everything you do and live at home in a bubble by yourself, but I do think cutting out things that don’t bring you happiness must go as soon as possible! I read something the other day that said: you control what you eat, you control what you wear, you control who you hang out with, and you control who you ultimately are. I don’t think people understand that they are really the ones with the power to make these decisions. Every decision you make can have a positive or negative impact on your life, so it’s a good thing you control your decisions! 

There’s the good old saying if you don’t like it, fix it.

It is definitely easier said than done, but it’s a good word of advice that I think everyone needs to take. Say you go to your job that is 40+ hours a week and the only time you talk about your job is when your complaining about it. Instead of outright quitting and being unemployed, buy a nice suit and send your resume out like crazy. Putting yourself out there is the first step. You might not get your dream job after your first interview, but the more you push yourself, the easier interviewing will get, thus rewarding you with a satisfying job! I think making sure you are in a positive work environment is something people should really reinforce because you are spending the majority of your time there. Just remember work doesn’t have to be dreadful, you can fix it.

Friends — this is always a tricky one.

If you have been friends with someone for a year or even 15 years just know that you don’t owe them anything if they turn out to be toxic. You are not doing yourself or them a favor by trying to justify a toxic friendship. This is something I have struggled with in the past because it can be extremely uncomfortable especially if you don’t like confrontation. However, I also think sometimes confronting the person about something is a waste of time. If you want to leave the friendship and not have to give an explanation — that is completely okay. You don’t owe anyone an explanation for something that you believe is causing a negative impact on your life and well-being. Make sure you are in a supportive circle.

Your body is what you make of it, so if you wished you were 15 pounds lighter or lead a healthier lifestyle, you definitely can!

If you spend time to cook clean and workout a few times a week you can achieve your goals! It won’t happen overnight, unfortunately, but it will be well worth it in the end. Therefore, it is time to cut out the Oreos and replace it with something that will benefit you! Don’t get me wrong, I have a major sweet tooth, but I try to balance what I put into my body. Healthier foods will make you feel better in the long run and give you more energy. Cutting out junk food will eliminate the not-so-good feeling that you have after eating it. Your health should be your number one priority, so you don’t want to put anything in your body that doesn’t help it succeed. You make hundreds of decisions every day, so try to make sure you are making mostly good ones that will keep you, your mind, and body positive.

Just remember there is always room to grow!

Written By: Nina Capuani