Hostel life and FOOD (Venice, LA)

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I keep saying to myself I am going to cook some stuff, there is a kitchen, but such good food is all around and I can’t help but dip into here and there. I suppose I am treating this leg of my trip as a holiday so indulging in the local foods is nesc.

My first stay in a shared dorm hostel is going swimmingly. I enjoy the comings and goings and managed to bag myself a sick little semi private nook off the main room. I can still hear and see the life but I can keep back. My purpose for this trip is to go inward so it is nice that I can have the best of both worlds.

I do, however, have savage blisters, weirdo tan lines and clothing that isn’t really perfect for the everchanging ‘Grey May/June Gloom’ climate but it is A OK. I am managing to explore a lot, and bonus’ for the sandy beach that runs miles! I get to keep pressure off my blisters by walking in the sand and still cover fair ground.

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In my room has been a Swedish girl who was on a ‘pretty expensive trip’ to get her tattoos finished. She told me how her mum used to work in Venice Beach as an Aerobics instructor so back in the day so was kind of part of the Venice Beach muscle mania situation! Very cool.

2 girls from Norway arrived on the same day as I did and they were very cool. Super chill, had been a bit more around Cali and were just about ready to get back home after studying English since Christmas.

2 Brit girls blasted through the doors and hung out for a couple of days. They were disappointed by the US club culture (fair enough – Imho yank establishments are not up to the game of making a night last past 2am!). It was nice to have a quick little blast of banter and homie vibes, one of the girls was off to the land of the Kiwis and the other was sticking around these parts for a while longer.


Seed Kitchen is the winner so far but Trattoria, EWR hotel and a vegan juice factory place along the beach are all fair opponents. Café collage is where I had a mean omelette sandwich (my dad was puzzled too, don’t worry) and lucky for me, this omelet did not include cheese! woo!

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I had brunch at James’ beach, a bit more of an upmarket establishment ( pretty la dee da – Lot’s of Ralph Lauren and Hollister around) Service wasn’t particularly great, I asked for no cheese in my omelette and it came dripping in cheddar but they did switch it out super quick so that worked out all good. The lady next to me ordered the French toast, which was MASSIVE! But looked incredible.

My summary of Venice Beach food wise and accommodation wise is there is something for every budget for sure! If you are feeling a bit Nancy then you can for sure spend it up here, but if you are like me and doing the whole thing on a string then you can eat good cheap and sleep ok cheap.

Having been here 5 days, I am so ready to move on to the last hoorah of my holiday part of the trip.

You will find me in the desert if you need me…





What I Eat in NYC …1

In light of my determination to post on here more I am trying out different styles of posting. So in this little experiment I am going to list a few of the places I have eaten at and give a little mini review, as oppose to a post for each establishment.

See, my NYC Brain really is in full effect now, alongside my normal attitude of working smarter, not harder I am now adopting speed on top of that. So hopefully my natural sloth like self can keep up.

Oh, I am going to start with the only place I can think of off the top of my head, but unfortunately not for great reasons. Ah well, gotta get the ball rolling somehow…

Ridgewood Eats, BK – All I have eaten from here, is a burger, sweet fries and some cake. The cake was bloody good – First time I tried red velvet and I have to say I don’t really know what all the hype is about, unless it was bad cake? It was a good texture and the flavours were all there but I guess I am just a chocolate fudge girl deep down. The Burger and fries were wet… Even after letting it air out for a while after opening the container. Imagine my dismay, I rarely eat a burger, especially from a takeout place! Service was good however, and for the cake being of a nice consistency and quality I will give it a 2.5 out of 5.

Bushwick’s Living Room, BK. – After my first session at my new Yoga Studio (LOOM) I stumbled upon this place on my way home. I had poached eggs with lots of salad and whole-wheat toast. It was LOVELY! So nice. My coffee cup was refilled without me even noticing and the server at the bar was so nice and friendly. I am learning that in New York/Brooklyn you have to take all of the great cheery service you can get, as not everyone feels that smiles are freely to be given. 5/5 for sure.

Soho Tiffin Junction, NYC (NYU area) – THIS IS MY FAVOURITE PLACE I HAVE DISCOVERED THUS FAR. OhMyDays I love it. Not super cheap for a lunch, but it did last me until the evening and gave me a nice part 2 later on. I am not really sure what I had, as I can’t remember the names and stuff but I would highly recommend anyone in the Greenwich/soho/nyu W4 area to go here. Then go again. I met the manager/owner of the place and he was so helpful and asked me what kinds of stuff I like and then built my food for me around that. Great service, excellent food and lots of people watching to be done around that area. 5/5 (but really, 10/5)


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So this is my new idea for a series of blog posts to document my last 25 days in the states for a while!

I named it HappyHealthy to incorporate mental health as well as physical health.

As someone who struggles with depression and being out here I have had no choice but to put myself under the microscope a bit. Being by myself has been an excellent opportunity to learn about me and has enabled me to look out for trigger points or patterns that send me down into a few days (used to be weeks would go by under the black cloud, with a few days of ‘up’ peppered in) under the black cloud.

Instead of it just being ‘Healthy’ which implies physical health and can lead to the start of obsessive unhealthy cycles for me, I decided to make the most of my time left here in the happiest way I see fit. Continue reading “#25HappyHealthyDaysinNYC”

Downtown decadence

Thursdays are generally Manhattan based; I go to my mum’s office to pick up mail, I have my jazz lessons, I usually get juice or coffee and sometimes write in Central Park, and post jazz lesson I will sometimes walk along the Hudson and catch the sunset.

This past Thursday however, felt a little different. I felt like I wanted some good food, and my legs felt like they wanted to walk and explore. I seem to get this a lot when I go to Manhattan, I will have plans to do this and that but my legs always take control and get me lost. I don’t mind one bit.

So I started out at Broadway Lafayette. I know this area so I walked west pretty sharpish after checking out the Adidas store and some other spots XX.

I walked through the lovely and green West Village and stopped for an Omelette at Café Condensa. I had a red pepper, spinach and ham in my omelette and it came with potatoes, greens and some toast. Just what I was looking for, and enough fuel to keep me going for a few hours. Café Condensa is in such a nice spot for people watching, if you get a chance to look in there then I would highly recommend! Continue reading “Downtown decadence”

The Meatball Shop

meatballSo right by Bedford Ave subway is the super cool ‘The Meatball Shop’, dubbed Meat Bawwllaz by me and my brother (who sadly 😦 made the trip back to Brighton, UK last week). In his honor I thought I would start a new theme of posts reviewing food places in a non-review way.

In order for a place to appeal to me it has to hit 3 marks:

  1. Great salad options (organic + non GMO = HUGE bonus’ – You’ll probably be able to get me to leave)
  2. Good music to eat to (To me that is Hip Hop / RnB / Soul / Loungey house / and anything that isn’t overbearing electronic/ Industrial sounding music or anything too electric guitar heavy)
  3. Staff with light attitudes. What I mean by this is: A smile wouldn’t kill you. I know in NYC it is super busy and I know how stressful waitressing can be (I am a terrible waitress – not unlike Rachel from Friends when she works at Central Perk but probably worse as my short term memory is terrible), but nothing is worse than feeling like as if you are a pain in the arse because you want to order some drinks or food from a waiter/ess that has better things to do seemingly.

Continue reading “The Meatball Shop”