L.A.

The best vacations are those that you don’t want to end. That’s exactly how I felt after my annual trip LA to visit my friend this past weekend. With the sun shining bright and the temperature hovering around 80 degrees, who would want to come back to the gloomy and cold midwest? With such incredible weather, we were able to enjoy meals outside, a hike up Runyon Canyon, and long walks on our shopping trips. It was great seeing friends that I don’t see often enough, as well as being able to explore different areas of the sprawling city.

A view of the Hollywood sign from the top of Runyon

A view of the Hollywood sign from the top of Runyon

Each time I’m in LA, not only does my friend show me a good time, but she also ensures that we eat some very delicious meals. Here’s a glimpse of where and what we ate:

One night we ate at Son of a Gun, a small restaurant offering a fish and seafood-focused menu. It was an enjoyable meal, complete with a celeb sighting of two of the cast members from Modern Family! I was a huge fan of the miniscule Lobster Roll, and the Roasted Escolar with truffled pomme puree, and chicken jus.

Pimento Cheese Dip & Chips, Lobster Roll, Fried Chicken Sandwich, Roasted Escolar

Pimento Cheese Dip & Chips, Lobster Roll, Fried Chicken Sandwich, Roasted Escolar

The last night in LA, we dined at Cleo in the The Redbury Hotel. My friend and I loved the entire experience. From the swanky decor, to the upscale (but not pricy) Mediterranean cuisine, it was exciting to see these often different and unrelated concepts collide. The food was exceptional, and we enjoyed everything we ordered, which included the creamy Lebaneh & Feta dip, hummus, brussels sprouts, falafel, and the Chicken Tagine with lemon, olives, tomatoes and saffron rice.

Feta Dip & Hummus, Brussels Sprouts, Falafel, Chicken Tagine

Feta Dip & Hummus, Brussels Sprouts, Falafel, Chicken Tagine

Finally, a peek at our lunch in Silver Lake at Food Lab, a quick and fresh spot for breakfast or lunch. We shared a Chicken & Avocado Sandwich, a Roasted Veggie Sandwich, and a side of Kale Salad. The kale salad was the first of three times we ate the leafy green that day – by far the most kale I’ve ever eaten in any given day. It’s safe to say that a record like that can only be broken in a place like LA!
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Smoothie with kale, coconut meat, banana, cinnamon at Nature Well

Smoothie with kale, coconut meat, banana, cinnamon at Nature Well

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