Travel Diary: Los Angeles, CA

It’s a summer ritual of mine to travel at least once to LA. It’s always a quick and enjoyable trip every time I go. I usually plan a 5 day visit, which gives me the perfect amount of time to hit up my favorite spots as well as see my favorites faces. Every time I go I either dream of packing all my stuff and making the move out West, or even better buying a sweet condo near Venice beach and living that bi-coastal life. Okay, now I’m really dreaming. You can’t blame a girl!! As usual I’m just trying to live my best life. 😉

My time spent in LA is split between one of my best friends and one of my favorite cousins. I am beyond grateful for having these gals out there, they make a girl feel right at home. This time I happened to have the opportunity to stay at a beautiful home that was basically a museum tree fort. There was amazing art throughout the home, and a tree growing out of the patio, which had a hammock attached to it.

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Since I frequent LA I don’t normally make plans before I head out but rather go with the flow of the area. However whenever I travel anywhere I do try to go to one concert and a local art exhibit.

For this trip I made it my mission to see Flume. I’m not a major Flume fan, honestly I knew probably a handful of songs before I went but I truly was pleasantly surprised by his performance. I danced the night away. The concert was at Shrine Auditorium & Expo Hall, which is a beautiful historic building. Check out my favorite flume tune here.

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The art exhibit I attended was The Museum of Broken Relationships. Wow! What a truly inspiration and quite SAD exhibit! It just shows me how important it is to value the moments we have with the people we care about. Shout out to my friends and family, love you all!! The Museum is still currently displaying the exhibit and can be visited on Hollywood Blvd. Learn more about the Museum here.

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Like a true wannabe native of LA I always stomp around a few of my favorite neighborhoods, Los Feliz and Silverlake. In my opinion some of the best eateries and shops are located there. The best part is that they are in walking distance from each other so you don’t have to worry about traffic or finding a park spot, which can be a biotch in LA. My go to shops in the area are Reform School and Mohawk General Store.

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My first stop was my all time favorite juice bar, The Punchbowl. They have a beautiful array of organic cold pressed juices as well as smoothies. Definitely worth a stop if you are in the area.

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The next stop after my healthy breakfast was of course Best Fish Tacos in Ensenada . I always start at the top of Los Feliz, grab a juice, check out the cute shops on N. Vermont Ave and then cut over to Hillhurst Ave. While walking down Hillhurt to get to Sunset Blvd, which leads you to Silver lake, you will stumble upon Best Fish Tacos. It is a hole in the wall but the best kind! They pretty much only serve fish and shrimp tacos but have killer salsas and radish salads to top off your tacos with. Yum!

This trip I had to pleasure of doing two new thing that I’ve never done before in LA. The first was going to the Annenberg Community Beach House  in Santa Monica. This is a pool/beach community club located right off of the Pacific Coast Highway. You can pay a small fee for the pool or taken advantage of the beautiful beach back drop. If you want to get a little more ritzy my second recommendation would be the pool at The Line Hotel  in Koreatown.

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Second, I attended the Cinespia  event in the Hollywood Forever Cementary. They were putting on a Slumber Party event for their anniversary where they projected three movies, The Heathers, Cry Baby and Edward Scissor Hands, right in the middle of the historic cemetery. My friend had VIP passes, thank you Ashley, and we packed a picnic of wine, cheese and meats and set out for the adventure. The last picture is obviously our best impression of The Heathers.

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As always the trip felt cut too short when I had to catch my red eye back to NYC on Sunday night. It was a brutal day at work on Monday morning as I was thinking of all the fun things I could be doing on the sunny coast! Here’s a list below of some fun LA activities!

♥ Check out the LA sky line at Griffith Observatory

♥ Hike Runyon Canyon

♥  Shop till you drop on Abbot Kinney Blvd

♥ Hang out in Downtown, LA and hit up The Museum of Contemporary Art

♥ Have the best vegan meal of your life at Cafe Gratitude

♥ Indulge in a Thai Massage at Pho Siam Thai Spa

 

Until next time LA!
-Tae


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