Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Exploring the neighborhood




This weekend was nice to catch up and unpack in our new spot. We took the afternoon to explore our new neighborhood. One of my favorite things about living in LA, or actually any city center - is that there is always new pockets to check out, new restaurants to try, and new things to do. Its crazy to me that I have grown up in Califronia and had never been to Rancho Palos Verdes (45 mins from my hometown, Laguna Beach) before. I've heard a lot about the area, people I worked with, etc, but was amazed how beautiful it is.

 We made the move from Santa Monica to South Redondo Beach, right in the coastal bend where it starts to go up into Rancho Palos Verdes. I posted some photos above of the area. The town is a lot  quieter and calmer than Santa Monica, really hard to get to (no freeway access) but maybe that is what makes it such a little gem? I'm actually a fan of city noise and energy, but I can do calm too - especially if it's at the beach.

I would love any suggestions of some must try restaurants or cute shops in the South Bay!

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  1. Wow, I am jealous! With those courtyards and fountains, your neighborhood looks more like Italy or Spain than California!

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    1. I had the same thoughts! I guess the town had east coast settlers. I can totally pick up on some Connecticut vibes!

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  2. i love that area! i was born in redondo and have family in palos verdes estates. check out the gum tree gift shop in hermosa beach (on pier ave) it is darling and has the cutest coffee shop attached to it. also, my favorite mexican food is in hermosa, called la playita, its on 14th street. that market in malaga cove has great sandwiches. i would LOVE to live there you lucky duck!

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    1. Jamie - Thank you SO much for these suggestions! I have been to Gum tree - the cutest :) And we just went to the sandwich shop in Malaga Cove yesterday. I want now try the Mexican place next, thank you! xox

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  3. Hey! My family just moved to PVE so I'm in the same situation as you! I really love Creme de la Crepe in Riviera Village (perfect breakfast/brunch spot), Kincaid's on the Redondo Pier (go for happy hour!) and Sophie's which is also in Riviera Village! Have fun exploring :)

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    1. Sarah - Love these! Thank you so much :) We're a block away from Creme de La Crepe- we must try!

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  4. The transition would probably do some changes in your lifestyle too. But I think it’s just for the better – learning to enjoy the peace and quiet, that sort of thing. :) Surely, all the unpacking fatigues were wiped away by checking out the new place. Oh, I love the beach! :) -->Lakisha

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  5. I grew up in RPV and, yes, it is a hidden gem. Check out the tidepools at Abalone Cove and Wayfarers Chapel when you have a free Saturday. Also, lunch or dinner at Nelson's at Terranea is affordable and beautiful.

    In the South Bay, Riviera Village is one of my favorite little areas. Ribbons was my favorite boutique to shop at growing up (it's toward the upper part of the street, near Palos Verdes Blvd.). Zazou restaurant is delicious with a nice, romantic vibe and Pedone's pizza is great for down and dirty pizza. For frozen yogurt, try Penguins on PCH and Knob Hill Ave and hands down, my favorite easy Mexican food is El Burrito Jr. (or LBJ) on PCH and Avenue B. It's just a dumpy stand on the side of the road but you'll almost always see a line of people waiting outside. Try the Super Deluxe Burrito. For an amazing sit-down Mexican restaurant, go to Riviera (in Riviera Village). This is random, but if you ever need to stock up on greeting cards for any occasion, go to Card de A, also in Riviera Village, near Trader Joe's. Oh, and Handel's Ice Cream on PCH - seriously so good.

    I have so many more... haha.

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    1. Catherine! You're amazing. Seriously! We live in the Riviera Village went to Riviera (Mexican Food) good vibes. We want to check out Handels - have heard good things. Also, I am the biggest sucker for stationary so I will absolutely be checking that place out along with all your other recs! Thanks so much xx

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  6. Tony's on the Pier has the best sunset view in LA. In the crow's nest.. it is incredible!

    Mediterraneo in Hermosa.. I love their tapas menu.

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