Top 3 Places to Drink Wine in LA

Top 3 Places to Drink Wine in LA

One thing I miss about Los Angeles, is that you have access to so many amazing things- music, wine, outdoor activities, etc. An activity my friends and I all agree upon is wine tasting. We don’t just like to order wine at restaurants, we like going to wineries and learning about different ones. Going to try a new winery has become a fun, occasional activity with my friends, so I’ve tried a few. Here are my top 3 places to drink wine in LA: Rosenthal Winery, Malibu Wines, Malibu Wine Safari.

Rosenthal Winery

Rosenthal Winery is located in Malibu on the Pacific Coast Highway. From the road, you think it is a small shop that sells wine and snacks , but that assumption is wrong. When you walk towards the shop you pass a set-up of a huge wine bottle and beach chairs facing the ocean- this is a perfect picture spot.  In the shop area you can just buy wine or you can taste wine and then buy it. Since I’ve always gone to Rosenthal Winery with different friends, we end up doing a wine tasting and then buying a bottle to drink in the back. The outdoor area is very cute and casual, which is a fun atmosphere to casually talk and drink with friends. The wine is affordable, ranging from $44.50 to $95 and parking is cheap for the area too.

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  • White wine at Rosenthal Winery
  • Friends and I outside Rosenthal Winery

Malibu Wines

Malibu Wines is located in the mountains in Malibu and it is a large property. There are shuttles that go from a parking lot to the actual area where you can picnic and drink wine. The wine is affordable, ranging from $29 to $95. Plus it is a fun place to hang out with friends for a few hours. It is best if you get there early, so you can get a spot in the shade- it gets hot in the sun! Also, make sure to bring a blanket or something to sit on, so you’re not on the grass. Sitting and casually drink wine with friends is the perfect way to spend a day. If you love Malibu Wines and don’t live in LA, they have a Wine Club. You can join for $85 and get free shipping on all other orders.

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  • Atmosphere at Malibu Wines

Malibu Wine Safaris

Malibu wine Safaris is owned by the same people who own Malibu Wines. Malibu Wine Safaris allows groups to get a tour of the property where the wine is made. During the wine safari you get to try six different wines. The reason it is called a safari is because you ride around the property in an open-air car and you get to feed the different animals. This is my favorite part (I LOVE ANIMALS). I love all of the wines that I tried on the safari, which is rare because red wine is not my favorite. The views from different are stunning, and I highly recommend this as an experience to do in Los Angeles.

  • Malibu Wine Safari
  • Views from Malibu Wine Safari
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Even though I don’t live in LA anymore, when I visit, I still go back to these wineries! It truly is the best way to spend a nice day in LA.

Life Update

Life Update

Sooo I realize that I owe all of you a life update, and I know it’s definitely overdue. If you follow me on Instagram, which you should, you might have noticed that I moved from Los Angeles back to Chicago. I got a new job, which I love, and I’m having a great time exploring a city that I’ve been away from for eight years. While my time in Los Angeles was fun, it was time to leave and start a new chapter of my life. Being back in Chicago has allowed me to be back with family and friends, explore new restaurants and just be me.

From here on out my posts will be a combination of old posts from LA and new ones from Chicago and my travels. Stay tuned for some fun places and restaurants to try!

Ktown Hidden Gems #4: Holy Roly Ice Cream

Ktown Hidden Gems #4: Holy Roly Ice Cream

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In this edition of Ktown Hidden Gems, I talk about my experience at Holy Roly Ice Cream. One of my friends, her husband, and I like to get dessert and explore Ktown; we’ve explored a few new dessert places, and so far they’ve all been great! Keep on Reading!

An Eggsellent Meal at Eggslut

An Eggsellent Meal at Eggslut

One of my favorite things to do is explore parts of Los Angeles with my friends, and of course, try new restaurants. I think that one of the most underrated places to eat in Los Angeles, is Grand Central Market; however, within Grand Central Market there are a lot of amazing and diverse eateries. I love the produce shops, coffee shops, bread stores, and all the eateries and stores in this iconic location; one of my favorites is Eggslut.

I’m currently trying to make the best egg sandwich when I cook at home, so I’m trying different egg sandwiches around Los Angeles for inspiration. The menu is fairly limited to just egg sandwiches, but they do have an option that’s gluten free and comes with a salad. A friend and I both got the Bacon, Egg, and Cheese sandwich (mine with avocado, because it was national avocado day) and my other friend got a Slut with a side salad. They honestly know how to make the best egg sandwich at Eggslut and I need to know how they do it! I loved the crunchiness of the bacon, and how the cheese melted on the egg. The avocado topped off the sandwich.

One downside of Eggslut is that it is a small restaurant, so there usually is a crazy long line. However, this gives you the opportunity to take turns waiting in line with your friends while letting one explore Grand Central Market. It also allows you to socialize before ordering, so that way you can enjoy your amazing sandwich.  🙂

Eggslut is a great breakfast option, and being in Grand Central Market makes it even more enjoyable. Look out for a future post about my adventures trying to make the best egg sandwich at home. Happy Eating!

Ktown Hidden Gems #3: Bia Coffee

Ktown Hidden Gems #3: Bia Coffee

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My newest edition of Koreatown (Ktown) Hidden Gems is Bia Coffee. Bia in Korean means flower, so the name of the shop translates to Flower Coffee. This is one of the coolest coffee shops I’ve ever been to. On the outside, it just looks very simple and maybe like any other coffee shop, but once you enter you are in a comfortable and friendly shop that mixes coffee and the art of flowers. I love the simple décor in Bia Coffee- the succulents around the shop give it a pop of color in addition to the flowers.

What I love about drinking coffee is the strong coffee flavor, and the instant feeling you get when the rich flavor hits your tongue when I take that first sip. However, at Bia Coffee the coffee flavor feels airier and calming because of the flowers that they put in the coffee. I’ve tried both the Lavender and Rose lattes, and I could taste the hint of Rose or Lavender mixed into the coffee; I love both lattes. The flowers make the coffee feel lighter while you drink it, because Rose and Lavender are light scents and have calming effects. While I do love the strong flavor of coffee, I also appreciate this lighter version of coffee. I like the lavender or rose hint when I take that initial sip- I feel calmer compared to drinking regular coffee. The food at Bia Coffee also looks amazing, and they use natural ingredients that uses flower flavors and which pair nicely with the coffees.

One tip about a Bia Coffee is you should go early, so they have all the ingredients or pastries that you want. Also, parking can be tricky, so make sure to research places to park. If you’re ever on 6th street between Oxford and Western, then you must stop by Bia Coffee!

Los Angeles Brunch Time: The Church Key

Los Angeles Brunch Time: The Church Key

Recently for a friend’s birthday brunch, I ended up in West Hollywood at The Church Key; this restaurant is a bit outside of my normal geographical stomping ground. I had never heard of the Church Key before, and I was excited to try a new restaurant for brunch; it’s always good to a have a few different restaurants in your arsenal to pick from. To start off, we got the Brioche Donuts. They have a Brown Butter Glaze with a dribbling of Cinnamon Caramel. They were amazing, and something I definitely will get again. Then on the more savory side, we got the Toad in the Hole “Croque Madame.” It comes with two eggs, gruyere fondue, and smoked bacon. It honestly hit the spot to balance out the sweetness from the donuts.

For my entrée, I got the “Another” Avocado Toast. It comes on sourdough with house citrus cured salmon, fennel, oranges, and chives. I added the fried egg added to the dish for extra protein. I loved how all of the different flavors mixed together to make this avocado toast 100% not another basic avocado toast. The combination of flavors in this entrée make it more for someone who’s willing to be adventurous in their food choices, because not everyone loves fennel, but it was truly delicious and worth trying. For the amount of food, you get, I would say that $15 for this delectable entrée is perfectly fine.

 

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Another perk of going to the Church Key, is that they have a great mimosa deal and are very attentive. You get unlimited mimosas for $15.95 vs. $10 for one mimosa- definitely a deal.  They make sure that you always have a full mimosa and if they run out, then they give you other options. For drink service, they have some of the best service I’ve ever experienced. I highly recommend the food and drinks at The Church Key. Bon Appetit!

Ktown Hidden Gems #2: CottonHi

Ktown Hidden Gems #2: CottonHi

 

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As I mentioned in Ktown Hidden Gems #1, one of my favorite things about Koreatown is that just by walking around you discover so many different places and learn so many different things about where you live. Recently, I discovered CottonHi, which is an organic cotton candy and soft serve dessert place a few blocks away from where I live. The dessert is amazing, and what adult doesn’t love cotton candy?! Seriously- it instantly makes my day better. I’ve had the Tiramisu and Rock’n Pop soft serve cups with coffee flavor cotton candy (it really does taste like coffee). All of the soft serve desserts are under $5; I love an affordable and delicious dessert. CottonHi is always busy when I’ve gone, but the wait is short and you can always get a seat.

If you’re ever in Koreatown in Los Angeles and you’re looking for a unique dessert place, you definitely need to check out CottonHi!

Five Things to do in Los Angeles

Five Things to do in Los Angeles

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When visiting, or living in Los Angeles, there are so many different and unique events and activities going on that it can be overwhelming.  One thing I always appreciated were recommendations from friends and colleagues about different activities, and I hope this list can help you navigate what to do in Los Angeles. Here are five of my favorite activities to do in Los Angeles:

-LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art)

LACMA is in Mid-City and has a lot of unique and engaging art exhibits. My favorite exhibit that is now permanent is the Rain Room. The Rain Room is an interactive exhibit where you get to walk through the rain. Another popular exhibit is the Urban Lights, which are outdoor street lamps that are organized in a particular order and look super cool at night. LACMA is probably the only art museum I’ve been to more than once.

-Night on Broadway

Night on Broadway is a free event in Downtown Los Angeles (DTLA). It is a one day art and music festival, and it has some of the coolest exhibits and performances that I have ever seen. My favorite performance was Flambé; they have people eating fire and a fire dunk tank. I had never seen anything like it, and it probably had the largest crowd. The was also a ferris wheel and food trucks up and down Broadway. The crowd is large, but it is spread out enough that it is manageable.

-Paley Fest

In my opinion, one of the coolest events in Los Angeles is Paley Fest. The festival goes on for a few weeks, and holds different panels and screenings of your favorite shows. A few years ago, I went to the Scandal Panel, and this year I am going to the Grey’s Anatomy one. They have different passes that you can buy depending on how many panels/screenings you want to attend. I typically pick one show that I LOVE and just buy a ticket to that.

-Show Tapings

One of the coolest things to do in Los Angeles is going to a taping of a TV or talk show. This way you get to see the behind the scenes of how a show is recorded, and you usually get to see the episode a day early! One perk of going to a taping is that they’re FREE- yes, you read that correctly. Going to see Ellen, Jimmy Kimmel, and TV shows is free, and sometimes they give you incentives to go or even prizes.

-Sporting Events

My final favorite thing to do in Los Angeles is going to a sporting event. Even though, I’m not from Los Angeles and I don’t root for Los Angeles teams, I still love attending a good game (especially if one of my Chicago teams is playing them). There are so many different sports and levels of sports (professional vs. collegiate) that you can pick from- USC, UCLA, Dodgers, Clippers, Lakers, Kings, etc. Depending on what sport and who they’re playing prices can vary for tickets, but usually they’re fairly cheap.

I hope my suggestions of things to do in Los Angeles helps you, and feel free to comment below if you want other types of activities!

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Ktown Hidden Gems #1: All Angolo

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One of my favorite things about Koreatown is all the hidden gems that you can find if you just look for them. There are hidden restaurants, coffee shops, stores hidden in quarters or malls. One of these hidden gems is a restaurant called All ’ Angolo, located on 3rd Street and Kingsley. It is an amazing affordable Italian restaurant, and everything that I’ve tried there has been delicious. I’ve had the Quattro Formaggi pizza, Squid Ink Pasta, Lobster Ravioli, Fettuccine Alfredo with Chicken, Penne alla Boscaiola, Brushette Miste, and Tiramisu (pictured above). Each dish is classic, homemade, and affordable, which is an awesome deal for anyone looking for delectable food at an affordable price point ($11-$30). My favorite dish is the Lobster ravioli because the flavors in the sauce complement the ravioli so well, it just makes me smile while I eat.

Another thing that I love about All ’ Angolo is that they do carry out, and it tastes just as good as if you ordered the meal at the restaurant. I know all restaurants should be this way, but it’s not always the case. They also give you good bread with any meal- carry out or eating in. If you’re ever in LA or if you live here, then you definitely need to try All ’ Angolo in Koreatown for fresh Italian food!

Bauble Bar

One of my favorite things to purchase is jewelry. I love how it can dress up even the simplest of outfits; however, I really only like simple jewelry. I tend to get overwhelmed by crazy or colorful jewelry, so I love it when I can find simple pieces. One of my favorite places to buy jewelry is Bauble Bar. Over the past six years, I’ve bought a few rings from them. Recently, I bought the Crystal Mason Ring in Rose Gold and Silver. I love the ring in both colors, and it looks amazing no matter what you pair it with. If you’re looking for affordable and cute jewelry, then I highly recommend Bauble Bar. Also, with every purchase you make, you earn points that can be applied to future purchases and sometimes you can get free items (like the earrings below)!

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