So Santa Monica

On living the dream of the 21st century by Sirinya Matute

Waiting for the bus. Two people from different generations can coexist. Really. It is going to be okay.

Waiting for the bus. Two people from different generations can coexist. Really. It is going to be okay.

Progress! #expoline phase 2 construction through the Cheviot Hills section of LA.

Progress! #expoline phase 2 construction through the Cheviot Hills section of LA.

I hope it is obvious that I’m on a #bigbluebus today! Headed to Westwood. I’m on a Gillig #1343.

I hope it is obvious that I’m on a #bigbluebus today! Headed to Westwood. I’m on a Gillig #1343.

#sosantamonica mini Bring Your Bag from work. Thanks @sustainablesm!

#sosantamonica mini Bring Your Bag from work. Thanks @sustainablesm!

Juan Matute on the stage to congratulate graduates of Environmental Science. #ucla2013 #gobruins

Juan Matute on the stage to congratulate graduates of Environmental Science. #ucla2013 #gobruins

Why hello there, that’s the @bigbluebus I will take back home!

Why hello there, that’s the @bigbluebus I will take back home!

The other stairs..

lailove:

If you are like me and enjoy running up stairs but don’t want to do it with every meathead looking for a sweaty date on the Westside, pass on the heinous 4th Street scene and just head on around the corner to 404 Mesa Road.  The stairs here are a killer and you can pant your little heart out in peace.

Rustic Canyon Stairs, Mesa Road, Santa Monica, 90402

I have done this only once before.

L.A. I Love...: Coffee Fix Fixed »

lailove:

I LOVE a good Italian-style cappuccino but for some reason Downtown Santa Monica has been a desert in terms of a good cup of coffee (Starbucks and Coffee Bean are acceptable for a drip coffee in an emergency but their cappuccinos are shite). Thankfully, an oasis has just sprung up in form of the…

Check out this review of a new coffee shop.

L.A. I Love...: The Santa Monica Promenade »

lailove:

AKA the uncoolest place on the Westside. However, there are some bright sparks among the chain store, mass produced garbage.

Here’s what I love on the Promenade (and environs).

Drinks and dinner:

Michael’s - The food is average but the garden is gorgeous. Only go if you can sit outside. And use…

Sharing a review of the Promenade. It is a busy place, a top tourist destination. But I was commenting to my husband that I do not feel like it is a tourist *trap*. And it sounds like neither does this newcomer.