LA Eats | My Favorite BBQ In the City

LA Eats | My Favorite BBQ In the City

Bludso's Bar & Q

You may be a lettuce-loving, calorie-counting gym junkie (there’s a lot of you in LA – I should probably hop on the bandwagon), or you may be like me – putting off that extra-healthy lifestyle for uh, later. If you’re the latter, this post is for you. It’s my goal that after you read this, your mouth will be watering and your stomach will be begging you to be stuffed with BBQ.

While my eating habits aren't terrible, I admittedly tend to over-indulge at times -- especially when it comes to a good ol' plate of meat. Chicken, beef, pork, fish -- they are all best friends of mine. I’m currently on a mission to make healthier food choices… but, a diet? What’s that? I melt for a good beef brisket, and when I tried Bludso's Bar-&-Que, I broke down all the way.

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.

Wedding Bells in the 'Burgh | Mr. & Mrs. Forever Young

Wedding Bells in the 'Burgh | Mr. & Mrs. Forever Young

While being 2700 miles away from home has given me the chance to refocus, the chance to break free from what was familiar and comfortable in order to grow, it also means having to miss out on certain things I’d never imagined myself not being present for. Birthdays, celebrations, family gatherings, and the most heartbreaking, homegoing services for my loved ones. I’m nowhere near the point where I can drop $400-$500 for a cross country flight for every occasion, and accepting this was very crucial for me in making the decision to move this far.

So, I’d pretty much come to terms with the fact that I wouldn’t be able to attend my cousin Damon’s wedding in Pittsburgh. As much as I love weddings and spending joyous moments with my family, flight prices weren’t on my side at all. However, one of the biggest blessings came through in the form of a discounted standby ticket. My friend was able to get me guest pass tickets at the last minute, which would allow me to fly back east for way less than what the airlines were asking.

On the plane, I found myself completely elated - I couldn’t wait to touch down and reunite with my family!

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.