Unsolicited fact about me: This is how I start every 4th of July.
Earlier this week, my coworker Ben walked in on me eating a pb&j uncrustable in my office (yes, I bought the multipack in the ‘kids meals’ aisle at Target, and yes, I have no kids). He told me that he makes pb & honey ones for his daughter who hates jelly, and I said I’ve never had that combo before. This morning, he made an extra sandwich for me when he packed his kid’s lunch! He even cut the crust off lol!
(I’ve also never had wagyu beef, white albino caviar, or fourchu lobster if anyone reading this wants to bring me something, too.)
Jessie’s birthday BBQ (@ Grand Ole BBQ Flinn Springs)
I missed pre-BBQ beers at Alpine because of stupid LA traffic, but I made it before they sold out of ribs this time! Can all my friends celebrate their birthdays here??? I would get on the 405 during rush hour for
Fuck, can I get pregnant from this??? (@ Slab BBQ)
Slab has been on my BBQ bucket list, but they usually sell out by the time I get off work. I’ve been sick at home for the past couple of days, so I finally went for lunch today. They usually don’t serve beef ribs on weekdays, but today was my lucky day! I’ve been following them on instagram since they sold BBQ out of their backyard, and their ribs and brisket were some of the best I’ve ever had! Def my new LA fave.
Just when I thought I couldn’t get any luckier, we were sitting outside Milk having dessert afterwards when WEEZER and Fred Armisen roll past us down Beverly Blvd on a flatbed performing Say It Ain’t So (my favoritest Weezer song EVER) like it’s no bigs! Only in LA…
Thanks to whoever gave me this nasty cough at work! If it weren’t for you, I would’ve never been in Fairfax in the middle of a Tuesday living my best life.
Today was a good day (@ George’s at the Cove)
Chargers playoff win. Bohemian Rhapsody takes the Globes. Parents’ 40th wedding anniversary. Amazing dinner and this view ♥
Happy early birthday to my favorite sister! (@ Monello)
FYI I can only eat pasta when it’s prepared tableside in a cheese wheel now.
I’ll have one… one of everything! (@ BJ’s Brewhouse)
Alicia and I drank our way through their holiday cocktail list. The blood orange pom fireball sangria tastes like Christmas in your mouth! It’s def going on the menu for any and all future holiday spreads.
ILYSM (@ Grand Ole BBQ Flinn Springs)
My most favorite BBQ spot in San Diego (and all of California) just opened a second location near the bestie’s house in east county. It’s bigger and less busy than its North Park flagship, and more importantly, it has a full bar (the original location doesn’t serve alcohol, but you can BYOB). It should def be on your BBQ bucket list! Also, if you don’t have a BBQ bucket list, how are we even friends???
If you thought I was gonna celebrate National Cheeseburger Day, you weren’t wrong (@ Shake Shack)
Breakfast Club (@ Flower Child)
My favorite girls met at an ungodly hour for breakfast so that the mamas could have extra girl time away from their six kids (four of which are twin babies!). I only had to worry about getting myself up in the morning, and I was still one of the last ones there! Ha. I haven’t laughed this hard in such a long time. No one will ever be as entertained by us than us ♥
(@ Baron Balche, Valle de Guadalupe)
Much needed daycation! Def need more of these in my life…
Hardly working (@ SKX)
Birthday beers for Cal and Francis! I’ll let you guess which ones are for Francis LOL. Not gonna lie, some of his might not make it to the party 🍓🍑💦
Came for a sandwich, but stayed for the pride parade (@ Ike’s Place, Hillcrest)
A few of my favorite things…
109° weather calls for frosé all day (@ The Pioneer)
The 4th of July fell on bottomless beer and lobster night this year (@ Viejas)
What a time to be alive.
5 hours and 2 footsie wootsie massages later (@ San Diego County Fair)
I vote for lobster trucks outside every polling place! (@ Aviation Park)
Christine’s twin babies came early, so their big sister’s 2nd birthday party moved from Chuck E. Cheese to Denise’s backyard. No complaints here!
Can we just go on record and say that I’ve added a flat top grill, fire pit and pool to my list of must-haves for my future home???
Brunch with my fave girls (@ Breakfast Republic)
Quote of the day:
If Beyoncé can get cheated on, none of us are safe!
Shi will not rest, y’all! 😅
Sunday funday with Shi! (@ Smorgasburg LA)
I love when she comes up to visit (even if she eats all of my candy).
When asked if I want my tagliatelle topped with a big ass ball of burrata, the answer is always yes (@ Pasta Sisters)
Please and thank you (@ Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken)
Lord Huron – The Night We Met
Sylvan Esso – Coffee
Young the Giant – Cough Syrup
Local Natives – Coins
Head and the Heart – All We Ever Knew
(@ Culinary Dropout)
(@ Cornish Pasty Co)
(@ Pizzeria Bianco)
(@ Tempe Beach Park)
We escaped the LA rain and road-tripped it to Arizona! The first of hopefully many Innings Fests did not disappoint. Good weather, great bands, amazing food…
My morning raclette (@ Venissimo – Liberty Station)
…or what you eat when your lunch buddy is observing lent (@ Hopdoddy Burger Bar)
If I didn’t know the Impossible Burger was plant-based, I would have never guessed it was meatless! And this is coming from a girl who loves her meat. I’m not about to give up ribs or anything, but it’s nice to know there’s a worthy (albeit pricey) alternative out there. We usually go to the farmers market for lunch on Fridays, and I could get four mexican hot dogs (and a stomachache) for the price of one burger. Def worth it, though.
The guac is extra, and so is my boss (@ SKX Advertising Dept)
Catching up with my coworkers (@ The Rockefeller Manhattan Beach)
Were the tacos the best I ever had? No. But were the micheladas good at least? Still no. (@ City Tacos)
I should’ve known that this place was no bueno when I saw people drinking wine with their tacos, and the only mexicans eating there were the friends I came with.
Or as I like to call it… Thursday (@ Manhattan House)
Deane and her BF broke up today, so I drank her sorrows away with her since I’m such a supportive friend and all.
I thought most of the people flying on Valentine’s Day would be on their way to see loved ones, but the majority of the passengers on my flight were headed to see Bruno Mars. Or at least that’s what their hooligans jerseys led me to believe…
I managed to snap this without getting elbowed in the face by all the asians with selfie sticks. My mom was one of them. Just kidding (she forgot hers at home).
(@ The LINQ Promenade)
I’ll have to make my way back here, if only for Virgil’s Real BBQ. And maybe that cute guy covering Stone Temple Pilots inside.
If money grew on trees… (@ Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens)
O…MG (@ Bellagio Theater)
The guy standing next to me was belting out God Bless the USA during the entire water show. You’re lucky this is a gif (@ Fountains of Bellagio)
Pops zip lining into the weekend like (@ SlotZilla Zip Line)
We lost my dad for 24 hours somewhere between the zip lining and the poker room at the Orleans.
Put the $5 I won off of Britney slots towards his tip (@ Fremont Street)
CAUTION: They rub their meat (@ Rollin Smoke Barbeque)
Checked this gem off of my BBQ bucket list! Standouts were the beef rib (my go-to), brisket burnt ends and the “dam” hot arkansauce.
Till next time! (@ Palms Casino Resort)
Happiest birthday, Shi! I love you more than I love homemade waffles. And that’s saying a lot.
Friyay (@ Arts District Brewing)
Weekly meeting (@ Tacos Tu Madre)
I didn’t even have to use my AK (@ Sweet Chick)
Celebrating this baby’s mama (@ Liberty Public Market)
…or this week’s edition of Mayan burns the bread rolls. Just kidding (this was the second time I burned them this week). As soon as my mom smelled the smoke, she was like, “STRIKE 2!”
I’m sure my parents can’t wait for me to go back to LA tomorrow! Ha.
Last Supper (Pop Pie Co)
Staking my claim 👅 (@ Little Damage)
Ice cream Sunday (@ Museum of Ice Cream)
Burgers and beer for breakfast (@ Modern Times Fortress of Raditude)
Pammie, Dennis, Paul and I arrived at the Shake Shack pop-up 30 minutes before they opened, and the line wasn’t too bad. The longest I’ve ever waited in line for food was over 2 hours at Howlin’ Rays in Chinatown, so this 45-minute wait was no bigs. There was absolutely no shade though, so our burgers came with a side of UV! It was worth the tan lines…
Level up (@ Coin Haus)
Leo took Alicia, Ray and me to this beercade in La Mesa last night. It’s in a nice area with an industrial bar and gorgeous resto next door. Things have def changed since I lived there years ago!
I like their system so much better than other barcades I’ve been to. You exchange a credit card for a tapcard and use it to serve yourself beer and play video games. It beats having to wait in line at the bar for $15 drinks or having to use quarters for the games (ain’t nobody got change for that!). When I turned my tapcard in at the end of the night, it ended up being less than $20 to drink some beers and play a few rounds of Contra, Pac-Man, Super Mario Bros and more. The cashier said I was a cheap date! Boys, don’t all come running at once.
Ohhh, so this is what 6am looks like…
Our trip to NYC wouldn’t be complete without me getting us lost on the subway. Again.
Morning view (@ Top of the Rock, Midtown)
I felt a little dirty recording this food porn (@ Bar Moga, Greenwich Village)
Trainspotting (@ Grand Central Terminal, Midtown East)
There are five Shake Shacks in LA, but we still ate here three times during our trip! We even schlepped across town with our luggage on our last day to get one last Shackburger and their limited edition Hot Chick’n when we found out we were flying out of the JFK terminal that doesn’t have a Shake Shack. We’re kind of obsessed.
Rooftop vibes (@ Gallow Green, Chelsea)
I was worried it was going to be humid all weekend, but the weather was perfect for a rooftop cocktail or two (these are both mine).
Melt my heart (@ Raclette, East Village)
This was our favorite meal of the trip (don’t let the fact that we ate at Shake Shack three times fool you). Just when I thought it couldn’t get any better, the waitress came back midway through our meal to give us a second scrape!
Tame Impala (@ Panorama NYC, Randall’s Island Park)
This was def one of the smaller music festivals I’ve been to, but Tame Impala brought the big show with their lasers. Our lyft driver thought we were at EDC!
Best $20 I ever spent (@ Magic Jewelry, Chinatown)
Pammie and I got our auras photographed inside a tiny Chinese jewelry shop, and that pink ass cloud = my mind being blown.
Ground Zero (@ One World Observatory, Financial District)
The last time I was here was a couple years after 9/11. There used to be a steel beam cross where this memorial now exists. They did a beautiful job!
Sunday cycle (@ Central Park)
Pammie wanted to ride bikes through Central Park, and it was one of the highlights of our trip! We rode from the Guggenheim to Strawberry Fields and stopped along the way to enjoy the scenery.
Gaining perspective (@ Guggenheim Museum, Upper East Side)
Strawberry Fields forever (@ Central Park)
Before we knew it, it was time to fly home. Anyone who knows me and my sister knows that we’re complete opposites. She’s a Potterhead, while I’m more Homicide for the Holidays! But we always have fun when we’re together. I can’t wait for our next trip!
Cancel my dinner plans (@ Jon’s Liquor)
Museum day with Pammie and this clown (@ The Broad)
I went shopping for pillows, because I literally only have two in my apartment. My mom was like, what do your overnight guests use? I’m not sure
who what she thinks I’m doing in LA, but my life isn’t as exciting as she thinks it is! Pammie and Shi slept over last weekend, and I didn’t have enough pillows for all of us, so my sister had to improvise with the teddy bear I got on Valentine’s Day! 😂 I made it up to her by taking them to Shake Shack twice that weekend. You’re welcome!
Just when I thought my week couldn’t get any worse 😩
My favorite wings EVER are from this Portland transplant. I thought that I had seen all I needed to see during my last two trips to Portland, but I have half a dozen reasons to go back now…
(@ Punchbowl Falls)
(@ Multnomah Falls)
(@ Cheryl’s on 12th)
(@ Voodoo Doughnut)
Are there tears baked into this oreo crust, be honest (@ The Pie Hole)
Puff puff pastry (@ Mr. Holmes Bakehouse)
This peanut butter powdered donut with habanero blackberry jam will change your life.
Because Mondays. And car accidents. (@ Randy’s Donuts)
All that and dim sum (@ Din Tai Fung)
Jessie and Abe bought a legit pizza oven for their backyard and hosted their first
bumble workshop pizza party of the summer this past weekend.
I’m not sure if it’s because most of my friends are in relationships, or because Jessie’s husband calls me “baby boo” sometimes LOL, but my friends are intent on finding me a baby boo of my own! They set up my bumble profile while I scarfed down breakfast pizza, chamango paletas and hell or high watermelon. I obliged them and swiped right on a few “entrepreneurs” (srsly, what do you do for a living?), but only the girl can initiate the convo within 24 hours after you’ve been matched before the connection disappears forever. Seeing that I never approach guys first and wait till the eleventh hour to do anything, this may not be the best dating app for me haha. I may need a few more bumble workshops thinly disguised as pizza parties to convince me otherwise!
What kind of meat do they serve at this booth? (@ Tacolandia 2016)