If you had only one day left in California

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photos taken by Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1 / edited by Adobe Lightroom / grid made by Adobe InDesign
photos taken by Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1 / edited by Adobe Lightroom / grid made by Adobe InDesign

One of my dear high school friends recently came back for the summer from her busy life as a veterinary student in Ohio. Originally, I had planned a week of activities to play, but unbeknownst to me, I came down with a ridiculous fever. So, that left one last day to cram a week’s worth of activities before she heads back to the Midwest.

Then, what do you do with one day in Los Angeles? Especially on a Friday night with the infamous traffic hitting at its hardest. She requested the beach and tacos. Lucky for us, we live in between Orange County and Los Angeles. But, to drive between counties can be exhausting.

alta_toffeelatte-1-of-1I decided to start the day early in the morning with one of my favorite toffee lattes in Newport Beach. If you’re a fan of coffee and chocolate, you must head over to Alta and order up one or two of their delectable toffee lattes! It’s not too sweet, and perfectly blended.

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Let’s head to the beach-beach♪ ♫ We headed to Balboa, since she missed the sensation of squishing your toes in the sand. For first-timers, def take the auto ferry (only $1 per passenger) across to the island where you can experience the cutest houses and the famous Balboa Bars, featured in The O.C.

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You can’t go to the beach without eating some seafood! I then took her to Bearflag Fish Co. for a salmon burrito, which we split ’cause we’re two little girls who have a lot more food ahead of us.

By this time it was afternoon-ish, and traffic from the OC to LA picks up from 2-3 pm. With my quick thinking, I decided to venture onto the Metro to LA’s Union Station to skip traffic and parking fees around DTLA. We met up with the other 2 in our squad, and headed for some tacos for dinner. Guisados, I have mixed feelings about you. The meats doesn’t feel well-cooked, but maybe I’m just not used to it? Not to mention, those tacos were spicy! I think I might stick to Marisco’s.fullerton_station-1-of-1

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Of course, you can’t end the day without some sweets! Gelateria Uli hit the spot. There are so many different flavors, it was hard to choose two.

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There are so many other things to do, and it was so difficult trying to squeeze a weeks worth of plans into one jam-packed day. Fevers ruin everything. Most importantly, it’s the memories and the people that we spend the day with that mean the most. These places will always be there (hopefully!), but we can never go back in time for this moment unless we take a snapshot of it!

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In the words of Karl Lagerfeld, “What I like about photographs is that they capture a moment that’s gone forever, impossible to reproduce.”

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