June 26, 2015

Griffith Observatory Hike

Griffifth Observatory Hike

On our second day of me and the boy's staycation, we went and did the Griffith Observatory
Hike. But aside from that, we mostly just ate. Like, a lot. We went for bottomless mimosas
for brunch, we had burgers for lunch AND we had a full picnic basket to take with us later
that evening. Our waistlines grew by inches on this one weekend.

But it was all so delicious.

We started out at breakfast at Eat This Cafe . The food was perfect, simple, American grub.

Thankfully, we beat the brunch crowd and managed to snag a table inside. It's a little tiny but
fit us comfortably. He had the juevos rancheros which were the perfect combination of savory
and filling. I munched happily on my chocolate chip pancakes and we both shared the apple
chicken sausage. So good!

After deciding we'd eaten enough, we decided to be somewhat productive and adventurous on
our day off and do the Griffith Observatory Hike, leading up to the Griffith Observatory.

It's an easy and mostly uphill when you're starting.



But the views not too bad! It probably would've been better if there were less smog.



He was super excited to finally get to the top, to say the least. But then again, he's a
bit of a space and science nerd ; )



     

The best part about the Observatory is admission to the grounds and building are free!

It only costs to do the extras.

http://www.griffithobservatory.org/





Later in the evening, we grabbed a picnic basket, threw some stuff together and
headed over to The Hollywood Forever Cemetery. During the summer, they play
movies against one of the walls for everyone. http://cinespia.org/

We caught Dazed and Confused, which I'd never seen before. Get there early! The lines
 do get long and the place gets packed with plenty of L.A. Urbanites and hipsters, trying
to squeeze in to the venue.

We watched the sun go down, cuddled up together, lost in the movie and the scene of L.A.

What's everyone else up to this weekend?? Any exciting plans?





June 3, 2015

Santa Monica Day Trip

Santa Monica Day Trip
So when me and the boy heard about everyone's Memorial Weekend plans, we
grew a little envious. 

Friends were going wine tasting in Napa and beer tastings in Pismo Beach. Another
couple was headed to the Hamptons for the long weekend. And we had effectively
planned absolutely nothing. But determined to not waste a perfectly good long
weekend, we planned a quick-mini staycation and set our sights on Los Angeles!

The boy's not native to California so it gave us both an excuse to be a tourist for the
weekend.

Saturday morning, we hopped in the car and headed up North, with our handy Air BnB
reservation booked. 








The clouds cleared at just the right time and blue skies opened up for us. 

We went up and down the Santa Monica pier, enjoying the sights.


Eventually making our way down to Venice beach. 

Plenty of sights and sounds to entertain down there.

After a long afternoon of napping and eating and watching Anthony Bourdain
(we became a bit obsessed with him this weekend), we finally emerged from
our wonderfully cozy AirBnB. 

We headed down to Sassafrass, which I can't rave enough about. 

Once you step in, it's like you've been transported to a bar in the Pirates of
Caribbean ride. Unfortunately, my battery was low so I wasn't able to snap any
pics so you'll just have to imagine it yourself!

The cocktails are all made fresh and have a different twist on them.


We spent a few hours talking at the bar, in awe of our surroundings, feeling
like we'd been truly transported back in time.

We were almost ready to head back but our stomachs had other plans in mind.

The boy also has never had real ramen (so many firsts!) so we headed to a local,
hole in the wall place at 1am and it didn't disappoint.

We sat down, ordered and the waitress at Fukurou Ramen was quick to bring out
everything which we gobbled down just as quickly.




Finally, full of ramen and pretty exhausted, we headed back, satisfied with the days'
adventures. 

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