Almost two weeks since my last post?! BAD LLAMA!
Here’s why: I time traveled.
Rule 1: Bring along your best friend
My best friend, Angela (a.k.a. Ang, Angie Pie, Angie Pie Slice), came into town this past weekend for her birthday, and boy has it been a week! We had a packed schedule that included beach time, lots of cocktails, adventures, foodporn and a lot of pictures. Thank goodness for the pictures, otherwise we might not have remembered everything that happened given the whirlwind of a week,
“Are you sure today is your last day? I could have sworn you JUST got here…”
Rule 2: No Planning
Being naked and a bohemian this week was the perfect week consisting of a lot of love, laughter and exploring.
We kicked off the “Birthday Vaca Fun” with a bungalow by the beach at The Deck in Laguna Beach for football Sunday. Lucky us, we got the Billabong Bungalow which makes you think you just time traveled to Hawaii for the day. We started with cointroversial mimosas (Cointreau Noir + Champagne) and brunch getting a variety of items from artsy menu including smoked salmon on a toasted bagel served on wooden surfboards to a monster breakfast burrito filled with yummy goodness.
The 49ers won which only made the day better and an endless amount of people trickled in and out to celebrate the amazing day, which, by the way, was 80 degrees.
Rule 3: Expect the unexpected
For the second day Ang was in town we went to Emerald Bay; a magical place in its own world surrounded by million dollar homes, mermaid blue water, cliffs to climb and our cooler with champagne and Coor’s light in it. Finding our perfect spot to land in we set up day camp and got down with our artsy selves.
The cliffs’ were calling our names, as the tide rolled out; so naturally we got up in our bikinis, put our sandals on and headed out.
Starfish, tide pools, sun, waves, sea anemones, crabbies, baby fish- It was all so cool.
I felt like I was on an episode of Lost, only without the giant, weird monster thing, and well, there was no plane crash. Whatever, we just felt like explorers.
Rule 4: Wherever you go, eat good food (and have a drink…. or 2)
I made a rules and to do list for the Birthday Vaca.
One of them was, ‘Eat good food, we don’t have time for bad food.” Night one was home BBQ, as we were out all day and sitting at home watching the golden globes and playing scattergories sounded way better then getting ready to go back out.
By the way, scattergories is way more fun after drinking a little bit of wine.
Night 1: Homemade Steak BBQ, grilled veggies, grilled romaine caeser and Daou Petite Syrah.
Day 2: Madison Garden and Cafe: California Omelets and Huevos Rancheros Please!
Night 2: 370 Common in Laguna Beach- If you want chef driven, artsy food, BINGO- go here.
Cocktails: Bourbon Manhattan, Italian Kool-Aid, Bees Knees, Gin Buck and then, Beer Fuckers, as they call them. If you go, you must ask for this!
Wine: Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon, Honing Cabernet Sauvignon
Starting Bites: 1 Chicken Wing, 1 Shishito Popper, 1 Pork Rillettes Toasts
Second Course: Charred Shishito Peppers, Kale Salad, Broccolini
Third Course: Bone Marrow, Noodles, Risotto, Pork Loin
Day 3: Adolfo’s Mexican Food
Tacos, Carnitas, Fajitas, Guacamole, Salsa, Tamales, Enchiladas; If you want REAL good Mexican Food, hit up this place in Laguna Beach (plus, beer is ice cold out of the beer troff.
Night 3: Watermarc + Mastro’s Ocean Club
Cocktails: 3 Tito’s Martini’s, slightly dirty, 1 with blue cheese olives, 1 with regular olives and cocktail onions, 1 with jalapeno stuffed olives and cocktail onions
Wine: Bianchi Petite Syrah
Course 1: Smoked Bacon Wrapped dates, Seared Yellowtail, Herb Crusted Lamb Chops
Course 2: Sea Bass Special, Halibut Scampi, Chicken “Cordon Bleu”
As soon as we walked into this magical place, we found ourselves a high top and just as we sat down, WA-LA! Our table was filled with complimentary wine. On that note:
Wine: We do not know.
Course 1: Beef Carpaccio
Course 2: A HUGE Plate of Desserts (yes that is plural)
Rule 5: Don’t be surprised if you end up somewhere magical
We stayed in Laguna Beach the entire time, just exploring every nook, cranny and cove. We ended up at Shaw’s Cove for sunset at one point and ran into beach crystals, caves and more tide pools, climbing around as the water waded in.
There is something so magical about Laguna Beach, wandering around, barefoot, with salty hair and your summer dresses on; you never know what you will find our who you will run into!
Rule 6: Throw the rule book out
We were full of wanderlust the past few days; just out to explore new things, go on adventures, laugh, enjoy, spend quality time and as mentioned before, eat good food. I would say like to say, it was very successful.
Angela had an amazing time, which was the goal, and the boyfriends (which were both with us the entire time) had a blast and got to indulge in a little “bromance” time.
So with all that being said, GO ON AN ADVENTURE and time travel just a little bit.
I promise it will be so rad.
The Naked Bohemian