January 31, 2013

day in la

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a few weeks back, some friends and i missed the noon service at our church so while we waited for the 5pm service, we took some time to hang out at some of our favorite places in la like silverlake and melrose. it ended up being a pretty epic day full of good laughs, great food, lots of coffee and endless pictures, thanks to casey's iphone. why is it that impromptu days with no set plans always end up being the most memorable?

January 29, 2013

huckleberry

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huckleberry is a super cute cafe in santa monica with yummy food and a chill, laid back vibe. i love their breakfasts (especially the granola). they have a really unique selection of bottled sodas and i was happy to see some of my favorites from new zealand in the mix.

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{they had bundaberg ginger beers!}

January 28, 2013

farmers market: winter

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when i'm home, the santa monica farmers market is always a must! i usually visit often in the summer but this was my first time going in the winter. i was pleasantly surprised at the wide variety of produce and i actually like it better this time of year because of the many vegetables, especially squash and carrots. it was also less crowded which is always a plus. do you have a local farmers market you frequent?

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January 26, 2013

deetjen's and the big sur inn

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deetjens and the big sur inn are some of the most beautiful places I have ever been. from the big pine trees to the rustic cottages, its pretty unbeatable. I feel like I'm in a different world when I'm there. Deetjens is a restaurant on the property with the great food and even better ambiance. last time we stayed in big sur, we lodged at the big sur inn and had the most amazing breakfasts like strawberry pancakes and fruit parfiats at deetjens. This visit, we met the woman who decorates and designs for the hotel and restaurant and as you can see, it's above and beyond beautiful. it really is a slice of heaven

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a few pictures of the restaurant
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January 24, 2013

big sur

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i know i say a lot of things and places are my favorite but of all the places i have ever been, big sur takes the cake. it is beautiful beyond words and this time seemed even more magical than our usual stops. we were just driving through on our way home from carmel but we decided to stop at a few of our favorite places like nepenthe, big sur bakery and the big sur river inn. it started raining and within minutes, the brightest rainbow i've ever seen appeared. i tried to capture it but the pictures really don't do justice. it was a great way to end such a wonderful trip

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