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Life Lately // A Day off in Venice

These past few weeks have been insane. Moving to another country is so much work. Before we knew it we had already been here for a few weeks and still hadn’t taken a day just for ourselves to chill out and enjoy exploring our new city, which is crazy, so we decided to take the day off and explore the Venice Canals. Venice seemed like the right call. When I think of the chill SoCal vibe I think of Venice. Also, somehow neither one of us had ever explored the Venice Canals even though we’ve been to Venice a bunch. Weird, huh? So we hopped into our rental car and headed down to explore the Venice Canals for the afternoon.

After exploring the Canals for a bit we – well, I got hungry and so we decided to walk to Abbot Kinney Blvd in search of some food. There were so many options, but my sister always raves about The Butcher’s Daughter, so we decided to check it out for ourselves. It’s a vegetarian/vegan spot so we knew we’d have a plethora of options, which is always exciting if you’re plant based.



Can we just appreciate the beauty of this place for a moment? The aesthetic is AMAZING. It’s funny because as soon as we sat down Matt said, “Well, this definitely looks like you’re kinda place”. BECAUSE IT IS. Seriously. If I could just live there I would. The aesthetic is on point. I’m now obsessed.

I ended up getting the “Red Gem & Heirloom Seed Salad” which consisted of Red Gem | Poppy, Pepita & Sesame Seed Blend | Fresh Picked Herbs | Black Garlic Tahini. I added on Avocado and a Farm Egg because it was an option – and it sounded delicious. IT WAS. They also served us mint water, which normally I would think would be gross, but it was actually super refreshing. I also got an earl grey tea, which is always the greatest.

After dinner we decided to grab a couple of donuts from Blue Star Donuts on the walk back to our car. They were super nice there and even gave us a free donut! It was such a nice surprise. You’ll notice there aren’t any pictures of our donuts… that’s because we gobbled them up so fast! We tried a blueberry one, a cinnamon one, and an orange one. They were all super delicious. The donut game down here is definitely on point!

At the end of the day I have to say our venture down to Venice was a success. We’ll definitely be headed down there again sometime soon to just chill out. I wish we could get a place in the canals, but we’ll just have to dream about that for now.






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    Can you tell me how you successfully moved to California?! 😩❤️

    June 18, 2018 at 10:53 am
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      We both got permanent residency! It wasn’t easy and it took 3 years! We got an immigration lawyer too. I was going to write another post eventually on everything you need to know about moving down here after you get visa or permanent residency… cause it’s A LOT.

      June 18, 2018 at 3:40 pm
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