The Huntington Library & Gardens

The Huntington Library & Gardens

One of my favorite spots to spend the afternoon is at The Huntington Library and Gardens in San Marino, California. The best time to go is on a beautiful day in the month of April because everything is blooming and it’s warm but the heat isn’t unbearable. I have a few spots I love to sit and linger but it seems like every time I go I find something new to appreciate. I recommend doing a yearly pass to this garden or the garden of your choice, if you know you are going to go back it comes in handy and could end up saving you money in the long run.

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The rose garden is spectacular in the spring. You’ll find artist who picked their favorite spot and set up their stands to paint the landscape. The koi fish in the Japanese and Chinese gardens are very friendly. The herb garden smells delicious in the spring and summer and sometimes you’ll find the most interesting exhibits in the various buildings throughout the grounds.

There is a traditional tea room that I have yet to try out. You need a reservation, just go on opentable.com to reserve your spot. Also there is a dining area in the Chinese garden where they serve great dishes. Last time I got crispy cauliflower lightly tossed in an Asian sauce over steamed white rice. Near the entrance you’ll find a beautiful gift shop and a store with all necessary refreshments you might need.

You should definitely take the time to check out this garden. When you live in a big city you really need places like this to get you back to nature. Let me know in the comments what you think and if you frequent any other gardens you might like to share, I’d love to hear about them. Until next time.

Signing Out with Love,

kapfanny

The Griffith Observatory

The Griffith Observatory

The View Speaks For Itself

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The Griffith Observatory is located in Griffith Park in the Los Feliz area of Los Angeles, California. I live close by and this is a place I frequently visit. The view is spectacular. I personally prefer to go on a weekday. If you are taking a weekend trip here be prepared to sit in some traffic, search for a parking spot for a while and once you find one you may need to walk to get to the site; especially if the weather is nice. Another option you have is to take a DASH public bus to the observatory, on a busy day it might simplify your visit. Just a heads up, they are closed on Mondays. Inside the building there are space and science exhibits to explore. One of the best things about this place, on top of all the interesting stuff you get to see, is that admission is free, but you do have to pay for parking.

Check out more photos at the Griffith Observatory.

There are also lots of other fun things you can do around this area if you want to make a day of it. For instance, you could take a hike on one of the nearby trails. There are parks for children if you drive down near Trails Café. I like to have breakfast at Trails Café from time to time. There is the Southern Railroad, it’s a mini train ride mainly for kids but anyone can get on if you’re in a playful mood, there are pony rides right next door too. I love to bike around here. If you can catch a show at the Greek Theater that’s always fun. Have brunch at Mustard Seed Cafe. Or keep it simple and enjoy the sights, get lost in thought and look out over the city for a while. If you are in L.A. you should definitely experience this Historic Monument.

Next topic on my posting agenda will be about my many trips to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. I have been there around six to eight times. I’ve kind of lost track. So come back and visit my site pretty please with a cherry on top. Click the follow button and you will be updated every time I have something fun for you to read or look at.

Signing Out With Love,

Kapfanny

 

A Museum Of Ice Cream Review

A Museum Of Ice Cream Review

 

A bit of insight on the MOIC…

Who doesn’t love ice cream? Why did it take so long for someone to dedicate an entire museum to this delicious frozen treat? Long overdue, right? The Museum of Ice Cream first opened in Manhattan in 2016, and then it came to Los Angeles and San Francisco now their latest opening is in Miami. I went to the Museum of Ice Cream in Los Angeles last summer with my husband and we had so much fun. I had no idea it even existed until I was scrolling through Beyoncé’s photos on her website and saw her visit there on Mother’s Day. That in combination with the fact that my husband is an ice cream fanatic it made it an obvious decision. The MOIC would become a memorable addition to the events in our summer schedule. I will warn you, it was difficult to get tickets. Becoming an email subscriber is a must if you want to know the times tickets go on sale in your city. You certainly need to be at your computer on time, credit card in hand and ready to pull the trigger to get these tickets. Luckily the price of the tickets was decent, unlike most popular destination in Los Angeles. We had to pick a date that was two months out because there was so much demand for reservations. Although I will say that it ended up being well worth the wait.

Steph on Phone ICM

ICM Collage

When we arrived the museum’s representatives were outside dressed in their core colors, pink and white, waiting for our group’s arrival. A Willy Wonka type vibe was definitely in the air. It was like we all had our golden tickets and we were fortunate enough to be authorized to explore the tasty exhibition for one day only. Without a doubt this would prove to be an arduous examination, a systematic study of the structure and effects of the cream we all covet. Of course, conclusions could only be achieved through extensive observation and experimentation. We started off with a few standard rules and regulations, the most important being that we were not permitted to touch the hanging bananas. Seemed reasonable, there were plenty of other things we could touch like the pink retro telephones, the giant gummy bears and an old school claw crane arcade game among other things.

Swings At ICMWe went from room to room exploring. We took our time and looked at everything and there were three or four rooms that had representatives handing out snacks for us along the way. There were a few highlights for us, first the swings, they made great photo opportunities and the people around us were nice enough to take some photo for us. Second, the giant pool filled with sprinkles was amazing to see and swim in. This was the only room that had a strict time limit on it, and I can see why, I didn’t want to get out. We had sprinkles everywhere, and I do mean everywhere. I was finding sprinkles around my house for weeks after. You think you got them all but they hide in your pants cuffs and your pockets, among other places.  Third, the room with a garden of fresh mint alongside the mint chocolate chip ice cream enveloped in mint mochi they handed out was by far my favorite treat they offered us.

SprinklesOverall I would recommend you take the time to go to the Museum of Ice Cream. Take a good camera or make sure you have a lot of space freed up on your phone before you go. I think I took around two hundred and fifty photos in the forty to fifty minutes we were there. It’s fun for kids and adults because it is interactive and there is something interesting to look at or touch every time you turn a corner.

Me In ICM

Next topic up on my posting agenda will be a discussion of my wedding dress and some thoughts for you to consider when you go to find the dress you want to say “I do” in. So keep coming back to my website, pretty please with a cherry on top. Follow me, leave a comment or ask a question. I would love to hear about your experiences at the Museum of Ice Cream as well.

Signing Out With Love,

kapfanny

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