If there was one restaurant that I knew I had to go to while in California, it was by CHLOE. I first heard of it when it was the opening weekend of their LA location, and it exploded on Instagram. Not only did the food look delicious, but their packaging was also adorable haha.
While we were in Monterey we stayed in the Hyatt Regency for two nights.
We normally wouldn't have paid for the buffet breakfast (it's just not worth it if the only thing you can eat is fruit haha...), but since it was offered to us for free we decided to check it out. I'm so glad we did, because it turns out they had more options than just fruit!
The biggest difference I noticed about restaurants in Los Angeles and Toronto, are the patios. Don't get me wrong, Toronto has some great patios...but the ones in Los Angeles are on a completely different level. In Toronto (or anywhere where it snows for a good portion of the year), giant patio's just don't make sense. It's wasted real estate for virtually half of the year. In LA however, outdoor seating is used year round and because of this most restaurants have huge, beautiful spaces to eat outside.
In August my boyfriend and I drove down from San Francisco to San Diego over the course of 10 days. We spent a weekend in San Francisco and then drove to Yosemite for the day. After that we stopped in Monterey for 2 nights.
Monterey was so beautiful, but there were forest fires so it was super foggy from the ash, and it even smelled like smoke in some places.
OHMYGOD is this place unreal.
First of all, it's adorable - look at the front of the restaurant....like this is where you park your car. So freaking cute.
The actual restaurant is simply perfect (unfortunately I don't have a picture of it - you'll have to go check it out yourself!), but the patio is gorgeous and it's really cool inside as well. We had such a hard time deciding on what to order, but ended up getting The Cubano Sandwich (marinated portobello, tempeh bacon, chipotle aioli, mixed greens, tomatoes, pickles, and mustard, on a whole wheat bun), and the Mac & Cheese (quinoa pasta with tomato and cashew cheese) to share.
With 270 locations, I was so surprised to have never heard of CPK before. I heard about it when I was watching a YouTube video from Mr. and Mrs. Vegan on healthy fast food.
When we landed in San Francisco I was excited to see that there was a California Pizza Kitchen literally across the street from where we were staying. By the time our flight landed (it had been delayed by hours), and we had checked into our hotel, it was 4am. We were so hungry, and went to bed dreaming about pizza haha.
Not a completely vegan restaurant - but they say that anything can be made vegan. We didn't actually end up ordering anything to eat (it was PACKED, and there were so many completely vegan restaurants nearby that we wanted to try), but we did get drinks! Attached to the side of the restaurant they have a small grab-and-go shop for drinks. I picked up a freshly squeezed orange juice and it was delicious! Next time I'm definitely going to try the raw hot chocolate.