Griffith Park-8

The View from Here

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.

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Kali-8

Going Back to Kali

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.

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Le Relais De l'Entrecôte

French Invasion

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.

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Nob Hill Home

TRAVEL NOTES: SAN FRANCISCO

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.

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Battery San Francisco

The Coolest Hotel In San Francisco

Welcome to The Battery

First and foremost, The Battery is a private club, a fact I quickly learned last week when I strutted in like I owned the place, camera in tow, ready to bring you on an exclusive tour of an art-centric luxury, boutique hotel. I did not hide my embarrassment when I was quickly corrected by reception, though surprisingly minus the attitude of other private (and more ahem British) establishments, and thankfully wasn’t made to feel worse than I already did.

And I somehow talked my way into a private tour of the hotel floor. You’re welcome.

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OJai Valley Inn & Spa

Ojai Valley Inn & Spa

If you haven’t ever been to Ojai, do I have the weekend getaway for you! Last weekend, in desperate need of a little time out from normal life, The Mister and I headed north, making our first stop at the incredible Ojai Valley Inn & Spa for one night. But one night was enough to re-center, refocus and ultimately feel like I had a mini vacation. Get yourself there immediately!

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