Day Two in El Lay.
Carrying our birthday celebrations into the weekend, Saturday brought a great deal of LA joy and even more amazing LA cuisine. After hitting up the mini gym at Le Montrose for some stretching (while DaliaSparkle nursed a bit of a hangover), we made our way onto La Cienega to grab lunch at Real Food Daily in West Hollywood. My BFF in London (from LA) has been raving about this place for the entirety of our relationship and I knew that a trip to Southern California would be incomplete without RFD love. Verdict? Ahh-mazing. Quite possibly the best vegan food I’ve ever had. The tempeh bacon is out of this world (much better than many other places incarnations of tempeh ‘bacon’; this stuff was actually crispy)! After our delicious pit stop, we made our way back to Le Montrose for a little nap time and relaxation atop our hotel. The rooftop pool certainly made for a great escape with the 75 degree sunshiney weather; perfect for an afternoon of vegging and reading mindless magazines while our bodies prepared for another night out.
After cleaning up and beautifying, we met up with G. once again and cabbed it to the Mondrian to hit up the famous SkyBar for a drink. Both DaliaSparkle & G. had been raving about SkyBar; the views and the drinks were allegedly out of this world. Normally when a place is hyped up, I find myself slightly disappointed during my encounter. This was the complete opposite. While the drinks were a bit (okay, a lot) pricey, the views were stunning and the ambiance was absolutely stellar. It managed to blend super classy with comfortable; something that I think is incredible difficult to actually achieve. Though it does hurt the heart to shell out $15 for a drink, my advice is to sip slowly and enjoy the atmosphere for as long as humanly possible.
After our brief stopover at the Mondrian, we headed down to the SLS Hotel to grab birthday drinks and dine at The Bazaar. Admittedly, I hadn’t heard of The Bazaar before Saturday evening but it was an incredible dining experience. We managed to get reservations (albeit at 10P) and dined on deliciously creative tapas while sipping on stellar drinks (the ‘magic mojito’ is awesome)! While I wouldn’t consider myself a foodie (by any means), this totally made me appreciate fine dining.
Needless to say, Celebration Part II was a success (in my opinion, though the birthday girl’s is probably more important)! Delicious food and awesome company. Check back for more on our lazily wonderful Sunday venturing into Santa Monica.
Love from CA,