Los Angeles: Mini Guide – Cup of Jo

Last fall, I wrote our personal Guide to NYC. But a few readers have also asked about our thoughts about LA, where we go every Christmas to visit Alex’s family. We LOVE LA–and the sunny skies, taco trucks and dudes on skateboards. So, even though we’re far from experts, I figured I’d share our favorite places in the city, and most of all I’d love to hear yours…

Where we stay in LA:
Los Angeles is peppered with cool neighborhoods, but we always choose to stay in either Santa Monica or Venice, so we can be by the beach!
1. We love the Oceana hotel (photos above), which I’ve raved about before. The Santa Monica hotel overlooks the beach, and you can swim in their huge pool, surrounded by comfy chairs and a fireplace in the evenings. Most of all, the service is impeccable. The friendly reception staff will greet you by name every time you walk in–which makes it feel like you’re staying with old friends.

2. We rented this cool Venice cottage during our babymoon trip before Toby was born. You can easily ride bikes to the beach and go to one of the delicious restaurants nearby. They also have a little outdoor space, where you can hang in the evenings and drink wine in the breezy ocean air. Note: It’s apparently on a somewhat dodgy street in Venice, we’ve been told by locals; but we felt perfectly safe while staying there. (FYI, these cottages also look cool.)

3. Recently we stayed in this wonderful rambling Victorian house on a “walk street” in Venice–which means it faces a quiet tree-lined sidewalk instead of a street. We loved the charming old character of the home–as well as the ridiculously comfy king bed. Toby liked the back garden (with a hot tub!), where he spent ages playing with his toy trucks and an old-fashioned top! Bonus: You can walk one block to the beach, or one block to Abbott Kinney–this place is perfectly located.

Where to eat:
For lunch in Santa Monica and Venice…
* Huckleberry Cafe. The best salads, sandwiches, soups, desserts. I could eat here everyday.
* Thyme Cafe. Go for the chocolate-chip cookies!!!!!!!
* Blue Plate Oysterette. Fish tacos in a breezy little nautical restaurant across from the beach.
* Abbot’s Pizza. Stop by for a slice of their famous salad pizza.
For dinner in Venice…
* Gjelina. Dark, sceney, fun vibe; sexy lighting. A fire pit in the back garden. You can go for lunch, too, when it’s a bit calmer. Also, they recently opened a take-out storefront, next door, which is awesome for picnics or an easy dinner at home.
* The Tasting Kitchen. We had such a romantic date here. Dark, lovely. Don’t miss the bread pudding.
* Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing. A pop-up restaurant in Venice. Bustling and fun, laid-back in a cool way, rich flavorful dishes, great wine list.

What to do:
* Walk up and down Abbott Kinney, the main drag in Venice. Tons of cool little shops, bookstores and cafes.
* Stop by the Santa Monica’s Farmer’s Market on the weekends, which has live music, ponies for kids to ride, and delicious hot Mexican egg dishes.
* Visit the Getty Center. Just look at these photos!
* Admire views of the city from the Observatory, especially bathed in the golden light of the early evening.
* Drive to Malibu, which is about 30 minutes away from Santa Monica and Venice. Paradise Cove restaurant is an old-school tourist favorite, but it’s still awesome–you can share an enormous plate of calamari, drink a pint of beer, and then race each other on the beach! πŸ™‚
* Walk on the beach in Venice and Santa Monica. You’ll pass cool swingsets along the beach that are so tall, they’re thrilling even for grown-ups. And you can rent bikes (there are rental places all along the beach) and ride down the (awesomely long) bike path on the water.
* Play games on the Santa Monica pier (although it freaked Toby out). You can ride the ferris wheel for panoramic views of the city, play whack-a-mole (my mom is a surprise genius at it), and watch the surfers to your heart’s content.
Have you ever been to L.A., or do you live there? Any favorite restaurants or tips? I’d love to hear…These are our favorite places, but we’re just once-a-year visitors! xoxo
(Photos by Jenna Park, Yolanda Edwards, and courtesy of the restaurants and hotels)

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Los Angeles really is a place where you can forge your own path. There are so many lifestyles and subcultures that exist in our urban ecosystem. If you are a foodie, we have that. If you like media and fashion, we are the capital. If you want something cultural, we have many unique museums. Want to walk around? Actually LA has some incredible walkable neighborhoods (Melrose, Arts District, Sunset, Westwood/Sawtelle). I like the Westside recommendations but there definitely go out and venture further into the city!
I used to live just 30 miles east of LA (now in Chicago). I recently went back and visited Venice, CA and I instantly fell in love with Abbot Kinney! Also, Plancha Tacos is worth trying in Venice.
I’m coming back for a visit next month and can’t wait to try some of these other things you’ve mentioned!
The list of things to do in Los Angeles is as long as the city is vast. If your time in town is limited, you could spend days in the museums alone, and never make your way to Hollywood. Hit up Venice beach, but don’t miss out on a hip eastside ‘hood. Finding the Cheapest Hotels in Los Angeles is hard. You need to check the rates and your budget as soon as you plan to stay there.
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Hi Joanna, we recently moved from LA to NYC. Love LA and here is my short ad sweet guide to LA. I hope you like it.
Hey Jo!
I literally read you every day but hardly comment.
I’m originally from LA and a transplant to Seattle and everyone time someone asks me for tips for LA I send them a template email I have for all my faves (including ticket hook ups for Conan, Ellen, and DWTS since I used to work in Reality TV) and then your Mini Guide. The pictures sum it up perfectly. Thank you for this amazing post!
I just got engaged over Easter and to announce our engagement to our Santa Monica friends we were going to stay at our standard Viceroy but I remembered your guide and we decided to stay at the Oceana! Kate Jerkens there updated us to a grande suite to help celebrate and breakfast by the pool at the Oceana was so classy and comfy it made us feel at home again. We were so happy we listened to your rec!
Our friends are leaving for LA next weekend and I sent them your guide and they plan to do everything on it! Thanks again.
Here’s photos of our LA party at the Viceroy, a hotel you should check out too! https://www.facebook.com/#!/media/set/?set=a.10100834083851173.2843190.10226928&type=3
How fun! I live in Orange County but love to visit LA. Your travel guides are so fun – I just visited NYC for the first time this month and loved it! You really must add Father’s Office to your food list…such a great burger!
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For an out-of-towner, you hit some great places in Venice and Santa Monica. You should venture east on your next trip. West Third Street has great boutiques and restaurants. Others have mentioned Joans on Third, and it is one of my favorites too. You should try her NY Breakfast Sandwich. As someone who has lived in NY and LA, there is no other breakfast sandwich like it in either city. On that same strip of Third Street you can also hit El Carmen for margaritas, AOC for wine, Simple Things for miniature pies and Magnolia for a cupcake if you’re feeling homesick. New Stone Age, Polka Dots and Moonbeams, Cloud Noir, Plastica D.L. Rhein, and O.K. are all great stops for shopping. If you keep walking you’ll hit the Farmer’s Market where you can get grab albondigas (meatball) tacos at Loteria and a glass of wine at Monsieur Marcel and the Grove where you can marvel at all of the consumerism and people who think (1) an outdoor mall is a destination, (2) a good place for dogs in clothes, and (3) who take photographs in front of fountains.
Some other favorites: Friday night jazz at LACMA and a cocktail at Stark Bar; brunch at Salt’s Cure; a meal at Campanile just for the architecture (it used to be Charlie Chaplin’s old offices – if you’re there on a Thursday try it on Grilled Cheese night); cheese or pasta at Cube on La Brea; seafood and cocktails at the Hungry Cat (I prefer the one in Hollywood but there is one in Santa Monica too if you’re sticking to the coast); the random art installations at Royal/T Cafe; Golden State for burgers, beers and mellow atmosphere; Korean BBQ at Park’s or Soot Bull Jeep; the Melrose Trading Post (flea market) on Sunday mornings; and Angelini Osteria for Italian.
I also agree with those who told you to try Phillipe’s and Pink’s – total LA institutions.
I’m a native Angeleno (3rd generation! There aren’t too many of us!) and I love the areas you described. Next time you’re in Santa Monica, you should try Pier Burger, on the Santa Monica Pier (very similar to Shake Shack ONLY AT THE BEACH) and Milo and Olive in SaMo. The Getty Villa in Malibu is also worth a visit.
I myself am an Eastside girl (though I work on the Westside — I’m bisidal that way), and I’m lucky enough to call Pasadena home. It’s worth the drive (Only about 30 minutes on weekends) to visit the Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens — an amazing Japanese garden, Chinese garden, Desert cactus garden, and (our favorite) children’s garden, with plenty of toddler-height fountains to splash in and tunnels to run through.
As for food, I prefer the Hollywood Farmer’s Market (Sunday mornings Ivar and Selma off of Sunset near Cahuenga). It’s a little funkier than Santa Monica, and I think the produce is actually better. You should eat at Pizzeria Mozza after. And Downtown LA has so much to offer right now in terms of restaurants, the Disney Concert Hall, and other fun stuff!
This is such a great post and comment thread! We are moving to Santa Monica with our 2 year old son Wolfie and our 4 month old son West next month. Beyond excited to know the city if angels better! Thanks for all the great inspiration everyone πŸ™‚
The next time you go, you should head to Sweet Lady Jane, which is, in my humble opinion, the best dessert place on the planet. The one I always went to was on Melrose a little west of Fred Segal but they have one in Santa Monica (on Montana) now, too.
I lived in LA for several years before I moved to New York. There are too many great desserts to mention but just a couple…
Their Italian wedding cake, which we happened to have at our wedding. (It was actually the first dessert I ever tried there!)
And their tiramisu. I am not even a big fan of tiramisu but theirs is extraordinary. They only serve it every other Friday though. One of my favorite SLJ memories is sitting outside with my sister sipping wine and eating tiramisu straight out of a giant trifle bowl. (I had it specially prepared for her birthday, at her request! : )
Triple berry cake… I know that’s more than a couple but it’s hard to stop!
I grew up about an hour east of LA and went to college in LA and while I was there, I…hated LA. But that was because I never went south of Wilshire and North of Sunset. Why should I when Diddy Reese (best ice cream sandwiches for $1!) was right.there. But when I graduated and moved south of Wilshire, I gradually fell in love with the city as I began to explore beyond the borders of Westwood. Santa Monica/Venice is also my favorite neighborhood of LA but there are treasures all around the city! However, to your credit, a weekend in LA is best spent exploring one neighborhood because there is simply too much to do here! And before you know it, you’re rushing from brunch in Santa Monica to a craft fair in Downtown to drinks on the Westside and then to dinner in Culver City and then back to Venice for some bar hopping. Talk about sick of being in a car! It’s tough keeping up with the Kardashians πŸ˜‰ But honestly, LA is a city with anything for anyone. Whoever you are and wherever you come from, there will always be a niche neighborhood for you. A lot of people come here and just feel lost. It’s a big sprawling city with not very good guidance so sometimes, you just have to know where to look for things. I should add that I’ve lived here for 10 years with no car and good friends with cars and a bike! I always recommend people taking the bus around since it’s a cheap and stress-free way of seeing the city through a local’s point of view, if you’re in no rush and enjoy hearing Spanish and can sometimes withstand uncleaniless. AND you don’t have to drive around for an extra 30 minutes looking for parking or pay $234489 for valet. You pass through multiple neighborhoods and can get off anywhere and take it back home.
There are a million things I could say about LA but for tourists, here are some good bus lines that run on major streets for minimal lostness (fare is $1.50):
The 20/720 (express) will take you all the way from Santa Monica through Rodeo Drive and Koreatown to Downtown on Wilshire.
The 2/302 (express) will take you along the PCH and then Sunset, from the Pacific Palisades to Downtown. I usually just get off around Hollywood.
And the 4/704 (express) will take you along Santa Monica Blvd from Santa Monica through Echo Park/Silverlake (the Brooklyn of LA) to Downtownish.
I hope I’ve sold some people on this even though LA is all shiny cars on TV. Be safe and have fun!
And some personal can’t-misses:
-Original Farmer’s Market at Fairfax/3rd
-Hiking at Temescal Canyon and either a picnic on the lawn there or brunch at Mick’s Cafe after a nice long hike
browsing old threads before I head to LA in 10 days and saving your comments about the bus routes (will verify in advance tho) thank you from an internet stranger!
This isn’t meant to be offensive, but this is really a mini-guide to the beach towns in Los Angeles County. I wouldn’t say Los Angeles (AT ALL) or even the West Side since that includes Westwood and Brentwood as well.
Sorry to be so nitpicky, but since Los Angeles is so spread out, it really would be incorrect to call this a mini Los Angeles guide. Especially considering that Santa Monica and Venice consider themselves to be separate cities within the county, and that the part of the city that considers itself Los Angeles can be an hour away depending on traffic.
It’s just that this guide is kind of misleading to anyone who doesn’t live in LA or has never been. Obviously, I’ve been born and raised in LA, and am very protective of the city.
I live in LA and you’re more of an LA resident than I am. Sadly…because it’s so spread out…alot of the time I feel like a tourist myself. Thanks for your expertise.
I plan on making NY my home very soon though. πŸ™‚
I live in awesome L.A and I’d recommend
The Apple Pan, great burger joint (cash only)
Fresh Corn Grill, amazing corn salad and chicken citrus sandwich
Korean BBQ in Korea Town
The Oinkster in Eagle Rock, perhaps a little of a drive if you’re off the coast but really good!
Masa Resturant in Echo Park, great Chicago deep dish pizza (in my opinion it rivals og Chicago pizza
Tourist spots–
With kids, the Skirball, a life size Noah’s ark! and Griffith Park has a train ride, pony rides, and it s near the L.A. zoo
Norton Simeon Museum in Pasadena
2nd sunday of the month flea market in Pasadena
I live in Santa Monica and have a 15 month old little guy. All of the above suggestions are great and spot-on. Here is couple more I would suggest:
Will Rogers State Park (Pacific Palisades) – A beautiful park with a variety of activities for the family as well as great views. There is a huge expanse of lawn with former golf sand pits (now used by the little ones as sandboxes) as well as a polo field where busy little ones can roam and play. There is a fantastic hike up to inspiration point that is fairly low key and offers really amazing views of the South Bay as well as Catalina Island on a clear day. My husband, son and I often go for a family hike, then pack a picnic and hang out on the grass while our little guy plays in the sand. The one downside is that parking is $10. During the week you can park on residential streets but on the weekend it’s off limits so you might have to pay and park in the lot.
Il Ristorante di Giorgio Baldi (Santa Monica)- This place is one of the best italian restaurants ever! It’s not for kids but great for a romantic dinner. My husband and I call their gnocchi ‘little pillows of heaven’ and their ravioli is a-mazing. Also, I think every wine I’ve ever tried there is outstanding. It’s a bit pricey but well worth it for a special occasion.
This couldn’t have come at a better time!! My husband and I are planning a trip to LA for our 5 year anniversary in May! Thanks for the tips!!
I’ve lived in Los Angeles (east side, Silverlake) for the past six years, and it’s nice to hear people admitting how great it is. There are so many people who badmouth LA (usually tourists who show up here with no idea what to do besides Disneyland, the beach and Mann’s Chinese, so all they encounter are other tourists and spend all their time driving across town, or people who think reality TV idiots represent more than just a minority group here), but there are literally hundreds of things you could choose to do any given day in the greater LA area. I have also never been healthier in my life since moving to Los Angeles, where you can be outside in warm sunlight nearly every day and many people hike, bike and eat fresh produce year-round.
There’s so much more than just the beach cities at the coast. To the east, further inland we have charming hillside neighborhoods and mountains, parks, farmers’ markets, all sorts of connected towns and the entire gamut of people from all over the world (there are neighborhoods called Little Ukraine, Koreatown, Little Armenia, Little Ethiopia… that’s how diverse an area we’re talking about and you can get ANY kind of food), also the spooky desert to explore on the other side of the mountains or many other cities (like Palm Springs, Santa Barbara, San Diego, Tijuana) within daytripping distance. I love LA!
I love this! I want to visit someday.
I LOVE Los Angeles. I used to live in Santa Monica and it’s such an amazing place. I’d love to go back someday soon!
This L.A. Guide will be helpful for my vacation to California this summer. Thanks for sharing!
I love LA and can’t wait to try out your suggestions next trip. One of my favorite spots there is the inexpensive Loteria Grill – usually we go to the Hollywood location. Get a michelada.
Also The Hotel Cafe is a fun place to hear live music. Some of the shows are only $10.
Very good list — especially Gjelina. It’s my favorite restaurant in LA now that Evan Kleinman’s Angeli is shuttered.
We live in Santa Barbara now but I miss all of my favorite places in LA — I would add vanilla bake shop and the fathers office…oh and Wurstkuche…the village idiot is fun at night but it gets kind of loud.
Silverlake/Downtown/WeHo are amazing too!!
So glad you mentioned renting houses/cottages in Venice! I stayed in someone’s guest house on a walk street for $130/night–hard to beat that kind of rate. Privacy and personality, all a few blocks from the action. I definitely like to check craigslist for vacation rentals instead of staying at a chain hotel!
isabug, what on earth do you mean? UCLA is in an EXTREMELY nice part of town. It’s USC that’s not. That’s a local irony–the state school is in some of the most expensive neighborhoods in town, and the expensive private school is in what is now a rough area.
You all need to venture east! Santa Monica/Venice takes up such a small percentage of such a big city. It lacks character and is constantly being torn down and rebuilt. Go visit historical Los Angeles, head downtown, or just take Sunset Blvd from the beach inland until it ends. There is so much more to see and experience!
My aunt and uncle live close to LA and I’ve been there a few times…this guide made me want to go back!! πŸ™‚
p.s. lots of folks have asked about taking kids to LA — this list of things to do is one of the best I’ve ever seen:
The site also regularly lists special activities and events for little dudes & dudettes too!
Five generations of my family have lived in LA (for an Angelena born & raised there, that’s pretty good going!) I think LA gets a lot of flak from people who don’t like it (usually because they wind up visiting tourist trap areas like Hollywood) — but having lived in NYC, London, Paris, and many other places around the world, it’s still probably my favourite city — there’s just so much to do there, and it’s constantly evolving.
I always recommend Santa Monica, Malibu, Pasadena, Griffith Park and downtown LA for first time visitors (not a huge fan of Venice myself, I’m afraid)… having worked too at the Getty, LACMA and studied at the Huntington Library they’re top of my list too.
When I go back home Philippe’s, the Grand Central Food Market, and the Reel Inn in Malibu are my comfort chow spots, although you will NEVER go hungry or unhappy food-wise in my beloved city!!
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I live in LA and love it. my favorite spots to eat- Elf in Echo Park (all veggie and the sweetest romantic little space in town) and Figaro Cafe in Los Feliz (the most authentic French place in town you’d swear you’re in Paris). I live near Larchmont Village. it’s cute, walkable, and full of shops, restaurants, and coffee spots. love it!
I grew up in LA and now live in Austin and miss LA so much! Some of my favorite spots in LA are the Observatory (both night and day are beautiful), Barnsdall Art Park (beautiful view and the Hollyhock House), Larchmont Village (I’m loath to mention this because I love it too much), LACMA, Little Tokyo, Koreatown (yum- delicious food and bars open all night).. I could go on and on. The Standard downtown is beautiful at night and I love seeing the lights and billboards on Vine Blvd. in Hollywood. And lastly, no trip to LA is good without a visit to In-N-Out!
Sometimes here in Austin I’ll read Yelp reviews of In-N-Out.. *cries*
Great guide!
Please come by Tulips&Tulle soon!
We lived in Santa Monica and Venice fr many years before moving to the O.C., but you’ve listed a few places I didn’t know of! Really missing it now. Great list.
gjelina in venice is to die for.
i was 5 months pregnant when I ate there, and maybe it was the hormones, but it was divine.
the frites alone…
this calls for another plane ticket to visit my childhood best friend…
Yay! Great recs, I live in LA and I love it here. Another awesome place to eat in Santa Monica is Stella Rossa (http://stellarossapizzabar.com/). Delicious food and drinks, great service, beautiful ambiance. It’s right on Main Street.
the cottage is so cute. it’s like your on your very own space. quite nice. and gosh so many things to do there. i hope one of these days L.A. will be my next stop! πŸ™‚ thanks for all the heads up!
I live in LA county (close to Pasadena) and want to try and experience it more than I currently do, since there’s so much here to do. It’s fun to be a “tourist” in your own city sometimes.
this is awesome, thanks so much for posting this! we are going to LA next month, and are staying at the oceana per your recommendation. now, i’m so happy for all these other tips on fun things to do and places to eat. thanks jo!
I simply adore L.A. Even though I live in Miami, and grew up in Portland, OR (two great towns!) I would move there in a heart beat if I could manage it.
I am not a genius at Whack-a-Mole, but I did win (on my third try) and took home a lovely pink Domo doll. He sits in my guest room and is such a cheery reminder of a great town.
We are planning a trip to LA in June (my husband and I and two small kids) so this post is PERFECTLY timed! We are still trying to find lodging… I may check out the home you stayed in – those cottages are adorable but they look like they are all one bedroom. Thanks for the recos!
I love love love Gjelina! And now the Tasting Kitchen thanks to you! Huckleberry as well (maple bacon biscuits-yum!). You and I love the same foods! I’ll make sure to email you any other great gems I run across!
I love living in Santa Monica!
Other delish places to eat:
– Rustic Canyon. Owned by the people who bring you Huckleberry
– Urth Caffe on Main St. is an absolute must. It’s great for brunch, hot chocolate, tea and Spanish lattes!
– Tender Greens. There are several locations in LA, but the people are super friendly at the SaMo locale…incredible salads, veggies and their ahi tuna is insanely good
-Father’s Office. Beer and burgers. ’nuff said!
-Holy Guacamole on Main is a perf spot for tacos before walking over to the beach.
-Marmalade on Montana is sure to please anyone, and their dessert case is sublime.
-Not far from Santa Monica, you’ll find the Brentwood Country Mart (Sugar Paper for cards and such, and Cafe Luxxe for the bestest coffee. The Huckleberry people strike again with their Sweet Rose Creamery)
I went to college in LA, so I miss all the cheap and/or divey spots I frequented at that time in my life. California Chicken Cafe, Roscoe’s Chicken & Waffles, Lucy’s El Adobe…many others that haven’t survived. Plus the original food trucks – roach coaches! Yep, freaked me out at first, but they serve the best breakfast burritos.
The Getty is great, both for the art and the unbeatable views. But I also love the Norton Simon in Pasadena, and Huntington Gardens.
Two favorites with kids — Olivera Street, (it’s got the oldest house in LA) and the Tar Pit Museum.
Oh so many places and so little time. LA has a lot to offer and quite honestly I think the food is even better than what’s being offered in SF (home), eeks!I live on the westside so thats what Im reppin below.
Culver City musts: Father’s Office, best damn burger in this town. Alibi Room, tacos are yum and good cocktail selection,IPA’s on tap too.
Sakura, sushi spot on Centinela. Its constantly packed and delicious. Closed on Mondays
Kat and Dave’s Cantina has amazing happy hour in downtown Culver.
City Tavern, also in dwtn Culver. Great beer selection.
Bigfoot Lodge, yuuum drinks. Also one in my hometown πŸ™‚
Venice: Abbott Kinney has so much amazing food. I think the best however is my tried and true Gjelina, I’ve had brunch and somehow managed to get in for dinner (after the 2 hour well worth it wait)
Next door is Gjelina to-go, pastries, small sandwiches, coffee.
Hal’s, great turkey burger, great drinks.
Mao’s Kitchen, Chinese restaurant on Pacific and quite good. Open until 3 or 4am, sounds strange but I promise its good!
Chaya on Main Street, total meat market πŸ™‚ Good drinks especially jalapeno margarita! Check out the happy hour menu-well worth it.
Santa Monica, I know I know everyone is always here. Urth Cafe, please try the Spanish Latte.
Stella Rosa, another must.
M-Street Kitchen, I love the brunch!
BOA Steakhouse, if you feel the need to splurge on some amazing food then this is the place, directly across from the beach. More of a special occasion night.
Downtown LA, I really have only been to some of the bars including Seven Grand (Whiskey bar), The Edison, Casey’s, the Library, J Bar. I love downtown so check it out.
As a local… I agree! Great tips. πŸ™‚
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I grew up in LA and, it’s so funny, I had my 13th birthday party at oceania (before it was renovated i think πŸ˜‰ my mom rented out a suite and I had about 10 girls there– it was so fun! Also, salad pizza at abbot’s its my absolute favorite!
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Disclosure β€” In order to grow our small business, Cup of Jo earns revenue in a few different ways. We publish several sponsored posts each month, which are always labeled at the top. We also sometimes earn an affiliate commission on the sales of products we link to. We feature only items we genuinely love and want to share, and this is an arrangement between the retailer and Cup of Jo (readers never pay more for products). These are the ways we support Cup of Jo, and allow us to run the site and engage with this community we truly love. Thank you for reading!


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