California Love (Gwen’s Edition)

Hey lovelies! So as my sister mentioned in the previous post we were both visiting California at different times (I know it would have been so much fun if we went together) but none the less I wanted to share some of the things I did with you all and maybe help out anyone in need of some tips for an upcoming trip. I started off my vacation in Los Angeles, then drove to San Diego for the last two days of our stay… well then shall we get on with it?

Where to Eat:

La Placita Olvera: or Olvera St. is historically known as Downtown LA’s “first street”. It is a Mexican marketplace full of restaurants, cafes, street vendors and gift shops. We ate AMAZING flautas at Cielito Lindo, they’re known for the avocado sauce they drizzle all over the flautas (your choice of various meats). Great place to walk and have a look around while enjoying some delicious Mexican food!

Grand Central Market: (Ari’s recommendation). Upon walking into this market I could not believe my eyes at the plethora of food options (I wanted to try a little bit of everything) but I decided on Saritas Pupuseria (Salvadorian Food). Along with my pupusa de queso I had carne guisada con arroz y frijoles (Beef stew with rice and beans). I love it when I can find a peace of Latino culture in new places.

Paradise Cove Beach Cafe: We drove over to Malibu and of course decided on seafood. It doesn’t get any better than sitting beachside enjoying some cocktails and calamari. We ordered an enormous seafood paella (which by the way fed 6 people and we had leftovers). Malibu is on my top three favorite places I visited on this trip and Paradise Cove definitely was a big reason why!

Site Seeing:

Ari already mentioned Venice and Santa Monica Beach so I want to take a moment and talk about Malibu. I now understand why everyone says it’s so beautiful! The views are so scenic and you don’t even feel as if you’re in the U.S anymore. We also drove a bit further down to El Matador Beach which was full of sea caves and large rocks along the shore. Getting down to access the beach down a steep trial was a bit scary as I am afraid of heights but the views made up for it.

Hollywood Sign Hike: My friend researched what would be the shortest trail to the Hollywood sign (she found a 3 mile one). Although the trail started off pretty steep (I thought I was going to die) it thankfully became easier as we kept going.

Rodeo Drive: Every high end shoppers dream! The stores are decorated so beautifully!

And of course the Walk of Fame: There was one specific star I had to see… can you guess who?

 Our nightlife was pretty chill, we hung out at Library Bar one night and The Room on another. (I’m not as cool as Ari anymore)

Now on to San Diego! 

On our way down to San Diego we stopped at La Jolla which is a gorgeous beach village along the coast. We walked around a bit, stopped at a coffee shop called Goldfish pointe Café and then stumbled upon some seals! Yes Seals like the sea animals, they were hanging out on the rocks by the shore, they were the cutest things ever!

We continued our journey to Coronado Island where again we walked around the beach, did some souvenir shopping, had delicious gelato from Nado Gelato and drooled over the million dollar beach front homes. 

We stayed at the Hyatt (walking distance to restaurants, bars). We then took a stroll down to Gaslamp District and had the BEST surf and turf tacos at Mariscos El Pulpo! San Diego is the type of town I can see myself living in. 

California was the ultimate dream! Ive wanted to visit there for so long and I am so happy I finally made it over to the west coast. 

Here’s one last photo of my Bae’s and I 

Hope this was helpful!

Till our next vaca!

xx, Gwen

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