Hey guys! Scott and I are headed back to Los Angeles today to celebrate his 30th birthday. I KNOW! BIG DEAL! I haven’t been back to our old hood of Culver City since October, so I am extra excited. We’re catching up with fraaaanz at our favorite pizza & beer joint on Friday, then heading to the lovely Solvang on Saturday. But wait, there’s more! We’re going to see Louis C.K. live at the LA Forum on Sunday, Scott’s actual birthday. Whew! Should be a good time. Keep up with with our trip on Instagram, and in the meantime, scroll down to view our pics from Scott’s birthday at Disneyland last year! The captions are full of me pretty much yelling with excitement. It was magical.
Okay, my favorite things go like this. Scott, then corgis, then popcorn, then cheese. And I think wine and IPAs are in there somewhere. And queso. And guac. Okay there’s a bunch, but let’s move on to the point of this post. CHEESE! Scott and I made a visit to a new-ish cheese shop near our hood in LA, Wheel House. It’s a cute little spot filled with meats, charcuterie, olives, crackers, jams, and of course, CHEESE! Need a gift for mom this weekend? Cheese. Need a platter for a party? Cheese. We were a bit overwhelmed looking at the large selection of goodies. Blues, Bries, hard cheeses, soft cheeses. Oh good lawd, I was in paradise. Thankfully there were a couple very nice cheesemongers happy to steer us in the right direction. (Thanks Ben and Noble!) Ben let us try a few different cheeses and schooled us on the origin and how they were made. We ordered the Moses Sleeper brie-style and Bayley Hazen Blue from Jasper Hill, along with the Manchego-like Malvarosa from Spain. Shout out to Valencia and Vermont for making some dang good cheese! They were so amazing. Though we took our cheeses to go, we plan to come back to enjoy a cheese, meat and/or Paté board on their patio. By the way, my patio pic is a bit outdated. Their outdoor space now looks like this! So cool. Wheel House is in the process of getting their license to sell beer and wine (hopefully by next month!), but in the meantime you can bring your own wine. There’s no corkage fee and no need to bring glasses—they have you covered! Ben insisted that beer and cheese make a good couple, so I can’t wait to come back to get his recommendations. Wheel House also offers classes so be sure to sign up for their emails to get first dibs. Next time you’re in the mood for cheese, visit Wheel House. And bring a date!
We noshed on fluffy beignets and perfectly toasted thick bread slathered with an egg, smashed avocado, pickled red onions and Sriracha sauce. #Nom indeed. It was the best avocado toast I’ve ever had. Follow Free Range on Instagram to see where they’ll be next, and stop by the new Coffee Commissary in Palms/Culver City to get your caffeine fix. Who knows, maybe you’ll run into some really cool people there. Hi Adam!
Last Saturday was National Ice Cream for Breakfast Day, arguably the most important holiday of the year. Just kidding. Kind of. Scott and I took this opportunity to visit Coolhaus, a gourmet ice cream spot born from the inventive minds of two gals from Los Angeles.
The story goes the co-founders bought a postal van on Craigslist, tricked it out with their love of design and architecture, then drove it to Coachella where they wowed festivalgoers with their delicious funky flavors like Avocado & Sea Salt, Sweet Potato Marshie, Fried Chicken Maple Waffle, Fruit Loop Cereal Milk, Grapefruit Tarragon & Gin and Nutella Almond. They now have trucks in LA, New York, Austin & Dallas and two storefronts—one in Culver City and the other in Pasadena. I’d like to be friends with these girls. Hey Natasha & Freya, call me!
Enjoy the pics, then go find a local shop, truck or retailer to get your sugar fix. P.S. If you missed celebrating National Ice Cream for Breakfast Day, I won’t judge you for making up for it the rest of the month.
Scott and I celebrated two years of dating last Monday. He’s super fun. And super cute. I love him. Anyway! We started the day with brunch at Akasha in Culver City. Scott loves their pour over coffee and breakfast sandwich and I MUST HAVE their cold brew and salmon bagel plate.
After fueling up, we took the Metro downtown. I’m newly obsessed with the train. HOW CONVENIENT! HOW EASY! HOW FUN! I love watching the city pass by while people-watching the Angelenos who hop on and off. Where are you going?! Where did you come from?!
We ran into a friend fresh off the train, which made us feel really cool and Los Angeles-ish. (Hi Allie!)
We darted around downtown, running around like kids at recess. There is so much to see! I spent a lot of time wishing I had three hands to juggle my camera, iPhone and iced green tea from Sustain Juicery.
After a shortcut through the Los Angeles Public Library, we marveled at the beauty and coolness of Angel’s Flight Railway and the little park next to it that starred in 500 Days of Summer. So ridiculously cool. Downtown is such an oasis. I can imagine the people who work there appreciate being able to walk outside to enjoy the sun, fresh air and peaceful surroundings.
Our only planned stop for the day was the Museum of Contemporary Art. Andy Warhol’s exhibit “Shadows” runs through February 15, and the other exhibits in the permanent collection are quite interesting to look at as well. Monday was a great day to visit because we nearly had the place to ourselves. If you go (and you should!) take the stairs down to the Learning Lounge. It’s sponsored by Dwell, Hermann Miller and Design Within Reach, and was designed by Christopher C. Deam. Neat neat neat neat.
After artsy-fartsying around, Scott had the genius plan to walk to City Hall for a view. On the way, I had a happy attack at the site of the Walt Disney Concert Hall. It’s unbelievable.
When we reached City Hall, we took a gold elevator up to the 27th floor where we were blown away by the amazing views of LA. A touch of vertigo tends to send me spinning when I’m around tall buildings or heights, but the incredible view was worth it. Yowza.
When we returned to ground level, we passed through Little Tokyo on the way to Wurstküche, where the brauts and brews are drool-worthy. The weather was perfect for sitting on the patio and our feet enjoyed the break.
After lunch, we wandered into a couple stores next door, Poketo and Apolis. I’m a big fan of both. (I’ll post more about Poketo later this month.) Apolis offered us refreshing iced tea and strong coffee when we stopped in. Thanks guys! Since we were so close to Angel City Brewery, we haaaaaad to visit. Scott and I love the people, board games, Cornhole and of course, beer. Check out their tours Thursdays through Sundays and definitely sign up for their newsletter to get the scoop on all their fun happenings.
Photo by Scott Rowan
We hopped the train back to Culver City and ended our day of adventure at A-Frame. It was exactly what I wanted. The vibe was super chill, the lights were dim and the drinks and Furikake Kettelcorn were suuuuh good. The resto is about to morph into a Hawaiian paradise (new menu out on Feb. 13), which means you can bet we’ll be regulars.
Do not go to the mall, my fellow Culver City-ans! Every perfect present you need to pick up for your friends and fam is right under your nose! Here is my go-to guide for where to pick up the best gifts in Culver City. Continue Reading