LA Trip so far!
Omgsh. I think I may be liking LA better than San Fran! We got in Sunday around 11am and headed straight to Grand Central Market, where they have a bunch of different food vendors.
We were hungry (and cold), but I wanted to peruse all the options before we dove into the food, so we got lattes from G&B and then wandered.
We wanted to try different food places until we got full. First we split some cheese + bean + pork pupusas and some fried plantains.
After finishing that we got some vegan ramen from Robin Hood. The broth of this ramen was INSANE.
Later that afternoon we checked in at our Airbnb. GUYS! Our Airbnb is dreamy. We are staying here and I can NOT recommend it enough.
I’m SO happy we are staying here over a hotel. To get to the house you drive high up into the Hollywood Hills, climb some stairs, and then voila you’re in your own lil’ treehouse with very epic city views.
The inside is a cozy loft with a bed, epic bathtub, desk, kitchenette, and sink.
We’ve only been here for a day and a half and I’ve already taken 5 baths in the below tub lol. There is an outdoor shower with our airbnb, but I’ve been loving the bath. Married ladies…have you ever seen your husband take a bath before? Andrew is more of a shower person and it cracks me up when he’s in the bath. It just seems all wrong lol.
The bathroom is connected to our loft…you just have to go outside to use it. But I mean, even it is cute!
We got settled in the Airbnb, then headed out for dinner at The Pie Hole.
I got a kale + egg hand pie with a salad. It was just what I wanted for dinner.
After dinner we stopped by Magpies for something sweet.
I got the malted milk chocolate swirled with the toasted marshmallow with graham streusel (YES! SO GOOD!) + sprinkles.
Then home to sleep.
The next day we woke up early-ish and it wasn’t raining! It had rained the entire day before. Since we didn’t know if it was going to end up raining later that day, we decided to head outside to hike to the Hollywood sign. I loved waking up to this view!
Since the trailhead is tricky to find, we used this guy’s hiking directions. They were really helpful! On the weekdays you can park on the street that leads up to the trailhead. Then you get to this gate that looks like something you shouldn’t go past, but you go through the little door on the left anyways and then you find the trailhead a little past the gate. We probably wouldn’t’ve gone past the gate if some random person hadn’t been driving through the gate at the same time and told us we were allowed to pass the gate. I’m such a rule follower it’s ridiculous.
We hiked for prob 10 minutes when the sky started turning dark blue and rainy looking…
(why yes, that is me in my fav pants.)
…and decided we’d better head back down. It was the shortest hike ever.
On to breakfast! We went to Joan’s on 3rd.
I was going to get something savory, but I saw the most delicious looking almond croissant right as I was ordering, so I got it instead. See the almond paste oozing out of it?! Paired with a latte.
It was the best almond croissant I’ve ever had. I always feel like almond croissants don’t have enough almond paste/marzipan/whatev they put in them, but this one almost had too much of it. SO GOOD.
After breakfast it wasn’t raining so we headed to Griffith Park and did the West Observatory Trail using this guy’s guide. This was a great hike! It wasn’t too short or too long. It rained as we were heading back down, but it was still a lot of fun.
See the spot of rain!
After the hike we headed back to the airbnb so I could get some blog work done for a couple hours. What a dreamy office.
When we got hungry, we headed to lunch.
We started with chips + guac.
Then I got a sweet potato flauta + black beans. YUM. I felt kinda out of place at Gracias Madre. Not sure what it was. A difference I notice between LA and San Fran is that in LA everyone dresses SO fancy with make-up galore. I felt like San Fran was much more laid back and less flashy…which I prefer.
After lunch we drove down to the beach! We ended up renting a convertible at the last minute. I’m so glad we did, because we’ve been driving a lot. One bummer is that you have to pay for parking EVERYWHERE. I think renting a car vs. uber-ing everywhere would’ve been about the same price. But I’m glad we rented a car because I got to take this photo! I’d never ridden in a convertible before. It’s fabulous. It was quite chilly out, so I had my seat heater on high while we drove…SO NICE.
Then we paid to park at the Santa Monica pier and walked around it. That was lame. I wouldn’t recommend doing that. But then again I was freezing my butt off at this point and just wanted to get back in the car.
Andrew and I tried to take a photo…and I failed with the auto timer thing and didn’t check to see what the photo looked like:)
We drove back to LA and stopped at Fonut for an afternoon donut + coffee snack.
Blueberry Earl Grey for me + glazed for Andrew + a cappuccino to split.
Then we headed back to the airbnb. I took ANOTHER bath because.
We rested for a while then Andrew picked our dinner place. Our airbnb host is great and recommended a Ramen place, Silverlake Ramen.
I got a steamed pork bun and Andrew got the ramen. I ate my pork bun (it was my first time having one and it was SO good) and I shared Andrew’s ramen with him.
Now we are back at the airbnb. Andrew is laying next to me in bed as I type this up and he just told me…”i feel like a giant ramen noodle.” I’m not sure that means lol. Anywho…we’re having a great trip. We are here until Wednesday afternoon. Can’t wait for another day and a half of exploring:)
California is the only place I go on vacation where I’m not ready to go home when the vacation is over. Anytime we vacation outside of California I’m totally ready to come home and get back in the swing of things by the end of the trip…but I just think California is so perfect and gorgeous that I never want to leave. I love being here. Do you have any vacations you’ve been on where you don’t want to come home and you really think you could live there and be happy as could be?