CAFE´ FRIDAY! DISCOVERING LA WITH SHAYZON, ONE CAFE AT A TIME

 

 

Hi Beautiful!

Welcome to the first of my Cafe Friday series!

 

 

Prior to moving to LA, I started compiling a list of places to see. I looked online and did the typical tourist search inquires. After we arrived, I became so excited about all the random “little nooks” and “off the beaten path” locations that I was coming across.  One Friday morning, when I woke up, the idea of heading to a Cafe came to mind.  I immediately got dressed and told London to get dressed for our little outing. I got onto ” the google” (as my mom so confidently calls it), popped in cafes in LA, randomly chose one (based on the cute image of course) and then we headed right over.

 

 

Why Cafe’s? I’ve come to realize that independently owned, neighborhood cafe’s are typically in the heart of a community. Cafe’s are a place where the baristas know your name or your order after a while. It’s a getaway from home to get work done on your laptop, have a quick meeting, grab a morning joe or breakfast, meet a friend, or my personal fav, EAT with an awesome cup of tea or coffee. 😉  I figured what better way to become truly familiar with my new city than with FOOD! lol…  I randomly pick a cute cafe, in a new neighborhood or area to visit every Friday morning.  Not only do I get to try out great muffins, cookies, avocado toasts and/or sandwiches, but Cafe Friday allows me to drive to and through new areas that I otherwise wouldn’t. A major bonus to this, is the friendly people that I’ve gotten to speak with as well. I love it and look forward to it so much, especially because of the mommy daughter time and crazy/hilarious conversations that I get to have with London! 😉

 

 

We had such a great time, the Winsome cafe was wonderful. We chose egg sandwiches from their menu – which were absolutely delicious. The loads of thick and juicy bacon that came with the sandwich, was mouthwatering. The service and hosts were amazing from the moment we walked through the doors. We actually got there a few minutes before the kitchen opened, but regardless, they allowed us to sit and start with tea and water while we waited. The environment, decor and wallpaper was awesome. They also have a really cute and large outdoor patio area, I’ll definitely go for the outdoor experience when I return. Through this little excursion, we also discovered Echo Park, a cute, eclectic and very artsy neighborhood, just mins outside of downtown LA. By the time we got back home, I knew that this was going to become my Friday tradition and unique way of really Discovering LA.

 

 

So that I can share the experience in real time, every Friday I capture video snips and pics of the chosen cafe, to share with you on my insta-stories. I follow up with my honest review, funny things I may have encountered and way more pics, right here on the blog. If you haven’t started enjoying Cafe Fridays with me yet, definitely check out @shayzon on Fridays or catch up by clicking on the Cafe Highlight, to see inside these cute cafe’s around LA.

 

Oh! I almost forgot to tell you!! To top it all off, after a lovely breakfast at Winsome cafe and loads of laughs, when I got back to the car, which was parked across the street from the cafe, I had a beautiful pink parking ticket awaiting my return (at least it was my favorite color). My second discovery of the morning… there is alternate side, street parking all around LA.  Always remember to check for the street signs when parking. Needless to say, my first Cafe Friday breakfast was an expensive one. 😉 #youliveandyoulearn 

 

 

 

*All images taken by SHAYZON

** All food eaten by SHAYZON 😉

GIRL TIME: MOMMY DAUGHTER DATE

Our Special Time Together Is The Most Expensive Gift I Can Give My Daughter, London

The Christmas holiday break from school started on Friday, just a couple days before Christmas Day, which fell on a MONDAY! (it def. felt a little odd). Saturday morning London told me, while we were hanging out in the kitchen, that she wasn’t really feeling the holiday spirit like she usually does. As momma, that made my heart sink a bit. I immediately felt myself go into “FIX IT” mode. LOL… Moms you know that feeling! 🙂 With midterm exams leading right up to the holiday break this time, I totally got where she was coming from. The break usually gives the kids a few days or a week leading up to the actual Christmas Day. Most evenings were spent inside studying, instead of being out and about seeing the lights, shopping and feeling the holiday energy together as a family.

One quick switcharoo that I decided to quickly do after our talk, was to wrap the gifts and put them under the tree a couple days earlier than our tradition, which is while they’re sleeping the night before Christmas. We wrapped SOME gifts together and she tried to sneak a peek on the others. Her job with her older brother Arlington, was to crank up the reggae Christmas music while they organized the gifts under the tree. I did begin to see the holidays spirit on their faces which was awesome!

Another thing I realized that was missing from the holidays for her, was the one-on-one time that we usually spend together leading up to the big day – Jesus’ Birthday Celebration Dinner. 😉 Even though family was in town visiting, I knew this was time together that I wasn’t going to compromise or skip with London. So I started planning our mommy daughter date right away. Hence our awesome Mani Pedi Day at Sugarcoat Nail and Beauty Bar

Not only did we need that time together, I honestly needed that time for rejuvenation as well. After a full house of 30 guests over on Christmas, all of the dining decor, cooking and baking that goes into that, which starts days before AND my SWOLLEN ACHING FEET the next day… I was all in for that sugar scrub massage. LOL… ALL IN!!!!! 🙂 I asked Leslie who did my pedi to give me all she had, while she was doing my massage. We both cracked up because she knew exactly what I meant.

I didn’t want us to go to just a regular nail salon, especially since we haven’t visited one in years. YUP years, around 3 yrs to be exact. I’ve been doing London’s and my own nails and actually enjoying that as my me-time or mommy and me time. I wanted a salon that didn’t feel like an assembly line of feet. LMBO… I hoped for somewhere cute and intimate for us to hang out together and that’s exactly what Sugarcoat is. It’s about 45mins from home and was completely worth the drive. It’s definitely going to be my little get away treat spot. 😉

Happiest New Year Everyone!!

SHAYZON


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