Beach Vibes Pt.1

Been adulting real tough lately. Late nights working on projects and waking up extra early for meetings with offshore team members means putting off fun for another day. I'm one of the types that gets really into work and will end up putting that before myself. Luckily I have my best friend and soulmate @truth__tea to bring me back to real life and plan an awesome trip to California. 

So the original plan was to fly into SF spend a full day there and take the PCH down to LA. But like some plans, they don't always go through. I'll save you the long version and just say that we ended up skipping the whole part where we drive down and take in the sweet views of the PCH and replace with a long very gloomy drive down I5. Maybe we tried to fit too much in for a lotted 5 day tri. We aimed a bit high and missed. It happens. 

 Do yourself a favor next time you're in SF and get brunch at Nopa. These Lemon Poppyseed Muffins w/ Kumquats and Lemon Curd was INSANE. Be nice to your bartender and you just might get some house made coconut yogurt w/choco granola and strawberry compote on the house.

Do yourself a favor next time you're in SF and get brunch at Nopa. These Lemon Poppyseed Muffins w/ Kumquats and Lemon Curd was INSANE. Be nice to your bartender and you just might get some house made coconut yogurt w/choco granola and strawberry compote on the house.

So first stop San Fran. Upon landing it seems that we've taken all the rain we get in Seattle and brought it down there with us...and then some. Not only was it a lot of rain but it never seemed to let down. We didn't let it stop us from going to Sushirrito and knocking back a tasty rito with some lava nachos. The hunger was all too real so unfortunately I have no photos of this. The rain was really killing our vibe but we ended up going to some really fun shops and found a lovely spot called Urban Putt. Though it was crazy packed with a lot of people trying to avoid the rain it was a ton of fun. Serve me alcoholic beverages in a putt putt course that has a variety of themed holes and you got yourself a really good time. Definitely THE most unique putt putt experience I've ever had. After meeting up with some friends for drinks in a swanky hotel we headed to our Air BnB to call it a night. 

 Thai Sausage with something something curry cabbage, something something wild rice and a poached egg from Nopa SF.

Thai Sausage with something something curry cabbage, something something wild rice and a poached egg from Nopa SF.

We woke up semi early to catch brunch at Nopa SF. If you're smart you'd make your reservations ahead of time. We were lucky enough to snag a spot at the bar. This was hands down the best brunch I've ever had. Hard decisions were made but the bartender was able to hold our hands and walk us through this insane brunch. The muffin in the picture above changed my life. I met god for the first time in this muffin. I was extra hungry and went with the Thai Sausage with curry coleslaw, some sort of rice that I can't recall and a poached egg. It was good and it filled me up but i'm definitely coming back to try more items on the menu.

We made a quick stop to get your classic foggy picture of the Golden Gate Bridge. As you can tell I wasn't having the weather at all. After getting our pics we hit the road for LA. We left for a sunny vacation and were having trouble believing that California is in a drought. Not only was it still raining as we left but it followed us basically the whole trip down. With some sweet tunes and occasional podcast we were finally in LA (Riverside). We were welcomed by my family with the classic mexican bbq with arroz, frijoles and steak arrachera with corn tortillas. Chased the tacos down with some Tecate of course. It was awesome and tasted even better among great company. 

I'm looking at the rest of my photos and I'm thinking I will make another post out of them. It'll cover the LA portion of my trip. In the next post I'll talk about how much cooler just about everything is in LA and talk about the epic beach views. I'll shoot to have it up sometime this week. 

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