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10 things Monica and Michael can’t live without.

Bird Rock coffee roasters mugs

Bird Rock Coffee Roasters is a favorite.

Photo via Michael Beausoleil + SDtoday

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There’s no place like home for the holidays, but we can’t pack San Diego in a box. So, if you’re looking to give a locally-themed gift this year, Monica + I are here to help. We’ve rounded up local items we can’t live without that can be gifted— or kept for yourself (no judgment).

Michael’s picks

  • Bird Rock Coffee Roasters | As a coffee lover, this local shop is one of my favorites. I often get beans to take home, especially blends with local ties like “Little Italy Blend” and “Little Blue Penguin
  • San Diego Zoo membership | The zoo is massive, so I like taking dozens of small trips to give each exhibit the attention it deserves. The annual membership lets me do that, and it includes the Safari Park in Escondido.
  • Vuori | This athleisure brand was founded in Encinitas, and the Kore Shorts are perfect for relaxing, being active, or taking a trip to the beach.
  • Calicorn Popcorn | I take snacking very seriously, and this is one of my favorite treats. Plus, it’s stocked at local grocery stores like Ralphs + Vons, so it’s super easy to buy a few bags.
  • Anchorman” | In San Diego, Ron Burgundy is kind of a big deal. So, it’s important to have the movie so I understand all of the references I encounter — and for laughs.
The Rady Shell at Jacobs Park Christmas colors

This is how Monica shell-ebrates.

Photo via Monica Garske + SDtoday

Monica’s picks

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