So dunno if you know this or not, but I lived in Los Angeles for nearly two years. During my trip back to the States, I popped over there to see some friends and have a couple days of summery vacation.
For breakfast I revisited an all day breakfast café near USC with my friend Natalie. If you go to Jacks N Joe, get their Hawaiian bread french toast (yes). I was also partial to the Pudgie Elvis pancakes. As per American standards, the pancakes are huge and they come with three, but if you're polite, you can just order a single for a couple bucks less.
Natalie was then kind enough to chauffeur us out to Santa Monica where we did a little pampering at Elegant Nails. It ticked all the stereotypical boxes of being run by a group of middle-aged Asian ladies, most speaking broken English but super pleasant all the same. Then to undo my first pedicure in half a decade, Natalie and I walked along the beach to Venice and back. So. much. walking.
Then for the creme de la creme, Real Food Daily for dinner. It's a fully vegetarian/vegan restaurant and I am eternally grateful for Nat humoring me by going. This is probably my favorite restaurant in LA. I went here with friends, when my mom would visit, by myself. Everything is so goddamn delicious. And I get so full from food I don't feel guilty about. What a gem. This visit I had the special caribbean quesadillas (from their website: Island coconut lentil puree, baby spinach, caramelized onions, pepperjack cheese, toasted whole wheat tortilla with coconut cilantro crème, mango salsa, guacamole, grilled plantains).