Weekend Postcard from LA

This past weekend we headed down to LA for a little reunion.  As we were a big group this time, some of us ended up staying in a charming new boutique hotel- The Hotel Wilshire.  It just opened up a week before our arrival so everything was in tip top shape.  The highlights included spacious bathrooms, extremely comfortable beds, and an amazing rooftop bar and pool area.  We tried their brunch which was enjoyable in the cabana, but I really recommend the bar.  I suggest going up there for a pre-dinner drink when the sun sets.  My favorite cocktail- the bramble (a lovely take on one of my favorite drinks- a kir royale) is a refreshing and delicious way to start off the night.  At night the pool was sparkling, the city lights were glowing, and we found warmth from the fabulous fire pit.  
Left-banana pudding from Magnolia Bakery Right- burrata and marinated vegetables appetizer from Allora

A lovely Sunday in Manhattan Beach proved relaxing.  We strolled the pedestrian path and stared at all the gorgeous houses along the walkway.  This one above was my favorite- they were setting up for what must have been a fabulous dinner party by the beach!  A trip down to LA is always a nice way to liven things up and catch up with family.  I hope the next one is as fun!
Macarons from Bottega Louie

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