I have to say, Los Angeles is really all it's cracked up to be. I spent a few days last week at the Christian Community Development Conference in LA, and Jesus kicked my face in. In a really good way, but He still kicked my face in, but that's a story for another day. Being spiritually punched in the face really makes you hungry, and I ate at some really legit restaurants in LA. Here are my favorite places for you to add to your LA food line up on your next visit.
401 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90071
Whatever you order, order it with the horchata.
611 S Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90014
They have a huge menu and a really cute loft to sit in upstairs.
Just the whole town. I went to a Korean barbecue restaurant, which is a life experience I highly recommend, but I only managed to get a picture of dessert. But really, go eat Korean barbecue.
[Homer Laughlin Building]
This is seriously the coolest place to visit in LA. It's right across the street from the Angel's Flight Railway, which is a super classic Los Angeles landmark, and you won't leave without finding something you like. The Grand Central Market has been its own landmark since 1917, but it's been re-vamped and hipster-ized over the years. There's 38 different vendors, market stands, and restaurants inside. DTLA Cheese is so far my favorite. And what goes well with spiritual conviction during a Christian conference? Melted Cheese. The Grand Central Market is packed and busy, but super worth it.
Los Angeles, CA
August came and went like that. I'm living in happy denial that summer is almost gone and September is right around the corner. Here's a few gems to help you enjoy the last few days of August and finish up your last few weeks of summer.
Is summer really over? The not going to school part? How did that even happen, June was like last week. I moved to California in January, so my internal season changer is very confused as to why it's been summer for the last eight months. But, even though school is here again, we have a whole month of summer left. So break your rompers and off the shoulder tops out and get your paddle boards, because there's 4 more weeks to live it up!
Here's a little something to give you some live-it-up inspiration.
Once upon a time, a crazy-pants little blonde girl took a day trip to Santa Barbara. Then her car broke down. And she was trapped in good ol' Santa B, and it turned into the longest, most expensive road trip ever. Murphey's law, am I right? It ended up turning out pretty well, despite the break down. Santa Barbara is America's Riviera and oh man, it is beautiful. The architecture and style is incredible. The beaches are a must. Okay, everything is kind of a must.
Here are some little hidden and not so hidden gems you should visit on your next Santa Barbara Trip:
Stearns Wharf is a true Santa Barbara gem. Everything is good in my book, except there's a no heel rule. So to my fellow heel wearers, bring your flats and wedges. There's restaurants, shops, and beautiful lookout points.
Pick a beach, any beach. They're all 5 stars in the Carl Beach Book. Butterfly Beach and the Beach by the Wharf are my favorite picks.
This is where it's at. It's incredibly beautiful, and has everything. The rooms are amazing and very clean. Everything has a sophisticated Cali style. It's pet friendly, but very well up-kept. Bike-rentals, breakfast, fireplace, courtyard, and pool use are provided to guests. A. Maze. Ing.
State Street and Downtown
Downtown is the happenin' place in Santa Barbara. Farmers Markets, stores galore, and shopping districts all-around. Take a bike and cruise around.
The lovely Santa Monica is just about as SoCal as you can get in SoCal. It's right outside of LA on the coast and is home to Pacific Park [Sharknado Forever ♡], Muscle Beach, 3rd Street Promenade, the end of Route 66, and the famous Santa Monica Pier. There is literally everything to do here. It's a perfect day-cation spot. Here's a list of my favorite favorites in Santa Monica for your next day-trip adventure.
A Santa Monica Daycation:
1. The Ferris Wheel
This is definitely a place you have to hit up when you come to Santa Monica. It's $8 in Pacific Park, and it gives you the full Santa Monica view.
2. The Beach
Walk down to the pier and head to the beach, the right side is the best.
3. Walk the Third Street Promenade
They have every store. Ever. It's blocks and blocks and streets and streets of stores.
4. Eat at a Venice Beach Food Truck
Top the day off with some trendy and hipster food trucks that line the streets of Venice Beach. It's a super picturesque area that has fun shops and boutiques to stroll through while you wait for your food truck tacos.
5. Bike Muscle Beach
Rent a bike, take your board, or walk around down the sandy sidewalk around muscle beach to the pier. At night, it's the best place to get a full-view picture of Pacific Park all lit up.
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Okay, it's way easier than you'd think. If you want to feel like a really cool California girl, I highly reccomend it. The easiest place to improve your paddle boarding skills in southern Cali is the Back Bay in Newport Beach. Pirate Coast Paddle Boarding has great rentals and all the accessories a super fly paddle boarder could want. Put it on your adventure day list and head to the bay.
You're 'gonna fall hard for these summer trends.
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Best place to spot a sea lion? Inspiration point, Corona del Mar, off of the CDM Main Beach. Best place to feel like you're on the set of Pirates of the Caribbean? Also Inspiration Point.
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Throwing back to the Southern Utah portion of this month: Swig. Soda, smoothies, famous sugar cookies and duck lips guy logo, they do it all. Stop by at one of their locations next time you're heading through SoUt and get a dirty, wild Dr. Pepper, you'll thank me later.
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Palm Springs is HOT people. Pack your swimsuits and your sun hats. This beautiful dessert has one of the best Main Streets and downtown areas. It's toasty, but it's one of the best to satisfy your boutique and hipster restaurant cravings.
Birba is a great little outdoor restaurant with super trendy gormet meals. The twinkly lights and live music set the tone for their delicious food. Next time you're in the ol' Springs, check it out.
Right outside of Santa Barbara, bring your cameras and paddle boards folks.
Butterfly Beach, Monteceito CA