Out and About: Temescal Canyon Park

The Boy and I have been participating in a weekly photo challenge this year with some friends – actually, maybe I’ll start posting my results here as well – and when the challenge was “Land,” we decided to take a photo walk that turned into more of a hike than we perhaps intended at Temescal Canyon Gateway Park.

Hikers on Rocks

Tesmescal Canyon Park is set in the Santa Monica mountains, and has a bunch of popular and not-too-crazy-difficult hiking trails you can take that often reward you with impressive ocean views. We (somewhat unintentionally) probably did about 5-6 miles round trip since once we got to the top of the ridge, the Boy insisted we follow the signs another mile or two to see Skull Rock, which looks exactly how you’d expect it to (but, yes, it was cool and exercise is good). Continue reading

Out & About: The L.A. Bread Festival

Last Friday, I received some sort of mailing about the Los Angeles Bread Festival, happening that very weekend (as in, the next day and day after). Despite the short notice, I quickly got the Boy on board, as he’s been baking bread periodically (yes, I am a very lucky girl). He signed up for a slot at the communal wood-burning bread oven and on Sunday, off we went to Grand Central Market in DTLA (Downtown Los Angeles, for the non-locals).

Bread for Sale

The bread festival had many other classes and aspects to it (something about butter-churning aerobics WHAT), which we were unable to attend due to the short notice, but we did manage to partake of many delicious samples from the bread vendors lined up around the side of the Market. There were also bread-centric specials from many of the permanent market vendors, which I am totally on board with (all bread is good bread). Continue reading

Out & About in NOLA: China Lights

An exception to the many food and drink-related activities we took part  in during our trip to NOLA was the China Lights festival (installation? something), which settled in City Park just before we came to the city. Essentially, it’s a big installation of lanterns and lights in all their different forms – quite literally, there were caterpillars and fish and flowers and you name it.

China Lights Festival

It was installed within the Botanical Garden at City Park, which is a bit of a ways from the French Quarter (we tried and failed to take the bus – the New Orleans bus schedule is a bit of a mystery – and ended up Ubering). We frankly didn’t see much of the garden or the park (it being quite dark), but we did see a lot of color and light. Continue reading

Color and Cocktails: New Orleans

Get prepared for a LOT of posts about New Orleans. We went for a visit with the Boy’s brother and sister-in-law at the end of February, and it was amazing. SO MUCH EATING AND DRINKING. (If you want the real drinking lowdown, check out the Boy’s blog). But before I go off into a maze of posts about the many places we ate and drank and explored, I wanted to give you a bit of an overall look at our trip, along with some random pictures that won’t make it into their own solo posts.

Mardi Gras Beads

We were lucky enough to be there for a beautiful few days at the end of February – it was in the 60s and 70s, and the sun was shining pretty much the whole time. We went after Mardi Gras (cheaper + less crazy  = win) and upon our arrival to the Garden District, where we were staying, we were greeted with trees and fences glistening with Mardi Gras beads. Continue reading

Out and About: Rain Room at LACMA

In yet another example of how I totally fit millennial stereotypes…I love Instagram (so sue me). So when you combine a trendy Instagram  location with an art installation (I was an Art History major), I cannot resist. Enter: Rain Room at LACMA.

Rain Room Entrance

Rain Room, per LACMA’s website, “is an immersive environment of perpetually falling water that pauses wherever a human body is detected. The installation offers visitors an opportunity to experience what is seemingly impossible: the ability to control rain. Rain Room presents a respite from everyday life and an opportunity for sensory reflection within a responsive relationship.”

My aunt and uncle, who joined our excursion, pointed out that only in L.A. would we be fascinated by an installation of rain. Nevertheless, it does create a rather magical feeling as you stand dry, listening to the rain pour around you. Continue reading

Out & About: The Broad Museum

Happy New Year! I’m currently (travel gods be praised) on a plane back from Miami, where I spent New Year’s working (anyone catch Pitbull’s New Year’s Revolution on FOX last night? Thanks for watching!).  However, I thought it would be nice to kick off The Reluctant Millennial’s 2016 with a little out-and-about-in-LA action…namely, the new Broad Museum downtown.

The Broad

The Broad is free to the public, although in its current state of trendiness it is nearly impossible to get tickets on any kind of reasonable time and date. Still, it is worth a visit and if you plan ahead, you should have no problem attending (and hopefully the madness calms down eventually). We bought ours about a month in advance. Continue reading

Out & About: SoFar Sounds Living Room Concert

The internet is a terrible and a magical place. It bring out the worst in people a lot of the time (working in social media I know this to be true), but it also enables a lot of very cool things to happen that would have been damn hard to organize in times past. Case in point: SoFar Sounds. SoFar Sounds organizes secret, pay-what-you-want concerts with great artists in intimate spaces. I found out about them years ago and got on the mailing list, but only just managed to get in to attend my first one, which happened to be in an apartment living room not far from my own home.

SoFar Sounds Poster

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Out & About: Flower Duet Tour & Class

For our anniversary, the Boy bought me a wonderful gift – a Los Angeles flower market tour and a flower arranging class with Flower Duet, a florist business (floral business?) run by two sisters in the South Bay. Of course, due to busy schedules (mine) not aligning with class schedules (theirs), it is only recently I managed to redeem the bloody thing (our anniversary was in April).

Luckily, this meant I went home with a gorgeous fall flower arrangement – but I’m getting ahead of myself. First, the tour.

Flower Market Flowers

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Out and About in Massachusetts: Russell Orchards

While we were in Massachusetts a few weeks ago, the Boy’s parents took us to do something very typically East Coast-y – visit an orchard (Russell Orchards to be exact). While the Fall weather definitely hadn’t hit yet, it was a wonderful outing and included some very tasty treats (never a bad thing in my book).

Signs at Russell Orchards

The Orchards are lovely, with a big barn that houses the store and bakery (you can buy everything from cookbooks to trinkets to jam to honey), a pretty little pond (complete with geese), and a veritable plethora of farm life including a GIANT pig, adorable baby donkey, goats, sheep, and chickens. Even if you skip the apple-picking (as we did this time), there’s lots to see, and any number of kids were running around in sheer delight at discovering so many furry and feathered friends. Continue reading