Some of my favorite people were in town this weekend, so I knew it would be a good one. The festivities started at the Buffalo Club in Santa Monica where my friend was having a birthday party. A fun spot- but so crowded! They also charge cover now which is new- and lame. I came straight from the airport so I was still in my work clothes and felt very out of place in line next to the 22 year olds in micro skirts. Apparently miniskirts are no longer short enough. After some celebratory drinks we headed to the ever classy, ever awesome, Gaslight to meet up with Lindsay and her boyfriend who are visiting from London. We always pick up right where we left off- which is usually dancing and laughing. After some good times and karaoke we headed home. Then Amanda rolled in from NYC round 2am and more fun ensued.
Saturday we woke up early and grabbed a latte at Syrup before whipping up some bacon and eggs. We decided to work it off and went to Eaton Canyon and hiked up to the waterfall. Steve and I had attempted to do so last year and ended up on an all day trek and somehow missed the falls! On the hike I was skeptical because there was no water anywhere, and then all of a sudden there it was. It was actually pretty impressive! After hiking to a waterfall it is definitely time to eat again so we went to 21 choices in Old Town Pasadena. After a long and grueling decision making process I ordered Vanilla with strawberries, nutella and peanut butter mixed in. I forgot how amazing that place is- which was probably a good thing.
The rest of the afternoon was spent lounging on the pool deck while planning some Morocco details and sipping on cocktails. Then we went to Alma for dinner. It’s a new restaurant downtown that Amanda’s friend had recommended. He told the owner we would be there and they treated us so well. Free drinks, free desserts and ALL the food was delicious! My favorite was a sweet corn soup and the rib eye which was so flavorful. We also tried pigeon which was “interesting”. I’m not the most adventurous eater but fun to say that I tried it! Highly recommend the restaurant which was just voted the #1 new restaurant in LA- well deserved. I also love that my NYC friend has more LA food hook ups than I do! After dinner we hit up Pattern bar and Las Perlas for some evening cocktails. The night ended as all good nights out do- with french fries. Four orders in fact. We only ordered two but Cole’s gave us regular instead of sweet potato, so we of course had to go back down and get the others. Gross and wonderful all at once.
Sunday we headed down to West LA and went to the Brentwood Farmers Market before brunchin at Brick and Mortar. A couple more friends met up with us and brunch was delightful- except that the DJ was so loud it was more like being in a club than a restaurant! Afterwards we walked around a bit before I had to say goodbye and head home to La Canada for my sisters birthday. She turned 21! That is crazy to me. In my head she is still my “little” sister. The baby. We welcomed her to the margarita club in good fashion and it was fun to catch up with the family.
All in all just a wonderful weekend. Some might even call it epic.