Rut Roh!!

Ok so this is one of the rare entries where I am going to simply just give life advice on being a young college grad in LA. If you are between 22 and 29 you may wanna listen to this because this effects you. Anyone get the joke??

So, what I quickly learned is that LA gets wicked expensive, wicked fast, even more so that NY. LA is a city with decent public transportation, but the majority of the time you are going to be driving around the city, requiring you to add gas and parking to your expenses. This leaves very little room in the budget for eating out. Recently, though, I discovered a new appreciation for coupons. One of my favorite places has become El Pollo Loco. They give you 1/2 a dozen coupons upon checking out mostly for 4-5 dollars off your meal. I ended up paying $1.25 for my chicken salad. Any deals you can find like this in LA are golden.

If anyone had any other suggestions please feel free to comment. I’m sure all the other struggling young adults in the city would greatly appreciate your suggestions.

Save and Enjoy!

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Meet In Paris

I am a total Francophile for one big reason. They are total foodies just like me! The French live to eat rather than eat to live. This restaurant is no exception to that. For dinner I got a grilled salmon that was excellent and I got profiteroles for dessert that were out of this world. I also had some great port to compliment my profiteroles. Definitely a great place for a date because the atmosphere is incredibly romantic. The restaurant has tivoli lights surrounding it, so it feels cozy and tucked away, against the action packed Culiver Blvd. I recommend sitting outside because there is no shortage of people watching.

Warning: Don’t forget to make reservation. They are very strick about their reservation policy. The only downside to this place in my book.

Travel and Enjoy!

3rd Street Promenade

So, the first thing my uncle did when I moved to LA was take me to the 3rd Street Promenade in Santa Monica. 3rd street Promenade has a great artsy vibe. As you walk up and down the street you can hear the sounds of several singers, all with gorgeous voices, entertaining the passersby. There are also several great high-end shops as well as a few bars on the promenade. Great for game nights:)

My uncle and I ate at Trastevere, a great Italian restaurant on the promenade. The wood grilled pizza and gnocchi are fabulous. I also had a really good Sex On The Beach. Now, the only warning with the promenade (which is going to be my warning for most of the places in LA) you pay for parking. Unfortunately this is norm around all of LA. There is just no way around it. However, I think the promenade is worth the price of parking.

Travel and Enjoy!

Jacksonville, Florida

Now, being a Southern Californian I always looked down my nose at Florida a little bit. I always thought that Florida was too hot and for old people. Boy was I completely wrong. Jacksonville is green, lush, and gorgeous.

Jacksonville is the most spread out city in the US. When I travled there I mostly stayed on the coast, so I’ll most be recommending places on the coast.

My two biggest recommendations are these:

1. My first recommendation is going to be beaches. I hit Jax’s beach, Neptune Beach, Fernandina Beach, and Ponte Vedra while I was there. Jax’s beach is a lot of fun if you’re young and single. The entire board walk in Jax’s beach is nothing but fantastic (and cheap bars). Neptune beach is also fun for young people and it is a little more mellow. Fernandina Beach and Ponte Vedra are both more family oriented, but you can find food and great shell collecting in these areas. (if that’s your thing:))

2. Jacksonville is 30 minutes from St. Augustine, the oldest city in America. St. Augustine is a mix of the old and the new, because it is also  home to Flaggler College. The entire area is quaint and picturesque and very reminiscent of Colonial Williamsburg. The street leading up to Castillo de San Marcos has been preserved. The street looks as it would have at the founding of St. Augustine in 1518. There are great eclectic shops along this street. The view from the Castillo is gorgeous and every afternoon you can hear the sound of cannon shots ringing from the roof of the Castillo. The actors dress in period costumes and speak in Spanish to honor St. Augustine’s Spanish tradition. The inside of the Castillo has also been preserved and it is definitely worth seeing. Warning though: You have to pay to get into the Castillo. You can also take a carriage ride through the town to learn about the history of St. Augustine and then enjoy some great seafood from the docks.

Travel and Enjoy!

Chappaqua, NY

The town of Chappaqua, New York, has always intrigued me. What about this small New York suburb would entice Bill Clinton to move there? Over the summer I finally got the opportunity to visit. It didn’t take me long to figure out the answer.

Chappaqua is small, quite, family oriented town with great shopping along the main drag of King Street and (of coarse!) great food. I had breakfast at a deli called Lange’s Little Store. Don’t let appearances fool you. Their egg sandwiches are some of the best egg sandwiches I’ve ever had. And rumor has it they’re Bill’s favorite as well:) Then I had dinner at Quaker’s Tavern. The food was excellent and the atmosphere was a lot of fun. It’s a bar and restaurant so you can either enjoy a meal with your family or kick back and watch the Giants game. The choice is your.

Travel and Enjoy!

Muir Woods

If you’ve ever wanted to see the California Red Oaks this is the place to do it. There are so many options for all ages.

If you are an avid hiker there are several great trails that you can hike that are about 5 miles round trip. These trails tend to be steeper because they take you up through the mountains and down to the basin of the mountain where the big red woods live. If you’re up for a shorter hike there is a 1/4 mile trail that just takes you around the basin of the mountain (this one is a good option with kids). If you up for a combo when you arrive drive into the woods a few miles. From there it is a half mile walk through the woods to the Tourist Club. This is a private club, but on the weekends they open it up to the public. They brew several different varieties of beer that are all excellent. In my opinion this is the way to enjoy Muir:)

Hike and Be merry!

The California Delta

This is one of the best kept secrets in Northern California. We recently discovered it while visiting my stepmother’s brother.

The peaceful quiet Delta is located on the Sacramento river. The beauty and serenity of this magnificent oasis force you to stop on a hot summer day and just enjoy life. We enjoyed grilling, swimming, and sailing during out time on the Delta. I highly recommend this as a vacation spot for any family.

Relax and Enjoy!

The Madison Restaurant

So, I love diners. Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day. After all it is the most important one right?! Well, if you like breakfast (or diners) the way I do then check out Madison Restaurant. I highly recommend their breakfast omelets 🙂

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The Financier

This is one of the best coffee places I have yet to find in New York. If you like strong coffee (such as cappuccinos and expressos) and great pastries this is the place to go. They also have great sandwiches and quiches for lunch.

Explore and Enjoy! 🙂

Deux Amis

Ok this place I’m about to recommend is a little pricier, but I guarantee you won’t be disappointed.

So Deux Amis is a great French restaurant on 52nd and 1st. I first heard about it from my Aunt. Being the francophile that I am I had to check it out. I have been back three times since and I have never been disappointed. Their wine selections are all top notch and I can highly recommend both the grilled salmon and the boeuf bourguignon.

Hope you’ll check it out!