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September 17, 2014

Filed Under : AROUND LA

griffith observatory / the style eater

A few weekends ago, we had friends in town staying with us and neither of them had spent ANY time in Los Angeles before. You can only imagine how excited I was to show them around my favorite city and HOME! They were here for less than 2 days and that meant we really had to strategize about where to go. It really got me thinking about what the MUST-VISIT places are when you come to LA. Ya know, like if you had 24 hours to see the dang place, what would you be terribly missing out on if you decided to spend all your time at Hollywood & Highland? For example, don’t spend all your time at Hollywood & Highland. I’ve narrowed my favorite visitor staples down to 4 things:

GRIFFITH OBSERVATORY: This is my favorite place in LA. Sure, there is a great view of the Hollywood sign, but don’t forget about that downtown skyline to the left or the Santa Monica coast to the right if you squint real hard and the haze isn’t too heavy. Goodness, it gets me every time. You can’t forget about the architecture of the Observatory itself. STUNNING, I tell you. You’ll get lots of likes on your Instagram. AND YEAH, it’s educational too! Take a gander through the place and learn a thing or two. I always leave inspired and humbled by the beauty.

griffith observatory / the style eater

ABBOT KINNEY: You can’t really beat the mix of shopping and restaurants on Abbot Kinney in Venice. New stores are popping up every 2 minutes (or so the legend goes), but there is so much GOOD, it’s unfair. On the West side of the street, start at Urbanic and make your way all the way down to Tortoise General Store, with Aesop and Warby Parker stops along the way and definitely a juice shot at Kreation (Rag & Bone just opened on that side as well). The east side of the street I couldn’t even list all the great stops (pretty much every store), but you can’t miss Steven Alan Annex, Firefly, and a lunchtime fix at GTA (Gjelina Take Away) or Axe.

abbot kinney / the style eater

DOWNTOWN: Knock out the Disney Concert Hall, MOCA, and brunch at Bottega Louie in one shot if you can, then pop over to Grand Central Market for a snack/coffee/popsicle and the Bradbury Building for amazing architecture. Still have time to wander around? Head over to the Arts District for pie and Poketo or Olvera Street.

bottega louie / the style eater

TACOS: I’m not about to start a debate about where the best tacos in LA are. I probably still haven’t even experienced them yet. But you can’t go wrong with Guisados or Kogi Truck. The Guisados menu is straightforward, but so unbelievably delicious. Order one of each taco if you’re feeling adventurous (and hungry). Kogi Truck is another level of LA. It is LA. I beg of you: please seek out a Kogi Truck on your next visit. The chicken burrito with extra kimchi is my go-to.


Bday Weekend

January 30, 2012

Filed Under : MY LIFE

So it was 80 degrees on my birthday this weekend.  That happened.  I’ve never experienced a warm birthday before and it was kind of amazing.  We went over to Silverlake for brunch in the morning (more on that tomorrow) and then popped over to my absolute favorite place in all of LA, Griffith Observatory.  It was so clear and beautiful outside – I could not have asked for a more perfect day.

Later, my fam-bam came out and we ate, ate, ate some more.  All I ever want to do on my birthday is eat good food and be around loved ones.  That’s all you need to make this girl happy.

*These are my new green pants – obsessed!  Wearing an H&M sweater, Ann Taylor Loft shirt, J. Crew green jeans, Steve Madden boots, & J. Crew shoulder bag.  Oh, and I desperately need a hair cut.  PS – the below photo is the view of Griffith Observatory and Hollywood sign from Silverlake.

hollywood sign

griffith observatory

And this bad boy is the Observatory.  Seriously takes my breath away every time.  You guys!!  Thanks for all of the sweet birthday wishes, by the way.  I. heart. you.

[Around LA]

November 2, 2011

Filed Under : AROUND LA


I’ve been wanting to start a new feature (column?) on the blog for awhile now about some of my favorite places in Los Angeles.  I have lots o’ favorite things to do, eat, and see (mostly eat), but there are also so many places I have yet to explore, so that will be fun to share as well!  I’ll be posting these faves randomly and have started a new category for “Around LA” so they’ll all be in one place.

*This photo I took of Griffith Observatory is from December 2010.  In the dead of winter!  In general, Griffith Park is one of my absolute favorite places because the views are incredible and the greenery is so peaceful, but on this particular day, the visibility from the observatory was so clear that we had 100% visibility of the entire city, from the ocean to the west and the downtown skyline to the south (and everything in between).  Breathtakingly gorgeous, let me tell you.

More to come!