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Apple Picking + Fall Feels

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It’s finally starting to feel a little bit like fall here in Los Angeles.  I swear Global Warming has been roaring its angry head for the past couple of weeks here because it has been crazy hot!  It’s hard to get into the holiday spirit when there’s an actual heat wave in effect.  All I want to do is put on some boots and a cozy jacket.  It’s nice that the weather has started to cool down a bit making it actually feel like the holidays are coming.  And I found the perfect activity to get all of my fall feels.

I’ve been dying to go apple picking for a few years now.  It’s silly but I have some vivid memories of going as a kid with my cousin and our moms.  It just seems like such the fall activity to do.  But take note, the time to go apple picking is in September and October! I went the other weekend and there was only one orchard that still had apples to pick and there were literally only 4 rows to choose from.  C’est le vie - we picked a few apples each and had a great time doing it.  Ever heard of an Arkansas black apple?  Ya, me neither, but I have a few still sitting on my counter and they’re delicious.

There are a ton of Apple orchards in an area called Oak Glen. Oak Glen is about an hour and a half east of Los Angeles and let me tell you, it is like a whole other world even though its only a short drive away.  As we started to drive into the San Bernardino mountains, the temperature drastically dropped, like 20 degrees dropped, the streets were lined with rows of trees and the air smelled crisp.  Even if you decide to go here after all the apple picking is said and done, it is completely worth it.  They have tons of cute stores and restaurants and is a great way to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. They also do berry and pumpkin picking depending on the time of year. 

Google apple picking in Oak Glen to find all of the different places you can go to and out what they're offering!  We stopped by Riley’s Apple Farm (different from Riley’s Farm), Willowbrook Apple Farm and Los Rios Rancho.  There are at least 10 farms all along Oak Glen Road.

If you head out there, be sure to grab a fresh apple cider (I went with the cold version). It is deliciously tart and naturally sweet and to die for.  Don't forget a caramel apple, apple butter or a freshly baked pastry.

And in the spirit of Thanksgiving, I'm just feeling all sorts of grateful for the crazy blessed life I have. I'm so appreciative for all of my amazing family and friends and all of the opportunities I’m afforded. Hope you all have a wonderfully delicious Thanksgiving and have tons of things to be grateful for like I do! 

Yours Truly // Shannon

LA Summer Bucket List

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LA Summer Bucket List - Shannon Did What?

LOS ANGELES SUMMER BUCKET LIST

   
Visit the LACMA Lights
    Listen to Jazz at LACMA
    Hike to the Hollywood Sign
    Screening at Hollywood Forever Cemetery
    Explore the Sunken City
    Go to a Drive-in Movie Theater
    Explore the Getty Villa
 > Watch a concert at the Hollywood Bowl
    Go on a Malibu Wines Safari
    Try Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream
>  Go to the Downtown LA Flower Mart
    Go Strawberry Picking
    Experience a Silent Disco
    Go to Daybreaker
    Go to Royce’s Arcade for free Saturday play
    Experience DTLA Skyspace LA Slide
    Attend a KCRW summer nights
>  Shop at the Rose Bowl Flea Market
    Have a tea party at Alfred Tea
    Explore the Melrose Trading Post
>  Tour Dodger Stadium
    Go camping
    Hike at Runyon Canyon
>  Have a Beach Bonfire

 

As summer is fast approaching, I’m starting to try to plan out my weekends with as many fun activities as possible.  I tried to come up with some popular LA experiences I’ve never done and some more unique ideas.  It’s funny I’ve lived in Los Angeles my whole life and I’ve never hiked to the Hollywood Sign or done Runyon.  I think as a native you don’t grow up doing the touristy things, so I’ve added those to my list.  I’ve already started on a few of these and everything has not disappointed.  Those ones are checked off with a >, like my tour of Dodger Stadium, which you can read about here!

I think seeing a movie at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, eating Liquid Nitrogen ice cream, and afternoon tea at Alfred Coffee’s new place Alfred Tea are at the top of my list right now.  I’d probably even add Malibu Wines Safari to that list as well.  So excited to get started on the rest of my Los Angeles Summer Bucket List.  Hope it gives you some fun ideas to do this summer too!

Yours Truly // Shannon

Anaheim Packing District

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Working in the entertainment industry is a great thing during the holidays because we get 2 weeks off!  I know its not the entire entertainment industry, but I think a grand majority of us get a much needed vacation during the last 2 weeks of the year.  I mean do you think actors really want to be working on movies or tv shows during this time? Nope! Which is why everything shuts down.  Sorry if it sounds like I’m rubbing it in your face, if you don’t have the days off, I’m just so excited about it!

I’ve been wanting to go to the Anaheim Packing District, specifically the Anaheim Packing House, for a while now.  The Anaheim Packing House is a giant food hall that is actually a restored and renovated Sunkist Packing house.  I’m not really sure how I heard about it first, but seeing pictures of the interiors and the food made it look amazing and it didn’t disappoint.  Granted I couldn’t try eveything during my visit, I don’t think you can go wrong with any choice here.  I rounded up the must-trys in my two favorite categories, sweets and cheese, for your next visit:

Sweets:

POPSICLES - The Pop Bar is the coolest idea to hit the dessert scene.  You choose your popsicle [ice cream, gelato or sorbet] and choose to eat it naked or dipped or drizzled in chocolate and toppings.  Not only is it awesome, it’s oh so pretty!  My concoction is pictured below.

CREPES - Crepes are both fun to watch being made and eat. Grab a coffee or tea here while you’re at it!

WAFFLE SANDWICHES - Waffles and sandwiches don’t seem like they go together until you make it to the Iron Press.  They have 24 local and imported beers on tap and savory and sweet waffle sandwiches, yum.

HANDMADE ICE CREAM - If you’re craving a frozen sweet, there is no shortage here, but Hans’ Handmade Ice Cream offers onsite homemade ice creams and some great flavors like maple bacon.

CANDY - If you head downstairs, the first thing you'll see if an assortment of colorful candy jars.  Have at it!

Cheese, Please:

GRILLED CHEESE BAR - The Black Sheep Grilled Cheese bar is literally heaven.  You can’t go wrong with any option here.  It also might take you forever to choose because literally everything on the menu looks delish.

GOAT CHEESE NAAN - This naan from Adya is stuffed with Laura Chenel Chrevre and black pepper.  I really don’t think you can go wrong with goat cheese and naan together.

CHEESE CURDS - The only hard part at Kroft is deciding whether to waste calories on the cheese curds or poutine.

Like I said I couldn't try all the food I wanted here, but I will definitely be making another trip down to the Anaheim Packing House.  It only took a little under an hour to drive down from LA.  Not too bad of a trip.  Check out the Anaheim Packing District, here.

Yours Truly // Shannon