Summer time beach fun

Hello, summer!

 

Finally, it’s that time of the year again when we can bask under the heat of the sun and get tan lines! I have been gushing about a beach resort in Los Angeles for months before my childhood best friend, Kim, finally caved in and agreed to come with me.

 

Coming from San Francisco, I have had my fair share of beaches but it still excites me to visit other places and experience how the shore feels like at their side of the world. Although we all share the same massive body of water, you’ll be amazed to know that every beach actually has their own character.

california beach

For our out-of-town trip, Kim and I went to Montage Laguna Beach. It’s almost a 7-hour drive from San Francisco since the beach resort is in South Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, CA. The drive was totally worth it, though.

 

Kim and I arrived at the resort just a little after noon and we were really delighted to be greeted by a very polite valet. In that instance, we’ve decided that we already love the place! And since we’ve made reservations before coming, it’s noteworthy that we were accommodated instantly.

 

When we got to our room, we can’t help but gape at what welcomed us. Our room was directly facing the beach! The view definitely took our breath away. We can even hear the waves crashing on the shore!

 

The room itself was very cozy with its own mini living room and a terrace facing the shoreline. It also has a full marble bathroom with a deep soak tub.

 

Kim and I immediately settled in because we were hoping to dip our feet at the beach before sun down. So after a quick shower, we then walked around the resort’s grounds and along the shoreline. The weather was perfect and the summer breeze felt really good on the skin. After quite a long drive, just being able to walk around and enjoy the company of my best friend is definitely how I would love to spend the rest of my summer.

 

When it started to get dark, Kim and I decided to eat at their restaurant which had a wonderful view of the beach and the pool. Although their food is a bit pricey, the heavenly taste of their dishes totally made up for it. Roasted meat paired with red wine was definitely the best way to cap our night.

 

After a very long (and interesting) talk with Kim, we decided that it was time to retire and return to our room for a good night’s sleep.

 

The next day, after the sun woke us up and the beach greeted us with much tranquillity, we decided that it was a great day to have a massage. So after we had our breakfast in our room, we went to the spa and went for the Laguna Beach Body Bliss.

 

Laguna Beach Body Bliss massage is, as found on their website, a “light to medium pressure massage using primarily Swedish techniques [that] will provide you with deep relaxation, increased circulation and flexibility.” The area was also filled with soft meditative aromas to help the body relax. It was definitely one of the most relaxing 60 minutes of my life. Probably for Kim as well!

 

After the spa, we decided to just enjoy the abundant body of waters at our disposal. From the pool, we transferred to the beach, bathe under the sun, back to the pool and back to sunbathing. Of course, we had lunch somewhere in that routine.

 

By nighttime, we were back at the shore—just lying down and staring at the sky. We had such an amazing stay at Montage Laguna Beach and we’re really glad to have made that long drive.

 

The next day, Kim and I began to pack our bags and got ready to leave. Although our short vacation was quite expensive, the whole experience was worth every penny. The beach, the view, the food, and the staff were great; it’s almost heartbreaking to leave!  But all things must come to an end.

 

So as Kim and I bid our farewell to this oasis, we made a silent promise to come back to this place again sometime soon. Hopefully.

New York Night out

I love to travel. There’s just something about being in an unfamiliar place that’s very freeing. And in every trip, one of the things I am most excited about is discovering restaurants and cafés that speak so much about the different cultures of the world!

 

In my recent wanderlust in New York, I’ve been looking forward to Peasant, a rustic restaurant that can be found in Nolita, a neighborhood in Manhattan that has been derived from “North of Little Italy.” I was dying to find a cozy restaurant that is true to its roots and serves amazing authentic dishes—and this is where Time Out and Yelp led me.

rustic restaurant

I opted to go to Peasant on Thursday at 6pm, which I thought would be the best time to visit the place. But lo and behold, it’s already packed with people! I had to wait in line before they could accommodate a lone guest like me. Fortunately, it didn’t take long before the waiter came to escort me to my table.

 

The interior was true to its description. It was indeed rustic with an urban chic vibe. Wooden tables and metallic chairs are also in place on the cemented floor. Their kitchen is even visible to the guests! You can see how the food is cooked over open fire and brick ovens. Very Italian.

 

While I was deciding which dish to order, they served bread and fresh ricotta which motivated me to order sooner. So in a split second, I decided to try their bocconcini and gamey lamb with smooth polenta which are highly recommended by those who have tried eating at Peasant.

 

After a few minutes of nibbling on my bread, my waiter finally laid the bocconcini on my table. And let me tell you, their food is to die for!

 

The bocconcini, which is basically mozzarella cheese in a size of an egg, was wrapped in prosciutto and baked. It tastes as good as it smells! I am a self-confessed turophile and I swear, these molten balls of cheese made half of my night—the other half went to the gamey lamb with smooth polenta.

 

The lamb was incredibly cooked to perfection with no hint of any unpleasant aftertaste which you usually get from lamb meat. The lamb was really tender and the texture of the polenta complements it very nicely. It’s quite heavy on the stomach but definitely worth it.

 

They also have a wide selection of wines from the wine bar located just below the restaurant itself! You can order from your table or check out their bar below which is a “very rustic room with old barn wood, French laundry tables and hand hewn benches.”

 

Overall, my dinner at Peasant was a very pleasant experience! The place, the food, and the service were all commendable. Not to mention, they’re one of those authentic Italian restaurants that serves farm-to-table food. You can just imagine how good and fresh the food really is at Peasant. It was definitely worth the trip!

 

They say seafood at Peasant is also a must-try! Maybe on my next visit, I’ll devour those next! 😉