My husband and I both grew up on the East Coast (suburbs of Philadelphia for him, suburbs of Washington, DC for me). We live in Los Angeles now but go back home several times a year. We’re at the age now where everyone we know is getting married, so the visits home have been more frequent the past few years for all the weddings.
A few weekends ago we flew back to Ross’s hometown of Doylestown, a sleepy and picturesque suburb of Philadelphia, for his friend’s wedding. Doylestown is very idyllic and much more rural than from where I grew up. It’s a very old town with beautiful homes (some from the 18th and 19th centuries), with a cute downtown area with lots of restaurants.
One of the things I love most about my adopted city is street food. Street vending is technically illegal in Los Angeles, but you wouldn’t know it walking around Echo Park. There are many food vendors at the lake, especially on the weekends when lots of people are around. There are vendors selling elote (Mexican corn on the cob), pupusas, bacon wrapped hot dogs, and CHURROS.
There used to be a churro truck parked a block away from our apartment called Salinas Churros. The truck was there nearly every day, frying up fresh churros and funnel cakes, and other fast, cheap eats like nachos or the slightly healthier fresas con crema (strawberries with a heavy hand of whipped cream topping). You could get 8 churros for $3 and the scent of sugary fried dough was intoxicating when you walked past the truck.
Unfortunately, the truck disappeared one day about 2 years ago and I haven’t seen it since. I miss seeing it around and getting a bag of piping hot churros on my way home from work. I thought my ultra-local source for churros was gone. But…
There’s a new churro cart at the lake! Ross and I were taking a some outfit photos and were walking to find a spot with good lighting when we saw the Churros Calientitos cart. What I liked was that they had a giant vat of oil frying up fresh churros. There have been other vendors that sold churros that were fried off-site and brought to the park, which isn’t as good because who wants to eat cold churros? Not me.
The churros are 3 for $1. We watched the churro vendor rotate the dough press and drop long pieces of batter into the oil. His partner then took the churros from the oil and rolled them a pan of cinnamon-sugar mixture and placed them in a bag for us. It was sooo good and after we ate the three, I wanted to get another order!
Shirt: old, Anthropologie
Skirt: old, ModCloth
Belt: old, ModCloth
Shoes: old, Nordstrom
Have you ever felt like you were going full-speed ahead but there never seems to be enough time to do much of anything?
The last few weeks have been a whirlwind of travel and starting my new job, so I didn’t have much time to work on the blog. I would get home from work, eat dinner, work on a few entries that have been in draft mode for a while, then go to bed. It seemed like I wasn’t getting any posts finished to the point where I was satisfied with them.
I finally had some time over Labor Day weekend to take some outfit photos and work on a couple future entries and it felt good to work on my own creative stuff. My new job is going well, but that kind of design is so different and more standardized, so this blog and my freelance projects are my creative outlet.
I’d like to thank my husband Ross for humoring me and helping out with the various aspects of this blog, mainly taking photos of me and also always being game to eat at whatever restaurant I want to review. On the Saturday of Labor Day weekend, we decided to stay entirely local in our neighborhood. No driving anywhere! The nice thing about where we live is that it’s very walkable. There are tons of amenities, restaurants, etc. nearby that you can walk to easily, which is not what most people think of when they think of LA. In most people’s minds, LA is a very sprawly city where you need a car to do anything. A lot of the LA area is like that, but I’m grateful that I live in a part of the city with a cozier neighborhood feel. The weather was gorgeous, warm but not too hot. We walked over to the lake and took a bunch of photos in this dress that I bought at the Dear Creatures sample sale a few months ago but had not worn yet.
I really love colors and prints, and lemonade, so this Dear Creatures dress stood out to me. It’s also super comfortable and has pockets! I love dresses and skirts with pockets.
Dress: Dear Creatures
Belt: Forever 21
Shoes: old, Seychelles
Hair bow: old, ModCloth (similar bow here)