Weekend Getaway To Ojai!

Ojai Wine Festival

The past weekend, I went on a lil vacation to the Ojai Wine Festival. We had such an amazing time trying all different kinds of wine, eating finger foods and soaking up the sun. The location for the festival is in this remote area of Ojai filled with mountains and greens - it truly felt like I was far away from LA, even though it was just 2 hours away + I'm looking forward to going back next year! 

Ojai Wine Festival

There was wine (TONS) kombucha on tap (which i went to over and over again!), poke tostadas and even shops like garlic graters (see above. ) 

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casa ojai inn

We stayed at a cute and quaint little bed n breakfast called Casa Ojai Inn, just seconds from the happening part of Ojai. After the festival, we took a short nap (lots of wine + sun just does that to a person haha) and then afterwards went to the Ojai Beverage Company (just 5 mins from the hotel) for dinner where we got fried artichokes with a ghost pepper aoili that were to die for! I am so looking forward to recreating it at home.

Then we spent the night at Casa Ojai Inn, picked up a little breakfast, and we were on our way home. Excited to come back to Ojai and explore more of the food, culture and coming back to the Ojai Wine Festival next year!

San Francisco Food & Travel Guide

Uji Time

It was my first time visiting San Francisco. I went for a lil mini vacation, but definitely stuffed in A LOT of attractions but mostly a lot of FOOD! Follow along as I show you where to eat, what to do and where to stay in SF! We swapped into two hotels, one being Argonaut Hotel that was right on Fisherman's Dwarf and the other one being more into the city and "downtown" ish vibes and area. We ate ice cream, thai food, prime rib, seafood.. dessert. you literally name it! Read along for more. 

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Rooster And Rice

The first thing we did when we landed - picked up some hainanese chicken from Rooster and Rice. Although a simple dish, this place did one of my favorite renditions of it. There are two locations so you can definitely stop by on your next trip! 

Blue Mermaid SF 

Located inside the Argonaut Hotel, Blue Mermaid is a seafood driven and focused concept right on Fisherman's Wharf. We went for a leisurely lunch right downstairs from our room. :) We got ahi tuna tacos (because I can never NOT order those on the menu!) Oysters, a seafood feast of cioppino with shrimp, mussels, crab + the works. 

4505 Meats

BBQ PLEASE! As if we weren't eating enough, we added on a BBQ place + OMG. I feel in love with this burger. It had a sesame and scallion bun and gruyere cheese on a grassfed patty. Go here + get that! 

The Argonaut Hotel

Step inside the The Argonaut Hotel! Oh my gosh, this hotel suite was something that I've just dreamed about. Take a look at this TUB! After walking, eating and being on the town all day, there was nothing I wanted to do more than to jump in the jacuzzi/tub and soak up. Not to mention, they had bath salts right on the side of the bathtub to place in. I am now so inspired to make sure I have this in my future house! hah!

I loved everything about this hotel, it was SO close to the water and was right on Fisherman's Wharf. 

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China Live SF

The Vibe at China Live SF was unlike anything I've seen in LA. It was an underground Chinese restaurant with all different booths of chefs making dim sum, to slicing the pecking duck. You can also shop a lot of the products you eat during dinner at their store next door, AH MAZING. Food, cocktails, vibe, 100. come to LA asap! 

The Mill SF 

It was almost time for us to say goodbye to SF, and we were honestly slowing down from how much food we had been eating. :o lol! So we decided to chill out at The Mill SF. We got coffee, iced hot chocolate and 2 toasts, both amazing. You can see them making their bread fresh when you're walking in the back. Not to mention cute AF vibes in here! 

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How could we not visit the Painted Ladies?! :) 

Wrap Up (also featuring a lot we went to not pictured)

Food/Desserts/Snacks:

  • Rooster and Rice
  • Salt and Straw
  • 4505 Meats (Get the BURGER!)
  • Boba Guys
  • Lililiho Yacht Club (make a reservation - we didn't and we actually STOOD and ate our whole dinner. was a very delicious dinner but a very interested one standing the whole meal! :o) lol
  • Blue Mermaid SF
  • Uji time
  • Codmother Fish and Chips
  • China live SF
  • The Mill SF
  • House of Prime Rib
  • Joe & The Juice
  • Ippudo USA Ramen 
  • Super Duper Burgers

Attractions/Tourist: (there is A LOT more touristy things, but I generally stuck to the foods) :p

Hotels:

Weekend at La Jolla (Food + Travel)

Had a quick little vacay to La Jolla the other weekend! I wanted to stay solely in La Jolla so this trip is not about San Diego itself. However, there is a lot to see in La Jolla and a lot left I need to see! I've been here a few times before but this time I stayed in a hotel that was central to everything, Empress Hotel La Jolla. Set right in the happening + bustling part of La Jolla, The Empress Hotel is walking distance to many fine attractions and not to mention steps away from the beach. ;) I found myself leaving my car put and had a nice and relaxing time walking around soaking up La Jolla. 

Empress Hotel La Jolla

Where did we eat first? Of course, Oscar's Mexican Seafood! 

I really love the quality and freshness of the fish in San Diego, it's definitely some of the best fish I've ever had. It's not even that far of a drive away from LA which makes me so happy! Whenever I go to La Jolla or San Diego, I HAVE to stop at Oscar's. We came here on our way before checking into the hotel, about 10-15 mins away! It is essentially a fish taco shop but has a lot of different types of varieties of meat and seafood. We got the traditional fish tacos, battered shrimp tacos and tried the steak taco this time. Definitely a classic to hit up! There is a few locations, in San Diego as well as La Jolla! 

Sushi Ota

Okay, now this place, this is my special place. Only a 10-15 minute drive from that bustling town of our hotel, The Empress, but worth one of the only drives we did over the course of the trip. This sushi is one of the best places I've ever been for sushi and not only that, it offers the quality at an extremely affordable price, in my opinion. It's not "cheap" prices, but for the average quality to price ratio, it is extremely reasonable and a MUST try when in La Jolla. and I mean MUST try. 

Sometimes I find myself wanting to just drive up for the day to go to this sushi place. My favorites are the ikura, uni and salmon belly. Their rolls are also delicious but I normally aim towards just the traditional sushi and get a roll or two. 

Puesto

Saturday came around and we were ready for some more tacos! Because, why not? We went to this super cute and trendy taco place and got lobster, steak and shrimp tacos. We also tried the chicharrones which were my personal favorite. Only have a 7 minute walk from our hotel. Although it's in such a happening part of La Jolla, it is still so calm and peaceful, even on a Saturday. 

The rest of the day we walked to the beach and watched the ocean. We walked back to the hotel and relaxed a bit before heading to dinner. 

The Hake 

It's dinner time! We got ready and again, WALKED to dinner! It's so refreshing, number one, staying in a hotel that is so close to everything and number two, walking around to where we need to go, which is very rare in LA. :) Wowee, The Hake sits atop a view that makes you feel like you're looking into eternity. The view is spectacular, but I'm happy to say the food is top notch as well. As well as cocktails and mixology.

What we got? Hamachi Crudo, Octopus, Shaved Asparagus Salad + Fish of the Day! 

Overall, I think this was a pretty successful 1-2 day trip and if you ever have a short trip like this, I'd be sure to hit these spots and check out Empress Hotel La Jolla. Anywhere else in La Jolla I should hit up on my next trip? Comment below! And keep up with my travels at #llindseytravels