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Out and About: Museum of Ice Cream

January 25, 2018

I scream. You scream … We all scream for ice cream, amirite?! That’s why the Museum of Ice Cream is so popular. My guy and I went on a date night there last month, and it was so much fun! Click through the slideshow for a glimpse inside.

From the moment we arrived, we were greeted with sweet treats and merriment. The entire museum is one big photo opp, as I’m sure you’ve discovered via Instagram posts and Snapchat Stories. Each room featured a different installation that was full of whimsy and surprise. My favorite room was the one with the ginormous gummy bears. There were jams playing, lighting that changed by the minute, disco balls hanging from the ceiling and, most importantly, a vat full of gummy bears that you could nibble on while there. Heck, I’d rent that space out for a birthday party if I could. But I also was a fan of the swings by the banana room, the huge popsicles melting down the walls and the enormous ice cream sandwich that doubled as a swing. I did not, however, dive into the pool full of sprinkles. The museum boasts designing close to 100 million of those tiny, plastic suckers. I know they’re fake and antimicrobial, but the thought of people’s toe jam and whatnot being interspersed among the sprinkles made my stomach turn. Also, those sprinkles get in allllll of the crevices. I went to the restroom and there were hella sprinkles on the floor. Yikes!

The museum also gets two thumbs up from the caliber of desserts we got to enjoy during our visit. We sampled Godiva chocolate, ice cream sammiches, mint chocolate chip mochi, soft-serve strawberry ice cream on a cone and more. Unfortunately, the Downtown Los Angeles location has closed until further notice as it relocates. However, the San Francisco and Miami museums are thriving. One of the clerks at the LA gift shop said there were different limited-edition pins for each location, so I’m tempted to visit the other sites. Have you been to any of the Museums of Ice Cream? Let me know what you thought of it in the comments section below.

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Found Objects: Street Art in Santa Monica and DTLA

October 22, 2015

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Whether abstract, with a clear message or showcasing a familiar face, these pieces of street art gave me life. Each of them is dope in their own unique way. Take a closer look at these gems I happened upon: street art in Santa Monica and Downtown Los Angeles after the jump!

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Out and About: Ace Hotel Downtown L.A. Staycation

July 13, 2015

Rewind to last October when I won a staycation at the Ace Hotel Downtown L.A. after dancing for my life at 826LA’s Dance-a-thon and being crowned Best Dancer. Welp, fast forward to this past Friday when I finally cashed that bad boy in to keep my birthday week in full swing. Guys, it was AMAZING! To commemorate the occasion, this slideshow has 31 snapshots for my 31st birthday. So many things to let you know about, so I’ll just take it from the top.

Dash and I made it downtown at about 2 p.m. and had some time to kill before our check-in at the Ace Hotel, so we set out in search of a late lunch. As luck would have it, Grand Central Market was within a block of the lot where we parked. Boom! That meant I could finally try out Eggslut. The name is kinda out there, but the food is simply divine. And it gets bonus points because there was no line! We feasted on their famous cheeseburger, which has (you guessed it!) an egg in it. A sunny-side-up sucker, to be exact. I wondered, will it be messy? Will all the flavors be balanced? Will this change my life? The answer to all these questions: yes, Yes, and YAAASS! Seriously, it was the jam. Can’t wait to visit the Market again and see what other treats await. After our quick bite, we hit up Bar 107 for a little sippy sippy and then made our way to the Ace.

Upon arrival, we were greeted by the most stylish, friendly front desk agents, who made check in a breeze. We opted for the king bed on the 11th floor, as opposed to the queen on the 13th, because obvi. The room was legit!

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Out and About: Placita Olvera

January 26, 2015

I vividly recall visiting Los Angeles with my eighth-grade Spanish class. We took the Amtrak from San Diego to Union Station in Downtown L.A. and walked across the street to Placita Olvera, or Olvera Street, a historic Mexican marketplace. While there, we practiced our Spanish by ordering lunch and paying for tchotchkes in Español. Why I purchased a sombrero is beyond me, but a wonderful time was had by all. It’s been at least 16 years since I’ve been back to that culturally rich, vibrant, brick-paved plaza, which is a shame, really, since I’ve lived in L.A. County for more than eight years.

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Last Friday, my colleagues and I found ourselves near Olvera Street after attending a professional development workshop, so we took a short walk to the placita for a bite to eat. It was tough to choose from all the many options, but we settled on El Rancho Grande, where I feasted on these delicious taquitos with guacamole sauce. Their hot sauces were fire, too!

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After lunch, we walked around the various shops and saw so many things we wanted. How darling are these leather purses? No doubt they’re authentic.

See more of the sights from Olvera Street after the jump!

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