Live Well: Long Weekend in L.A.

DisneylandI'm back, y'all! Were you afraid I had forsaken you forever? As much as I was tempted to stay in L.A., riding roller coasters and soaking up the perfect weather forever, in the end there's no place like your little slice of home on the internet. Oh, and your actual home with your own bed and stuff. That's pretty great too.

As you've likely gathered from my photos above (you've seen a few of these babies already if you follow me on Instagram), we had a wonderful time on our trip. Here were some of the highlights:

Day 1: Spent in Santa Monica - We had brunch at Gjelina, which was amazing. See eggs and gelato pictures above. I got a crispy fried egg/arugala/prosciutto dish that was to die for. Highly recommend. That night we had dinner at Sugarfish in Brentwood, which was also spectacular. On the whole, Saturday was an amazing food day!

Day 2: Spent in Santa Monica - We had brunch at Amandine Cafe, where I had one of the best omelettes that I've eaten in a long time. We then spent the rest of the day wandering around, doing some shopping and taking in the sights. We had dinner at The Tasting Kitchen, which I also strongly recommend. Their bread was out of this world (and I have extremely high standards for bread). We ordered the tasting menu when we were there (I mean, the restaurant name is "Tasting Kitchen" so I feel like that's really the only choice you should make...) and had a great experience EXCEPT that the entire dessert consisted of banana-based items. I can't stand banana. Unfortunately, they don't tell you what's on the tasting menu before you order it, so I had no idea to tell them that I despise bananas before the dessert dish showed up.  I wasn't sure how to handle the situation, so I just sat there sadly, watching the banana gelato melt, until they came and took it away. What do you guys think - should I start telling restaurants that I'm allergic to bananas in order to avoid a similar situation in the future?

Days 3 & 4: Spent in Disneyland! Over the past two days, a bunch of people have been asking me if I went to Disneyland because I'm really into Disney and/or theme parks. The honest answer is no - spending lots of time around hoards of people is nowhere near the top of my list of favorite things to do. However, I love riding rollercoasters, and Disney does rollercoasters better than anyone else. Since my husband and I turn 25 this fall, we decided that the best way to ring in our quarter-century birthdays was to act like children for two days. So that's exactly what we did. We rode all the best rollercoasters - Space Mountain, Indiana Jones, California Screaming, Tower of Terror, Cars, Soarin', Matterhorn, etc., and stayed away from tiny kids as much as we could. Low point: The park closing California Screaming (the best rollercoaster there) as my husband and I were literally boarding the ride. Thus the sad-face picture above. High point: Pretty much everything else. Going on a Monday and Tuesday was an excellent decision, and allowed us to ride all the best rides several times (I think we hit up Space Mountain at least six times in two days - now that's what I call success!).

Most of all, my favorite part of the trip was getting to spend four wonderful, relaxed, celebratory days with the most fantastic husband in the world. There is nothing I would rather do than hang out, just me and him, for days on end. I got a good one, that's for sure.