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Where To Eat in Venice Beach, California

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I’ve been living in Portland for about 3.5 months now and I am most definitely getting homesick for my friends + all the local spots I found during my time living next to Venice Beach.

Moving to a new city is HARD. Not only is it difficult to make new friends, but also discovering your local gems all over again. So for today, I made a little list of all of my favourite places to eat in Venice, California. Bookmark it for your next trip! (more…)

Travel Guide: Santa Barbara, California

Santa-Barbara

Santa Barbara is the perfect little weekend getaway from our place in LA. We made the trip earlier this summer because one of our favourite bands – Of Monsters and Men were playing a show at The Santa Barbara Bowl. So we packed up our car and our bikes and decided to make a weekend out of it!

Getting There – Paul and I drove from Los Angeles which can take anywhere from 2-3 hours depending on traffic. If you’re leaving from LA, you want to get out of the city before 3 PM or wait until after 7 PM because traffic can be oh-so-brutal. To avoid this altogether, you can take the Surfliner train that goes right into the heart of Santa Barbara.

Hotel-Indigo-Santa-Barbara-Review

Where To StayHotel Indigo Santa Barbara is a charming little boutique hotel with small, modern, European-style rooms in the heart of The Funk Zone. You are a 5-minute walk to the ocean, art galleries, wineries and all the shops on State Street. If you want to park your car and bike around all weekend, this is a great spot.

The drawbacks here are that the small rooms and the fact that it is close to the train tracks and construction. However, if you’re on a budget and looking for a prime location – Hotel Indigo would be a choice spot. Keep in mind that ‘budget’ in Santa Barbara can be $250+ a night.

If you’re seeking luxury, I would choose The Four Seasons Santa Barbara.Β This is one of my all-time favourite Four Seasons properties. Rooms range from $600-800 a night and this former Biltmore Hotel has a huge swimming pool + beach club near the ocean. If you can’t afford to stay here, go for brunch or drinks on their oceanfront patio.Β For mid-range, check out The Canary Hotel by Kimpton. I haven’t stayed there, but I hear really good things.

Santa-Barbara-Public-Market

Hit the MarketΒ – As soon as we dropped our bags at our hotel, we hopped on our bikes and headed to The Santa Barbara Public MarketΒ to stock up on fruit, snacks and lunch! I opted for a homemade pasta dish Eat Love Pasta and Paul went for a Philly Cheesesteak from Belcampo Meat Co. It’s always lovely to visit with each of the local purveyors and try a few new things. (more…)

Big Gay Ice Cream Shop

Big Gay Ice Cream Shop

Big Gay Ice Cream started out as a gourmet ice cream truck with luxurious and over-the-top flavours. The mobile eatery became such a hit that they have now opened TWO Big Gay Ice Cream Shops in the West and East Village in New York City.

Serious props to the owners of Big Gay Ice Cream for elevating the humble ice cream truck and taking it to the next level. So what do you order when you get there? (more…)