Through the Lens: photos from November

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Oh November, we hardly knew you.

December marks the beginning of the end of a lot of things, including this semester. The homestretch!

Before we get into what December holds, let’s take one last look back at November in photos. Despite my sometimes frazzled state of mind, I did manage to get in a few breathers—including a hike through gorgeous Corral Canyon near the coast. We also camped for a night on a coastal bluff that overlooked the Pacific.

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John and I also spent an entire Saturday walking around DTLA, particularly to check out the amazing architecture and awesome food. Just below is the famous Bradbury building, which has made cameos in tons of movies, including Blade Runner and 500 Days of Summer.

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We also visited Grand Central Market (pictured above) for lunch. We had the best pastrami sandwich of all time at Wexler’s deli. So good.

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Los Angeles, I’m yours.

This month, I’m focusing my energy on, oh just about everything. Final projects, employment for the spring, my upcoming trip home for Christmas (!) and… a few other things I’m forgetting.

What are you getting into in December? Are you already planning for the new year?

Through the lens: photos from August

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Why does the week after a long holiday weekend always seem to last longer?

I’m not sure what the deal with that phenomenon is, though I’m gearing up for a long, busy September. But before I do, here’s one last look back at August in photos. I spent most of August soaking up summer, playing tourist around L.A. and going bicoastal to spend some time with family at home.

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These two gorgeous girls are my little sisters, except they’re not so little anymore. When I went home, we took a trip to Oxford, Maryland, the cutest little coastal town. My sisters have spent a lot of time there, and clearly they were in their element longboarding and biking everywhere we went. They gave me a tour of all the (adorable) waterfront homes.

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And when my college roomie/BFF came to visit me here in L.A., we went to all the must-see places in the city, including Malibu, the Griffith Observatory, Hollywood and more.

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Check-in time: What are you looking forward to in September?

 

Beer with a Blogger: Bar Food in Brentwood

How’s that for alliteration?

This month’s Beer with a Blogger was a long time coming. Hanna is a good blog friend of mine who lives in Brentwood on the West Side, but our busy lives have made it so that we’ve only met a couple of times in real life. We finally remedied that this past weekend. Read on!

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THE BLOGGER

Hanna of the newly rebranded Filth. I’ve followed Hanna’s blog (formerly Excelsior Lady) since long before I moved to L.A. She made a similar cross-country move by way of Buffalo a few years ago, and I loved reading her thoughts on being a transplant in a vibrant, huge city. Hanna has one of those true artist brains, which I adore. (You can see some of her illustrations here—how cool are they?) Everything she draws or writes has a raw honesty that I really appreciate, and her eye for photography is spot-on. There’s nothing bland about her. And Hanna’s personality in real life is just as intriguing. Because we felt like we knew each other already the first time we met, it’s always been easy to talk to her. It helps that she’s got the most infectious smile and big, inviting blue eyes. Check out her blog, and follow her on Instagram and Twitter.

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THE BAR

Bar Food on Wilshire in Brentwood, a great happy hour spot seven days a week. And the happy hour deals are truly awesome, especially for L.A.—I had three beers (over the course of a BWAB record five-and-a-half hours) AND a hot dog, which all together cost $17 including tip! The drafts were $4 apiece and hot dogs are $1 all the time. Yelp reviewers says the other food is really good, too. The bartender was friendly, and we happened to come in on trivia night. Considering we weren’t anticipating playing trivia and the fact that we were first-time partners, we didn’t absolutely suck (i.e., we didn’t finish dead last). Neither of us is particularly great at trivia, though we killed the music round. The trivia host might’ve thrown a couple extra points our way for clever, albeit incorrect, answers. Bar Food had a fun, neighborhoody vibe.

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THE BEER

I enjoyed a Green Flash Black IPA and a Deschutes River Ale, while Hanna had a couple of Left Coast Asylum Belgian-Style Tripel Ales.

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Hanna & Cassie

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It was a blast hanging out with Hanna one-on-one for the first time (crazy it took nearly a year for that to happen!). We had a ton to talk about—staying true to our voices in writing, our love for L.A. and wanderlust for other parts of the world, and missing family back home. We also made a friend in a Bar Food regular, an older man in a beret who is a painter by way of Vancouver, born in Scotland. He was such a character, asking us about ourselves and sharing his white-haired wisdom. He was so sweet (and incredibly talkative), and Hanna and I later gushed at having made friends with such a cool dude. Between meeting him and playing several rounds of trivia, a night I expected to be a blast turned out to be just that and more.

Hanna and I vowed not to let so much time go by before hanging out again. Next time, we’re looping in Rachel so they can finally meet!

Are you a blogger living in (or visiting!) L.A.? Do you like beer? Shoot me an email at wittycassiehere (at) gmail (dot) com, and let’s go to happy hour!

Through the Lens: Photos from May

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It seems like just yesterday half of my Facebook friends were sharing that tired old “It’s gonna be May” meme. (Just kidding. That grinning, curly-haired JT mug never gets old.)

Now, it’s almost time to officially kick off the summer months. Is anyone else as happy as I am when it’s 7:30 p.m. and still light outside?

It’s been a jam-packed past few weeks, and I’m looking forward to the month ahead. But first, here’s a look back at some of my favorite moments from May—photo roundup style.

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Joshua Tree plantlife

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Ah, yes. More Joshua Tree pics. I was pretty snap-happy that weekend, and the landscape never disappointed. The wild plant life fascinated me as much as the impressive boulders did.

Also impressive? Rooftop bars, baby.

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Los Feliz home

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Besides taking in the downtown skyline at night, I also spent a fair amount of time checking out Los Feliz, which is adjacent to my neighborhood. (In fact, I’m right on the border between Los Feliz and Silver Lake.) It has such a neighborhood-y feel—I love it.

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And I can never get enough of those dreamy mountains.

So that’s my May in a nutshell! Now, I’m ready to kick off June with a day at the beach. (Tomorrow’s gonna be a hot one.)

What are you looking forward to in June?