24 Hours in LA

This past weekend we hosted my Sister and her husband for a quick 24 hours of fun in Los Angeles.  They were on their way to Pebble Beach for meetings this week and we were able to enjoy a bit of time with them before they headed North.

They arrived Saturday early afternoon from Michigan and our time together began at the infamous Chateau Marmont for a sophisticated lunch on the outdoor patio.  This château style property is home to star visitors and all sorts of crazy happenings over the years.  Unfortunately, the hotel has a policy against photography (I guess the stars wouldn’t come otherwise) but I was able to take a quick shot of my Salad Nicoise with my iPhone without getting escorted off the premises.

Salad Nicoise

Go here if you want to see and be seen and go hear if you want an authentic Los Angeles experience.  The patio is filled with market umbrellas and comfortable cafe style tables.  In addition to the salad I also enjoyed one of my favorite summer drinks,

Aperol Spritz

an Aperol Spritz which was introduced to me by a dear friend of mine who is also an aspiring blogger at Bien Vestido.  Aperol is an Italian aperitif made from bitter and sweet oranges and other herbs and roots and is bright orange in color.  The Aperol Spritz recipe is as follows:

3 parts Prosecco
2 parts Aperol
Splash of soda
Over ice and garnished with an orange slice

Chateau Marmont
8221 Sunset Boulevard
Hollywood, CA 90046

We spent the afternoon poolside at their hotel, The Beverly Hilton.  This is where MIss Whitney passed away earlier this year and is also where the Golden Globes are held in January.  The hotel is well-appointed and centrally located in the heart of Beverly Hills.  The poolside service includes cocktails from Trader Vic’s so we did enjoy a nice Mai Tai as we lounged and watched all of the people.  My Sister and I reminisced about staying at the Chicago Hilton & Towers and visiting the Trader Vic’s in Chicago as kids.

The Beverly Hilton
9876 Wilshire Boulevard
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

That evening we headed to Salt’s Cure for dinner.  Located in West Hollywood this is sure to be a foodies outpost.  It has a no frills focus on farm to table food with California sourced ingredients and delicious meats.

Salt Cure’s 8/1 Menu

Not the place for you vegans and vegetarians.  The restaurant posts a daily menu on their Facebook page so check it out before you head over.  The lighting was dim but here are a few shots of the meat dishes that we were served.  When they arrived we said, “seriously?” but we of course had little left on our plates just moments later.  We finished the day with a delicious brioche bread pudding.


Veal Blade Shank

Pork Rib Chop

Salt’s Cure
7494 Santa Monica Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90046

Sunday morning we jumped in our cars (it is LA after all) and headed down to Venice.  Once parked near Abbot Kinney Boulevard we made our way to Intelligentsia Coffee.  This coffee purveyor has several locations throughout Los Angeles and is considered to serve some of the best coffee in town.  As you can see, the pastries are nothing to miss either!

Intelligentsia Coffee, Venice Beach, CA

Morning pastries

I really did have a donut. Baked of course, not fried!

Intelligentsia Coffee
1331 Abbot Kinney Boulevard
Venice, CA 90291

After our coffee break we headed to the Venice canals.  Venice, CA was developed by a Abbot Kinney who had a vision to make this part of Los Angeles an artist community and a United States version of Venice, Italy.  His attempts weren’t successful but the remains of his work can be enjoyed by strolling through the canals of the neighborhood which are full of beautiful foliage, ducks and gorgeous homes.

Venice, CA canals

Monarch butterfly and a caterpillar too!

Then we refueled at one of our favorite casual restaurants, Lemonade.  We usually frequent the Beverly Hills location but we lucked out finding a location right in the heart of Venice.  Great flavored lemonades like Blueberry Mint Lemonade, dozens of fresh salads, soups, meats and a nice selection of homemade deserts.  You will not be let down by a visit to Lemonade.  Always good and lots of healthy options to watch the waistline too!

Lemonade, Venice, CA

Amazingly fresh and innovative salads

Jose and me at Lemonade

1661 Abbot Kinney Boulevard
Venice, CA 90291

After lunch we strolled the stores of Abbot Kinney Boulevard which seem to go on forever.  Casual clothing stores, restaurants, bookstores, galleries and concept stores line the boulevard.  Here are a few highlights:

Alternative Apparel – amazing cotton casual wear
1337 Abbot Kinney Boulevard
Venice, CA 90291

Plantation – stylish home decor and accessories
1340 Abbot Kinney Boulevard
Venice, CA 90291

Ilan Dei Studio Store – contemporary furniture
1650 Abbot Kinney Boulevard
Venice, CA 90291
310 302 9222

We packed a lot into a 24-hour layover but I think that my Sister and her husband had a great time.  If you visit LA or even if you live here, be sure to try out some of the spots that we visited and let me know what you think.  Happy August!

My Sister and me. Makes me smile.