Since 2011, my sister and I have taken a sister-trip or do a sister-activity at least once a year. Although I’ve been to California a handful of times, Sara has never been that far West. Besides hitting up all of the natural touristy spots for her, I also had to do a lot of research on where to eat because of my known food allergies/sensitivites. Not eating donuts (and fonuts), normal fish tacos, and items from food trucks will suck – especially watching Sara enjoy them, but I’d much rather not break out in hives or eczema. I will however go “off the AIP rails” and eat Paleo foods, as long as the items are 1. Organic and 2. Preservative/crap free.
Although I already covered major ground in SoCal to hit (see other articles 1 and 2), I wanted to highlight a bulk of the places in the neighborhood that we were staying in, Santa Monica. Here are some spots during our adventure that made our sisterly R&R so magical:
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Nestled right off of Damen Ave, it’s no surprise this new concept is flourishing via word of mouth. Ukrainian Village’s newest gem, Cotton Duck has been delivering nothing short of spectacular dishes since day one. CD is a BYOB hybrid offering contemporary American styled comfort food with modernist execution. Basing the menu around its rotating debuted artwork, CD is constantly evolving. Whether your wanting something sweet, savory, heavy, or light, there is an array of items to choose from to capture any type of craving you have (brunch or dinner).
Sure we’ve seen these restaurants pop up around town, but what exactly is LYFE Kitchen? Another health food concept? Another place that offers an overpriced salad in Chicago? Only dining at LYFE a few times, I can tell you with confidence that this is the most complex, yet simple restaurant I’ve ever visited. It may seem overwhelming at first, seeing that there are over three menus to glance at before ordering, but within the menus is a COMPLETE breakdown of each menu item. From the calories, to the protein, to whether it’s paleo, vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, LYFE gives it to you straight, which is one of the reasons why I love LYFE AND have decided to become a brand ambassador.
Lincoln Park is home to some awesome dining staples: Sweet Mandy B’s, Alinea, Boka, and more. However, a newcomer (but not really) to the game is the The Butcher and The Burger. Considering how many times I’ve walked past this restaurant and haven’t gone in, is a complete travesty.