This summer we jetted off to Israel! We wanted to explore a place we had never been to and really a region we had never been to. The Middle East! We came back with a deep love for this region, its people, food, and culture.
We have been visiting Montreal nearly all of our lives. Our dad's family is all in this fabulous city. We were just up celebrating out grandmother's 90th birthday. As always we ventured around the city to a bunch of wonderful spots. See below!
Our 1st stop is usually Marche Jean-Talon. This is a wonderful out door market (open in seasonally). Beautiful produce is on full display. There isn't too much organic sadly but you can find a few items. It will get your creative cooking ideas going!
While at Jean-Talon Market you must have a crepe at Creperie du Marche. These Crepes are amazing. They are all gluten free, made with buckwheat flour and filled with amazing combinations straight from the Jean-Talon market which surrounds it. Sweet, savory, vegan, or vegetarian they have all the option! (And meat too)
We love Bioterre, a great health food store in the Plateau area of the city. They have a wonderful selection of organic and healthy food. Its a great place to pickup supplies for your stay in Montreal. The staff is super friendly and welcoming as well.
We love Rustique and it happens to be super toddler friendly! The coffees and teas and great but the baked goods are beyond!! We smelled this place before we saw in. There was a group of 7 toddlers playing in the front of the restaurant and everyone seemed happy as can be about it. They all were drinking hot chocolates and debating Frozen the Disney movie. It was such a nice relaxed environment as well as incredibly delicious!
New York City is our second home! We went to early elementary school in the city and forever feel like this is our other home. An added benefit is some of our closest friends have ended up living (or never left) the city. Its always a whirlwind adventure with not much sleep for always very energizing.
It took this trip to NYC to go to our first SoulCycle class. Our dearest friend Jenni is a borderline expert and Mica and I ended up doing 2 classes! We did a Taylor Swift theme class, then found out about a Beyonce class happening the next morning and it just felt wrong not to participate. I get what all the hype is about now! Those endorphins get going and you feel so dam good! I have also never really worked out while on vacation. I have always been more of the indulgent type of traveller, (booze, big long meals, etc.). But I have to say it was very nice to incorporate a little excerise into the vacation.
We ventrured to Brooklyn one early evening. Talk out change! I mean We didn't live there too long ago but it might as well been the dark ages! We met out dear Friends Parsley and Sue for a drink on the roof of the Wythe Hotel. A bottle of rose and some cheese as the sun set makes for a perfect afternoon.
Next up we had a lovely dinner at DOC a few blocks away. Parsely, Mica and I all studied abroad in Florence Italy for a year, so our happy place always involves Italian food and lots of wine.
Next up (because New York summer evenings should never end) we went to Hotel Delmano. Our friend Julia came to meet all of us we all enjoyed fancy cocktails.
SUN VALLEY, ID
Summer in Sun Valley, ID… could anything be more perfect? You can
enjoy it all in this magical valley… hiking, biking, lakes and some
great food. We used to spend our childhood summers here so we were
delighted to bring Sofia with us.
The fresh mountain air of Sun Valley is wonderful. We arrived two days
before the grand reopening of the Sun Valley Lodge. The Sun Vally
Lodge is a mecca of old hollywood and new hollywood. This destination
has been classed up and the reno was extensive. The lobby bar is still
a delightful spot to grab a chilled glass of white wine during a hot
Another find in the Sun Valley Resort
is the day camp they have available. You don’t need to be staying at the hotel to enjoy this
service. Café and I dropped Sofia off for two days of camp. They were
full days, 9am-4pm but they have various options available. The women
who run this program couldn’t have been sweeter. Sofia was extremely
happy everyday we picked her up. Activities change daily and include
golf, tennis, nature hikes and art and crafts.
While Sofia was in camp we enjoyed everything that the valley has to
offer. We rode bikes, hiked up Mt. Baldy, ate lots of yummy food and
just enjoyed some time together in such a beautiful place. Café and I
both have a serious need to be nature.
Below are some of the spots and things that we did on our Sun Valley
This is a Sun Valley institution. We are OBSESSED with the Bowl of
Soul. This drink is part Mexican hot chocolate, shots of expresso,
whipped cream and cinnamon with a dash of something special. They are
liquid crack, seriously. We had at least 1 a day. The breakfasts here
are seriously awesome here too. They have a tons of delightful
options. Their cinnamon toast is out of this world. We are huge huevos
rancheros fans so we ended up having this every morning. Sofia
sampled many of the muffins and baked goods. Everything at Java is
This spot is right on Main Street. It’s a lively and busy spot with
locals and tourists alike and for good reason. The food is great! As a
recovering control freak I love that you can create your own burrito
and this isn’t just your basic options. They have a huge menu of all
sorts of things you can add. This place is also great for kids with
some solid kids options.
This place is one of our favorites. It for sure was Sofia’s favorite
spot. She scarfed down her organic chicken and noodles. We shared a
tons of items and loved everything. We had a flat bread (which was to
dye for), brussels sprouts, a curry and pad thai. This place is great
and should be sampled if you find yourself in Sun Valley. It would be
hard to get a bad meal here.
Stanley Baking Company:
This place is 70+ mile drive from Sun Valley but well worth the trek.
First of all the highway takes you through incredible country. You
drive by Galena Lodge which is a fabulous
spot to hike. The scenery here is spectacular and well worth an
excursion. Galena is only 20+ miles from Sun Valley so the pit spot is
easily accomplished. If you continue down the highway you will end up
in the small town of Stanley ID. The bakery here is awesome.
Everything is fresh, local and organic. The cinnamon rolls are
perfection, the almond milk chai lattes are delightful and their
veggie hash was great! This place is a true gem and for sure off the
Breakfast at Trails Cafe
Trails is a little gem of a place! This little cafe nestled in the hills of Griffith Park is one of our favorite outdoor eating establishments. The menu is limited, but everything is made with such love and with the best ingrediance. In the mood for Vegan Rhubarb Strawberry pie? You’ll find it there.
2333 Fern Dell Dr.
Los Angeles, CA 90068
Hike in Griffith Park
Right across from Trails Cafe is a path leading you up to the Griffith Park Observatory. There are 2 paths but both lead you up to the Observatory. (Just keep going up.) Its a beautiful hike and gives you some stunning views of the city.
Walk the shops on Hilhurst Blvd. North of Franklin. Our Favorites are Vamp Shoes. We were just talking about how this store turned us into shoe people! Love there selection and they have an amazing sale 2 times a year. Which we debated writing about because we don't need any more people buying our shoes during the sales! :-)
1951 Hillhurst Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90027
A gem of a book store! Where you can browse and wonder around a real independent bookstore. I have stumbled onto a reading by by favorite author, Junot Diaz. Again this is a cute strip of shops. Explore!
1818 N. Vermont Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90027
Breakfast at Malibu Farms
This restaurant is delicious! Organic healthy food with an amazing 'Bu vibe and feel.
23000 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90265
Shop and Play at Malibu Country Mart
This place has a bit of everything. Fancy fun boutiques ( Maxfield's) Crystal shop in another section, as well as a great eco- friendly playground in the center of it all.
3835 Cross Creek Road
Malibu, CA 90265
Another truly Malibu restaurant is the Greek gem. Great signings are promised along with delicious Greek food. It’s festive and fun vibe is a great place to grab lunch or dinner. It’s a local’s favorite and a Malibu must!
23410 Civic Center Way, Malibu, CA 90265
Sunset cocktails at Nobu
Nobu really outdid themselves with this spot. You are literally on the beach. Hands down our favorite place to grab a drink in Malibu and even better if you can make it for the amazing sunset!
22706 Pacific Coast Highway
Ok so Jay Z and Beyoncé have been pictured eating at this Venice hotspot but for good reason. This place is delicious. Weather it’s for brunch, lunch or dinner this place offers some amazing plates. The salads are always fresh and inventive. Nothing boring comes out of this kitchen. If you are can’t grab a reservation or don’t want to wait 2 hours head to their to-go spot next door.
1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291
What can we say about this institution? It’s vegan, organic, non GMO delicious food. Want to feel good and energized after eating? Head to this healthy spot in their chic Venice or Larchmont Blvd. locations. No wall tapestries here, just great food and the kind of people you want to do a yoga retreat with. Watch out for the question of the day. Some people get irked by a water asking you, “what centers you” but we always like to ponder the big questions of life. It helps when you have a glass of organic wine in hand. Be sure to order the dessert as these chefs really know how to create amazing vegan delights.
The Canals of Venice
Venice Italy meets Venice California in this neighborhood filled with walk streets and canals. Wonder around and get lost in these streets. The homes are gorgeous and you may even feel like you are in another country.
Walk the new Lincoln Blvd.
Everyone will tell you to walk Abbott Kinney but we want you to see all the new shops on Lincoln Blvd. between Superba and Venice Blvd. Start at General Store (1801 Lincoln Blvd. Venice, CA 90291) and start walking south. You will hit up a great new kids toy store (Huzzah 2010 Lincoln Blvd) A very cute dog store (Bruno’s 2012 Lincoln Blvd.) and one of my favorite little eclectic shops (Hayley Starr 2122 Lincoln Blvd.).
Afternoon snacks and wine at Zinque
This place just makes you feel like you are abroad at your favorite Neighborhood cafe. Cafe likes it so much she had her rehearsal dinner here for her wedding! You will be here sipping wines and eating delicious bites well into the night.
600 Venice Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90291