A Jaunt through East London
I finally made it to East London—not an east feat when I always make my home base in South West London! But this is where the new and cool are flocking, and it was well worth a walking tour for the grit-meets-glam vibe. The walls are splashed with colorful art and the shops are decked out with vintage chandeliers and cutting-edge design, while around every corner there seems to be a hot new restaurant begging for you to take a seat at the table. Sound a lot like Downtown LA? It is. And that’s a very good thing.
An Interactive Pop Up at Old Spitalfields Market, London
I’m just back from a week in the UK and you really couldn’t knock the smile off my face. The trip was for business, but of course I had to stay a few extra days to play. You know, work/life balance and all that. While I love sharing aspirational places and fabulous hotels (and believe me, I have tons to come!), I wanted to kick off this London series with a little instant gratification. My client and I had brunch reservations on her last day near the Old Spitalfields Market and happened to stumble upon the very first Not on the High Street two-day interactive pop up market. Such luck!
Hiking Griffith Park
You can’t eat your way through Los Angeles long before it starts to catch up with you, so this past weekend when my very outdoorsy brother-in-law visiting from the East Coast suggested we go for a hike, I decided to suck it up and get moving. Besides, every time I hike, I remember what David Duchovny said as his character Jeremy on “Sex and the City” when Carrie went to visit him in the insane asylum, “Hiking…is just walking.” Crazy or not, hiking we went.
I’ve been getting ready for bikini season by pretty much eating my way through spring. But there’s a new amazing restaurant popping up on every corner of LA and well, everything tastes better than skinny feels!
A couple of weeks ago we had an impromptu date night at Kali, which opened just down the street from where we live. The chef is formerly of Cafe Pinot (and his underground dining club Kali Dining), and his partner was the former wine director of Providence. My point? Prepare for greatness. We called last minute and lucky for us, they squeezed us in for an early dinner, and thus began our five course tasting adventure.
Le Relais de l’Entrecôte Opens in Los Angeles
It rained all weekend, which always slows down the pace of LA in a good way. We decided to go on a little travel adventure without leaving town in the form of a leisurely Parisian-style lunch at the newly opened Le Relais de l’Entrecôte—as in, it’s been open one week.
San Francisco! What a city. Small enough that it’s walkable (if you don’t mind the hills), yet big enough to have very distinct neighborhoods with some of the best cuisine in the world. I’ve been lucky to spend quite a bit of time here, but we were far overdue for a visit. Last weekend, The Mister had a conference, so after one night in Ojai, we popped up for a quick two nights. Here is a little update on what I’m loving right now.