Posts tagged #venice

Blue Star Donuts

Last November, we took a long-weekend trip up to Portland to soak in some true Fall weather (which I'm wishing I could do now, in this nonstop heat wave!).  We ate a ton of delicious food, but one of our favorite stops was Blue Star Donuts.  

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They specialize in a tasty brioche based dough and handcrafted, unique flavors. Each donut is perfectly crisp on the outside and fluffy on the inside.  All the noms.

To my delight, they just opened a store on Abbot Kinney in Venice.  Yippee!  That made a 9 month + pregnant mama very happy indeed.  This time, we tried Mexican Hot Chocolate, Blueberry Bourbon Basil, and went all in on our favorite Portland flavor, Lemon Poppyseed (though this time it was glazed on an old fashioned style donut). 

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Hands down, Lemon Poppyseed and regular Old Fashioned are at the top of my Blue Star list, but I can't wait to go back and try more flavors.  

Though there isn't any seating at the new Venice location, donuts are pricer than your corner shop, and the line was a tad long, these little bites of heaven are worth it!  Literally salivating.

Posted on October 29, 2015 and filed under restaurant, yummy.

Vhils Art

At work the other day, my co-worker had a coffee table book out by the artist Vhils.  I realized his work, mostly on exterior brick walls, looked familiar.  Then I discovered there is a Vhils art wall on Abbot Kinney!  Isn't it interesting and beautiful?

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Check out more of his work and story HERE

Posted on September 12, 2013 and filed under pretty, style.

Westie: Best Breakfast Sammy

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And after a long week of work last week, I sadly didn't even have the umph to get up on Saturday and make one.  So, instead, we ran over to Flake in Venice to get my favorite breakfast sammy ever!   And, now they are getting a Westie--hooray!  Best Breakfast Sandwich goes to...


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They are small and always hopping, so there will be a line but it goes quick.  All the sandwiches are delicious, but my absolute favorite is the Veggie Rad Muffin (see above: english muffin, avocado, egg, cheese, spicy sauce + veggie sausage)!   

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Parker got the Super Cro-Jo, which was a mouthful of goodness too.  

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Head on over to Flake in Venice and prepare for your taste buds to do a cute little dance! 


Grab a bite on Venice Beach

I just kind of assumed that most of the beachside restaurants in Venice were tourist traps; overpriced, concession stand food, and cheesy beach-themed decor (except for the super nice places like Piccolo).  

But, a friend told us about this place called Larry's right down by Venice Beach, so we went this week.  


Photo by: LA Times

Photo by: LA Times

It was a total surprise--not sure how I've missed it before!

The ambience is super cozy and beachy, with tons of outdoor seating.  And the food was really good!  I ordered one of the specials: short rib over a fried polenta cake (so crispy-YUM!), served with grilled bacon-wrapped asparagus.  Everything was yummy!  Parker had the burger which was OK.  

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I forgot how magic Venice can feel on a warm summer night.  

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Their claim to fame is that nothing is over $15, which for this side of town is quite the deal!  You can check out their YELP or Website/Menu.  They are located at 24 Windward Ave., oceanfront. 

So, if you're in town and want reasonably-priced Venice Beach food that doesn't suck--make your way over to Larry's.   

And thanks, Riss, for the recommendation!


Posted on September 4, 2013 and filed under LA, restaurant, yummy.