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I'm not old but a few weeks ago, I was definitely reminded that I'm not a teenager anymore. Going to a free, outdoor concert on the beach with 60,000 other people is not something for the weakhearted. I'm a big fan of Khalid (not DJ Khaled) and his debut album, American Teen (you can check it out on Spotify here); my friends and I weren't able to get tickets to his LA concerts but fortunately he was scheduled to perform at one of Santa Monica's Twilight Concert Series so we were able to see him. To call it a crazy night is a huge understatement but it was really memorable and a lot of fun.
Since the concert was at Santa Monica Pier at 7PM, we decided to hang out in Downtown LA before heading to the concert. After some Yelp searching, we decided on Guisados, a taco place based in Boyle Heights that takes pride in their handmade tortillas. If you can't decide on which tacos you want to order, they have a sampler plate that comes with six mini tacos. But I ended up ordering:
- Bistek en Salsa Roja: Flank steak simmered with red bell peppers and tomatoes. Served with chile de arbol and avocado above black beans
- Chuleta en Chile Verde: Diced pork chop in a chile verde. Served atop black beans with chile arbol, green serrano chile and sour cream
- Chorizo: Mexican sausage en su jugo served with red onion, green serrano chile and chile arbol atop black beans
I'm used to eating street tacos and ordering things like carne asada, al pastor, tripas, and chorizo so this was really a nice place to try something different. The Bistek and Chuleta were unlike any meat I had in a taco before. The seasoning of the meat on top of black bean with the handmade corn tortilla makes it an interesting but overall good experience. To be honest, though I appreciated the uniqueness of the Bistek and Chuleta, I think the Chorizo ended up being my favorite. Also, their horchata was amazing though my friend ended up finishing most of it.
Check out their Yelp page here.
We were making our way towards a coffee shop when we passed by Little Damage, a Los Angeles based ice cream shop that specializes in unique soft serve flavors and black waffle cones. My friend got the "Unicorn Tears" and she said, "it's AIGHT" meaning it was alright. But more specifically, she said it was creamy and tasted like birthday cake.
Our last stop was Verve Coffee Roasters, a coffee shop I found on Zagat's list of "22 Hottest Coffee Shops Around Los Angeles." As I mentioned before, I'm not the best judge of coffee but my friend who is an expert said their coffee was good. I like it when coffee shops have really nice outdoor seating and overall good vibes; though good vibes don't always make good coffee, both are equally important to me when I decide if I like a coffee shop or not.
I really liked the indoor and outdoor seating at Verve and I thought my cold brew with almond milk was great. If it weren't so far from me, it's definitely a place I would visit again.
There's so much to discover in LA and I'm always looking on Yelp & Instagram for something new. If you have any favorite spots to eat or drink coffee, please send them my way :)
Until next time,