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Friday Favorites: California Edition

December 16, 2016

I will never get tired of the ocean view. If I could be anywhere at anytime, I would choose to be on a beach with a book. Now, I’m just a ten minute walk away from that scenario, and I don’t think that will ever stop thrilling me. Because I have been working on Central time, my work hours are 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., which gives me some bonus time in the afternoon to walk the beach or ride my bike along the Strand, a bike/running path that extends up the LA coast.

Other than the beach itself, I have a few other things I’ve fallen in love with in California. *Cue Katy Perry and Snoop Dogg* Let’s take a journey…

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Manhattan Beach Post

For my first real meal in LA (after In N Out), Adam took me to Manhattan Beach Post thanks to a suggestion from his coworker. Feast your eyes on the bacon cheddar buttermilk biscuit with maple butter. Oh my god. It is one of the greatest things I have ever tasted. During brunch, they make their eggs Benedict with these biscuits, and it is heavenly.

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We experience a thing called “June Gloom” where the sun hides for a month.


I mentioned my newfound love for stand-up paddle-boarding in an earlier post. I’m not really a fan of the gym, and I’m even less of a fan of arm workouts. SUP allows me to be outside on the water and get an awesome workout that’s actually fun. Way better than self-consciously lifting 25 lbs in the gym next to the bros lifting my entire bodyweight. Our next goal is to try SUP yoga. We played around a little with downward dog last time we were on the water, but I foresee an entire class to be quite a challenge. I suspect I will be swimming at some point during the class.

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Also, sea lions! Have you seen Finding Dory where the sea lions bark at the other sea lion trying to get on their rock? They totally do that! I watched a sea lion bark and push another until it fell off and then go to sleep until the fallen sea lion returned and the process started again.

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Lifeguard Stands

There isn’t a ton to say about these other than I’ve taken at least 100 photos of them. They are so quintessentially Southern Californian. I feel like I have stepped onto the set for a surfer movie, which I guess I have. I’m working up the courage to start surfing, so these stands will be quite valuable should I be eaten by a shark. (It’s a legit concern.)

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Ska music was pretty much the theme to my high school years. I took great pride in seeking out third-wave ska bands that hardly anyone had ever heard of: The Aquabats, Reel Big Fish, Suburban Legends, anyone? Throw a screaming trumpet into the mix, and it was absolute love. While ska was primarily a 90s coastal thing (sorry, no-coast Chicago bands), it is still alive and well out here in the LA beach cities. On the 4th of July Adam and I were walking the beach and found a ska-punk band playing on the sand complete with a mosh pit. I almost died of happiness.

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I feel like I have found my people out here. My first Saturday here, I walked into a bagel shop wearing a cute sundress and sandals and discovered I was the only female in the place not wearing yoga pants. Workout wear and flip-flops are the norm. Katy Perry’s declaration that California girls wear “daisy-dukes, bikinis on top” is actually pretty accurate. I’ve always been a jeans, tee and sandals kind of girl, so I feel very much at home. If you want to dress up for dinner, you wear dark jeans. During cooler months, add a leather jacket. If you wander up to Beverly Hills it’s a different style, but here, Lululemon and swimwear reign supreme.

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