Los Angeles, California

Last week was Spring Break for us here at UBC! After much failed planning to go to Mexico, Las Vegas, and Disney World, my best friend and I decided to book a last minute Expedia deal and hop on a plane to LA! This was her 5th time there, but it was a first for me. I’m really happy I was finally able to head down to California since I’ve lived so close for almost four years now. This time it was now, or never.

We were there for only four days which definitely limited our schedule. We also didn’t have a car… it wasn’t until I arrived that I realized how much a car can come in handy while visiting LA. I was especially not used to not being able to walk everywhere because everything was relatively far from each other. However we managed to figure it out and a couple cab rides here and there didn’t hurt our wallets too much.

We stayed near Hollywood’s Walk of Fame (walking distance from our hotel) so that it would be easy to visit some of the city’s main attractions. This included the TLC Chinese Theatre (which was preparing for the Oscar’s coming up next Sunday!) the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the Hollywood sign seen from afar, and the Hollywood Bowl. We even took a tour to visit famous celebrity homes that belonged to Cameron Diaz, Tom Cruise, Vera Wang, Simon Cowell, Katy Perry, Sandra Bullocks, and many others. Unfortunately, we didn’t get too lucky and we weren’t able to spot anyone famous, but it was worth a shot! Another one of our touristic adventures was riding the Double Decker Red Bus that drove us around all the famous areas of Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, and Sunset Boulevard. We even drove pass Diane von Fustenberg’s ‘Journey of a Dress‘ exhibition, but unfortunately, due to our tight schedule, we were only able to view it from afar.

You really can’t visit Los Angeles without visiting Santa Monica, so we decided to take a day trip to the beach. Although it wasn’t super sunny on that day, visiting the Santa Monica pier was totally worth it! Putting our feet in the sand, taking in the ocean breeze, and an afternoon walk down the “Promenade” on 3rd Avenue definitely made it a picture perfect day.

Shopping, is of course, a must in LA too. Although we walked around Rodeo Drive’s fancy and expensive Celine, Prada, and Manolo Blahnik stores, (pretending as thought we were actually shopping there…), our real shopping was mostly done at The Grove, the Beverly Hills Centre, or Santa Monica, at cheaper label stores such as Zara, H&M, Forever 21, Steve Madden, among others.

Food is also always present during my travels. To our stomach’s delight, food in LA was fresh, healthy, and oh-so-good. We took a few trips to our favourite Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s supermarkets, we visited The Grove’s famous Farmer’s Market, and of course, filled our goodie bags at the near by Dylan’s Candy Bar. We also fell in love with Los Angeles’ Cafe Gratitude.Β We were in LA for only a couple of days, but we nonetheless managed to visit this restaurant not just once, but twice. This place was absolutely fantastic for catering 100% organic vegan cuisine. All of their dishes look and are to die for. You literally can’t go wrong when ordering here because everything is just so damn goodΒ (the reason for why we came back for more). {If you want to know more about our foodie experience at Cafe Gratitude, check out the Cafe Gratitude article!}

After early mornings, long walks, and perhaps too much shopping, we usually came back to the hotel late and so tired that we’d just pass out. Waking up to sunny skies, being able to wear shorts (although it was a little chilly at night), and taking a trip to the beach were worth it every minute. I must say I really enjoyed Los Angeles! It was the perfect way to relax and take a break off from school. I’m not sure if it was the extra vitamin D we got, the new clothes, the nourishing foods we munched, or the relaxed California lifestyle that made us fall in love with LA but we will for sure be back for more.

{Here are a some snaps from our trip! xo}