Lately I've been making frequent trips to Malibu. Our wedding venue is nearby so we usually have lunch in Malibu after our visits. We've been exploring the area more each time, which has been really fun. We plan on putting together a list of our favorite things to do and eat for when our guests are in town for the wedding. Here's some places we've gone to so far.
Malibu Farm Cafe/Restaurant
This cute cafe sits right on the pier. If you're sitting outside you definitely get a nice view. There was a really long line down the pier when we arrived. I'm sure this happens every weekend. There's actually two restaurants on the pier, Malibu Farm Cafe and Malibu Farm Restaurant. The cafe doesn't take reservations, but the restaurant does. I went to the cafe but I'm sure the restaurant is just as cute!
I'm a sucker for sweets and I've had this gelato place bookmarked for about two or three years now. This place originated in Italy and all the fruits that they use are grown there as well. I had the pistachio and hazelnut flavors, which were delicious!
Malibu Country Mart
Grom is actually located inside this plaza. The Malibu Country Mart has a mixture of eateries and retail stores. There's also a playground in the middle for the little ones. It's also across the street from the beach which is convenient. Eat, shop, and relax.
I finished my food before realizing I didn't snap a photo. That's how hungry I was. I guess discussing how tables should be arranged and where your ceremony and reception should go really works up an appetite. I had the avocado egg sandwich with sausage and the fiance had the sausage skillet. I'm not big on bread but their sourdough bread was so good!
I'm still nine months away from the wedding so I'm sure there will be more Malibu updates to come!
I recently went to Seattle for a joint bachelor/bachelorette party. It was actually my first time in Seattle. My parents took us to Portland and Vancouver as a kid and I guess we skipped over Seattle. I'm even surprised I've never been. I always hear how rainy the weather is in Seattle, but we must've lucked out cause the weather was beautiful! Sunny and cool, which was a nice change from the sweltering heat we were having in socal.
The bf and I arrived a day before everyone else so that we could hike and explore outside of Seattle. We hiked to Rattlesnake Ledge, which had such an amazing view! (Pro Tip: don't assume it's an easy peasy hike and wear Converses. I learned the hard way) We also went to Snoqualmie Falls, which was probably the quickest visit to a waterfall ever. "Cool! Waterfall! Ok, lets go." Don't get me wrong. I like these things, but after waking up at 5am to catch our flight and driving an hour to go hike 4 miles in wrong shoes, all I wanted to do was check into our Airbnb and let my poor feet rest. That's also why I have no pictures of the falls.
If you're planning to take a trip to Seattle and want an idea of what to eat and do, here's my little travel guide.
Rattlesnake Ledge: The hike isn't that hard, but there is a bit of an incline. It's 4 miles round trip and so worth it!
Totokaelo: This store has a great selection of clothing and beautiful home decor pieces. It reminds me of the stores in NYC. Right around the corner is also Molly Moon's Ice Cream!
The London Plane: This place was just adorable! It's a cafe, grocery/bakery, and flower shop all in one! My kinda store! We stopped in for a snack and only tried their cheese board, which was delicious!
Other places to eat at that are not pictured
The Pink Door: I love a place that has live music during dinner. It's so entertaining and fun. Be sure to make reservations though. For even more fun, they have a dinner and trapeze show on Sundays and Mondays and a cabaret and burlesque show on Saturdays.
Beecher's Handmade Cheese: I LOVE CHEESE. I like to think I'm a pretty healthy eater but I could never be vegan and give up CHEESE. Just. Too. Good. All kinds! Check out the mac n cheese here if you're into cheesy goodness.
Pike Place Chowder: If you're unsure of which chowder to try, I recommend getting the sampler where you get to choose 4. I can't even say which one's my favorite cause they're all good!
Piroshky Piroshky: I hear a lot of ppl rave about this place and in my opinion, it was alright. I had the smoked salmon pate and the beef and cheese. I definitely prefer the beef and cheese. Eat it while it's fresh and hot!
Ba Bar: This place serves Vietnamese street food, which was pretty good. They don't take reservations but our group of 21 was seated within 10 minutes. Their cocktails were also really good.
Storyville Coffee: I love looking for local coffee shops to try when I travel and this place makes a good cup of jo. The Pike's Place location was fairly big with several couches and tables to hang out at.
Hope this helps and feel free to share any must try places in Seattle :)
I haven't been to Balboa Island since college and the bf has never been so we ventured out there a few weekends ago. The weather was perfect for it! We ate at Picante Martin's, which had really good tacos. We of course had to get a frozen banana. It's a must at Balboa Island. There's also a candy store for those with a sweet tooth! It's a pretty small place but I always enjoy walking along the beach and playing the game of 'which beach house would you want if you lived here'. Some of these beach houses are so classic and cute, while others are so modern and chic. If you're playing Pokemon Go, this is definitely a hot spot. While walking along the beach, I saw people of all ages playing. It's still so crazy to me how big this game is.
Before moving to southern California, LA was the city I’ve always wanted to live in down here. Since college and post college life landed me in OC instead, I make up for it by making frequent visits to LA when I can. One of the things I enjoy doing is trying different restaurants. If I’m going to endure the infamous LA traffic, I make it a goal to eat somewhere new each time. Recently I visited the Grand Central Market in downtown LA. This market has evolved over the years and is now home to many different vendors.
View from outside the market
Oysters and ceviche from The Oyster Gourmet
G&B Coffee, which has a almond macadamia nut latte that!
Gelateria Uli isn't in Grand Central Market. It's nearby and has an amazing speculoos cookie gelato! I want to go back RIGHT NOW for that and their pistachio flavor!