Oh there’s no place like Santa Monica for the Holidays!

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There is no happier place on Earth for me than the beach for me. It is one of the reasons I decided to move to LA. I’ve mentioned this in other posts, but the beach holds so many fun childhood memories for me. I couldn’t ever imagine myself living too far from the ocean.

I was talking to my dad yesterday and it was cold and sleeting back in DC. Realizing that it was 70 degrees outside I decided to take advantage of some of the beautiful SoCal weather and I headed for the Santa Monica pier. Fear not, though, loyal readers. I was thinking of you guys and I scouted out some places while I was in Santa Monica.

If you’re ever in Santa Monica and craving breakfast the Omelette Parlor on Main Street has amazing eggs and croissants. Don’t worry about prices here if you’re on a budget because the amount of food they give you will last you at least three meals. Right next door is a great vintage clothing store called Varga, where I did some of my Christmas shopping. If you’re just up for hanging on the pier at the end there’s a great margarita bar right on the ocean. Nothing could be as relaxing as sipping a frozen margarita while listening to the sound of the waves.

Happy Holidays everyone!

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Where everybody knows your name!

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So, time for another little confession. I am a total sitcom junkie. As such, it was incredible to get to experience the Cheers in Boston. This is the location that inspired the show by the Charles brothers. What can I say? The food was great and the service lived up to it’s reputation. I had a great time catching up with an old friend over drinks while over looking the beautiful┬áCommon. This is a landmark you must hit if you’re ever in the Boston area.

Cheers! ­čÖé

One very broke girl!

So once again I am here to give a little advice on living on a budget. My advice is this… cook at home. I know people have probably told you this before, but it holds tried and true, cooking at home is cheaper and much healthier.

I met up with my friend Christine on Thursday night. Rather than going out and spending a lot of money at a restaurant we decided to go to the local grocery store and cook dinner at my apartment. For $20 we got wine, salmon, salad, and strawberries for dessert. The only other places that could beat the price we paid for our dinner are all fast chains. Our strategy was much healthier. So, there you have it folks! As long as you keep your crib entertainment ready, cooking at home is a great option:)

Spirit Yoga

Ok so the secret is out…I’m a yogi. I starting doing yoga when I was 16 and have loved it ever since. One of the most fabulous yoga classes I have ever taken is a weekend yoga class on the beach in San Diego with Steve of Spirit Yoga.

Steve is a very talented yoga instructor who knows how to get the best out of his students. There is also no better way to start your Saturday or Sunday than with a yoga class on the beach:) Spirit Yoga is entirely donation based, so you can give according to what you can afford (which is great for a struggling young undergrad). If you are interested check out Steve’s website to learn more about him and Spirit Yoga.

http://www.namasteveyoga.com/

Namaste!

Kono’s/Cafe 976

If you ask me there is no more exciting city in the US than San Diego. Not only do have access to beautiful beaches, but located in San Diego are Sea World, Lego Land, and if your up for a little shopping Fashion Valley. What constantly brings me back to San Diego is the fond memories I have of vacationing in Pacific Beach as a child. I will always  be a San Diegoan at heart.

Two of my favorite places to grab food in PB are Kono’s and Cafe 976. Kono’s is an all day breakfast place located on the boardwalk. The eggs and french toast come highly recommended by yours truly:) You can sit outside and enjoy your breakfast while over looking the beautiful Pacific Ocean.

Cafe 976 is a very peaceful spot to have either breakfast or lunch. While the food is excellent (I personally recommend their burritos) their specialty is coffee. They have every variety of coffee imaginable from strong black coffee to cafe au lait to the con pana (my personal favorite). Enjoy your coffee while nestled in a beautifully kept garden.

Travel and enjoy friends!!!