Natas Pastries in Sherman Oaks

 

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Tai’s baked salmon

So far this year, I have to say that my favorite restaurant in L.A. is Natas Pastries, a Portuguese restaurant in Sherman Oaks in the San Fernando Valley AKA The Valley–yes, that valley that pop culture associates with so-called Valley Girls some decades ago. Needless to say, I usually do not venture out to the Valley that much, especially with the million distractions where I live right in central L.A. surrounded by the neighborhoods of Downtown AKA DTLA, Koreatown AKA Ktown, Hollywood, Silverlake, and Mid-City. However, as part of my local birthday celebrations (yes, on top of the Vegas shenanigans), Tai surprised me by taking me here one chilly winter┬áSunday evening via the northbound 101 freeway. After she drove through and past the Hollywood freeway, I felt clueless about where we were going since I have limited knowledge of the territory beyond Universal Studios in North Hollywood. She parked in a residential street and we then walked over a few blocks to Ventura Blvd. and Fulton Ave. in Sherman Oaks. Once we made our way to the entrance of Natas, I became instantly excited since I love Portuguese food! Continue reading Natas Pastries in Sherman Oaks

Valentine’s Day: Los Angeles edition

If you’re in LA and have no idea what to do for this year’s day of love, fret not–we’ve got some great, last-minute ideas for you that won’t break the bank. Read on!

  1. Break Bread
Image source: thinktankgallery.org
Image source: thinktankgallery.org

A massive installation at Think Tank Gallery made completely of cake is opening this weekend. Continue reading Valentine’s Day: Los Angeles edition

Grand Opening: The Pizza Press

Melo is always on the hunt for things happening in and around LA. Last week, after scouting several Facebook pages dedicated to informing the public about the goings-ons of the city, she found that The Pizza Press was opening in Pasadena and offering free pizza all day.

She had me at pizza.

Being a New Yorker by birth, I’m always down for pizza. It’s my love language. Continue reading Grand Opening: The Pizza Press

Bike Tour: LA to Tijuana

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Zumi & Apollo’s chicken katsu curry (cutlet)

Last week, the homies Zumi and Apollo invited me over for dinner after returning from their bike tour from L.A. to Tijuana with the local collective, L.A. Rooted. When I say bike tour, I meant they rode their bikes from L.A. all the way down and across the border of Mexico to Tijuana–all in their two-wheeled machines–over the course of a few days! By car, it would take only about two hours to drive 140 miles, but on bicycles powered by human muscles, sweat, and sheer stamina, this seems like a daunting task. Continue reading Bike Tour: LA to Tijuana

Weekend Bliss: Planning the Perfect Sunday Funday

Weekends are a time for sleeping in, catching up with loved ones, and day drinking.

Cue: Sunday Funday!

Sunday Funday is the best way to capture all that the weekend has to offer before having to go back into work on Monday morning. When I lived in Atlanta, my Sunday Funday’s were often spontaneous and involved a lot of alone time due to the fact that my weeks were filled with school and work. Now that I’m in LA, Sunday Funday’s have become quite the adventure as there is a lot to see and do here LaLa Land. Whether you’re looking for some quality alone time like I was or looking for something more people-centered, there are a few key things that are essential to the Sunday Funday. Continue reading Weekend Bliss: Planning the Perfect Sunday Funday