Wednesday, October 7, 2015

L.A. for a Weekend

Has it really been over a month since I last posted here? Oops. During that time I moved apartments, made a lot of trips to IKEA, yelled at West Elm's customer service many times, and started cooking again! Good times.

More importantly, the bf and I went down to LA and Newport Beach last weekend to attend a friend's wedding, and everything was so perfect-- the weather, the wedding, the food...

Looking up right after parking the car

Gjusta's gorgeous open space

Baklava croissant at Gjusta

Pizza at Gjelina

Pretty water and paddle boarders at Laguna Beach 

The loveliest lunch at Las Brisas in Laguna Beach

Sunset views from the Pelican Hill Resort in Newport Beach

Once our trip was booked, the first item I put on my list was Gjelina. I'd been wanting to try it since my last visit down to LA over a year ago. Although I couldn't get a reservation, we were lucky enough to be seated pretty quickly. I love that the pizza is served with a side plate of chili peppers, parmesan, and oregano, and I plan to do that when I make pizza at home later this month.

Gjusta was perfect for an early breakfast after our flight arrived LAX at 7am. This spacious juice bar/deli/bakery is beautiful, with skylights and an open kitchen, while the outdoor area is just as charming. I really wanted to stay put all morning there. The baklava croissant is a must-try!

We had the loveliest lunch with my aunt at Las Brisas, an upscale Mexican restaurant in Laguna Beach. The best window seats are given on a first come first serve basis, so make sure to go early! The steak salad tostada was so good-- juicy, tender, huge.

Our friends' wedding at Pelican Hill Resort was beyond amazing. Every detail, every dress the bride wore, and the delicious food... (mac and cheese! lobster corn dog!). The hotel is massive, and felt like a Las Vegas hotel but in a very good way. Water, sunset, greenery. Can't beat that!

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