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.
Remember that time I went to Silver Lake and walked around with three neato people drinking iced coffee, dipping in and out of shops, eating brunch, laughing over Mimosas (not at Mimosas—I would NEVER), drooling over puppies at the dog park (GIMME) and swearing I would get back in shape (I haven’t) after almost passing out when walking up a steep set of stairs? No? Oh that’s right, because I haven’t told you about it yet! Well I did do all of these things and they were haaaamazing.
I live on the Westside of LA, so of course I never make it to Silver Lake on the Eastside. But Eastside peeps never come over here either so it’s like totally fine. We have an understanding. I always hear how cool Silver Lake is though, so I made it a point to lure Scott into the car to meet a couple of wild and crazy gals for a day of hanging in Silver Lake. We started with brunch at Barbrix, where they offer $8 bottomless Mimosas and free advice (and $1 oysters at the bar on Mondays!)
After brunch, we went for a walk around the Reservoir and witnessed a surprise birthday party where the bday girl cried when spotting her friends. Awww, you guys!! We were also treated to an incredible view after hoofing it up the The Mattachine Steps, named after gay rights activist Harry Hay.
Lawson-Fenning – Glorious home decor items. There’s a location on Melrose too!
1618 Silver Lake Blvd.
Mon-Sat 11-6, Sun 11-5MUSH – So many great items in here. Jewelry, candles, incense matches, a Vespa rocker.
1617 Silver Lake Blvd.
Mon-Fri 11-6, Sat 11-6, Sun 11-5OK – Books galore, clever kitchen items, cool home necessities. There’s a location on West Third too!
1716 Silver Lake Blvd.
Mon-Sun 11-6Yolk – Stationary, kiddie clothes & toys, books, candles, SO MUCH COOL CALIFORNIA STUFF. Need. Need.
1626 Silver Lake Blvd.
Mon 12-6, Tue-Fri 11-7, Sat 10-7, Sun 11-6While wandering the colorful streets of Silver Lake, we stumbled upon a building that resembled a spaceship. Larissa had heard of the building before so she confidently ducked her head and walked right in… while Scott, Caitlin and I slowly stepped inside wondering if this was the end. Spoiler alert: It wasn’t. The building is called the Domus Shelter and was brought to life by Materials and Applications. According to the Materials and Applications website, “engineering of Domus is a study of low cost architecture design for present day and future disaster zones and based on Hexayurt Shelter System.” Once inside the Domus, you can sit down and look up at an LED chandelier that glows in response to real-time seismic data. Basically, it’s super cool. You can find out more here.
Our squad (I’ve been dying to use that word!) made our way to Sunset Junction. There are so many great places to visit here. Intelligentsia is a must of course, but in your caffeine haze don’t miss the most amazing flower shop called Clementine. First of all, it’s just so dang adorable. Secondly, the flowers are gorgeous! It’s a wonderful place to lift your spirits… and perhaps pick up a gift to lift someone else’s.
The Cheese Store of Silver Lake was about to close, but they were kind enough to let us take a quick peek at their goods. Wowza. This place is a cheese, wine and fancy food lovers dream. We’ll be back.
I’m trying really hard not to start this sentence with “We wanted to spice things up, so went to The Spice Station.” It’s not going well, sorry. Walk down a path to find a gourmet shop filled (filled!) with salts, sugars, spices, chiles and teas. There’s a peaceful little spot outside where you can sit and take it all in.
We ended our tour of Silver Lake with some ridiculously good gelato at Pazzo Gelato, grub at Hyperion Public and a beer at The Red Lion Tavern, one of Scott’s favorite watering holes. Now it’s one of mine too. How have I not been here?! The pics I snapped weren’t so snazzy, but you’ll just have to trust me. This place is special.
Who needs dry land when ya got boats, you guys?! Scott and I took a short trip down the road to Marina Del Rey to celebrate Memorial Day and our friend Jenni’s birthday. (Hi Jenni!) We met a group of pals at the Fisherman’s Village, a cute little spot with shops, restaurants and a lighthouse. (It’s also known for being the former home to a famous banana stand.) We all chipped in to rent a boat from Marina Del Rey Boat Rentals. At only $15 per person, it was quite the deal! We spent a couple hours cruising around the Marina, snacking, sipping and waving at fellow boaters and paddle boarders. There were some shimmies involved too. And bows. And Rosé. If you’re ever in the area, grab some friends, pack a cooler and get ready to squeal and giggle at a few seals. Pro tip: Do not leave a cup of Rosé resting on the table. It will fall over into your lap.
Scott and I recently went to watch a movie at the historic Hollywood Forever Cemetery. This is one of my favorite things to do in LA. Like, the best. Cinespia is the awesome company that puts on these really well organized events. Every May, they release a line-up of movies that are so good, they usually sell out within a week or two. We’ve been to see Scream (where the audience screamed in unison), Back to the Future and now, Animal House. Here are my favorite things about movies at Hollywood Forever Cemetery:
Food and dranks: You should definitely pack a picnic, blankets, a tarp to put under your blanket, pillows and wine and/or beer. We saw a group of peeps making Sangria while waiting in line. My heroes. Read up on some other good tips here.
People-watching paradise: The people who attend these events are super friendly, fun and usually dressed in some sort of costume. Scott and I wore togas and we spotted a few College tees. I wish I could stare at everyone in line without them thinking I’m a total weirdo. (I am.)
Comfy: As long as you bring a hoodie and some blankets (it gets cold), you’re all set! There isn’t a bad place to sit… unless you’re sitting in the Porta Potties, which are surprisingly clean! Scott and I usually get there 30-45 minutes early so we can nab a spot front and center. It’s my favorite spot, but even if you’re in the back, you’re good. The film is projected onto a huge wall of a mausoleum and the speakers ensure you can hear every line. (Unless you’re chomping on crackers.) Oh, and there are live DJs and a slide show of beautiful vintage movie posters from Film Art Gallery to entertain you while you get your picnic and blanket situation set up.
Easy to get there: Some people do the whole parking thing, but Scott and I like to Uber. No parking, no problem! Plus if we have a couple glasses of wine, we know we’re safe Ubering back home. Don’t drink and drive, duh.
Visit the Cinespia website to buy tickets to upcoming movies (only $15!), and definitely sign up for their newsletters to be the first to know. Check out Hollywood Forever’s site to see what bands are performing there… another fantastic LA must.
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!