Friday, March 23, 2012

North End Caffe

Last week, I had a day off in the middle of the week, so my mother and I went out to lunch. We went to a restaurant that she's been to before, and that I was dying to eat at!

We headed to North End Caffe for lunch, were lucky enough to get a parking spot right out side, and a table inside. We sat and pondered the menu for a while-me ogling at all of the choices!

Finally, we decided on the Pastrami Sandwich, the Tia(BBQ basted turkey, bacon, Swiss, creole mojo, pickle, onion, and tomato), and a Kahlua Pig Monte Cristo Egg Rolls to split.

While we waited for our food, I went outside to check out the view. See the green building on the left in this photo? That's North End Caffe! It's super close to the beach. 

Our food came relatively quick, and it was hard to wait a moment to snap pictures before we dug in! It all looked so tasty!

The Monte Cristo Egg Rolls-these are SO good, and I'm sure incredibly unhealthy! But delicious! 

My "Tia" sandwich, served with organic leafy greens. To be honest, I wasn't a huge fan of the salad, but the sandwiches were to die for!

Meri's Pastrami sandwich. Look at those delicious layers! Hers was mighty scrumptious as well.

My sandwich again. Obviously, I couldn't wait longer to take a bite ;)

If you didn't catch it from the menu's, North End Caffe was featured on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives on Food Network. I haven't actually seen that episode, but I might try to hunt it down. 

Besides having outrageously delicious food, North End Caffe had friendly staff, great location, and a fun atmosphere.  I will most definitely be making a stop back here, and hopefully before we leave!

The things to keep in mind is that this is located on a busy street with limited parking, and there is very limited seating inside, but you can order to go.

I highly suggest stopping here if you are in the Los Angeles area. North End Caffe is located 3421 Highland Avenue, Manhatten  Beach, CA 90266, and can be reached at 310-546-4782. They are open everyday from 8am to 9pm, and have different menu's for every meal. 

Monday, March 19, 2012

Venice/Malibu Day Trip

 Prepare yourself for photo overload! Also, my computer is officially gone,  but we can still save my hard drive, we just haven't yet. So, I still only have recent pictures and I don't have Photoshop, so none of these pictures are touched up.

I wrote last week that we were going to the Santa Monica Farmer's Market, but after finding the address online first, and then using the GPS on my phone, we couldn't find either of them! We got to the spot where both markets were supposed to be, but there was obviously nothing there. We still had a fun day though. 

After we were unsuccessful with that, I realized we were really close to C&O, so we headed there for lunch. After that, we went over to Venice Beach. Parking was insane(but that is expected), so we were parked pretty far away. While we were walking to the beach, all the sudden we were right on the Venice canals! I was so excited. I had wanted to go here before we left LA, but I didn't know if we would have the time. We strolled around for a bit and checked out the beautiful houses and took some pictures. The water was really nasty, but it was super cool! 

We finally made it to Venice Beach, where we walked around, saw some crazy people, some men in Speedos weight lifting on Muscle Beach, bought my brother and sister some birthday presents, and then watched part of a filming of American Ninja Warrior. 

Once we left the beach, we drove to Malibu. The original plan was just the Farmer's Market and Malibu, but we didn't mind a few extra stops too. The drive to Malibu is on Highway 1, which runs right next to the ocean for the majority of the time. It's a really pretty drive! 

Our destination in Malibu was El Matador beach. We walked around and took pictures and just relaxed here. You have to hike down to the beach(it's a really short but steep hike), but it's so worth it. There was tons of other people there taking pictures too, and one group looked like a pretty risque engagement shoot...we were laughing at the ridiculous poses they were making, and then we were walking around somewhere else, and when we came back, they were in the underwear. Thankfully it didn't go further than that, but it was kind of shocking! 

It was a beautiful day and a fun trip! So glad we got to go! 

Sunday, March 18, 2012

C&O Cucina

When I was in 8th grade, my school's choir came to Los Angeles to attend the ACDA convention. Besides singing at the Walt Disney Concert Hall and getting lost in Chinatown, we also went to the beach, and C&O Cucina. This was the first place I ever tried calamari(it was delicious) and since then, I've always been craving their garlic knots.
Garlic knots!

This restaurant has been on the back of my mind for more than 6 years now, and it was on my list of "Must-do's," while we were in California. This past Saturday, we were trying to find the Santa Monica Farmer's Market, and we couldn't, so on a whim we went to C&O for lunch!

The garlic knots were just as fantastic as I remembered them! The rest of our food was delicious as well. Besides having fantastic food, C&O has an incredibly helpful and friendly staff, and such cute decor!

The menu-I got the Capellini Shrimp. 

The inside. So cute!

This restaurant is pretty close to Venice Beach, so if you're headed there, be sure to stop here for lunch or dinner!

Waiting for my food

Woody's Sun Dried Tomato Pasta.

My Capellini Shrimp!

C&O's is open 7 days a week from 11:30am-10pm on weekdays, and until 11pm on Friday/Saturday. Reservations are not always required, but would be a good idea during busy times. We were able to just walk in and be seated. It is located at 3016 Washington Blvd, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292.

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Monday, March 5, 2012

Broken Laptop

Sooooo my laptop is broken. I'm not sure what's wrong with it, but it's been having issues for a while, and then all the sudden just up and died. Nothing I do will make it even turn on :( I'm just hoping to rescue all my pictures from it!

So, right now I don't have access to all of the pictures from posts I was planning on doing. I do have some from our day trip on Saturday though. I plan on doing a more extensive post with them later on, but here ya go for now!

Saturday, March 3, 2012

El Segundo Farmer's Market

A couple weeks ago, we went to the Farmer's Market in El Segundo. El Segundo is really the perfect little town-it's safe, right near the beach, and it has an kind of "older" feel to it. It's hard to describe, but it's just a cute little town that's been around for over 100 years. If you're visiting LA, you need to make a stop in El Segundo. There's so many great restaurants and cute shops, it will definitely be worth your while!

 Each week, they have a Farmer's Market on Main Street. Luckily, I get to walk by every Thursday on my way home from work. It's not a huge one, but the smells of fresh fruit always draw me in!

Today we are headed up to Malibu, and stopping on at the Santa Monica Farmer's Market along the way. I'm excited! For now, here's some pictures from the El Segundo one.

Seasoned potatoes on a stick! 

Love me some fresh fruits and veggies! 

Also, I've started tweeting again. Feel free to follow!!/erikaalynn