We have the good fortune of living a bikes ride to the beach. Which means most of our weekends are spent on the sand (and I’m not complaining), but it also means there is lots to our town we have yet to explore. So this last Sunday when the coast looked a little gloomy we decided to nap Lucy in the car and head not just east of the 405, but the 110 (crazy, I know). It was an awesome day, we’ll be taking more family field trips across town soon – it really felt like exploring on a mini vacation. Here’s a peek and some LA spots perfect to wear out a toddler!
We visited the Griffith Observatory, overlooking the Hollywood sign. Total tourist-ville. But Lucy was all about running around the roof of the Observatory and Jason geeked out on the Tesla Coil
& Foucault Pendulum
(Lucy and I liked it too, it’ll be a great place to bring her when she’s a little older for a science lesson). We ran out of time before lunch to visit anymore of Griffith Park’s attractions
, but there are a few things we’ll come back for – namely the Merry-Go-Round and the old zoo picnic area
(ruins of the former LA zoo – it looks so strange!)
This is Lucy’s latest face – she’s smoochin’!
We set out for lunch at Forage
in Silver Lake, but it’s closed on Sundays. I was bummed until we walked past Pine and Crane
– a new Taiwenese-Chinese restaurant I’ve been looking forward to trying since I read this blog post
. It did not disappoint! The space is beautiful (picture above from their website, c/o Elizabeth Daniels Photography) and the food is unique, fresh and delicious. The staff was super welcoming and maintained patient smiles as Lucy very impatiently squirmed through lunch!
Lucy fell asleep in her stroller after lunch so we took advantage of her nap and popped into a few shops around Sunset Junction. We’re making an effort to treat any opportunity like a date! I picked up finishing salts at Spice Station – fully inspired by the latest issue of Kinfolk. (we tried it out on an heirloom tomato salad later that night, my favorite summer dish). We also picked up a ceramic hanging plant for our bedroom from Reform School.
Then we ate Gelato at Pazzo (don’t tell Lucy) and oh, man, I kinda wish we hadn’t. I’m a mint gelato connoisseur and I’m pretty sure everything I’ll have from here out just won’t compare. Pazzo, you ruined me! Also, the Almond Fig. SOOO good.
Last stop: the new Grand Park Downtown. The park has a giant splash pad with about an inch of water and constant fountains. So fun! Lu’s a bit hesitant on some of the parks where the fountains turn on and off, she prefers to approach the water versus it approach her! Her face cracks me up – this is totally my soccer playing face, everyone always used to warn me I was going to bite my tongue off. (side-note: Grand park is right across the street from the Disney Concert Hall so there’s that to look at too).