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Postcards from L.A.

October 12, 2010

Los Angeles–the city of dreams. My twin sister lives in California, so it’s a state I visit often, but most of my stops are further up the coast in San Francisco, Santa Cruz, and Sonoma.

So, when I heard Catherine, the other half of the fantastic AsianCajuns, planned to hit the SoCal spot with her boyfriend Troy, I just had to get her take. Not only do Catherine and her twin sister Lauren (whom you read all about her travels to Scotland here) write the most fashionable blog in Atlanta, they are experienced travelers, and just plain fun.

Here’s Cath’s refreshing postcard … feel free to read this post while wearing sunglasses indoors, that’s so L.A.

This sign on the Santa Monica Fred Segal made me instantly happy. We had just eaten at the Umami Burger located inside and it was one of the best burgers I’ve ever had.

Meet Sammie the seagull.  Troy and I named him as well sipped margaritas on the beach at Paradise Cove-a tourist trap in Malibu.

I fell in love with Ivanhoe Books in Silver Lake. It’s an architect, design bookstore/home store and is like walking into a Dwell or Domino editorial.

Apollo Grill in Burbank is the most unassuming eatery in all of L.A., but has the most amazing breakfast burritos.

We spent five days in Santa Monica. The pier reminds me a little bit of the beach towns in England. It’s perfect beach town kitschy-ness.

We rode a tandem bike along Santa Monica, Venice and Manhattan Beach and had so much fun we rented the bike again the next day.

Troy and I love a good beer. We stayed at the Farmer’s Daughter Hotel for a few days and stocked up at the nearby Bev Mo with some west coast beers.

No trip to L.A. would be complete without an In-N-Out Burger. The burger and fries definitely live up to the hype!

We met up with my cousin for dinner at this amazing ramen place in downtown L.A.