West coast

Happy new year everyone!!!!! I hope you all had a great holiday time, full of good rest and a load of  fulfilling, mouthwatering tastes ;) 

We decided to visit LA this time of year for a few days and we really had a blast! We stayed at the Line which was more than anyone can ask (and a wish come true), we rented a car and went ahead to absorb everything we could :) 

We knew however we wanted to keep it relatively low with the activities and kind of laid back (after all it is the holidays my friends), although it’s kind of impossible to do in a city like this, and added some kid friendly things on the “menu" so the kids can enjoy it as much as we would. The truth is they had such a great time they didn’t want to take the flight back to the East coast..

Here are some photos of the trip if you’d like to see and those make it probably the longest post I've written..:b

Venice beach: loooooots of palm trees along with some of the best sunsets are happening here(and I'm sure these basketball courts on the last photo remind you of some movie scenes)

souvlaki (!) in Venice beach, yeah baby.

The wheel in Santa Monica and our pacific park rides consisting of a party of: a 4 year old afraid of NOTHING, a 7 year old "barely beginning" to have some fears, a dad who's trying not to have fears and a mom who's afraid of almost EVERYTHING has to do with roller coasting stuff (you should have seen me at the rollercoaster itself) -> so much fun! 

I had so much fun in these and actually tried to figure out when was the last time I had similar rides..really doesn't get any better if you want to bring out your inner child (A, we should make it a regular). That day, we had a burger here which was delish and then we headed for a milkshake and ice cream

part of the Walt Disney concert hall which I loved and..

part of the Broad museum where I wasn't lucky enough to visit

coffee and brunch at Ledlow, such a nice place 

the sun sets above the city 

Compartes chocolates and other stuff, at Poketo

getting stamped at the Melrose flea market and having baked donuts at Fonuts

getting the most unbelievable shrimps and crawfish -to go (hence they had sold out of the rest!) at the Boiling crab---

 trying out the pastrami sandwich at Canter's deli

taking the road to Malibu, leaving our marks on the sand and seeing one of the most breathtaking sunsets melting in the Pacific ocean

the Christmas tree at the Grove and train rides for the four of us (also trying to get a decent photo of all the four of us will never happen)

pizza from Pizzeria Mozza and

..just the best sushi from Sugarfish

breakfast at the Commissary, really beautiful space, I loved all the tableware and table settings, nice atmosphere-food a bit overpriced

went to Grand central market which I loved and had a waffle..

I chose to take a photo with the star of Donna Summer (!) among others..

messy, delicious & spicy dinner at the Pot

paid a visit at the best pastry shop in LA, according to many of the Angelenos

bought some comics and hung out in one of my favorite LA places 

..sat outside and tasted some brilliant tapas kind of plates at Baco Mercat, so good, so well cooked- some plates were the definition of comfort food, at least for my kinds of comfort fooding/slourp

photobombed by the youngest gal of the family..and yes, we managed to enter Amoeba music (!), the temple of music as I call, can you imagine that there was an actual line of cars waiting to get into Amoeba's parking while the second one was already full? Even in my wildest dreams would I have imagined that in 2015 there would still be so many crazy people eager to visit a record store! You know what? I wrote record store (it sells lots of other music things though), is this a sign that records are coming strong again? Nah..

last but not least: noone will ever be hurt by the awesomeness of these burgers, can't get -and I won't get- the taste out of my mouth- We already miss you LA..till next time.

I can't help but wondering my dear readers: what part of the world have you visited for the holidays? 

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