California is known for it’s wide range of scenery, beautiful oceans, woods, and mountains. But did you know that California has some of the best and freshest food in the entire country?
After countless trips to California to visit my family I have decided it’s time to take a second and document these places. Each time I go I find myself wanting to return to the same iconic places. These trips were spent mainly in Napa Valley, California but recently my mother moved to Southern California and I have been obsessing over all the delicious food.
It does not matter what time of day it is or where I am- I am always thinking about what my next meal will be. Will it be healthy? Filling? Fattening? Organic? Well, in California you don’t have to worry about finding a delicious and healthy meal. This is because healthy fresh food is literally on every corner. It’s nearly impossible to name the top restaurants in Los Angeles. But I can tell you my favorite and most memorable spots in Southern California.
- Malibu Farm – Malibu
This is truly a magical cafe. Located on Malibu’s Pier you can dine right on the Pacific Ocean with the waves crashing next to you. A locally owned cafe and restaurant serving fresh and local produce where everything is organic. They serve Breakfast, lunch and dinner on the beautiful pier in the middle of the ocean. Once you find your table overlooking the ocean you won’t want to leave.
- The Daisy Cafe – Santa Monica
A delicious and quick stop for Brunch or Lunch that I actually found out about on Instagram. They commented on one of my pictures and I checked it out! If you are heading through Santa Monica I suggest checking this quaint cafe out – they have outdoor seating – and heat lamps!
- Lemonade LA
Another staple when dining Southern California. Lemonade is truly one of a kind. There are several locations spread out across Southern California. I visited the location in Brentwood. They have endless clean and healthy options for all foodies! Part Lemonade Stand part Healthy Eatery – it’s food is described as Seasonal Southern California Comfort Food.
- Urth Caffe – Melrose
Urth is wildly popular and serves simple yet fresh and delicious lunch and breakfast options. Everything at this place is seriously delicious and the food quality is only something you will find in California. They serve organic teas and coffee – also a great place for people watching. I tried the Iced Green Tea Bobba and of course sat on the patio outside.
- The Penthouse @ The Huntley Hotel – Santa Monica
Happy Hour anyone? A beautiful spot in Santa Monica located on the hotels 17th floor, the Penthouse. Happy Hour is Monday-Friday from 4-7. Arrive early and get a window seat over looking the Pacific Ocean just in time for the sunset to go down over the ocean. The food on the Happy Hour menu is simple yet classic. Try a Mello Mojito and some fried calamari.
- Intelligenstia Coffee – Venice Coffee Bar
A trendy coffee shop located on Abbot Kinney Street where you can find really cool clothing stores and great food. It’s not your typical coffee shop and it is always packed. Find a seat and order one of their freshly brewed teas. They find you without asking for a name or number and bring you your coffee or tea. A good place for people watching or to catch up with a friend. Watch out for the pack of 4 – 17 dollar truffles.
If you are staying in California for a while don’t forget to visit a Peet’s Coffee (skip the Starbucks) and of course you can’t leave without trying In N Out (don’t worry ask for protein style to get your burger in a lettuce wrap). 😛