Thursday, 21 May 2015

Places To Eat In Los Angeles: Salt Air, Abbot Kinney Boulevard

I've found that Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Venice always pulls it out of the hat for simply fantastic places to eat (Gjelina and The Tasting Kitchen anyone?) so I knew that after a lazy few hours at the apartment and a wander around the canals Salt Air would be a pretty safe bet for Saturday morning brunch. Their menu is local, seasonal and with a bit of a seafood slant; absolutely everything we ate and drank was mouthwatering, and I now can't wait to return for their evening menu at some stage; I've heard great things!
Weekend Brunch at Salt Air, Abbot Kinney Boulevard

Monday, 18 May 2015

High Rooftop Lounge at Hotel Erwin, Venice Beach

On Friday night after an afternoon of shopping at the Citadel outlet (who can say no to $25.99 Levi's and heavily discounted Kate Spade?) and introducing Sherin to Venice Boardwalk, we headed up to the High Rooftop Lounge at Hotel Erwin to watch the sun set over the ocean with plenty of cocktails and a few nibbles. 
Friday Night Cocktails at High Rooftop Lounge, Hotel Erwin

Saturday, 16 May 2015

Weekly Love: Week 150

Happy Friday, and greetings from my rental apartment in Venice Beach, California! I've already been to the farmers market and formed a (healthy) Lemonade takeout addiction, so needless to say I'm easily slipping back into my old life here for a bit. However, right now I want to share with you a few pieces that I had published in the UK just before I flew out. There are still a day left of National Sandwich Week, so head over to the Borough Market blog for my recipe for a Hummus, Spinach & Whole Chickpea Sandwich. Also, if you're interested at all in English vineyards, I've profiled 17 of them you ought to know about for Buzzfeed
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1. Making a start on my mission to drink all the cold pressed juice in Los Angeles at Clover Juice on West 3rd Street in West Hollywood. I can highly recommend 'The Quench', a blend of watermelon, watermelon rind, lime and mint.  | 2. Beautiful cherry blossoms bursting out all over the Kentish countryside. | 3. A beautifully sunny afternoon on the campaign trail (I can't believe the election was only last week, it feels a world away!) down on the beach at St Margarets. | 4. Fresh berries at Venice Farmers Market. | 5. As I said, I'm already starting to form an addiction to Lemonade, my nearest takeout place to my apartment. So far I can recommend the cherry tomato and avocado salad (I've actually made this one from their cookbook), the edamame and snap pea salad, the simply to die for kale, mushroom and citrus salad, the braised beef brisket, the guava lemonade and the chocolate caramel cake slice. You get the general idea..! | 6. A smoked ham, sunny side up egg and garlic aioli rocket breakfast sandwich and an iced tea for breakfast at Joan's on Third in West Hollywood.

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7. Shopping at The Grove in West Hollywood, my favourite mall in Los Angeles. | 8. Shooting with the fantastic John Holdship for Borough Market's Market Life magazine. I honestly can't wait to see the photos and the whole spread, and to share the recipes for the Summer al fresco spread I put together for the shoot. You should be able to pick up a copy free in the market later this month, right through until July. | 9. Filling up on one of the fantastic breakfast burritos and copious amounts of iced tea on the terrace at TART in West Hollywood with my morning edition of The Times. I'll have a full review of TART and an interview with its executive chef online sometime next week, so look out for it! | 10. Family feasting at Thai Time in Sandwich. | 11. Packing the *essentials* for my trip to California while nibbling on Marks & Spencer's new Rose & Violet Dark Chocolate that they were kind enough to send over for me to try. It is a lovely and creamy dark chocolate (full of flavour, but not too bitter) with a fantastic floral flavour, perfect for you if you're a fan of turkish delight or rose and violet creams. | 12. Pre-flight feasting at Heston Blumenthal's The Perfectionist's Cafe in Queens Terminal at Heathrow Airport. I had the Perfectionists Burger that was absolutely faultless, followed up with ice cream with plenty of Heston's wacky toppings. Along with a cheeky grapefruit margarita, I feel that it is the only place you ought to consider to eat before jumping on a long haul flight.

What have you been doing this week, and what do you have planned for the weekend? Keep an eye on our Instagrams (click our names to for our profiles) for all the adventures Sherin (who is visiting from London for the week) and I get up to in Los Angeles this weekend, but one thing that I've been excited about since I booked it a few weeks ago, is Sunday morning brunch at The Tasting Kitchen on Abbot Kinney Boulevard, my favourite weekend brunch in the world! 

Thursday, 14 May 2015

Places To Stay In Los Angeles: Farmers Daughter Hotel

As a former resident of West Los Angeles, I'm always getting messages from readers asking me the best places to stay, visit and eat when they're planning at trip to California. On the latter two, I can list so many amazing places to eat or visit that you simply should not miss out on, but as I used to live here and had an apartment on the Westside, up until now I knew next to nothing about hotels in L.A.. I've now moved into an apartment in Venice (my favourite part of town), but when I first arrived I decided I really ought to check out somewhere to stay for you all. So, enter stage right the Farmers Daughter Hotel in West Hollywood. 
Outdoor Seating at Farmers Daughter Hotel, West Hollywood