Southern California can get a bit of a bad rap from its northern neighbors, but I don’t really get it. Every time I visit LA, the sun is shining, people are smiling, and there’s just a general happy vibe throughout the city (save the parking lot highways). We took advantage of the holiday Monday this weekend and headed south to LA for a few days to visit friends and soak up the sunshine, and the 80-degree weather certainly didn’t disappoint. One of my favorite parts of the city is Santa Monica – with plenty of sparkling coastline and loads of shopping to boot – and we spent a lovely afternoon there lazing on the beach and wandering around the promenade, followed by a dinner of delicious ceviche and sangria back in Hollywood at the very awesome Los Balcónes del Peru.
On Sunday we headed to the Hollywood Farmers’ Market and later visited Calle Olvera, a super colorful Mexican walking street in one of the oldest parts of the city, where we gorged on Mexican fare and explored shops filled to the brim with Mexican art and trinkets. All in all, a very colorful and sunny long weekend. Happy Tuesday, friends.