The food is Los Angeles was totally worth photographing and writing home about any chance I got. I wish now that Id thought to take more photos but my tastebuds kept over riding every thought!
A few of my faves…
♥ Starling, Long Beach – A cute, American diner style place for breakfast & lunch. The super duper dessert looking breakfast above is from there!
♥ Ocean Beach Smoothies, San Diego – The biggest yummy breakfasts ever! Also I found a lemon & ginger beer drink which I purely purchased for the packaging – good if you’re getting a cold!
♥ Wabi Sabi Sushi, Venice – If you love Japanese and all things sushi this is the best Ive ever had!
♥ Number 9, Long Beach – fresh, extremely tasty Vietnamese food. Ohhh and if you go here, please try the Lychee infused jasmine iced tea.
What I noticed most about America was the absolutely incredible service and attention to detail. They have that sorted. In New Zealand we dont tip and dont really think to, but LA hands down deserves it.
I cannot wait to return to these fave places – Ive been craving them since being back!
Im baaack! From an incredible, hard, exciting, challenging and adventurous work trip to Los Angeles! We collected a huge amount of amazing furniture, packaged it all and soon it will be placed in the showroom where I work.
I learnt sooo much along the way and feel so privileged that, from a small town in New Zealand, I had the opportunity to travel overseas.
In this post are a few snapshots from the 2 weeks we were there…
Waaaay too many delicious breakfasts! I think I could almost start a blog on the food we found in LA – Im actually craving the above photo so much. One thing I really noticed was the food in LA; if youve been to Wholefoods you’ll know what I mean – I LOVE that place!
I had a few favourite spots that, if you’re visiting LA, I would recommend visiting…
♥ Venice Beach – walking along the beach at dusk you will see the footpath lined with performers, little random stalls and loud music. Its a very cool experience and is booming with atmosphere.
♥ Long Beach – I could totally live here! I loved the quirky and fun people, street food & second hand shopping/antique stores. We sat at a restaurant as the sun set and watched pelicans flying and diving into the water. Sooo cool!
♥ Ocean Beach, San Diego – there was a bit of a hippy vibe here, lots of surfers, loud music and crazy fun filled shops. There is also a pier that runs out inot the ocean and at sunset, the view is perfection.
Traveling is just waaaay too good for ones soul – you learn millions of things without even realising, your mind is opened to others lives and their cultures. The world is just so huge and is begging to be explored.
I love coming back home to family, friends and my own bed but I wouldnt give up experiences like this for anything.
Have you been to LA? Do you have any favourite spots?
As some of you may know I work full time as a Graphic Designer at a furniture store called EDITO, as well as working on my art, blog & design for Clouds of Colour. EDITO is SUCH an exciting new business in Nelson – filled with international flavour, beautiful furniture & homewares. It is suuch a creative environment & works perfectly in with my already jammed packed life – which I totally enjoy and cant get enough of.
Last night I had a phone call from my bosses asking if I would like to go on a buying trip for the store …..wait for it…..to Los Angeles!!! My reply… Ohhhh YES!! Followed by a lot of dancing around the room with excitement.
Its amazing – when you set goals and dreams and then they become a reality your whole soul is overwhelmed with emotions. Im big on setting dreams, its what moves us forward and when we achieve them – well I cant even explain my feeling right now – just the biggest WOW!
So guys – Im off for the next 2 weeks on an adventure of a lifetime. It will be quiet on the blog but Ill be sharing fun creative images on Instagram & Facebook so you can follow along & see whats happening.
My words of advise for you all would be…
♥ NEVER STOP EXPLORING
♥ NEVER STOP CREATING
These two sentences are what get me to each amazing point. Life is beautiful!
PS: My ETSY Shop will be closed until Im back. You can still place orders & they will be shipped ASAP =)
My holiday to Japan is the first trip I have taken by myself (and met a friend there).
I didn’t really think about the fact that I was traveling alone until I was on the plane to Japan and sat next to a woman who, when I said I was traveling alone, said ‘oh gosh you’re brave, I couldn’t do it’. It hadn’t struck me as anything until then.
I found that traveling alone – catching airplanes, trains & buses, experiencing other languages & cultures opens your eyes to a whole new part of your personality. It was interesting seeing how I felt along the way: what scared me, made me laugh or cry, or made me happy or excited.
I learn’t a lot about myself and how I handled different situations – parts of it definitely pushed me out of my comfort zone which I loved and other times were easy.
I think it’s really important to have these experiences in your life even if, at the time, it’s super scary!
Just a little thought I had on my travels… =)
Since coming home from Japan I’ve found that I’m still completely addicted to the cuisine I experienced there. Everything is so fresh, interesting & full of flavour explosions!
So I’ve been experimenting with a few of my faves – Okonomiyaki, tempura, tofu dishes & konnyaku – it doesn’t beat the real thing but it sure is close!
I think next time I visit Japan, I would love to do a cooking course.
Do you have any favourite Japanese food or recipes? I would love to hear about them!