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Best Golden Gate Views

So this is what everyone comes to San Francisco to see. The bridge. 80 years old this year. She looks good. You know. For a bunch of metal painted red.

I feel that most tourists travel to see the Golden Gate Bridge, one of the most iconic landmarks of the Bay Area. However, for those who don’t know, there is more than one place to view the bridge, and my favorite place is actually one that most tourists don’t see (because the parking sucks). Please know that this is not an all-inclusive list of every place in the Bay Area for a view of the Golden Gate. I just listed a few that I think offer the best views. Feel free to add your favorite places too. Read on for more . . . Continue reading “Best Golden Gate Views”

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Bay Bridge Trail

The overlooked sister to the Golden Gate and scourge of Bay Area rush hour traffic is the Bay Bridge. It consists of two spans that connect the cities of San Francisco and Oakland through Yerba Buena Island. In the last few years, the eastern span (the one whose upper deck collapsed during the Loma Prieta earthquake in 1989) has been replaced by a brand-spanking new one.

For those who aren’t Bay Area residents, the eastern span of the Bay Bridge has opened a pedestrian trail that now leads to a vista point out on Yerba Buena Island (before it just led to nowhere). The local news made a big “whoop-dee-doo” about it, so I got curious and decided to check it out. Continue reading “Bay Bridge Trail”

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Sawtelle Blvd. Dining

When you make plans to catch up with me, we’re always going to eat somewhere. I’m not a coffee person. I can’t hold my liquor. I don’t do “just drinks.” I need to be fed.

A trip to L.A. occasionally includes meeting some old classmates, and this trip was no exception. This time we took a little foodie adventure on Sawtelle Blvd. in West L.A. Read on . . . Continue reading “Sawtelle Blvd. Dining”

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More Hot Cheetos-Themed Food – The Low Key Poke Joint

Again, I have no sense of time and I have again forgotten what day it is. In comes the late post. To continue with my Hot Cheetos obsession, I traveled to Garden Grove, CA. It was in the middle of an Asian strip mall that I found The Low Key Poke Joint. I didn’t understand how cute the name was until I said it out loud (it rhymes).  I think “The Hokey Poke Joint” has a more interesting ring to it, but it’s not my business. I just come up with the names. Read on . . . Continue reading “More Hot Cheetos-Themed Food – The Low Key Poke Joint”

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The Last Bookstore

Another Instagram gem. And a place that will now be in my regular rotation when visiting Los Angeles.

Bibliophiles rejoice! This is your L.A. haven, right in the middle of DTLA. I only allowed myself about 20 minutes to be here (because of other plans), but that quickly turned into over an hour (and caused me to miss a food truck).

What can I say? I love books. If you do too, visit The Last Bookstore. Maps place it at 453 S. Spring Street, but apparently that is a delivery entrance, so round the corner to 5th Street for the regular-people entrance. If you forget, there are signs to remind you. Read on … Continue reading “The Last Bookstore”

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Grand Central Market: Eggslut

Grand Central Market is great if you’re in DTLA, need food, but don’t know what you want yet. Like many public markets, there are numerous food stalls that sell everything from ramen to cold-pressed coffee.

This is definitely a place I need to go back to and visit for additional treats, but my goal was to visit Eggslut, a stall that I found featured on Instagram and several “What to Eat in LA” articles online. Read on … Continue reading “Grand Central Market: Eggslut”