Perfect Day: Homegrown Fusion with Food Lover Jane Bills
My earliest travel memory is visiting Tokyo at age nine. I don’t know if it was the blonde hair, or that not many tourists were going to the towns we visited, but I remember being swarmed by girls my age, usually returning from school, and they often gave me a gift, like a pencil. That was the first and last time I ever felt like a rock star. Now, I base most travel decisions on how many great meals I can cram into one weekend and am undeniably happiest when I connect with local food vendors to discover and share their passions. In San Diego, give me the sun and the ocean, of course! I love this city because even with 1.5 million people, the neighborhood pockets can still make it feel like the sleepy beach town it once was. In a single day, you can enjoy sea urchin fresh from the ocean with a third-generation fish purveyor, explore an organic farm that teaches school kids where their food comes from, and meet a chef who sources from both of them to create a marriage between Baja and Southern California cuisine. My favorite place to stay is The Lodge at Torrey Pines. It’s tucked away on a state reserve (walk the beach trail followed by the sage coastal scrub at the spa) and has beautiful views of the Pacific over the 18th hole of a rather famous golf course.
My favorite places to eat
The activities not to be missed
The places you should definitely see
My hidden gems
The place I'm most excited to go next is Argentina. Tango always gives me the church giggles, but the grass-fed steak and Mendoza Malbec have been calling my name for too long.