Last week was a bit of a doozy as we had to be out of our apartment for a few days (long story short: renting is the worst). We tried to make the most of it by staying in an airbnb in Venice and I’m SO GLAD WE DID. Venice is normally like 10 minutes from me, but it felt like a mini vacation being able to live there for a few days. Our place was right off of Abbot Kinney and that meant we could walk to all our favorite restaurants (Gjelina Take Away one night and Salt Air another) (also beer and oysters). And jk about the walking part, it was 50 degrees outside, hello? But it sure was nice to only drive a few blocks.
Even though I was still going to work every day and spending very little time at the airbnb, my mind was in total vacation mode. I mean the host STOCKED THE FRIDGE with food for us and left homemade cookies on the doorstep. Plus, there was an indoor washer & dryer and do you know what kind of heaven that is? As a multi-year Los Angeles renter, let me tell you, it’s a rarity and a gift. Before leaving, I wrote in the guest book asking if we could move in forever and I left my phone number. Faux vacations for the win.
On another note, I am totally unprepared for Christmas. How about you?
UPDATE: How did I write a whole post about the airbnb we stayed in and NOT link to it? MONDAYS, I tell you. Also, I’ll blame the Homeland season finale. I’ve updated with the link but here it is again: BAM.
Hope everyone had a LOVELY 3-day weekend! Mine sure was great. Sometimes all it takes is an extra day to recharge your batteries. Don’t you agree? Here are a few snapshots from my weekend:
[perused through the new Madewell catalogue!]
[ate lots of food, including tots, at First Friday in Venice on Abbot Kinney]
[also walked through a few galleries at First Friday]
[lunched at GTA on Saturday…my favorite!!]
[went back-to-school shopping…PS, is it ok to back-to-school shop if you aren’t a student?]
[attended my friend’s BEAUTIFUL wedding at the bel air bay club on Sunday]
[we had lots o’ fun at the wedding!]
[on Monday, we took the meaning of “labor day” very literally and did not labor at all…ate lots of pancakes instead]
Seeing as Gjelina is one of my favorite restaurants ever, I’ve been dying to test out their next-door venture, GTA (aka Gjelina Take Away) ever since it opened a few weeks ago. So after some much-needed retail therapy with mumsie and after saying goodbye to one of my best friends before she moves away to North Carolina for school (will missss you Sarita), boyfriend took me over to GTA for lunch.
Oh. my. goodness. If you live within a 50 mile radius (I take that back, a 100 mile radius!) of Venice Beach, GO TO THERE. I just had a simple turkey sandwich and a tomato salad but it was best turkey sandwich and the most delicious tomato salad ever. It’s so amazing what fresh, homemade ingredients will manifest into. Of course, by homemade, I mean GTA makes everything on property, from the bread to the pickled cucumbers on my sandwich.
So thank you GTA for making my Sunday afternoon a real treat. Oh that, and the fact that I was wearing a flowy maxi dress (from Anthropologie). That was a real treat too.