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We went on a three day, super quick trip to LA as our dad’s Christmas gift to us, and we did a lot more than I expected!
…made it to Venice Beach for brunch at The Rose Cafe,
…rode bikes for 6 miles,
…ate at The Castaway in Burbank.
…spent an entire day at Six Flags,
…ate at Azul Tequila.
…toured The Getty Museum,
…ate at The Getty Restaurant,
…witnessed history at LAX with the protestors standing up for what they believe.
Here we go with some photos of the experiences!
All pictures (with the exception of the ones I’m in) were taken by me, Molly B. Photography.
REVIEW ON ROSE CAFE:
I clearly loved my experience at this sweet little cafe.
The server was so kind to us Omahans.
We ooo-d & ahh’d at the ambiance, and loved the handcrafted coffee treats.
My dad enjoyed his Breakfast Sandwich and my sister was overwhelmed to see how much food came with the Neroni-style.
I probably wouldn’t get the Avocado Toast next time because I’d want to try something new on the menu.
I didn’t eat the duck egg – that’s because I don’t do eggs over-easy anymore though, not because it wasn’t delectable. (My dad ate it for me.)
Day 1: VENICE BEACH – Go for a walk or bike ride here – People watch!
REVIEW OF VENICE BEACH
The actual beach itself is soft and pretty.
The walking trail leaves something to be desired, but places that have a lot of hype usually do.
We decided to rent bikes – we went with the local option of the Hulu green bikes that are located randomly at kiosks along the beach.
It was only $7/hour pro-rated as opposed to $10-20/hour at other places.
We went about 6 miles total – rode down into Santa Monica and loved how much quieter it got down that way.
We’re pretty chill. 🙂
There’s a great skating park where people practice their skills – it was an unusual sight for us to see so we stopped.
Muscle Beach had a Victoria’s Secret model shoot going on.
P.s. I would avoid eating at Candle Cafe. But if you need a beer and there’s no where else to go, get the Golden Chaos. 🙂
REVIEW OF THE CASTAWAY
This was my third time at The Castaway in Burbank.
That alone should say how much I enjoy it considering I’ve probably only been to LA 3 times in the last few years.
There’s one room on the end closest to the entrance that I would recommend you request as it’s more of a secluded area and a bit fancier than the main seating area.
The first two times I went here I sat in that secluded area by the bar and it was a wonderful ambiance.
I wore a dress and heels that time, but we came straight from the beach this last time so they probably seated us in the main conference area dining based on our attire, lol.
The food is always above & beyond.
We had calamari – probably some of the best I’ve had.
For their main dish, my dad and sister picked the seafood pasta (which they should’ve split).
They were very happy with it.
I chose the filet from the Restaurant Week menu, and I was a little disappointed with the flavoring, but it didn’t ruin the experience by any means.
I was so full at that point anyway, I took it back to the hotel and ate it for breakfast the next morning – COLD – haha, everyone freaks out when I tell them that’s my favorite way to eat filet mignon.
The wine pairings were tasty, it was nice to have someone else pick out the best wine based on the entree or appetizer.
They were very kind to let us trade out wines if we didn’t like one.
OH- dessert – how could I forget THAT?!
We had their chocolate mousse cake… and even though we thought we were stuffed already, we made room for a couple bites, then took the rest back for the next day.
Overall, go here – at least once, to getaway from the craziness of the city and nightlife.
You’ll be happy you did.
DAY 3: THE GETTY CENTER & THE GETTY RESTAURANT: N Sepulveda Blvd & Getty Center Dr, Los Angeles, California 90049
We started the morning off with a delicious brunch at The Getty Restaurant. My dad and I loved the salmon.
I ordered their Cobb Salad. It had cranberries, bacon, apples, pecans and chicken in it.
This was one of the exhibits going on while we visited. It was all about ancient alchemy. WOW!
SIX FLAGS MAGIC MOUNTAIN REVIEW
The reason I don’t have any Six Flags photos is because we were flying from one ride to the next and we didn’t think about getting our phones out.
I definitely didn’t bring my Canon 7D along!
Best advice I could give for the park goers is… Save up an extra $115/person to buy the Platinum Flash Pass.
We got on every ride the moment we walked up, even when the lines were 1-2 hours long.
It’s extremely worth it so you can make the most of your time.
We got on 15-16 rides that day, which is double, maybe triple, what we did the first time we went without a Flash Pass!
THE BEST ROLLER COASTERS WERE TWISTED COLOSSUS & GOLIATH & SUPERMAN!
SIDENOTE: PACKING TIPS
I’m a light packer.
So much so that I used a carry-on suitcase for this weekend getaway.
Bring 1-2 pairs of shoes that are interchangeable – ones you can dress up or down!
I picked out these Dolce Vita sneakers right before we left.
They worked perfectly for my travel outfit (Gaiam Sweater Dress-now sold out & Lauren Conrad leggings) and for my day at Six Flags with jeans!
A sweater dress was the best decision ever, especially since we were going from 16 degrees to 70 degrees.
The swimsuit top (and bottoms-not pictured) are from Target!
I always like a tiny eye shadow packet when I go on the road -this Lorac PRO Matte palette is the perfect size with a good variety of colors.
Thank you, everyone for checking out this blog post!
I hope it inspires you to take time to soak up every moment while you’re on your vacation.
There’s beauty in so many small things.