LA la la.

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Remember when I was lamenting midterms and counting the minutes until spring break? Well, now you know why. I was one lucky lady this past week, as I got to spend six days in LA, followed by three in San Francisco (but I’ll leave that for a Part II post).

Here are some of the things I saw, ate, and did — in no particular order — in the city of angels.

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Day one started at the “farmer’s market” at The Grove. Why the quotes? When I hear “farmer’s market,” I expect to see bundles of fresh produce sold by bearded vendors standing under white, tented stands (What? You don’t?). This was not that. Instead, the market offered a plethora of ethnic food options, sweets, and some of that fresh produce I imagined, which my travel buddies and I diligently ignored.

Though there were candied apples galore, pierogies, and Brazilian-style grilled meats among a million other choices, I opted for Mexican (since, California) and also to break my pescatarianism with the above: one chicken mole and one shredded beef taco on homemade corn tortillas + a side of black beans. Would do it again. And again.

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Satisfied, we made our way to LACMA, where we wandered through captivating contemporary exhibits, before plopping ourselves down in the café for a necessary caffeine hit. Museum-induced fatigue is very, very real.

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Other highlights included a trip to the Melrose Trading Post..

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A most nourishing bowl o’ goodness from Cafe Gratitude in Venice…

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A trip to the wonderland that is the Venice canals…

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And a quickie stop in windy Santa Monica…

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More Mexican food at B.S. Taqueria in downtown L.A. (Pro tip: do order the butternut squash tamale and the “duritos” and bean dip, don’t order the “gordo cup” cocktail)…

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And an all pink everything journal session at Espresso Profeta in Westwood Village.

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As if I didn’t cover enough (neighborhood) bases, I also joined friends on a perfect hike (by perfect I mean mostly flat, super scenic, and less than two hours) in Studio City.

Other activities not featured but thoroughly enjoyed included a traditional Persian feast, a visit to a taping of a TV show, phenomenal dinners at Katsuya (we tried both the Brentwood and Studio City locations), and a whole lotta pool time. Needless to say, I returned home feeling indescribably grateful — for old friends, new places, and more.

Check back soon for my SF recap .

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