The best walking food tour in San Diego for sugar addictsPeople often say, "A moment on the lips, a lifetime on the hips," as if it's a bad thing. If I love that donut, why wouldn't I want a memento that'll remind me of the fun we had together 'til the end of my days?
It's already February and let's be real, you were never going to stick to that weight loss resolution so you might as well embrace the expansion. 2017 is all about seizing the moment and sometimes that means seizing that delicious crepe between your fingers.
Fortunately for foodies with a sweet tooth in San Diego, there's no shortage of great bakes to be had.
So throw on those sexy high-waisted elastic pants you inherited from Aunt Gertrude, some walking shoes and get ready to chow down on America's Finest Foods in the Gaslamp District of San Diego.
Sometimes, fancy looking cupcakes are a feast for the eyes but lack flavor for the tongue. Not at Cute Cakes. This little cake shop goes above and beyond in both presentation and taste. Begin your tour with a to-go cupcake delight. Choices vary depending on the week, but you can check out their menu online ahead of time.
Chocoholics should order Death by Chocolate, chocolate cake with chocolate buttercream frosting and topped with chocolate chips.
If you're taking the tour with your sweetheart, try Twisted Love, a red velvet cupcake topped with cream cheese frosting and an intricate buttercream rose. Then, tell your babe with a wink, "These aren't the only cute cakes I'm going to taste today."
OMG Crepes will have you wondering "WTF do I order?" This unassuming little stall in Horton Plaza serves expertly handmade sweet and savory crepes. Locals love when Ivan, the friendly owner, is working as he's the best crepe maker in town.
You can't go wrong with the simple strawberry, banana and Nutella crepe for a hit of sweetness. Or, for something different, try the fresh lemon and sugar crepe – a refreshing snack on a hot San Diego day.
Le Parfait Paris
Le Parfait Paris brings a little piece of France to Downtown San Diego with its authentically made eclairs, macarons (not to be confused with macaroons), croissants and crepes.
Ludi's Macaron is jumbo sized macaron filled with fresh raspberries, litchi and rose cream. Their original macaron flavors range from classics like chocolate, strawberry, pistachio and mocha to more creative flavors like green tea, peanut butter and lavender honey. If you're looking to maintain a binge on chocolate, order the Parfait Signature. This dessert has almond biscuit, chocolate mousse and a thick glaze of dark chocolate on top.
Chocolat Cremerie is the type of place that has something for everyone. If you don't want something too heavy, opt for the gelato. The owners are so proud of their gelato, they even claim that it's "food for the gods." Perfect for an angel like you, right? There are over twenty varieties to choose from, but poppy seed cream, ginger chocolate and chilli chocolate seem like interesting choices.
If you're not feeling the gelato, try their delicious crème brulee. The gelato might be made for the gods, but rumor has it that Satan is a fan of the warm apple tart. He's always had a soft spot for apples.
The Melting Pot
For the final stop, it's time to head to The Melting Pot, a fondue restaurant in the heart of the Gaslamp District close to where your tour began. Order a round of the chocolate fondue, priced around $10 per person. There are over nine variations to choose from, though we recommend the Flaming Turtle. You'll be able to dip strawberries, blondies, bananas, pineapples, marshmallows, pound cake and brownies into a creamy pot of milk chocolate with caramel and candied pecans melted in.
The Melting Pot also has signature cocktails and a cozy atmosphere, making it the perfect setting to come down from that sugar high.
Chantae Reden is travel writer from San Diego with features in over twenty publications. You can find more of her writing on her blog, Chantae.com.