2016 – A Look at What’s Ahead

2016 – A Look at What’s Ahead

Hi everyone!

Last year was quite the tumultuous. I graduated Santa Monica College, which I thought was fantastic to experience my first American graduation. Those hats and gowns are hilarious!

I changed schools to complete my bachelors in art history, which was quite the adjustment for both me and Justin. But now I’ve gotten adjusted and it’s almost time to leave the dorms again. However, I’ve made some great friends there that I absolutely adore.

So on the schooling front I will definitely just keep on trucking. There isn’t much that will change except getting into different student housing in fall. But that’s still up in the air.

When summer rolls around I’m definitely going back to Europe. There are things I’m excited to see and I need to go back. I want to travel to Paris or Italy and look at the artworks. It’s definitely on my list. Hey, I’m an art historian, ok?

During the year, I definitely want to work on my YouTube videos and read more books. 2016 is already off to a great start having read 4 books just in January! Hooray! Finally, I won’t feel like such a loser for not making my Goodreads goal.

So that’s about it for this year. Nothing special happening, but maybe that’s a good thing. Not planning anything exciting or different is always a great way to get surprised by what life throws at us. I’ll definitely keep you updated!

German Christmas Market in Los Angeles – Old World

German Christmas Market in Los Angeles – Old World

 

Fall Semester is done! And Christmas is over too, which I spent with my husband cooking some yummy food. I always find it hard to get into the Christmas spirit over here in California because of the missing snow and cold. However, I could take a walk on the beach or decorate a palm tree. Yeah, I know I’m complaining on a very high level right now. Hah!

Anyway to make sure we got a little excited for Christmas we decided to find ourselves a Christmas market over here, since we couldn’t go back to Germany this year. And there’s this place called Old World in Huntington Beach, and the name really doesn’t lie.

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When you arrive, it feels like you’ve stepped into a small Bavarian town. And when we got there, the the tiny streets were lined with booths selling all kind of varying things like soap, nutritional supplements and pillows. The Old World has a couple of permanent shops too and we took a stroll through them visiting an art shop and a Turkish book shop.

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For catering they had contracted the LA Currywurst truck which has gained fame in Europe through various television shows. However, we opted for the local German restaurant and the food really surprised me. Finding authentic German food in LA is quite difficult. However, this one came the closest so far to actually tasting to the Bavarian food from home.

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The Christmas market was full of Germans and you really felt transported there not just because of the atmosphere but also because of the language you could hear being spoken all around you.

This is event is held annually and is organized by Germans here in California. Next year, around Christmas time anyone should come check it out. Or just check out the Old Market during the year, they have a great restaurant and plenty of German shops including two supermarkets and a beer garden. Or stop by the Speakeasy for a drink.

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Old World
7561 Center Ave. #49
Huntington Beach, CA 92647
http://www.oldworld.ws/

Ice Cream Lab – Fresh Flavors, Flash Frozen

Ice Cream Lab – Fresh Flavors, Flash Frozen

Some photos used in this article were provided by Ice Cream Lab. I received no compensation for this article.

It’s August and the heat is still standing in the city. So naturally, as we’re melting away we’re looking for a fancy way to cool down. And yes, you could go to your freezer and pull out one of the plain old ice cream sandwiches. But why not try something new and exciting?

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I recently went to see my lawyer in Beverly Hills and decided to take a stroll, when I stumbled onto the one-of-a-kind ice cream parlor. The Ice Cream Lab is pretty inconspicuous from the outside but once you enter it and you see the graffiti-like artwork on the wall you know you’re in a special place.

But wait until you order your ice cream!

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The flavors change on a regular basis, so you should check their website to see what’s currently available. My personal favorite is the Blue Velvet, that they’ve always had available when I’ve stopped by. Once you’ve picked out the flavor you desire, it’s onto the fun part. Here is where the Ice Cream Lab really sets itself apart from other stores.

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The “Lab Technicians” as they call themselves here, mix the ingredients together in front of your eyes and put it in a special ice cream mixer that gets instantly frozen by liquid nitrogen. The fun part: the process fills the room with cool fog as a special effect!

And what comes out of this process is super-creamy, yummy and especially fresh ice cream. So if you’re ever in the area stop by and try a scoop. It’s fun to watch the process and you get good ice cream on a hot day.

Also, we’ve got some good news: They’re planning on expanding even more from Beverly Hills to Westlake, Old Pasadena and Little Tokyo in LA. And according to their website they’ll even go overseas to Dubai!

Hot Chocolate Marshmallows

Hot Chocolate Marshmallow Ice Cream

In case you want to stop by, here’s their address. It’s right next to Rodeo Drive.

Ice Cream Lab

9461 S Santa Monica Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA. 90210
http://icecreamlab.com/

As usual: Please let me know what you think. Are you interested in stopping by? Or if you’ve stopped by, what’s your opinion on their ice cream?

Sun, Fun & Boats! – Marina Fest in Marina Del Rey

Sun, Fun & Boats! – Marina Fest in Marina Del Rey

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Yacht & Boats in Marina Del Rey

First, I would like to apologize for my super late post. My week was crazy busy, so I just didn’t find the time unfortunately. But now I’ll recap for you what I did last weekend. Justin & I went to the Marina Fest in the Marina del Rey harbor.

The marina, to me, is a special place – an escape from the big city life. I love how peaceful and quiet it is and not to mention the ocean breeze! Last week, they held the Marina Fest, a festival with vendors and exhibitors all about boating. Booths all set up shop in Burton Chase Park and their offers ranged from education about save oil disposal to realtor services. And as you can see in the next photo, some of them were even selling toilets.

We strolled around the park and looked at the old and new yachts, that were open to be boarded by the public.

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Vendors and exhibitors at the Marina Fest

The food options were unfortunately a little grim because only two food trucks were catering the event. India Jones was serving up Indian food and customers enjoyed Pork Belly sandwiches at the Pork Belly truck. The latter took a rather long break and the lined up queue of hungry customers jumped ship and gave their business to the Indian truck.

We were really hungry, too, so we bought some curry fries from the India Jones’ truck and they were absolutely delicious. Even Justin liked them, and he does not like Indian food. After the Pork Belly truck reopened, we finally got our sandwiches too and we ordered the PBLT sandwich, which was a BLT with pork belly instead of bacon.It was great, albeit a bit greasy.

A DJ pumped up the crowd with his music and many of the visitors took advantage of the free water taxi around the harbor. As we came a little late, we opted out of that fun.

All in all, we had a great time and I’d love to come back some time to picnic in this awesome park. That’s definitely on my to-do-list for this summer.

Click through my gallery to see some more of the awesome pictures we took:

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Happy 1st Wedding Anniversary! + Happy Star Wars Day!

Happy 1st Wedding Anniversary! + Happy Star Wars Day!

IMG_6517I can’t believe it’s been this long already. Last Sunday (May 4th), one year ago, Justin and I got married in Las Vegas. It was pretty spontaneous and yet romantic. And now, it’s one year later. Coincidentally, our wedding anniversary falls on Star Wars Day (May the force/fourth be with you everyone!). I had never imagined that I would be married by 22, yet alone celebrate my first wedding anniversary. Fun fact: I’ve been married longer than Kim Kardashian!

It all started with a little surprise – a letter and a pink flower on my desk, perfectly fitting to the theme. First wedding anniversaries are called “paper anniversaries”.

 

In the afternoon, we decided to take a trip to Disneyland again. The crowd index was extremely high, so we didn’t get to ride many rides. We went on the Mad Tea Party ride, which I love so much. Especially in the dark when the lights on top are on. It’s super cute and fun.

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Later, we went to the Carthay Circle restaurant in Disney’s California Adventure. The food was amazing! We ordered spicy duck wings and biscuit balls filled with cheese and bacon as our appetizers. For our main course, Justin had a pork chop and I had a vegetarian risotto. But the greatest highlight was the wine soda! It’s handcrafted soda made of those grapes that also go into wine, such as Pinot Noir, Rosé or Cabernet. I’m definitely going to go on a hunt for those in the stores.

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After dinner, we went back to the Disneyland park and watched the fireworks. They are simply magical and if you’re ever in Disneyland you have to stay and enjoy them!

 

 

Disneyland – Annual Passes for the Happiest Place on Earth

Disneyland – Annual Passes for the Happiest Place on Earth

IMG_6496Disneyland – the happiest place on earth. Where people could get hurt and you wouldn’t even notice because they are the masters of deception. (And I’ve seen that happen before.)

Growing up, I’ve always wanted to live close to any of the theme parks but I was always too far away from them all. And let’s be honest: EuroDisney Paris just doesn’t have the same kind of charm.

Naturally, now that I’m living in LA, I’ve decided to invest in an annual pass, so I can go back there any time I would like. There is really no better place to forget about your every-day troubles.

 

Unfortunately, Disneyland isn’t quite DisneyWorld and there are days where I miss the Epcot park but I’m happy with what I got. Out of the two parks that we do have, I think I prefer Magic Kingdom (do we call it that in LA too?) – you know the regular Disney park.

The major difference between the two is that the amount of kids is significantly reduced in the California Adventure park. That’s in part because California Adventure is the first park that seems to be geared more towards adults. They are the only Disney park to serve alcohol – namely margaritas, wine and other cocktails. What’s interesting about that is, that it’s the only Disney park that allows alcohol. Walt never wanted the parks to serve any adult beverages, so they waited until he died to build a park that allows the consumption of alcohol.

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Bruschetta at Disneyland California Adventure

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Cocktails at Disney’s California Adventure

 

Regardless, I love spending time at Disneyland and I will make sure to spend every free moment there to make sure I really use that annual pass. So let me know, if you guys ever make it out there. Maybe I will see you there.

 

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California Peet at California Adventure

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Annual Pass