We recently spent quite some time down in Los Angeles and for the first time in a while, we brought Chino down with us! It was so much fun and I swear every time we travel with him somewhere, it makes him a better dog. It must just be the fact that he is with us, out and about SO much more than he would be at home, but I am not complaining. It was adorable being able to take him to the beach for the first time since he was a baby, since up until this year he got heavily car sick. Overall, it was just such an improvement from anytime we’ve ever travelled down with him!
We spent most of our beach time in Malibu because it’s our favourite place and we always end up there, even on days we try to dedicate ourselves to Venice or Santa Monica. Honestly, I just can’t stand how touristy it is in those areas, I’d rather drive the extra hour and get the vibe from Malibu that in my opinion, can’t be found anywhere else. We did spend a bit of time around Venice because I do love shopping (and eating) around Abbott Kinney, the Venice Canals, and Jim enjoys shooting at the Venice Skate Park! PS. I was so happy to catch the Zulu & Zephyr pop up shop in Culver City literally days before they closed. Favourite swim wear brand by far, and the store was perfect: simple but stunning.
We decided to stay in Hollywood this time around because we never really dedicate much time to it. There’s something so nice about staying right near West Hollywood because of how much there is to do and see by foot. I wouldn’t ever recommend things like Hollywood Boulevard because it’s just always insane, however, I have been and totally understand wanting to see it at least once! Just be aware of how it can be, and you won’t be disappointed! That’s how I went into it. This trip, we ate GOOD. Honestly, we budget for eating and vintage shopping, and that’s always the most important things to us, and how we plan our days during any trip down. I think I spent majority of my money at Cha Cha Matcha and Moon Juice. Do I regret it? Absolutely not.
Monty’s Good Burger is exactly as good as everyone makes it out to be. It’s quite pricey for a to-go burger joint, especially with the conversion rate not being in my favour, but it’s worth every penny. We definitely had it a couple of times. We also got to try the infamous Lettuce Feast food truck at the Vegan Street Market and that was by far the best “fried chicken” I’ve ever had (and will ever have)!