Bottomless Brunching Santa Monica | Zengo Rooftop

Bottomless Brunching Santa Monica | Zengo Rooftop

From the memory bank: reflecting back on Europe 2013.


By mid 2012, I’d established that 2013 was going to be my “conquer all” year. It began by ringing in the new year, Las Vegas style; from where I immediately flew to Thailand for a short-term study abroad trip in Bangkok, Chiang Mai, and Chiang Rai; two months later I celebrated my last spring break as an undergrad in South Beach (typical, yes -- yet SO much fun); two months after that came graduation; and a few weeks later I was off to spend a little time in Portugal and Spain. Throughout the year, I’d also taken quick stints to PittsburghAtlantaNew York, and Charlotte, and explored more than ever right in DC.

I’m not quite sure who I thought I was last year, but I loved every minute and every spontaneous misadventure the year brought. As you can imagine, my bank account wasn’t too pretty by the end of it, but I made it work. It was my last full year before facing the real world’s countless responsibilities; I wanted to live it to its fullest potential.

Happy birthday Adrienne!

Happy birthday Adrienne!

To my best friend Dri, on her 23rd birthday:

Fresh out of 8th grade when Xanga was the hot thing to join on the net, after Blackplanet days and before Myspace's reign, we discovered each other as baby bloggers. We found out we would be attending the same high school as one another, thus laying the foundation for an eternal friendship that neither one of us saw coming. We became fast friends during orientation week at our new school, and here we are 8 years later and thousands of miles apart still as thick as thieves.

(LA)bor Day Weekend | Made in America

Until more recently in my life, I didn’t know much about these enormous music festivals that have began to pop up everywhere in the world, other than casually hearing about Coachella here and there. Even then, I only knew of Coachella as some music event that occurred all the way across the country; but that it was apparently pretty epic. In 2012, Budweiser’s Made in America had kicked off as the East Coast’s largest urban music fest just two hours away from my home city in Philadelphia. I didn’t travel to Philly to go, but that’s when I started getting more clued in to what these multi-day massive concert blowouts were all about.

Last year, I was finally introduced to the in person experience for myself all the way in Barcelona, Spain, when I decided to travel to Europe with a girl I’d never even met in person and attend the Sonar Music Festival with her. (Crazy, right? I’ll be writing about this soon; stick around if you want to read allll about how that turned out.)

Vegas Savvy | Can't Stop Won't Stop

Las Vegas has officially become my most frequently visited city in the past two and a half years. I’ve now been four times, and I honestly can’t say I’m tired of this place yet. Can’t stop, won’t stop going. For now, at least. I’ve written posts sharing tips and raving about my experiences regarding staying on the strip, getting the most out of its nightlife, and adventuring all around this fabulous boulevard. My most recent weekend jaunt included two days and two nights of even more fun shenanigans, and one really, extremely, terribly, upsetting, troublesome (okay -- I think you get it now) unfortunate incident that I’ve learned from. Read on below for my weekend in review:

Brunching LA | 26 Beach Café

Brunching LA | 26 Beach Café

Over the past few years, Brunch has grown to be an official 4th meal and all the rage in urban meccas.

There’s something special about brunch that makes it feel a bit more of a treat than other dining-out occasions. As a chance to casually catch up with friends, wind down from the week (or wind up -- hello bottomless mimosas!), and enjoy delicious food over light hearted chatter and laughs, why wouldn’t it be? Since I have recently joined the ranks of twentysomething college grads, apparently a population who brunches like crazy, it’s become a favorite weekend meal of mine as well. I try to indulge occasionally without breaking my underdeveloped bank account, and it never disappoints.  

When Dri came to visit me in my new city, it wasn’t really a question of if we’d fit in a brunch date, it was simply, where? After a quick little Yelp search (admittedly looking for whoever had the best bottomless mimosa deal in Venice), I came across 26 Beach Cafe. We knew we wanted to get our buzz on, and we knew we wanted to hit the beach afterwards, so we decided this little spot was our winner.