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Top 5 Places for Brunch in Los Angeles

May 24, 2019 • By

There’s nothing better than spending time with your gal pals sipping mimosas and enjoying breakfast food to make the most of your weekend off. We believe brunch should be a regular part of life. No weekend would be complete without it. Here are our top 5 places in Los Angeles to satisfy any foodie craving.

Blu Jam Cafe

Breakfast food is great any time of the day at Blu Jam but make sure to come early because tables fill up quick here. Known for their Crunchy French Toast and Florentine Benedict, this place can satisfy any palette, sweet or savory. There are several locations all over L.A., so take your pick.

https://www.blujamcafe.com/

Gracias Madre

Tacos are not limited to just Tuesdays. They can be enjoyed on the weekends as well! Gracias Madre is a plant-based Mexican Restaurant that any Angelino will love regardless if you are a vegan or carnivore. Grab yourself one of their outstanding margaritas, sit back, relax, and enjoy the L.A. vibe.

https://graciasmadreweho.com/

Zinc Cafe

This place is a breakfast mainstay for anyone who frequents the Downtown L.A. area. There is nothing on the menu that will disappoint. If you aren’t up in time for brunch, they also have a great happy hour and serve dinner later in the evening.

Note: They have locations farther south in Corona del Mar and Laguna Beach, as well.

https://www.zinccafe.com/

Malibu Farm Restaurant

Located on the famous Malibu Pier in the city of Malibu just north of Los Angeles, this place is the best for “brunch with a view.” You have two option to choose from: either the main restaurant at the beginning of the pier (for a full-service experience) or walk down to the far end of the pier and visit the Malibu Farm Café for a more casual experience. Regardless, the food is outstanding and the views are breathtaking. Just be prepared to wait in line if the weather is good, but the wait will be worth it.

https://www.malibu-farm.com/

Alcove Cafe

Forget about your diet! Treat yourself to what this cafe is known for: a delicious plate of Huevos Benedictos! Tucked in and between two historic buildings on a small street in Silver Lake is this delightful cafe. Restaurant, bakery and bar all in one. Spend an afternoon catching up with your friends over a drink on their inviting patio. You’ll feel like a guest in a private home.


https://www.alcovecafe.com/

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Let’s getaway … but not too far away

April 4, 2016 • By

We love L.A., but sometimes all that traffic and noise and hustle and bustle is just too much and we long for wide open spaces where you can hear yourself think and the air smells clean and fresh. Lucky for Angelenos there are a number of places within a 1 to 3 hour drive where someone can go to find peace and quiet and enjoy the beauty of nature. Here are five dream mini-vacations for your consideration, and we actually discovered one of these treasures during our last photoshoot for the Velvet Heart Fall 2016 look book.

SYCAMORE COVE STATE PARK: We booked the shoot at Sycamore Cove State Park at the northern edge of Malibu, though technically in Oxnard city limits. The beautiful stretch of pristine beach is bordered by craggy rock formations at either end with easy access and parking from Pacific Coast Highway. Picnic tables and barbeques are available for public use, so you can relax, dine, listen to waves and even spot the occasional whale passing by (we saw one!). This beach is a bit of heaven, and to be honest, we hope not too many people visit. It’s simply a bit of paradise. And if you get tired of the beach, just cross PCH and you have access to the Sycamore Canyon Park and miles of hiking trails. Something for everyone.

sycamore cove

Lizzy on the beach poster                                                                            Photo by Michael Falco

VASQUEZ ROCKS PARK: If a more vigorous activity is your thing, drive about 40 miles north of L.A., off the 14 Freeway to Agua Dulce, and you’re in another world.  The almost eerie formation of red, sandstone peaks that make up Vasquez Rocks Park, jut out from the earth like some prehistoric lizard crawling out of the sand. These rocks, formed thousands of years ago by one of those dreaded earthquakes along the San Andreas fault, are just waiting to be climbed.  Reminder: wear sunscreen, proper shoes, a hat and bring water.READ MORE