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!…

Coachella

A couple of weekends ago, a group of my friends and I, headed out to the middle ofthe desert in Indio to celebrate that glorious occasion that is Coachella. Free from wifi, laptops, and most usage of cell phones for the long weekend, wewere able to focus on some of the more important things like friends and music. In the mornings we’d grovel out of our campsites, cook a hearty breakfast and wander down to the grounds with tens of thousands of other people from…

Chapter One

It’s not often I get to spend quality time with my little brother but when I do, I definitely try to make the most of it. We headed out to downtown Santa Ana for alate brunch. My brother is many things, but a photographer he is not. It took a lot of arguing for him to even take this sucker. It’s times like these when I wish I had even just one sister. (Mostly kidding) The restaurant we chose was Chapter One and appropriately has book…

A Few Parting Thoughts on Eastern Europe

During the time I was in Budapest, I met a whole host of people, all of them incredibly funny, lovely, charming, and gracious. I met a couple of Russians,Siberians, former-Crimeans, Ukranians and even Uzbekistans! Did you knowUzbekistan was a country? I sure as heck didn’t. Don’t even try to ask me where it’slocated. And just like me, they worried about how they were going to find a job, how to paytaxes, where they should rent an apartment and what the actual status of their relationship with that person…

Moscow at Dawn

Moscow– what a strange city! I arrived at the airport in the dead of night and popped in to  my capsule hotel, ready to catch a bit of sleep. I woke up a few hours later when it was still dark, eager to do a bit of touristing during my twelve hour layover in the city.The city was cold and quiet with hardly a person around. Honestly, it creeped me out a tad and I was like, this is totally the part where I get killed…

Baths and Markets: Budapest Day 4-6:

The time I spent in Budapest did truly fly. I can’t tell you how wonderful it was to wake up late, enjoy a cup of coffee around noon and then set out for a little miniadventure each day with Sam. Clearly, being incredibly lazy suits me. One day we’d pop up to the baths at Szechenyi, immersing ourselves in to the medicinal,thermal waters until our toes and fingers would get all wrinkly. Then the next day, we would setoff to the Central Market where it was food…

New York Cafe- Budapest Day 3

The New York Cafe, first opened in 1894, was a center for cultural musings,literature and conversation. It’s said that a particularly zealous cafe-goer stole thekeys to the cafe and threw them in to the Danube River so the cafe could be open fortwenty four hours a day, for everyone to enjoy. That guy had the right idea. The New York Cafe is a wonderful place to spend the day.Every part of the hall is covered with ornate decorations and paintings. And before youhave a second…

A Bike Ride Through Budapest- Day 2

Care to join me for a ride through Budapest? Here’s our guide, the lovely Sam. Hold on tight because there’s no slowing down withthis one! Our first stop is  Heroe’s Square. This is Vajahunyad Castle (try saying that 10 times fast!) It was built as part of the  millenial exhibition and includes all sorts of architectural pieces from different eras. Unfortunately no dragons or Prince Charming’s here but they did have a moat! The  whole time walking around it, I kept repeating, “It’s a castle.…

Travel Diary: A Panda In Budapest

After what may possibly be the longest flight ever, I’ve finally made it to Budapest!Seriously, I think I managed every cramped, sleep position possible. I truly feel foranyone over 5’4” and having to make it work in that tiny 3×3 sitting space. I arrived in Budapest late at night and was successfully dropped off at my friendSam’s apartment. It’s been almost a year since I last saw her back in New York soyou can imagine my excitement to finally see her again! Unfortunately jet lag…

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D and The Little Next Door

Have I introduced you to my boyfriend yet? He’s ever so dreamy, frequently save the  world and I could wash my clothes on his abs. Alright, so Brett Dalton’s not exactly my “boyfriend” (such a restricting term) but a girl likes to dream every now and then. Or drool in my case. If you’re in the Los Angeles area and a big fan of tv and anything nerdy like me, thePaleyfest is definitely worth checking out. It’s a huge “festival” celebrating some of themost popular tv…