People think that when you live in LA you spend most of your time at the beach. Au contraire, mon cheri. I have lived here for over 3 years now and I think I can count on all my fingers and toes how many times I’ve been to the beach. Yes, it is lovely, but you learn qucikly that a weekend trip to the coast may take your money and sanity. Parking can be costly and traffic can be atrocious. So my secret to beach voyages? Go to the beach on a weekday! (Ah, the joys of freelance and having days off).
I hadn’t been to the beach in over six months, so Bry and I decided to venture to Venice this week. I also had a BlackBoard Eats for a sushi place on Abott Kinney, so that may have had a little something to do with us venturing to the West Side…
If you haven’t been to Venice yet, I just have one question for you: WHY?!?!
It does kind of freak a few people out. From the homeless underground that wander the boardwalk, to the people in green encouraging you to get your medical marijuana card, to the Botox clinic on the beach (yep, it really exist). Venice is quite eclectic and I think that’s what’s so wonderful about it! Leave all your cares in the parking lot, pretty much anything goes at this beach! And if you’ve seen I Love You, Man that’s a great depiction of the beach. Don’t leave your dogs poo on the boardwalk!
My favorite part is the skateboard park. We stood there for a good 30 minutes total watching these kids skate their hearts out. Ok, another question: Why aren’t any of them in school?! Whatever, live your dreams, honies.
After enjoying the beach, we headed to Abott Kinney. I would say I’m not hip enough for Abott Kinney, but I do love it! And Bry fit right in with his thick rimmed glasses. We went in and out of stores. Drooled over kitchen appliances we could not afford. It was wonderful. Then to dinner!
1635 Abbot Kinney Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90291
Wabi-Sabi is a sushi place we had both never been too, but like I mentioned earlier, I had a Blackboard Eats code. You know how I am about my BBE! We also got there at Happy Hour (from 5:30-6:30) so we ordered a couple drinks and rolls from the HH menu. Oh man, their edamame?! WOO! We got the soy sauce edamame and it was so delicious! It put a little kick in the usual salted edamame. I also got ginger honey tea because I’ve been feeling under the weather and it was so flavorful, I could taste it through a stuffy nose! Sorry for the TMI… Back to the bill: Let’s just stay between BBE and Happy Hour, our bill went from $62 to $48! HELLO!
I have to say going to Venice and Abott Kinney on a Wednesday afternoon in January is the way to go. We had no trouble with parking at either location, didn’t have to wait for a table at dinner, and weren’t being pushed off sidewalks by crowds.
But if you work weekdays, try going early! I’ve also realized people in LA don’t like to get up early on the weekends… Yes, this is our lifestyle. And I love it.