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Roadtrip Round-up

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This is a sad time you guys. I've run out of road trip material to write about.  Sad, right? Well, my cross country road trip did give me enough content for over 6 weeks of posts. If you missed any posts, don't fret!  I've made it super easy for you to see all of the content from my 10-day trip below!  These are the places you can read about/really just look at pictures:

St. Louis, Missouri
Memphis, Tennessee
Cadillac Ranch, Texas
White Sands National Monument, New Mexico
Antelope Canyon, Arizona
Horseshoe Bend, Arizona
Bryce Canyon, Utah
Zion National Park, Utah
Valley of Fire, Nevada
Seven Magic Mountains, Nevada

I've laid out reasons to visit these places, the best places to go and even tips on what to bring on your next road trip and how to plan it.  For weeks now, people have been asking me what my favorite place to visit was.  After thinking about, I don't think I can just pick one.  There were great aspects of really everywhere we went.  St. Louis, was the biggest surprise of the trip.  You can read all about it.  It's a great city.  Memphis barbecue was better than I expected and I expected it to be so good.  Cadillac Ranch is pretty out of the way, unless you're driving on Route 66.  It is a really cool site and is interactive since you too can graffiti the cars.  White Sands was so picturesque and serene.  All you could see was sand for miles and you can't forget about the sledding.  Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe Bend, Bryce Canyon and Zion National Park are the perfect places to visit.  They are so breathtaking that you really just have to see them for yourself.  So what are you waiting for? Go check them out now!

Yours Truly // Shannon

Los Feliz Food Guide, Two.

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Los Feliz Food Guide - Shannon Did What?

I really can’t decide which street I prefer to eat on when it comes to Vermont Avenue versus Hillhurst Avenue in Los Feliz.  And yes, there are plenty of other streets to eat on in Los Feliz, but these two stand out as the main ones that make up the small city.  For dessert there is the epic battle between Jeni’s Ice Cream and Churro Burrough.  Or Sidewalk Grill versus Spitz when craving something from the Mediterranean.

MESSHALL KITCHEN
This local gastropub is a great places to stop at anytime of day.  They have a killer weekend brunch and delicious choices for dinner.  Tuesdays they have $1 Oysters and tacos and $5 draft beers.  The décor and theme is awesome as well.  Its like your transported back to summer camp all over again, this time with a great cocktail in hand.  I’m a sucker for their charcuterie and cheese board and the black kale salad.

LITTLE DOM’S
This place always seems to be booming with business.  A lot of people grab drinks here after work.  It’s a great place for date night or just if you’re craving some good Italian.  Get the grilled provoleta (who can say no to grilled cheese with chimichurri?) and rice balls to start.

YEN SUSHI
Yen Sushi is a tiny restaurant at the far end of the Albertson’s parking lot.  I’m pretty sure its tiny shoebox size only has like 10-15 tables, but oh is it delicious.  Everything that you order is so pretty when it arrives on your table.  Also they keep the chopsticks in a drawer on the side of the table.  I don’t know why I found this so cool.

COMMUNITY
I ate here the very first day I moved to Los Feliz.  Maybe it was that we were extremely tired and hungry after moving tons of boxes into my new apartment, but the lunch here was absolutely to die for.  Community is a tiny little restaurant with communal tables, which really just gives it that homey, friendly vibe.  Get the double bacon grilled cheese.  Yes, it’s as heavenly as it sounds.  They also have a great looking dinner menu.

SAN SUSHI
I ate here after eating at Yen Sushi across the street.  They could not be more opposite in the best way possible.  San Sushi is more minimalist, traditional and pure.  Yen was more like the modern, elaborate take on Sushi.  Both were delicious and ties in my book.

JENI'S SPLENDID ICE CREAM
Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams are all indeed splendid.  Scratch that, superb.  The second you walk through the door, you will be hit by the delicious smell of freshly baked cookies.  What you’re actually smelling is their freshly made, on-the-spot, waffle cones.  When you ask for samples, and you should ask for multiple, they give you an actual tiny metal spoon with your tasting.  Get the brambleberry crisp.  Don’t ask me what a brambleberry is, just trust me and get it.  You won’t regret it.

ALCOVE CAFE & BAKERY
You literally could come to Alcove any time of day and you would leave completely happy and full.  They offer a full brunch menu, as well as, lunch, dinner and drinks.  You get to sit outside on their patio that literally wraps around the building.  So come for weekend brunch (breakfast is served til 5pm) or grab a weeknight drink here.  Also, try as you might, but their cakes, pies, cookies and other baked goods are almost impossible to resist.

HOME RESTAURANT
Home is a cute little place to eat like Alcove.  Great for weekend brunch.  You could really not go wrong eating at either.  You will also get to sit outside on their patio.  It is indeed very homey.

SPITZ
Spitz is the resident Mediterranean food place on Hillhurst.  It's more street food than its rival, Sidewalk Grill, on Vermont.  Come for the street cart fries! Garlic aioli and feta cheese, yes please. They won’t disappoint.

There are so many delicious options to eat at on Hillhurst.  You can grab everything from breakfast to dessert or Italian to Japanese.  Check out my other Los Feliz Food Guide for Vermont Avenue, here.  You can decide for yourself which street has the better food!

Yours Truly // Shannon

Favorite LA Brunch Spots

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Brunch is arguably one of the best parts of the weekend.  You've probably seen some of these pictures if you follow my instagram. I've been doing tons of research for my first favorite brunch spots post.  I will gladly keep researching just to write these posts for you!  I know a lot of people may seek out bottomless style brunches, but I'm always on the hunt for great food and a pretty space to eat in.  Maybe one of these days I'll put together a strictly boozy brunch spot list, so stay tuned!  These here are a few of my favorite Los Angeles weekend brunch spots:

OLIVE & THYME

TOLUCA LAKE/BURBANK AREA
A favorite lunch spot of mine in Toluca Lake has quickly turned into one of my new favorite breakfast spots.  Come here to enjoy a delicious breakfast and tasty coffee in a bright and airy space.  You can even pick up gifts here from candles and gourmet chocolate to macaroons.

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SQIRL

SILVERLAKE AREA
Is it just me or every time you "Squirrel", you kind of shout it and immediately think of Disney movie Up?  Swirl with no 'u' is a tiny brunch spot in Silverlake.  Expect to wait in a long line or get here early since it is first come, first serve, but it's all worth it for their ricotta toast smothered in homemade fresh ricotta and a jam of your choosing. The sorrel rice bowls are amazing, too.  Don't forget to add bacon!

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THE HART & THE HUNTER

WEST HOLLYWOOD AREA
Located inside the Pali hotel on Melrose, it is pretty easy to miss this little gem.  It's a quaint little place to grab breakfast with friends.  Try the breakfast croquet madame.  It's the most rich and creamy, cheesy breakfast and so delicious.  Probably best to share with a friend!  They take reservations, by the way!

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WILLIE JANE

VENICE AREA
There are really so many great little eateries in the Venice and Abbot Kinney area, but I think Willie Jane deserves a shout out.  The quaint covered back patio is the perfect spot to enjoy some brunch.  The fried chicken and waffles has a little kick and super tasty.  The giant breakfast burger is amazing too [shown below].  Order the Kings Hawaiian cinnamon french toast sticks.  They need no explanation.  Oh ya and just a little perk, they do have bottomless mimosas here!

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COMMISSARY

KOREA TOWN AREA
The Commissary at the Line hotel is K-town is probably the prettiest of all the spaces on the list.  It is literally a functioning greenhouse and the food does not disappoint.  The hotel itself is really awesome, so you can explore a little to walk off that delicious breakfast.  Commissary gets 2 pictures because that greenhouse is just too pretty to not show.  Make a reservation here, they can get crowded.

I'm always on the hunt for new restaurants to try, so if you have any suggestions, send them my way!  I've got a whole list of places to try so like I said, stay tuned for PART TWO!  

Yours Truly // Shannon