Tuesday, September 27, 2011

{wanderlust} what i did in los angeles

Our California adventure kicked off in Los Angeles, where we visited my good friend Julia in her new home. We only spent 48 hours in the City of Angels, so I won't pretend to know what's new, what's hip and what can't be missed. What I do know is what I did during those 48 hours that I loved. Much of it involved cruising around town in a Jeep Wrangler, blasting Katy Perry (California Gurls, don't judge) and giggling with my girlfriends, but there was plenty of eating and sightseeing on the agenda as well. Some of my favorite Los Angeles experiences are detailed below. 

Lucques: I went to Lucques on Melrose for the Sunday Supper, and it pretty much blew my mind.  Everything was so fresh, so well-executed, so simple and yet so elegant, it was almost unbelievable.  And I didn't even sample one of their signature cocktails, which are said to be legendary.

Gjelina: Gjelina is a Venice hot spot that gained notoriety for refusing to make an exception to their no substitutions policy for Victoria Beckham. Even though we were there on a Monday night, it was packed with pretty people. The burrata that everyone raves about was good, but it was the kale salad that really left us wanting more. Okay, fine, the kale salad and the butterscotch pot de creme. Sheesh you people are really keeping me honest. 

Urth Caffe: We made our way to Urth Caffe for eggs and lattes after a morning hike. The food and coffee were great, and there were lots of healthy options on the menu. We also stood in line with a group of the most attractive fire fighters I've ever seen. In fact, they were so pretty that we couldn't figure out whether they were actual fire fighters, or actors taking a break from a fire fighter movie filming nearby (only in LA). 

Clementine Bakery: We hit up Clementine Bakery on our way out of town for some homemade muffins and Intellegentsia coffee to take on the road. My muffin was delicious, and Clementine's menu was impressive. If I had more time to spend in LA I definitely would have returned to this cute cafe to lunch on a grilled cheese sandwich. 

The Getty Center: Our first stop in LA was the Getty Center. The Getty is of course a great place to check out some art, but it's also a wonderful spot to wander around, hang out outside, and enjoy some beautiful views of LA. 

Runyon Canyon:  We woke up early Monday morning and headed to Runyon Canyon. It was fun to do something active on our vacation, the view was beautiful (hello Hollywood sign) and there was great people (and puppy) watching to boot. Best of all, I didn't see this until after we finished our hike.

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