Archives for March 2016
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Last weekend my lovely cousin came to visit and we were jam packed with activity. I’m exhausted. Please read on if you want to read our itinerary or just enjoy the pics!
Thursday: Newport Beach, Long Beach & Huntington Beach
We spent our morning at Fashion Island in Newport Beach walking around the outdoor mall on a beautiful day. Then we went over to Long Beach for lunch at Saint & Second on 2nd street- a bit pricey, but the outdoor patio and view made up for it.
We then grabbed some beach games, chairs, tubes, drinks, and a SUP and made our way over to the bay side of the peninsula. While SUP-ing we were joined by a seal! Very cool. As it started to get cooler we walked over to the dog beach on the ocean side and watched them play. On the way back we caught a really nice sunset.
Then we had dinner in Huntington Beach at Sushi On Fire- one of my favorite sushi places in the area. After dinner we walked down to Perqs where Karaoke Night was happening. By far the most talented group of people singing! We kept thinking they were playing the actual track!
Friday: LA – Melrose, Beverly Hills, & West Hollywood
The morning was spent walking around Melrose and taking pictures of all the buildings and their topiary. If you appreciate a good store front this is highly recommended- Alice & Olivia may have been my favorite.
Then we went to lunch at Nate’n Al’s in Beverly Hills, which we were told is where a lot of Hollywood deals are made. The Matzo Ball soup is fantastic!
We checked into the Beverly Laurel Motel in Beverly Hills right after, which was super cute and highly recommended! It has an updated retro chic look to it. Unfortunately it was raining that day so we couldn’t take advantage of the pool, but it looked nice!
We walked around the Grove- which can be a tourist trap, but we stayed in the farmers market and hung out at the bar in the middle where we had some beer flight samplers for $8 and people watched.
Dinner – Tortilla Republic. Highly recommend! We ordered the guac to start and then shared the carnitas, the short rib and a pitcher of margaritas between 3 people. It was delicious!
Then we went out to Bootsy Bellows on Sunset Blvd. Interesting place. There were women dressed up in different costumes dancing on the bar and on swings and rolling around in a net above. There were also a couple men with puppets dancing around. The music was great and crowd control was pretty good, but the well drinks were about $15 on average, which I guess could be expected for a club in LA.
Saturday: Runyon Canyon, In N Out, & Burbank – Warner Bros. Studios
Once we managed to get up we went and got bagels at The Bagel Broker – pretty decent bagels and coffee for LA. Then we headed over to Runyon Canyon where we spent almost 3 hours hiking around and enjoying the view. This is a great hike and can be challenging if you want it to be.
What other way to celebrate our hard work than In N Out? Seemed like a lot of people had the same idea since it took about 45 min to get our order. Be warned!
We rushed up to Burbank to catch the Warner Brothers Studio Tour, which was all that I hoped it would be. We got to see where they shot shows like Hart of Dixie, Gilmore Girls, Pretty Little Liars, and a lot more.. We also toured the prop department where shows put objects on hold or where they make their props from scratch. Then we got to walk around the Ellen talkshow set. We even ran into Conan O’brien on his way to his car.
Sunday: Laguna Beach, Newport Beach, & Huntington Beach
Sunday was a little more leisurely. We took our time getting down to Laguna Beach and had lunch at a Mediterranean restaurant called GG’s. After, we walked around town and enjoyed the view. This is definitely more of a laid back town than I was expecting. We stopped in Newport Beach to take in the view on the ocean side as well as the houses on the cliff.
We ended the night with a bonfire on the beach in Huntington and watched the sunset- a great way to say farewell to my cousin!
That’s all I can think of for now.. Thanks for reading!