Monthly Archives: June 2017

Top 5 Coffee Shops from our Trip to LA

If you haven’t noticed already, Jason and I are coffee people. When we go on vacations, coffee shops and stops are build into our itinerary.

So our trip in LA was not any different.

Here are our top picks:  

(In no particular order)

G&B Coffee: Grand Central Market: 

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Verve Coffee: Downtown LA

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Lord Windsor Coffee:  Long Beach

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Go Get ’em Tiger – Larchmont

IMG_0585Intelligentsia: Abbot Kinney (Venice)

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Local Highlight: Naples: Organically Twisted

HIGHLIGHTSo I think I am a little late on this game, but I am so excited to have finally tried Organically Twisted in Naples. SO AMAZING!

Seriously though, if you haven’t been there yet, get on it.

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According to their site,  their mission “started for the love of people, our earth, life, growing and creating food.”  This is very apparent in the  atmosphere and the vibes within the restaurant. Everyone we came across was very energetic and friendly, and had a big smiles all around.

The restaurant was covered in beautiful art, crystals, and plants, and reggae music boomed throughout. We received some great recommendations and ordered the Avo-Loco, “Avocado, roasted sweet potato, tomato, mixed greens with garbanzo-black bean salsa & cilantro sauce”  and the Mung Bean, “Mixed greens with mung beans, tortilla chips, tomato, sweet peppers and roasted sweet potato. Topped with salsa & a spicy cilantro sauce”. It was so refreshing to be able to order something healthy, organic, vegetarian, and local!

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The food was nothing short of delicious and VERY filling. We were also happy to see our favorite 221 Kombucha offered there too!

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They even had an adorable little kids table set up to entertain the kiddies! (How cute are those chairs?!)

Organically Twisted started out as a food truck and still serves out of the truck at various locations throughout the Naples area. They also have a permanent location on Livingston Rd. and are open Monday – Thursday 11am-6pm.

13040 Livingston Road #10 Naples, FL 34105

To see where they are at each weekend, follow them on their Facebook Page!

Organically Twisted is definitely one of my new favorite restaurants in Naples

Check it out!

All for now,

xoxox

Meg

Friday Night Cocktails with Jason

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For this week’s Friday Night Cocktail with Jason, we give you:

Rose Negroni

Recipe: 

1 oz Nolets Dry Gin for it’s amazing Rose notes

1oz Cocchi Vermouth di Torino

1oz Campari

2 Dashes of rose water to bring that aroma out

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Add to glass with large ice cube, or ice sphere. Stir for 20 seconds to properly dilute. Use a orange peel and twist over the drink to extract the oils

Then if you want to be fancy, you can try your hand at making a rose out of an orange peel. Use a toothpick to hold it all together.

Cheers!

xoxox

Meg

Travel Diary: LA: Hollywood and LACMA

Day two of our LA Adventure mostly consisted of playing tourists. Coffee, museums, and taking pictures of every Hollywood Star we recognized the names of.

We started off the day in Larchmont, where we grabbed a bite to eat and coffee at Go Get ‘Em Tiger. Jason said this one definitely one of his favorite stops in LA, as far as coffee goes. The shop was small but the coffee was EXACTLY what we needed. Plus, they had a really great staff who were willing to chat with us between serving their line of customers. Highly recommended.

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Larchmont was a really cute area and had a lot of offer. There were tons of little shops and restaurants to eat at. We spent some time that morning strolling down and window shopping, truly taking in the atmosphere.

After that we headed to LACMA, where we spent most of our day.

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Los Angeles County Museum of Art was huge, and beautiful. We honestly could have spent two whole days there looking at everything. IMG_0644 IMG_0636 IMG_0705IMG_0639

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We spent so much time there, that we forgot to eat lunch. This made for a very grumpy Meg, so we quickly headed to our next destination: FOOD.

We went to Mama Shelter, a hotel with a great rooftop restaurant and bar.

IMG_8963 IMG_8965The decor of the hotel was super funky and cool. When you walk into the bar downstairs, the ceilings are covered in art and there are huge foosball tables to play at. If we ever go back to LA, I would probably consider staying at this place because the atmosphere was awesome!

The only downside was that there was a LONG wait, and we were STARVING! So by the time we got to the table, we weren’t very happy campers. (If you ever try to get in anytime near sunset, get there EARLY!)  Once we got some food, a glass of champagne or two, and took in the view… our moods quickly changed. This place was beautiful, and the food was amazing!

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After getting some much needed energy, we headed into Hollywood to do the typical touristy thing. We saw the Hollywood Stars, Chinese Theatre, stuck our hands and feet where the stars did in the concrete… you know.

Screen Shot 2017-06-21 at 10.56.26 PMThe moment I saw Audrey’s Star, I ran over, sat down and put my hands right on it. I couldn’t believe she was actually right there at one moment in time. Audrey Hepburn is someone that I have looked up to since I was a little girl. Not only was she beautiful, but also beautifully kind and generous. I definitely had a moment right there on that star… and I was so incredibly happy to be there.

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In general, Jason and I were not huge fans of this area. It reminded us of Times Square, but we liked it a lot less..  There were lots of people, it was kind of dirty, and a little overwhelming. Once we saw the sights, we quickly headed back home for some rest.

Next Up, Day 3 in Venice and Santa Monica, and couple of ghost stories… 😉 

All for now,

xoxox

Meg

 

How to Disney

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Yes, I am one of those people. I love Disney! Being a Florida resident has its perks. The parks are not too far away, and I am fortunate enough to have an annual pass. I have most definitely been to Disney more times than I can count. So, here’s a couple of recommendations from an expert 😉

1. Pack food.

Most of the time, we go to Disney on a tight budget. Because we have annual passes, our tickets are already paid for, and parking is included. Often times we will go on a whim, knowing that it won’t be too much of a financial burden if we do it right. To stay on budget, Jason and I usually pack our own food. We grab a backpack that’s insulated, pack up some sandwiches, snacks, and waters. That way, you’re not spending as much money in the parks. Plus, it’s much healthier! My favorite picnic spot in Magic Kingdom is actually on Main Street. There’s a great little pocket that has a few tables with umbrellas on the right-hand side. (And yes, you’re allowed to bring food into the parks. Make sure any drinks are sealed up though!)

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2. Schedule your fast passes (and well in advance)

Fast passes allow you to plan your day out ahead of time, up to 30 days in advance. If you want to get on really popular rides like Seven Dwarfs Mine Train in Magic Kingdom or the new Frozen ride in Epcot, you’ll want to schedule that exactly at the 30 day mark, otherwise you’ll be waiting an hour or more for these rides. (PS- you’ll want to make dining reservations too if you want to have any sit down meals. Often times sit-down restaurants are all booked up by the time you get in the parks.) Better to plan ahead!

3. Know the photo spots.

Two things: The best place to get a photo by the castle? Go all the way down Main Street, hang left, then turn right up towards the castle, you’ll find a great, clear spot to take a photo. Epcot? Head towards guest services, it’ll be easier to get a photo with the great big golf ball back there than in the front. (Also, you can get a good one by the bridges in Italy while you’re in the World Showcase!)

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4. Remember, there is more to Disney than the parks

Disney is full of awesome activities and places to see, even outside the parks. There’s Disney Springs, The Boardwalk, ESPN Wide World of Sports, lots of spas, Typhoon Lagoon, Blizzard Beach, Golf Courses, and even the resorts. You can go spy some animals at the Animal Kingdom Lodge, or head over to Chip ‘n’ Dale’s Campfire Sing-Along show is at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Campground. You can even watch movies under the stars at multiple Disney resorts. Imagine afternoon tea at The Grand Floridian? A Kitchen Sink sundae at Beaches & Cream Soda Shop? Yes, please!

5. Character Dining

If you have little ones, I highly recommend doing Character Dining.  There’s multiple options across the parks, with various characters. Make sure you look up the characters ahead of time, the last thing you want to do is book a character experience with characters you aren’t really that fond of. (And YES, you must book this in advance, and make sure to get there early, even if you have a reservation.) Character dining is a little more expensive, but great one-on-one time. You don’t typically get a lot of that by simply waiting in line for a photo with the characters.

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6. Magic Bands

If you’re going to Disney multiple times or for more than just a day, do yourself a favor and get some Magic Bands. They are so much easier than digging out your ticket every time you want to use a fastpass. Also, set up your photopass (free for annual pass holders) and link it to your band. Some rides have special videos that link to your band/app automatically. Don’t miss out on capturing the memories!

7. Eat a dole whip.

Just do it.

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8. Fireworks

Yes, Magic Kingdom has some magical fireworks with the the castle in the background. However, some of the other parks have amazing firework shows. Some of my favorites are are Fantasmic in Hollywood Studios and Illuminations in Epcot.

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9. Ladies:

You can get SUPER cute ears on Ebay, and don’t underestimate the power of a dress in a theme park as far as breeze goes.

10. Staying on property with little ones?

When you check in, ask for a wake up call from the man Mickey himself! (totally free)

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PRO TIPS:

 Pack hand sanitizer that smells good to make you feel good. Take an Emergen-C, and an Echinacea pill each day to keep from getting sick. Pack sunscreen, and a first aid kit… you don’t want to pay park prices for those necessities. Stretch each morning and night before and after you do a ton of walking. If you’re staying overnight, bring Epsom salt to soak your feet in at night.

You’re welcome.

All for now,

xoxoxo

Meg

Travel Diary: LA: West Hollywood & Beverly Hills

Hey folks! Jason and I finally made the big trip out to the West Coast, and I am finally sorting through our photos from May.  (Sorry! Life happens!) So here it is, our California Adventure:

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While in California, we stayed at a friend’s cute little studio in Long Beach. (Shout out to Dana! Thanks, girl!)IMG_8815

Before hitting the LA traffic, we wanted to find some much needed coffee and ended up finding our favorite coffee spot from our whole trip. (We came back multiple times!)

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Lord Windsor had a super friendly staff, and a beautiful atmosphere. And the coffee? top notch.

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After that, we headed off to eat some breakfast with Dana at this cute little spot called The Attic. We needed some good comfort breakfast food after such a long flight, and The Attic was the perfect spot. Great outdoor seating with a fire going, and good company. We couldn’t have asked for a better morning. (PS- LA was cold. Like… in the 50s. For a Florida baby, it was a little too cold for my liking. Isn’t it supposed to be SPRING?!)

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After that we went over to get our rental car. (Just about the only thing exciting about turning 25 is that you can rent a rental car without extra fees, and Jason actually got to do it! His birthday was on the day we flew out to LA)

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Jason had to catch up on some work the first day, so we went to another coffee shop in West Hollywood.

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Alfred Coffee (In the Alley) was really adorable and was a great little work space, but we have to admit… the coffee wasn’t all too great. This was one of the shops that was highly recommended when researching coffee spots in LA, so we were a little disappointed.

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This place was actual paradise. Seriously, when I immagine my dream tropical getaway hotel, this is exactly what it looks like. Lots of pink, lots of greenery, a beautiful pool, a tasty lunch… The Beverly Hills hotel had it all.  We ate outside by the pool and had a delicious lunch with a great friend.

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I was so excited we were able to see a few friends while we were in town… So happy I got to see this beautiful girl!

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After lunch we hopped over to Montage Beverly Hills Hotel for Happy Hour drinks at The Garden Bar. This place was just about as gorgeous as the last, and the cocktails were amazing!

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For sunset, we made the trek up to The Griffith Observatory. (And you bet we played the La La Land soundtrack all the way up the mountain.)  This was actually one of the most magical parts of our whole trip. The view and the sunset made the whole hike from the car worth it.

Best date ever, to say the least

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If you’re wondering, yes it’s worth it to stand in line to look through the telescope. Super cool experience.

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If you’re planning on going to The Griffith, get there early! This will help make your hike a little shorter. (But also make sure you stay for sunset because, like I said, it’s magical.)

To end the night, we had dinner at this delicious plant-based Mexican restaurant called Gracias Madre.  If you’re in the area, I would highly recommend checking out this restaurant, and their cocktails.

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And that was Day One of our LA adventure.

More to come,

xoxoxo

Meg

Friday Night Cocktails with Jason

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