L.A. ADVENTURE {6}: SUNKEN CITY

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During the holiday I finally adventured out to Sunken City in San Pedro. I have wanted to go for months. This place is really cool, I sort of felt like a trouble maker because there are signs all over saying no trespassing, but you just crawl under the fence and sneak over to the site. 

Here is a brief history; in 1929 that entire area began slipping into the sea. They never really understood why, but now all that remains are pieces of concrete covered in graffiti. It has pretty breath taking views of the Pacific Ocean; no wonder people lived on this small tip of land. 

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It is pretty great to go and just sit looking out into the vas ocean. I think I stayed for over an hour. I wish I had some spray paint I could have left my mark. I highly recommend checking this place out, there is even a really pretty park next door you can go and lay in the grass.

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Sunken City | 500 W Paseo Del Mar, San Pedro CA

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L.A. ADVENTURES {5}: DRIVE UP PCH

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There have been many times when all I want to do is get in my car and just drive up the coast. So during the holiday I made a plan to get in my Mini and just drive. I am so happy I did, what a great drive.

I started in Malibu and drove all the way to Oxnard (I would have gone to Santa Barbara, but ran out of time). When I turned around in Oxnard I decided to stop at every vista point on my drive back home. It was really nice to take a moment to enjoy the fresh air. Since it was 80 degrees that day it made the experience even better. Most of my photos are from Point Mugu; there are some great rock formations. There is one stretch of road that reminded me of the drive in to Kaanapali, Maui. 

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Once I got back in to Malibu I stopped at this fish market that I have always wanted to check out; Reel Inn Fish Market & Restaurant. It is a great place to stop for a beer and fresh fish. I had craving for fish tacos and a beer, and that is exactly what I had, they were delish. The restaurant has some pretty great views of either the ocean or mountains. I sat outside and enjoyed the lovely sunset. 

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I really need to get out and drive more often. Once the marathon is over, I have a plan to drive up to Santa Barbara. So stay tuned for that adventure in a few months. In the meantime, get out a drive it sure is refreshing. 

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L.A. ADVENTURE {4}: VENICE CANALS

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After the amazing poke, my sister and I took a detour through the Venice canals. I haven’t walked through the canals in years; it is such a beautiful stroll. I felt like I was on vacation even though it was in my own neighborhood. That is one thing I love about L.A, no matter where you are you can instantly feel like you are on vacation. 

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I even came across this rad swan paddleboat; I need to take a ride on that.

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I also loved that every bridge was different. No matter where you turned there was either a solid, or wood paneled bridge. I need to get back in to my L.A. adventures; it really is fun exploring new parts of the city.

Stay tuned for my next adventure. Check out my past adventures herehere and here

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L.A. ADVENTURE {3}: TASTE OF THE EASTSIDE

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This past weekend I wanted to check out an event held at Barnsdall Park in Los Feliz; the Taste of the Eastside. Granted I do not live on the eastside, but I do love food and a few places I have been dying to try participated. There were some major highlights. 

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The first of many stops was L&E Oyster Bar, I felt like I spent most of my time there. I have actually been to this place quite a few times, but who can say no to an oyster or two? 

Another highlight was a taco spot, that I have heard of but never tried, Hugo’s Tacos. Since I just started eating meat, I have been down to try anything. They were serving carnitas, it was so good. They add cinnamon to their carnitas so it had this great sweet taste. I will be visiting them soon. 

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Other highlights include, Canele I enjoyed their farro salad. Cliff’s Edge had a beautifully prepared scallop. Mohawk Bend had a nice chilled pea soup. Diablo Taco had a great ceviech, I really love a good ceviche. All those bites could not be complete without Pazzo Gelato they never disappoint. 

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This was a great event, you get to try a bunch of great local spots in one shot. I will definitely check it out next year. Now they need to have one on the westside!!!

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{photos by me, and good friend Jesse}

L.A. ADVENTURE {2}: THE OLD PLACE

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For this installment of L.A. adventures it was more of an impromptu adventure. I hopped in my car and took a wonderful drive through Malibu canyon to a really cool hidden treasure, The Old Place. Tucked away in Agoura Hills lies this really cool western style bar, that serves very rustic  food. My sister and I enjoyed a giant cheese platter, steak and potatoes and finished it off with an amazing sticky toffee cake, oh man it was good!

The bar is very tiny so it does get crowded fast, but luckily there is a winery next door so you can enjoy a glass of wine or beer while you wait. You can also just explore the grounds. There is a mailroom that can be used for private parties, I totally want to have my birthday party in there. It has been seen in many tv shows like Doctor Quinn Medicine Women.  

I think this might be my new favorite place. It is definitely a great date spot. I cannot wait to go back. 

The Old Place: 29983 Mulholland Hwy Cornell, Agoura CA

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L.A. ADVENTURE {1}: WATT'S TOWERS

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Over the weekend I had this overwhelming feeling to do something different. So I had the bright idea to start exploring L.A. Even though I have lived here for years, I feel I take this city for granted. So with that said, twice a month I will visit a new spot and bring some friends along for the ride. I am really excited to see where the city takes me.

For my first stop; Watt’s Towers. Surprisingly enough I have never visited this place. It is quite amazing. The only downside I missed the open to the public window by a half hour (so I will be coming back). For now I just admired it from outside the fence. It has a pretty amazing history, built by Italian immigrant Sabato Rodia over a 33 year period. Constructed mostly from found objects like pottery, scrap metal and sea shells. One thing I found interesting he actual had a bungalow within the towers.

I highly recommend checking out the towers, it is a great place to visit and explore.

Located at, 1765 E 107th St, Los Angeles, CA 90002

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GETTY VILLA - MALIBU

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Over the weekend I had a full blown birthday celebration. It was a great weekend, Saturday  my family and I visited the Getty Villa in Malibu. It is a stunning place, the architecture is amazing and the views are beautiful. Your surrounded by lush trees, beautiful flowers and ornate fountains. I really loved the ceilings around the garden area, Jennifer and I even had a little fun. For dinner we went to a new restaurant in Santa Monica, stay tuned after the jump. 

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DRESSES, COCKTAILS & SYNCHRONIZED SWIMMING

Last Friday a bunch of girlfriends and I dressed in our evening finest and enjoyed an evening of cocktails and synchronized swimming by the Aqua Lilies at the Beverly Hill’s Hotel. They are celebrating their 100th anniversary and to celebrate they are having a poolside soiree every Friday in August. Surprisingly enough I have never been to the Beverly Hill’s Hotel. I instantly feel in love with the colors (light pink and green) the typography, the decor I couldn’t get enough. I really want to have a photo shoot in their coffee room. Such a fun girls night out!

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BEATING THE L.A. HEAT

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Last weekend I spent most of my time at the beach. I live 5 minutes from the water and have yet to spend time in the sand this summer. Since the weather was insanely hot the only way to cool down was to take a dip in the cool ocean water. So I hoped on my bike and took a ride to the only cool spot in LA.

I really love just sitting in the sand and watching the waves crash along the shoreline. There is something so serene and relaxing. I also took some pictures of my weekend escape. I wish I was there right now. 

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SUNDAY FUN DAY

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Over the weekend, I joined some friends on a long walk through Venice and Santa Monica. It was fun, I usually only run through Venice and Santa Monica. Of course we took stops along the way. On one of our stops we enjoyed a spiked snow cone at the Casa del Mar. They have a couple different flavors accompanied by a different alcohol. The drinks of choice were a strawberry, mint with brandy. Raspberry, blueberry with vodka and tomato, carrot with tequila. They were a fun little drink, perfect for the warm day. 

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We ended our stroll with a ride on the Ferris wheel at the Santa Monica pier. It’s funny I live 20 minutes away from the pier and rarely visit it. It almost felt like a mini vacation. 

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{photos by me}