I hadn’t been to LA in a decade. I can’t believe I’m actually old enough to say that I haven’t been to a place in a decade. Aging is a weird thing. Some days I’m happy I’ve become a confident independent woman (some days). Other days, I feel like a twelve-year-old stuck in a twenty-something-year-old’s body. See how I say twenty-something -I guess if I want to be in my twenties forever I have to start lying now ;-).
Let’s get back to my LA trip and completely glaze over how old I am now. A lot of my friends from theatre school have made the big move and now live it up and spend their days soaking up the sun. Which seems extra nice now that I’m caught in a café during an epic NYC rainstorm.
My birthday was on January 29th and I wanted to spend the day relaxing and sightseeing the only way I know how. Which means moving from café to café, Sandra style. I was lucky enough to spend the entire day with my amazing friends and two of the best friends any girl could ask for even followed me to all the hotspots on my list of must-sees.
We started the day at a vegan restaurant Crossroads and we were lucky enough to have the place almost to ourselves. Since I don’t eat meat I decided to go for the vegan chicken and waffles and also split the crossroads Benedict. Before I even got to enjoy those, the waiter surprised me with delicious, creamy and light coconut ice cream. Eating ice cream for breakfast definitely put me in the birthday mood. We all finished our plates in no time and the food was only made better by the ambiance as you can see in the pictures above.
Our next stop was a coffee shop that I spotted on every single LA must-try list. The café is called Alfred and I can say that it did not disappoint. Alfred is one of the cutest coffee places I have ever seen. I love my New York coffee shops but -dear oh dear- Alfred may just have won the number 1 spot on my list of favourite café’s. I tried their iced coffee because it was a really nice day but I can’t wait to go back and try one of their signature coconuts or a hot brew. Alfred’s alone would be reason enough to move to LA.
After drinking our coffee we went for some more coffee (anyone have the coffee addicts anonymous number for me?). We tried Commissary Coffee and though I liked it, it didn’t come close to Alfred’s. After we finished that coffee and I felt about as jittery as is healthy we stopped by Urth Caffé for a quick bite. I had heard a lot about Urth Caffé and it wasn’t exaggerated. It was very crowded but we found a table without having to wait. I ordered half a sandwich but I want to come back and try of the pretty smoothies I saw people sipping all around me.
After Urth Caffe we went back to my friend’s house to get ready for the evening portion of the day. I didn’t bring my camera out to capture the food and fun because I was drinking and didn’t want to accidentally forget or damage my new camera. Also, I wanted to make sure to enjoy the moment without getting distracted by technology. I’m getting the hang of this adultering thing ;-).
The two places I want to quickly mention, though I don’t have photographic evidence, are Gracias Madre; a vegan Mexican restaurant, and the speakeasy; No Vacancy. The food and drinks at Gracias Madre were scrumptious and the restaurant beautiful and very big from an NYC point-of-view.
No Vacancy is an amazing lounge/club with plenty of cosy corners and an outside patio. There was a long line to get in but we thankfully got to skip that and walked right in. Before you enter the lounge you have to listen to the “rules” and afterwards, suddenly the entrance appears out of nowhere (I won’t spoil the surprise in case you want to check it out yourselves). We spend most of the night by the outside fireplace and enjoyed the burlesque shows that were performed outside. Of course, we couldn’t miss out on the photobooth fun and we obviously took an embarrassing amount of pictures in there. All in all, I had an absolutely fantastic birthday and I’m eternally grateful to the lovely people that made me feel extra special that day.
What do you like to do on your birthday? Do you like to go all out or do you prefer to let the day pass in peace? Let me know in the comments below.[sa_signature]