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Oh Joy Day Trip: Echo Park (Part 1)

Exploring Echo Park Ave... / Oh Joy!

Happy Friday! Today, we're exploring one of my favorite neighborhoods in Los Angeles...Echo Park! Because there are so many amazing coffee spots, shops, and restaurants, we're breaking it up into two posts. First up, we have three spots all on Echo Park Avenue, so you can leisurely walk down one street to discover a few amazing spots. Each shop is curated and designed to perfection. Ready? Let's go! 

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oh joy eats: compartes in century city...

Compartes in Los Angeles / Oh Joy Eats!

One of my favorite chocolate brands, Compartés, just opened a beautiful new shop! So we went on an Oh Joy Field Trip to the new Compartés store in Century City! It was designed by Kelly Wearstler and is STUNNING. Come take a look...

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mini meatball sliders for kids!

mini meatball sliders for kids!

With school back in session and work and our busy schedules, it can be hard to carve out time to make dinner. When I get home from work, I don't want to spend an hour in the kitchen! I want to get as much time with my kids as I can before they're off to bed. So I'm always looking for ways to make meal-time easier and faster for me while still healthy for the kids. Today, we've partnered with KidFresh to share our Mini Meatball Sliders that make for an easy, fun, and delicious dinner your kids will love...

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oh joy day trip: atwater village...

Oh Joy Day Trip: Atwater Village

In our newest, Oh Joy Day Trip, we're taking you to Atwater Village—a small neighborhood near Silver Lake and Los Feliz on the East side of Los Angeles.

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Happy (almost) National Ice Cream Day!

Somi Somi Ice Cream Los Angeles

Happy Friday! In honor of National Ice Cream Day this Sunday, here's a look back at several of our favorite ice cream spots in Los Angeles if you're looking to pick up a sweet scoop. There are quite a few—and as you might be able to tell—we really like ice cream ;). Take a look...

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oh joy day trip: culver city...

oh joy day trip: culver city

For this new edition of Oh Joy Day Trip, we're headed to Culver City! Since I live on the East Side of Los Angeles, I rarely make it to Culver City, but I need to get there more. There are so many great, new spots to see, explore, and eat! Come check it out...

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My Favorite Things to Do with Kids in Los Angeles...

Bob Baker Marionette Theater / Los Angeles

I love Los Angeles so much. There is so much to do here and see year round...and I've certainly discovered more things to do after having kids. We get emails and messages asking for suggestions on what to do with kids when visiting Los Angeles, so here are some of my favorites in no particular order. Please keep in mind, I do live on the East side, so this is skewed towards the East side of the city. A West sider might have additional suggestions and if you do, please share them in the comments!

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oh joy eats: botanica in silver lake...

Botanica in Los Angeles

Happy Friday! Last week, our friends at Botanica opened their new restaurant in Silver Lake! It's GORGEOUS...and the food is SO beautiful and delicious. Come have a gander with me... 

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oh joy day trip: sunset blvd. (east side)...

Ali Golden / Oh Joy Day Trip

For our newest Oh Joy Day Trip, we're heading to one of my favorite streets of Los Angeles—Sunset Blvd. Sunset runs across most of Los Angeles, so we're focusing on a few of our favorite spots on the East end of Sunset, running from Silver Lake to Echo Park. Come see!

Matcha Bar Silver Lake / Oh Joy Day Trip

Matcha Bar Silver Lake / Oh Joy Day Trip

 Matcha Bar Silver Lake / Oh Joy Day Trip

Matchabar — Start your morning off with a little kick of...tea! I'm a big tea drinker and matcha is a favorite when done in fun ways. Matchbar just opened on Sunset in Silver Lake and makes fun versions of lattes using matcha instead of espresso (the drinks are also VERY pretty). We loved the Coconut Chai Latte and the Harmless Matcha Latte. Then, get either a small bite of Matcha Mochi or eat a savory and delicious breakfast of Purple Egg Pot.

Social Type Silver Lake / Oh Joy Day Trip

Social Type Silver Lake / Oh Joy Day Trip

Social Type Silver Lake / Oh Joy Day Trip

The Social Type — This beautiful shop makes for a great place to pick up cards, stationery, and small giftable items. They often have pop-ups and events, so it's a cool space to know about.

Ali Golden / Oh Joy Day Trip

Ali Golden / Oh Joy Day Trip

Ali Golden — For a mix of indie clothing and handmade accessories, Ali Golden carries a chic and cool array of pieces in their own label and others they adore.

Ohana Poke Co. / Oh Joy Day Trip

Ohana Poke Co. / Oh Joy Day Trip

Ohana Poke Co. — Take a lunch break for some fresh poke and fried chicken! We love the mix of options available in the poke and love how healthy it feels. On the flip side, the fried chicken wings (available in hot and mild) have a light, crispy texture that makes you want more and more.

The Now / Oh Joy Day Trip

The Now / Oh Joy Day Trip

The Now / Oh Joy Day Trip

The Now — If you want to add to your day trippin' with a little R&R, The Now offers a place to get inexpensive massage treatments without planning too far ahead. Starting at just 25 minutes, you can get a little pick me up in this serene and beautiful space.

It was really hard to narrow this list down to just five as you are likely to see twenty more cool spots along the way. Our picks are all day time spots, but if you're looking for any dinner recommendations in this area, ask me! And, if you live here and have other favorites, please feel free to share them with us below!

{Photos by Casey Brodley, styling by Julia Wester}

{oh joy eats} magpies softserve...

magpies softserve los angeles

I have a new addiction. While my ice cream loving heart will always belong to Jeni's Ice Cream...when I am in the mood for soft serve, Magpies Softserve has been my go-to... 

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