best week ever.

9 Jan

This last week was one of my best weeks ever – no joke. I figured my best years were behind me (Barcelona, Madrid, college), but law school winter break is like God’s gift to people who intentionally torture themselves, and I have taken full advantage of that. Here’s how I spent the last week:

Monday involved a sweet sunset hike in Griffith Park…

loving LA.

On Tuesday, I had lunch at ink.sack and later hung out with Whitney and our friend Matt and his cute dog Penny (that’s huge for me – I’m not the biggest animal lover). I also had happy hour and taco tuesday with my mom and my aunt Cheri and her new wife (my new aunt!) Janet who are visiting from Brooklyn after their wedding last week! We hit up The Spanish Kitchen on La Cienega and loved the margaritas, tacos, and papaya and avocado salad :-).

Wednesday was equally epic – my law school friend Aviva and I went to dinner at Vintage Enoteca, a cute wine bar on Sunset before heading over to The Comedy Store to watch her friend Kyle perform stand-up. The show was hit-or-miss – some of the comedians had me doubled over in laughter (Kyle) and others were sort of gross and not funny at all. It was SO fun seeing live comedy though, something I definitely want to make part of my LA nightlife routine.

my wine at vintage enoteca. it was from catalonia so i ordered it. #typical.

bruschetta trio: crab, white bean, and asparagus.

flatbread. boom.

sign at the entrance to The Comedy Store. they let me stay.

On Thursday I went on a hike with my roommate Jenn and our friend Bryan at Fryman Canyon in Studio City. This was more of a “local’s hike” than a touristy one like Runyon or Griffith, but it was a good little workout! That evening, I re-connected with my old friend Taylor at Caffe Primo on Sunset. We were super tight in 8th grade, went to separate high schools but raced against each other in XC and track, and then she went to UCLA when I went to that other UC school in B-town. We stayed in touch a little over the years and realized we live about 5 min. from each other (walking!) in WeHo. #win!

fryman canyon.

Friday was also lots of fun – a work out, shopping with my roommate (I scored some hot pink jeans at Nordstrom rack) and bar-hopping at night at Roger Room, The Churchill (my new fav bar near me), and the good ol’ dive bar, St. Nick’s. I tried a new-to-me IPA: the Bear Republic Racer 5 IPA. The Beer Trials says: “The dominant nose is pine, with some sweetness. There’s good mouthfeel, with nice carbonation, moderate flavor hops, and pronounced but still soft bitterness.” I loved it.

Saturday involved a minor accomplishment in the morning – my first long run post knee-injury! I didn’t make it to my hella early run with the LA Leggers (see Friday night’s activities) so I decided to run 10-12 miles on my own (my group was going to do 22 and I’m not quite back up to that yet). I did 4 miles with Jenn, then 7 on my own. No knee pain, felt great. Such a great Saturday morning! I ended the night hanging out with Whitney – we made homemade shrimp enchiladas and delicious pineapple and tequila cocktails. 

We decided not to make the brownies we’d contemplated and instead went on a walk. I snapped this awesome pic of the Pacific Design Center. It’s so pretty at night!

I was back to being active on Sunday – Yoga in Santa Monica at the Fred Segal Yoga Poser studio with Amber (we scored a Groupon for 20 classes for $20) – it was a great class and nice to do something other than cardio for once! We went on a hike after in Mandeville Canyon with two of her friends – it was awesome to see views of both downtown LA and the Pacific Ocean at the same time.

And then today…Aviva and I went to a delicious lunch at the Library Alehouse in Santa Monica. 29 beers on tap? Music to my ears! There was even a Ladyface Ale (my fav restaurant in Agoura Hills) on tap, but I opted for one of their IPAs instead (Blind Pig IPA, Russian River Brewing Company, Santa Rosa). I liked it a lot! The Beer Trials book my aunt and uncle gave me for Christmas says it has a “huge explosion of hops in the nose – resinous and citrusy- and it smells sweet and full-bodied.” I’d get it again for sure.

Blind Pig IPA.

Aviva went with a Mexican Coke…

I enjoyed the fresh chips and salsa and a steak and arugula salad (loved the pickled onions) and Aviva got the quesadilla (I stole a bite and it was delicious). Definitely want to come back here/spend more time in SM/move there ASAP.

Love you, Library Alehouse, and your outdoor seating, cute literary inspired menu, and beer options. Aviva and I also walked around Abbot Kinney and Main St. in SM and stopped at Urth Caffe for  coffe + boba before heading back to the non-westside. Such a fun afternoon!

That basically sums up what I like to call the #bestweekever…but here’s two other reasons why:

I finally started watching comic genius Chris Lilley’s latest show, Angry Boys, and it is hysterical. It’s SUPER dark humor, politically incorrect, but just as funny as Summer Heights High.

Also, we got our 1st semester grades and I didn’t fail, so I’ll be actually completing my first year of law school. #yayyyy

I hope everyone had equally fun weeks! I’ll be indulging in The Bachelor tonight. #rage

12 Responses to “best week ever.”

  1. Valerie January 9, 2012 at 6:19 pm #

    Spanish Kitchen?

    • gillian January 9, 2012 at 6:20 pm #

      Duh, knew I forgot something. Adding now.

  2. leftcoastcontessa January 9, 2012 at 7:52 pm #

    Congrats on not failing out of school. I defff know the feeling. I agree, law school break is pretty much the best thing ever. Enjoy it while it lasts. Also I’m going to email you re: meeting up for lunch or brunch or something sometime!

    • gillian January 9, 2012 at 8:12 pm #

      Thank you! I’d love that!

  3. Kristen - Anywhere There's An Airport January 9, 2012 at 8:16 pm #

    Proper title for this post! It all looks amazing. In another life I would like to dine like you do in LA. And the hiking and the yoga – right up my alley. Love it all. But you can keep the school part 🙂 Hope you are easing back into classes…

    • gillian January 10, 2012 at 12:22 am #

      Aww, thank you Kristen! Please let me know when you come to LA – it’d be fun to dine together! I’ll keep the school part haha 🙂

  4. Kaley January 10, 2012 at 7:01 am #

    Your break life looks pretty fun. Now I don’t know about the whole law school part, though…

    • gillian January 10, 2012 at 9:02 am #

      Thank you! Haha yes, making up for the lack of fun the past 4 months 🙂

  5. Caroline January 12, 2012 at 5:02 pm #

    Uhhh you ate some amazing food last week. Everything looks delicious, and that bruschetta!! mmmm. Love the first shot during your Griffith Park hike (minus the LA smog haha).

    • gillian January 12, 2012 at 11:19 pm #

      Thanks Caroline 🙂 🙂

      I’m grateful I was able to squeeze so much fun into winter break!


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