WHO: Annie Eckhart, Receptionist/Aficionado of all things cozy
WHERE: The Eastside
WHEN: Sunday

1. Brunch at Local. Sunday is my sweetest day because it’s the only day of the week my man and I both have off. We usually sleep in and lounge in bed before getting up and heading over to one of my favorite brunch spots…Local. I like to meet friends there and drink cup after cup of their amazing coffee and sit in their cozy outdoor patio. They have the nicest staff who are super knowledgeable about the food they serve, which is of course all “local”. Whether I am feeling like a vegetarian or a carnivore this is a great spot to go.

2. Atwater Village Farmer's Market. After our yummy brunch we drive to my favorite farmer’s market in Atwater Village. It’s not too big, not too small and the vendors have a wonderful selection of produce, flowers, tamales, coffee, nuts, honey, etc, etc! We stock up on some fruit, veggies, beautiful flowers for the house and last but not least… greens (my hubby is quite the Vita mix guru and we juice all week long). I’ve lived in LA for over a year and a half and each week I am still pleasantly surprised about the amazing produce that grows here year round.

3. Huntington Botanical Gardens. After the farmer's market, we’ll head home and put the produce away while packing a quick snack basket and some Pellegrino. Then we are off to Pasadena and the Huntington Botanical Gardens. This place is over 200 acres and has more than 14,000 different varieties of plants. I love to walk along the paths until I need a rest and then I lay down a blanket on the lawn, read my book, snuggle with my guy and snack…

4. Dinner at Malo. After we’ve soaked up some sun- we head home to change clothes and then over to MALO to meet friends. We love their tacos and I enjoy a margarita or 2! They also have the yummiest chips and a chocolate salsa that arrives to the table warm, mmmm… enough said.

5. A Walk Around Silver Lake Reservoir. Once filled up on tacos, we are ready to go home and take a stroll (across the street) around the Silver Lake reservoir to walk off all of the day’s great food. The cool night air feels so good and the smell of the flowers is so pungent! After the walk, we get cozy on the couch and drink some Kukicha tea…I wish every day was a Sunday!

{photo of annie by charles eckhart, flowers, plants, malo sign}