LA recommendations.


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).

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  1. I've been meaning to go to Real Food Daily for a while. Really lovely pictures, it seems you were quite close to my house!

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    1. You. Must. Go. Do you live in Venice? Damn, such a beautiful area.

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  2. Beautiful pictures, and beautiful food!

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    1. Thank you, Violet! I still daydream about those frickin' quesadillas.

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  3. Your pictures are always so goddamn beautiful! I've never been to LA but I hope to soon, this will definitely come in handy!

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    1. Thanks, Thamy! It's an awesome place to holiday.

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