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Beachwood Cafe

IMG_8971Beachwood Cafe is known for its famous blue door. It is a common stomping ground for grabbing a bite after a hike up to the Hollywood sign. It is located in the original location of The Humpty Dumpty Store, a grocery store, and it became the Beachwood Market in 1933. They expanded and renamed in  the Beachwood Market in 1952 to The Beachwood Coffee Shop. In 2012 Patti Peck took over and turned the shop into today’s Beachwood Cafe.

This small local cafe is said to be a hotspot for celebrities. I didn’t notice anyone the day my friend and I went, but rumor has it that you never know who might come and sit down next to you . Customers were wearing everything from laid back sunday morning outfits to workout clothing complete with sunglasses and hats. We arrived just before the crowd and stepped inside. We were immediately seated and I took a moment to take in the adorable little cafe.

An employee came with glasses, a bottle of water, and menus for us to take a look at. We both decided on the Baked Brioche French Toast. I added the bacon butterscotch sauce while my friend tried the crème fraiche and berry compote.

We didn’t have to wait long before our food arrived. It was pipping hot, steaming and looked better than anything I could have imagined. I wanted to dig right in, but I contained myself and allowed it to cool a bit. My first bite was delicious! It was a mouthful of heaven. The cinnamon, raisin, sugary goodness flooded my tastebuds. I honestly didn’t even need the bacon butterscotch sauce, but on the following bite I used it, which only enhanced the already scrumptious taste. I finished the whole thing without a second thought and sat back completely satisfied.

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Beachwood Cafe is great for locals and tourists. It is definitely on the top  of my best breakfast places in Los Angeles list. I can’t wait to go back again and try something different.

A Pizzeria with Class

photo-1414490929659-9a12b7e31907As the sunset and the moon rose over Catalina Island our day came closer and closer to an end. We decided we should eat something to tide us over on our ferry ride home. We searched for something small since neither of us were super hunger and came upon a little pizza shop, Original Antonio’s Pizzeria.

IMG_8968The place was actually really neat inside. It had pictures of all different old celebrities on the walls with their autographs and a huge bison head near the front entrance. I would have liked to sit inside and eat, maybe play a few songs on their table top jukeboxes, but my friend wanted some fresh air. We each got a slice of pizza for a little over $3, there were only two options cheese or pepperoni, and while it wasn’t the best pizza, I’ve had worse.

After we ate we headed over to our ferry. It was dark by the time we left and as we pulled away from the dock a pastor came and sat next to us. We spent half the trip having an inspiring talk with him and he just couldn’t be happier with his life. He’s one of those people that always sees the bright side of every situation and trusts that everything will work out just as it is supposed to when it is supposed to. His relationship with “God,” as he puts it, was just astonishing. He asks, he receives and he is extremely grateful for everything he has. It was a great way to end our trip, truly mind-opening.