The Attacks of the Gulls

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I’m here to share this tale with you, Still quite traumatized…
Of an event that happened in a flash, Before my very eyes.

It dates back to the winter,
My first Miami trip,
When I met this super sandwich,
Whos ingredients did not jip.

Inside a fresh croissant,
Lie prosciutto and mozzarella…
In one fell swoop, with just one bite,
Deep in love I fell.

Do I eat it all? Save leftovers?
I was stuck in quite a jam…
Before finishing this work of art,
I snapped a pic for Instagram.

Fast forward to November,
So we meet again.
I didn’t even need a menu,
Despite how long it’s been.

Sandwich in hand, smile on face,
I skipped down to the sand…
Little did I know, that this decision
Was the beginning of the end.

“Look how many friends you’ve made”
Said Sandra, about the birds…
I realized then the danger I was in,
“Oh Shit!” Being my final words.

They inched nearer and nearer,
As I tried to swat them away…
But these harsh fowl did not back down,
Much to my dismay.

The head honcho soon squacked his call,
The leader of the pack.
The most terrified I’ve ever been,
Was the target of a bird attack.

Lettuce to the left, tomato to the right,
Feathers flying everywhere!
Even after the sandwich was devoured,
They still swarmed within my hair!

There was no escaping them,
I ran what felt like miles!
And the bystanders that witnessed it all,
Were nothing but laughs and smiles.

My friend, just sipping coffee,
Was in danger by association.
This attack on the both of us,
Led to hours of conversation.

We said our goodbyes, cursed the birds,
And prayed for our dear lives.
Then suddenly a godsend,
Put an end to all our strifes.

A couple way down yonder,
Proudly opened up their lunch bag.
The birds quickly took notice,
Finding brand new pray to hag.

So here is what I learned from this,
The lesson I can teach…

Don’t be the fool to try and eat
Your sandwich on the beach.

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A Guide to Seattle based on the Random Things I Found While Unpacking

After such a jam packed trip to the North West, I was trying to think of the best way to make a fun, creative guide of Seattle, Washington. Then, as I was unpacking, I found a plethora of obscure maps, stickers, ticket stubs, and noise makers (of the duck-call type).

What a perfect way to outline the best things to see with a short time schedule and a low budget!

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Space Needle

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This is THE must-see in see-attle! Get a ticket to visit the observation deck, which is 520ft above Emerald City! Be sure to take note of what time the sun sets, and head on up about a half hour before. Expedia also has some great deals on eating at Skycity Restaurant, but make sure you have a reservation!

Mount Rainier

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If you have time, and if your budget allows, I highly recommend taking a tour of Mt. Rainier— Seattle’s sleeping giant. As a city dweller, this type of adventure was something I wouldn’t typically plan. Luckily, I was traveling with a friend who had Mt. Rainer very high up on her list of things to do. Looking back on my entire North Western trip, this was my favorite endeavor. I felt like a child again, being so floored by the beauty of nature, splashing around in waterfalls, and most importantly— having no cell phone service. For more information on the tour that we took: click here.

Pike Place Market

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Another Seattle classic! I love craft fairs (as I’ve blogged about before: Get Crafty!). Pike Place Market is a great place to be a part of the community with handcrafted goods and local foods. Don’t forget to check out the awesome, yet gross, gum wall located downstairs!

Ride The Ducks

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When they ask if you would like the duck noise maker to be included with your ticket, give them a blissful, “yes!” We had a lot of fun on this land and sea tour, checking out many of the city’s hot spots and learning about the history behind them! The view from Lake Union was awesome, but the thought of owning one of the floating homes was even better.

Chihuly Garden and Glass

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If you are an art connoisseur, then this is a must see! Located near the Space Needle, this exhibition shows off the work of artist Dale Chihuly. Most art enthusiasts are use to seeing standard mediums: paint, canvas, etc… seeing blown glass is sure to blow your mind!

 

Pier 57

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Take a walk along the water for some great Seattle sites; such as the Great Wheel! There’s many tents along the way with people selling art, jewelry, and so much more. Stop for an ice cream cone, take a seat, and enjoy your beautiful surroundings!

And of course, some pointers on where to eat & what to order:

Brunch: Citizen Cafe
The caramelized apple cheddar crepe (add black forest ham) & flatliner coffee were the best way I could have ever started my day.

Happy Hour: NYP Bar & Grill Seattle
They have awesome happy hour prices, so order away! The BBQ pulled pork quesadilla was delicious. Still hungry? Go for the tuscan steak bites.

Mexican: Laredos Grill
Spicy Mango Margarita & a variety of tacos to your liking. I’m drooling just thinking about it.

Pizza: Zeeks Pizza
If you like spicy, go for the Dragon! Vegetarian? Try the Quentin Florentino. Adventurous? Go half & half!

Thinking about taking a trip to Seattle? We can help you Get Out There!

Hungry For Adventure: Dining Downtown San Diego

Last week I told you some places to check out if you are in the northern county of San Diego (Guide to Encinitas). Today, I’ll let you in on some hot spots downtown!

Breakfast: Hash House a Go Go, Hillcrest. 

 

 

 

 

 


I’m not typically a breakfast person, however, this place has changed my opinion on the most important meal of the day. The portion sizes are gigantic! So, if you’re a first timer, you may want to share with a friend. Must try: their crispy potatoes! They have great daily mimosa specials– the grapefruit was my personal favorite.

Lunch: Baja Beach Cafe, Pacific Beach. 

 

 

 

 

 

Fish tacos & huge margaritas… what can be better than that?! I’ll tell you what– a phenomenal patio with great reggae music, and a view of the beach and beautiful people walking and riding their bikes along the boardwalk.

Happy Hour: Wave House Beach Club, Mission Beach.

 

 

 

 

 

The atmosphere of this beachfront outdoor bar makes it a must-see if you are in the area– especially around sunset! Enjoy discounted beers around the fire pit. There is even a wave machine that you can ride!

Dinner: Bandar, Gaslamp District.

 

 

 

 

 

I love expanding my palate and trying foods I’ve never had before. Bandar is a cute Persian spot, with outdoor seating, and great food that will make you want to break out into a belly dance. Order the mast-o-khiar (yogurt with cucumber) as an appetizer, and be sure to save it to mix with your meal!

Dessert: Clayton’s Coffee Shop, Coronado.

 

 

 

 

 

This cute, old-fashion cafe makes you feel like you’ve gone back in time, with their juke box and retro decor. Their delicious menu of ice cream cakes and home made pies is irresistible!

Hungry for Adventure! Where to eat in San Francisco.

As a foodie, San Francisco was my mecca. With endless possibilities of delicious dining, two weeks just wasn’t enough to try it all! Here is what I came up with as my top spots of Frisco dining!

Breakfast, The Most Important Meal of the Day

Coffee: It’s a Grind (Polk St.)

For all of my Weeds fans out there, you must get an iced coffee at It’s a Grind, in honor of the one and only Nancy Botwin!

Donuts: Dynamo Donut (Mission District) 

This little hole in the wall stole my heart. Each day, they post their daily donuts on a wooden board.. they have everything from maple glazed bacon apple, to I am not a Gluten chocolate with raspberry glaze. You will become a donut addict in no time!

Brunch (featuring bottomless mimosas)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Breakfast Tacos: Luna Park (Valencia St.)

This place is very cozy! With cute little booths in the back, if you’re looking for a more intimate experience. The food is delicious and the drinks are strong. What more can you ask for in a brunch?

Delicious Peruvian Food: Fresca (Noe Valley) 

Eggs in lobster sauce, with a side order of bottomless mimosas…. game over.

It’s not NY Pizza, but it will do…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Silver Pizzeria

(Downtown Berkeley)
This cool little spot near UC Berkeley makes one type of pizza and salad each day. Really cool concept, and, there is a bar inside.

Venice Pizzeria 

(Sausalito)
Pizza with a view! After biking the Golden Gate into the town of Sausalito, take a break, get a slice and a glass of wine, and sit and watch the boats go by.

hAPPy Hour: Apps & Drinks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Muscles: Eagle Cafe

(pier 39)
I consider myself to be a muscle connoisseur, and these were, by far, the best muscles I’ve ever had in my life. They were humungous!! The view could not be more beautiful… definitely a place to check out if you like seafood.

Sushi: Hana Zen

(pier 39)
I’ve never had a California roll tempura style before this. The crab tasted so fresh! Plus, you can’t put a price tag on the view.

Spicy Margaritas: Tres

(across from AT&T Park)
Jalapeño margaritas are in contention for my favorite alcoholic beverage, and the ones at Tres have won their way into my heart. This is a cool spot to watch the game— they have a huge projector screen in the back, and tents in the yard that are great for mingling with other fans.

The Fastest of Foods

 

 

 

 

 

 

In & Out

… duh. don’t forget to get it animal style!

Sup? Supper..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Burritos, Tacos & Quesadillas, oh my!: Mission District (

walk down 24th st.)
If you’re looking to try the best Mexican food, come to the Mission. Anywhere you go will be delicious. The quesadillas are the size of your average burrito… so you can imagine what that means for their burritos.

Persian Food: Lavish (Hayes Valley)

The decor of this place reminded me of my room back at home.. so cozy! I was recommended to try the The The Bademjan… and now I am passing this recommendation on to you!

After Hours: Dessert & Drinks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ice Cream: Ghirardelli Square 

This needs no explanation. Go stuff your face.

Irish Coffee: Buena Vista (Fisherman’s Warf) 

This Irish Coffee is world famous! It is the perfect night cap after a long day of exploring the city.

Lauren’s Guide to Los Angeles: You can’t spell Lauren Without “LA”…

If you are thinking about planning a trip to L.A. here are some spots you shouldn’t miss!

Where to Brunch on Sunday Funday? Sunny Side, Venice Beach

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This place had me at $15 bottomless mimosas. Try the side of jerk potatoes, it was the most delicious starch I’ve ever had in my life. The vibe is awesome… chill music, chill people. And, you are about a half mile walk away from the beach.

Where to Watch the Sunset? Muscle Beach

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If you walk along the Venice Boardwalk until you reach the meat heads working out at muscle beach, and then walk left towards the ocean, there will be a ton of rocks jutting out into the Pacific. Not only is this spot my favorite for lounging, it is the most beautiful spot to sit and watch the sunset.

Where to Go Shopping? 3rd Street Promenade, Santa Monica

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Picture the best mall you’ve ever been to. Now picture it outside, surrounded by palm trees, on steroids. That is the 3rd Street Promenade.

Where to Just Chill? Venice Beach Skatepark

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It is something you have to experience for yourself. The talent is incredible, and the vibe is so relaxed. Grab an iced coffee, and go hang out for a bit!

Where to People Watch? The Rusty Mullet, Hollywood

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Hollywood is overrated. Many people are extremely disappointed when the arrive, because it is a beautiful facade. If you are going to go, go during the day. Check out all the touristy things like the walk of fame and the Chinese Theater while it is still light out. Then, as the sun begins to set, Hollywood becomes Hollyweird. The Rusty Mullet has seats by a large open window, where you can get something to eat, have a beer, and watch all the interesting characters that walk by. Then, take an uber home.

The Happiest Hour?  Hermosa Beach Pier

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Allow some time in your trip to head down to the Redondo/Hermosa Beach area. There are a ton of bars near the Hermosa Beach Pier offering awesome happy hour specials. Fish tacos galore!

Where to see Artwork? Venice Boardwalk (especially on weekends!)

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I can’t emphasize enough how amazingly creative the city of Venice is. The boardwalk is filled with tents of artists displaying and selling their work. On weekends, the number of vendors nearly doubles! The work is spectacular, and talking to the artists themselves is really cool.

Best Beach? … anywhere. From Malibu, all the way down to Orange County! 

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If you’re in Los Angeles, stay by the coast!!!! No matter what beach you go to, you will be happy that you are there!

Yoga Class? Yoga Nest, Venice Beach

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Not only is the vibe of this place incredible, but you can go get a smoothie right downstairs at The Cow’s End Deli.

Where to Drink on a Rooftop?  The Perch, Downtown Los Angeles

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DTLA was not the city I expected it to be, but, coming from NY, I had pretty high expectations. However, if you want a beautiful view of the city while sipping on a martini, check out the Perch!

Where to Ride Your Bike? The Venice Canals

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This is a spot that I don’t think enough people visit when they are in Los Angeles… and it is a shame. The canals are breathtaking! Rent a bike from the boardwalk, and ride down the street to the canals… you won’t be sorry.