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Venice, California

I love Venice. I really do. I love the smell of patchouli that drifts in the air. I love all the beach side stands. And I especially love all the perfect little shops and relaxing restaurants. In desperate need of a mini-getaway, we jumped in the car and headed west towards the ocean! Making sure to stop for food and nourishment at C&O Trattoria, where there’s nothing  but decent proper Italian food, covered with real, fresh parmesan. And the real star of this whole meal is…

Descanso Gardens

So I’ll be honest- I was brutally unimpressed with this brunch. Everything about it seemed so off, from the slightly stiff customer service to the fact that they ran out of several breakfast ingredients including egg whites and bacon. Ron Swanson would have had a fit about that, I’m sure! Still leaves me a little puzzled as to how a restaurant serving brunch runs out of two of the main ingredients but hey, who knows what happened. I wanted to love it I really did.…

The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel

Now that’s a view I could seriously get used to! And for a whole afternoon, I basked in the sun streaming through the window at the Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel with a view of the big, blue Pacific ocean, wondering how I got so lucky with this life. At $50 bucks a person, the afternoon tea at the Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel certainly isn’t on the cheaper end, but you’re paying for the experience of it all. It is, after all, a day at the Ritz, with…

Faith & Flower

The Faith & Flower in downtown L.A., is one of those gorgeous restaurants that’s as easy to take in as the food. And in always in need of a refreshing cocktail and a delicious lunch, I headed out for the day. What time is it? Cocktail hour! I can’t tell you how long I’ve been waiting to use that. We were promptly seated and sat down in a beautiful rounded booth that felt a bit Gatsby-ish, but with a sexy modern twist. f The decor…

Crystal Cove

There’s something about being at the the ocean, that makes one feel like anything ispossible. For a few hours, your biggest concerns are limited to sand, sun, and salt.And for the most part, things are ok. After yet another failed fling, an overnightstay at Crystal Cove cottages does the soul wonders. I’d reserved the Crystal Cove cottages about six months earlier (they go fast), so  I’d pretty much forgotten about the reservation completely until just this past week. Me and a few friends quickly packed…

Del Mar Races

As Lady Sybil knows, a day at the Del Mar Races requires one to put their best foot (or paw)forward, in preparation for the long day. Which is why it was absolutely necessary that she wear the newest apparel-the bow tie.Because bow tie’s are cool. It’s all about looking preppy and fresh, but also comfortable. I think she manages thebalance quite nicely. As stylish as she may be, no pups allowed at the track so Lady Sybil had to sit thisone out. But me and…

Cafe Verona

I don’t know about you but after a long night on the town, there’s not much more I  enjoy the next morning then some serious good food.  We headed out to Hollywood to indulge in some recovery food at Cafe Verona. After,  we caught a play and even had a celeb spotting (in typical Hollywood fashion of course). Cafe Verona  After being up until the wee hours of the morning Saturday night, the first thing that  was necessary was coffee. And not just a cup…

The Packing District

Orange County’s getting kind of cool!  The newest addition to the city of Anaheim is The Packing District- a one stop shop for all your glorious specialty food meals. Itgathers the best of local food, drinks and music all under the roof of the renovated and historic packing house. The Packing District opened just a few weeks ago and it’s still bustling and crowded with excited food-goers. There’s plenty of specialty food shops, funky seating, and interesting topiarys to stare at. Fresh flowers  Grilled Cheese…

The Umbrella Company

I’m all about trying new places things. When I read about the bar, The Umbrella Company, that opened up not too long ago, I knew I’d have to add it to the list. Located in L.A. off Melrose, it’s tucked between a row of clothes stores and other trendy restaurants. And further adding to my love of L.A. in the summer. First on the list, Romance without Pressure, which is just how I prefer my romances! Mixed with gin, passion fruit and cucumber, the cocktail…

Bottega Louie

This past weekend, I popped down to Los Angeles to check out a restaurant I’ve been dying to try forever – a downtown favorite, Bottega Louie. Upon entering, first thing one sees, is the bakery. The rows and rows of sweets had the fat girl inside me clawing to get out. I wanted itall and made a mental note to try everything. Are you drooling on your keyboard yet? I was so busy oohing and aahing over the sweets, I hardly noticed the beautiful restaurant!…