5 Foodie Reasons to Love Santa Monica
Having lived all over the world, Santa Monica I can truly say offers a bit of what I treasured in each place over the years. Hiking, beaches, sunsets, diversity, healthy lifestyle and great cuisine. Working with Skyscanner, British Airways, Santa Monica Tourism, and Krista Simmons over the last week to promote Santa Monica as the best spot to stay when you vacation in Los Angeles was a no brainer and honestly what I communicate to my followers all the time. Thought I would share my personal foodie favorites including a few of the spots we hopped too during the live broadcast on Skyscanner's Periscope last Friday.
1. Fresh Juice and Healthy on the go
One of my favorite elements about Santa Monica living is you can hop in a juice or natural foods spot on almost every block. Two of my local health haunts, The Hive on Broadway for their kombucha and Kreation Juice on Montana Ave for their smoothies and juice. Kreation is in my favorite neighborhood in all of Santa Monica, Montana, laid-back with luxury boutiques, almost a casual spin on the infamous Rodeo Drive. And guaranteed you will see celebrities!
2. Burgers and Beers
Santa monica has a nice selection of burger joints and out of all the places I've traveled, the best burger is found here, hands down. And I'm Texan so I like to think I have natural street cred when it comes to judging a good patty, and Father's Office off Montana gets my vote. Their beer selection is one of the best. We loved hitting up Ashland Hill on Main Ttreet, which has a cute bar with local brews. The manager Brian circulates a "beer nerd" option on tap to see if visitors can figure it out and typically it's tough to get. They have great apps, burgers, and soju bloodies for brunch, yes please.
3. Sushi and Fresh Seafood
Oysters on the half are popular in Santa Monica and a must on a sunny day with a chilled glass of rosé. We enjoyed popping into Blue Plate Oysterette for BC, East and West Coast oyster options. Also I'm a purist and huge fan of omakase style sushi, no frills, just straight and delicious. SugarFish by Chef Nozawa is one of the best, a must while you are here, just beware of the busy times it's a quaint spot. A seat at the bar is highly recommended. Lastly, check out SweetFin Poké for customizable fresh poké bowls with delicious sauces.
4. Fusion Cuisine
There's a new spot I dig, Cassia which is touted as a Southwest Asian Brasserie which absolutely grabs a foodie's attention. Their Vietnamese sunbathing prawns, pomelo salad, oysters and Pot Au Feu are divine and make for jealous 'grams. Also it's tough to find Greek food that's the real deal. I'm not talking just Tzatziki and hummus. Inotheke is my new favorite spot in Santa Monica, the owner is always there to say hi and ensures you are enjoying, as the dishes are so fresh and light. Will have you booking a trip to the Mediterranean tomorrow.
5. Nostalgic Fair (pun intended)
A big attraction in Santa Monica is heading down to the iconic pier. Go straight for the fair food that makes you feel like a kid again. Grab a malt or root beer float from the retro, old-fashioned soda jerk, a powdery funnel cake, cotton candy, or even a classic hot dog on a stick and lemonade at the original stand on the boardwalk, open since 1946. Check out my travel friend Krista Simmon's on instagram and snapchat (krista_simmons) as she's a local expert on the food scene here in Los Angeles and she has inspiring photos of our Santa Monica experiences last week!
At the end of the day in addition to all the great foodie options, enjoy the year-around summer weather, sea breezes and unforgettable sunsets here in Santa Monica!
Lastly, a quick glimpse of our campaign's success: