Q:hi, I'm going globe trotting starting in january and am looking to add another dimension to the experience. Any ideas on how i can best spend my time or put my services to good use?
Hey, Scott! Thanks for dropping by here :) I see that you’re into architecture and design? You might be interested in doing a walking tour of the best designed buildings in the places that you’re going to, or an urban photography meet. Even walls have stories, right? Best of luck!
Brave the waves,
A Movie Script Ending
Full disclosure: whenever there would be a pivotal rooftop scene in any romantic movie, you’d see me perk up, give the smallest of smiles, and sigh inwardly. It wouldn’t matter to me if the dialogue was crap, the actors were stiff, and the soundtrack was dismal. The setting, I’d be all about the setting.
I bet you know what my answer was.
And because best friends slay when it comes to the #NoJudgment policy, Mykha took me to not just one rooftop bar, but two.
Our first stop was Perch, a French inspired bistro. As the afternoon yawned into the golden hour, having beams of soft light fall on so much pretty, including a fire pit and a glass of amaretto sour, only filled me with longing. I leaned over the glass parapet, and wished that someone would kiss me.
That was never, ever a good feeling to mix with alcohol.
Just kidding, of course another drink only made this day even better—on to the next stop!
My friends have been raving about the Upstairs Bar of the Ace Hotel as their go-to favorite, and now I understood why. With the heated pool, steady music, and old world set up, I felt like I was in a movie. There weren’t any cameras, and my fiance was halfway around the world, but I couldn’t help but still be in the mood for love.
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Brave the waves,
Exploring Downtown, Falling for the Arts District
Hollywood? Rodeo Drive? Beverly Hills? Nope. What got me really stoked was LA’s downtown area—gritty, unpolished, and surging with so much energy.
For my first ever brunch date here with the girls, Mykha and Chin took me to Zinc Cafe & Market. Located in the Arts District, going to the restaurant allowed me to see gorgeous graffiti that would take up an entire building’s facade, creatives milling about, and a side of LA that was imperfect without being any less beautiful.
After getting over my stage fright of ordering food at a decent spot and butchering my English (bloopers, remember?), I had a large cup of intelligensia (!!!) coffee, and shared a baked spanish egg casserole with Mykha. Meanwhile, Chin got a pesto wood fired pizza. With all the changes that were happening in my life, it felt so normal to just chill with the both of them.
As though my heart didn’t just get injected with pure caffeine, we then hopped to Handsome Coffee Roasters for some iced coffee. I’ve only heard about Handsome from a lot of “best of” lists before, so it was a good thing that Chin suggested it because awesome! I had no idea that Blue Bottle just acquired the company, so when I lapped up my drink, it was the last that I’d have under the Handsome brand. Okay, I’m getting all ridiculous over coffee again.
Walking around the Arts District a bit, we chanced upon this five-year-old’s exhibit. Yes, those paintings were his work. What was I doing when I was five? What was the meaning of life?
Questioning our life goals, Mykha then had a slice of cherry pie at Pie Hole.
This day was so filling, in more ways than one. I’ve had a bite of this town—and it was sweet.
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Brave the waves,