California Love, 7 Days in Los Angeles: Part 1

As an end-of-summer treat to myself, I booked a flight to see my best friend and college roomie in LA. The post-grad blues were hitting us both pretty strong and being together for a week was what both of us needed to get back to normal. 

I booked my flight through United. I went with basic economy and I probably won't ever do that again unless the price difference is drastic. I got lucky with having a Mileage plus card, I was able to get my first checked bag free and a full size carry on. The usual basic economy rules don't allow you to choose your seats, sit with your group, travel with a full sized-carry on, or change your flight. 

I thought I was all good with that until I got seated in the last row, right by the bathrooms. Some people think this is the safest seat on the plane but as someone whose easily triggered by turbulence, middle seats work best. I managed to get my seat changed last minute. Shout out to the wonderful lady at the gate. 

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Day 1

After I got off the plane and claimed my bag, Samhitha and Laxy picked me up from the airport and we headed right to brunch. We ate at The Butcher's Daughter, a vegetarian/vegan friendly cafe filled with plants and natural lighting. I got a breakfast burrito that had eggs, cheese, tomato, and avocado. They also served golden lattes which was surprising (well not really, it is Cali) since I've only ever made them at home. A golden latte is almond milk base with turmeric and additional spices. This one had cayenne which I normally don't add when I make mine. It's a great digestion aid but the taste wasn't one I'd go back for. I'd opt for more of a honey + cinnamon taste. 

After brunch, we checked out Venice Beach. I'm a big Gilmore Girls fan and remembered the area from season 3 when Jess leaves Stars Hollow to visit his dad. 

I saw Teyana Taylor on the boardwalk- the beginning of my path to Hollywood fame. 

Day 2

Our Cali plan turned into Cali + Vegas since half of our squad hadn't been been before. We decided to keep day 2 simple so we could prepare for the four hour drive to Sin City. 

We had lunch at Tender Greens, did some last minute Vegas shopping, then met up with some friends for happy hour in Hermosa. 

Day 3 

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After checking in to the hotel and changing out of workout clothes, we hit the strip in search of margaritas. We debated between Senor Frogs and a smaller no-name place but went to SF. I'm not sure if it was a better deal but we got two yard pitchers for about $48, buy one get one free.

After drinks, we found a great happy hour deal inside The Veneitian and stopped in since we had an hour to kill before dinner. 

Dinner was my favorite part of Vegas. I know, who am I? We definitely did this totally wrong because we were so stuffed when it came time to head to the clubs. I still think about the fried chicken and collard greens. 

We napped then headed out to see what Vegas nightlife had to offer. 

Day 4

We spent day 4 in the pool at Wet Republic. I forgot to get a waterproof case so we kept our phones away for majority of the day. If only we were interesting enough to say there are no pics 'cause what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.

 

Stay tuned for part 2 of my trip to the West Coast.

Spoiler alert: it includes a trip to the mega Taco Bell in Vegas.