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L’ Amande Cafe and Bakery

I haven’t felt this close to France since I was engaged there in 2005. The L’Amande Cafe and Bakery is legit and delicious. Everything they make is fresh to order with only the best ingredients. The atmosphere is chic, cozy and comfortable. It’s the kind of place that makes you want to stay awhile. Sip on a decadent cup of hot chocolate and read a book or meet a friend for a bite to eat. They have 2 locations, one in the heart of Beverly Hills on Santa Monica Blvd. and one in a little strip mall in Torrance on PCH. Both are charming. Bon Appetit!

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The Croque Madame

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The Escargot Aux Fruits

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The Papillote

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The Hot Chocolate

Photos by Wade Hammond

 

Holiday Gift Guide: Men’s Edition

I just recently discovered Kaufmann Mercantile  and found their vast array of gifts for the men in your life to be classic, rugged and sexy. For the man who appreciates craftsmanship and the finer things in life. There is something unique for every budget and seemingly every man you could need to shop for, so your welcome. Shop away!

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Another manly brand I recently discovered is the skincare line Jack Black. (no, it has nothing to do with the actor/musician) I sampled the Intense Therapy Lip Balm and found it to be strong enough for a man but soft enough for me AND it has SPF25. Perfect for all of the snowboarders, surfers, or outdoorsmen your know. I am tying one to the top of the all gifts for the men in my life!

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Shop Local

MADE in Long Beach

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Photo and shirts by my friend Ismael of Gardea Studios

I am so thrilled that this store front on Pine Ave. is now home to MADE in Long Beach, a hosted space for locally made goods. There are so many creative people in Long Beach making really amazing things and now you can shop them under one roof! If you are looking for unique, hand-crafted holiday gifts this is a great place to start. On a recent visit I found delicious smelling soaps and candles, fun lucite ornaments and jewelry, the softest t-shirts, leather purses, wallets and jewelry, local coffee, plants, beautiful necklaces made from eggshells, and a bunch of other really cool stuff! Check it out!

MADE in Long Beach is at 236 Pine Ave. Long Beach, CA
Hours: Tues-Fri 10-7 Sat 10-9 Sun 12-7 Closed Mon

 

DYLN Launch Party at the OC Mix

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The entertainment for the evening…an amazing acrobatic yoga duo!

Prior to attending the grand opening of DYLN, a new active wear/yoga shop, I had only heard of this magical wonderland called the OC Mix. This lovely spot, tucked away off the 405, is home to locally owned boutiques, specialty food spots, and a farmers market. The perfect use of indoor/outdoor space makes it somewhere you want to go and stay awhile. Everything is just so darn cute. A meat/cheese shop, a tiny little record store called Analog, a fancy coffee bar Portola, a wine bar, a tea shop, a barware store selling everything you need to make craft cocktails, and the list goes on and on. I would highly recommend checking it out this summer!

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Everything is picture perfect adorable at the OC Mix!

The OC Mix is at 3313 Hyland Ave, Costa Mesa, CA.

 

Ciboteca Santa Monica

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The entrance to Ciboteca is filled with unique gourmet goods for sale.

A couple of weeks ago we had the chance to checkout this new little hidden gem of a cafe, Ciboteca, in Santa Monica. We sampled pretty much the entire menu and were not disappointed. It was delicious and great if you are on the go or looking to sit a relax. Everything is made in house and you can taste the love in every bite. Here were some of my faves:

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They have a huge array of delicious paninis.
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I love a good octopus salad and this one was delish!
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They specialize in these amazing Japanese/Italian hybrid desserts!
The handmade chocolates were amazing and of course I loved the red heart!
The handmade chocolates were amazing and of course I loved the red heart!

Thank you Ciboteca for your hospitality! We will see you again soon!

Ciboteca is located at 606 Broadway in Sanat Monica, Ca.

 

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