March 17, 2015

Like most New Yorkers, we’ve been dying to escape the horror that is the winter of 2015 (yes, I know you’ve had it worse, Boston). We haven’t been a non-family visit and/or friend’s wedding vacation…ever… so when our friend Tim mentioned that he was heading to California in February, we sprung for tickets and got to work planning a trip within our trip. We found this awesome Air Bnb called Sweet Rock Ranch nestled in the boulders overlooking Joshua Tree and spent a few days cooking, listening to records, hot tubbing, checking out the views and doing a bit of exploring in the park with a group of friends. I had never been to the desert before, so this was a pretty incredible introduction.

Almost immediately after we arrived, I grabbed my camera and started scaling the rocks in my skirt and inappropriate shoes. I think I am part goat.

Bored Vegetarian Bethany Pickard Yucca Valley Joshua Tree Green Cactus-15
Bored Vegetarian Bethany Pickard Yucca Valley Joshua Tree Green Pokey Cactus-15
Bored Vegetarian Bethany Pickard Yucca Valley Joshua Tree Many Piles of Rocks-15
Bored Vegetarian Bethany Pickard Yucca Valley Joshua Tree Sweet Rock Ranch View-15
Bored Vegetarian Bethany Pickard Yucca Valley Joshua Tree Purple Cactus-15
Bored Vegetarian Bethany Pickard Yucca Valley Joshua Tree Pokey Tree-15
Bored Vegetarian Bethany Pickard Yucca Valley Joshua Tree Pile of Rocks-15
Bored Vegetarian Bethany Pickard Yucca Valley Joshua Tree Pokey Cactus-15
Bored Vegetarian Bethany Pickard Yucca Valley Joshua Tree Golden Hour -15
Bored Vegetarian Bethany Pickard Yucca Valley Joshua Tree Animal Bone-15
Bored Vegetarian Bethany Pickard Yucca Valley Joshua Tree Brambles-15
Bored Vegetarian Bethany Pickard Yucca Valley Joshua Tree Scary Tree-15
Bored Vegetarian Bethany Pickard Yucca Valley Joshua Tree View-15
Bored Vegetarian Bethany Pickard Yucca Valley Joshua Tree View 2-15

Yes, we did got to Pappy & Harriet’s. Their bloody marys were delicious.

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November 29, 2012

LA and I have had somewhat of a contemptuous relationship since it stole away two of my closest friends a few months ago and have yet to return to them to Brooklyn, but as it was one of the cities I had yet to explore in my adulthood, it was time to go. The weather didn’t quite behave (those who say it never rains in California lied…) but we got to explore tons of neighborhoods and most importantly, eat a lot of delicious food. I came back feeling pretty inspired foodwise, which is one of the best things one can ask for.

Nickel Diner (Downtown) : Try the strawberry donut.
Little Dom’s (Griffith Park/Los Feliz) : Eggs Fungi Poached with Roasted Mushrooms, Grilled Bread, Fennel Pollen Hollandaise; Fried Potatoes
Cafe Gratitude (Venice, thanks for the recommendation, Nicole!) : Warning – their way of ordering (I AM ____________, to which the waitperson replies YOU ARE _________________) is a bit pretentious and off-putting, but it’s the most delicious vegan food I’ve ever had.
I AM VIVACIOUS: Live marinated Kale Chips with Hempseed Ranch
I AM HUMBLE: Indian Curried Lentils over Quinoa with Sauteed Seasonal Vegetable, Sweet Potato and Spinach, drizzled with Spicy Mint Chutney & Sweet Tamarind Sauce 
Huckleberry Bakery & Cafe (Santa Monica) : Quinoa, Butternut Squash, Rutiz Kale with Sunny-Side Up Eggs (pictured above); All of the baked goods (we had blueberry ciabatta and roasted fig flatbread)Jitlada (Hollywood) : Tom Kha Soup; Freshy Rolls; Native Fruit Green Curry with Coconut and Tofu
Wurstkuche (Downtown/Arts District) : Vegetarian Smoked Apple Sage (apples, yukon potatoes & rubbed sage)
The Pie Hole (Downtown/Arts District) : I forget which we had, but it was tasty!

Other highlights:The Varnish (in the back of Cole’s, Downtown) : Delicious cocktails
Cosmos (Little Tokyo, Downtown) : Karaoke with a 2 drink min., tiny stage and rules like “no jumping, no gum.” Point Dume : Beautiful state beach (pictured above) Disneyland : Weird, nostalgic feeling (and a Dole whip)(special thank you thank you to Brooke, Mads, Mei and Joel for showing me a good time) 
Where do I go next? I’d like to plan a trip abroad and at least one in the US for 2013… advice?

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