Hooray for date days! Just like clockwork, it showed up right on time. Last Monday we were hanging out in Atwater Village. We did a little shopping, dining and tons of PDA. My perfect date day scenario. We had a dry spell so to speak due to a couple of holidays falling on Mondays (our usual day to hang). It was kind of driving me crazy not to be able to spend some alone time. During those holidays we spent it with the kids here and had a blast through and through, but alone time with him is just different and dare I say 10x easier.
Atwater Village is a funky and thriving enclave of Los Angeles. It’s got Instagram worthy wall murals, check, a hip coffee shop, check, and vegetarian eats, check. All the things that make my heart thump. The city is situated East of Griffith Park (a great place for a picnic) with it’s neighbors being Silver Lake and Glendale. The main street is walk-able and lined with cool eateries and boutiques which makes it a great destination for those who are into exploring the city neighborhood by neighborhood. Like us!
The day started off with a visit to Potted Store. This shop is just loaded with inspiration for outdoor living spaces. If I could I would buy up all the plants and pottery, but stuck to buying only a rug. I bought an outdoor rug for a home project I’m working on. I plan on giving the front porch a little Spring/Summer Refresh. Stay tuned for a before and after post down the road.
After shopping we headed over to Dune Kitchen. It was the hubs pick and I loved that he took into consideration my new diet/lifestyle change when suggesting this restaurant. The prettiest plated vegetarian dish I’ve had and the best falafels in town. The hubs had the fried chicken sandwich . Which until recently was all I would crave and you would think it was hard to watch him eat it, but it actually wasn’t. My meal was so delicious that I now dream of falafels and fermented vegetables. The decision to give vegetarianism a try stemmed from some recent health concerns. The best remedy for my situation was a better diet and exercise, so I am going to try my hardest to be healthy for myself and my family.
Sweets are a big deal for me and it’s something I am not going to give up at all, like ever. However, I will keep it to occasionally rather than often. Coffee and ice cream usually signify an end to date day. So we had to stop into Wanderlust Creamery, an artisanal ice cream shop with flavors inspired by destinations around the globe. I chose Mango with Sticky Rice (vegan) on an ube waffle cone and it was amazing. It tasted like the actual Thai dessert of sweet mangoes over coconut sticky rice. You need to definitely check it out for yourself.
So many ideas swirling in my head about what to do on our next date day adventure! If you’ve got any suggestions on an activity or place or neighborhood for us to explore please comment below!
Rainbow Wall outside of Crux Boutique