So Santa Monica

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

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.