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Where To Eat In LA

I’ve lived in LA for 2 years now, and have been fortunate enough to try a wide variety of restaurants during this time.  I LOVE discovering new spots and dishes and make an effort to visit a new place weekly.  I don’t need a restaurant to be fancy or sceney to enjoy it – of course it’s nice when a spot has great ambiance – but the food quality and taste is KEY for me.  I’m SO excited to go more in depth here on the blog, and share the best restaurants in LA with you.  Remember you can always find my favorite restaurants in LA and more on my Travel App, which is free to download in the App store when you search “With Love From Kat.”  Without further ado… Where To Eat In Los AngelesElephanteThis place knocks it out of the park for me.  The decor is bohemian chic and you feel as if you’ve been transported to Tulum.  It’s one of the few rooftop restaurants in LA, let alone Santa Monica and has a nice view of the ocean from the balcony.  The food is out of this world incredible – whatever you do – do not leave without ordering the eggplant naan and a pizza.  The cocktails are so refreshing and innovative.  And the restaurant layout/vibe is super fun for both large parties/groups and couples.  It’s peaceful at lunch (they do a great prix fixed menu option) and it’s lively on the weekends.  Make reservations and enjoy! Nobu MalibuThis spot is stunning for lunch or dinner.  Get a table outside at sunset and enjoy the ocean view and freshest sushi.  Reservations are a must!  If there’s a long wait, grab a drink at Malibu Farm down the road. GjelinaThis has been one of the top restaurants in LA for years for a reason.  It’s right on Abbot Kinney and has an understated, dark NYC vibe.  The food is delicious – their pizzas are my favorite, and I love ordering the crispy sunchokes to start with.  The food is New American and the menu has just the right mix of veggies + rich/decadent food.  Reservations are a must for dinner and book up weeks in advance sometimes.  I don’t love their brunch/lunch menu as much so go for dinner if you can! SuperbaTwo words; garlic bread.  Holy cow, they have the best crispy, thick sourdough bread I’ve ever had.  It comes in a HUGE square piece the size of your hand with a giant butcher’s knife stuck through it and a side of garlic butter to smear on top.  It’s insane.  Their fish dishes are super yummy, and the large/open layout of the restaurant is beautiful and relaxing.  Take some baked goods home with you if you go during the day!  Their brunch is just as good as their dinner. ForageThis cute little cafe in Silver Lake is the perfect spot to grab lunch and stroll along the Main street.  Silver Lake has tons of darling shops and cafes so it’s a nice way to spend a Saturday afternoon.  I love getting their salmon bowl! Jon & Vinny’sIf you love Italian food, you’ll be obsessed with this spot.  Authentic pizza and pasta in a cool, casual setting.  It’s a celeb favorite.  They just opened one in Brentwood, but I still prefer the West Hollywood location. Plant Food and WineWhether you’re vegan or not, this spot will wow you.  Matthew Kenney’s vegan restaurant in Venice on Abbot Kinney does not disappoint.  Step inside this space and into the magical garden which is full of gorgeous trees and twinkly lights.  The kelp noodles and dessert are top notch. The Rose VeniceAnother Venice restaurant – Rose is ideal for a big group of friends and my favorite time to go is at night.  Ask for the cacio e pepe which isn’t on the menu.  It’s what they’re famous for!  This spot is where I send any friends visiting Venice for the first time – you can’t go wrong here! The IvyIf you want a fabulous ladies lunch with an over-the-top girlie ambiance and giant salads – head to The Ivy.  They have two locations which are both equally fun, but if you want to people watch head to the one on Robertson. The Polo LoungeLocated at the Beverly Hills hotel, the Polo Lounge is iconic and a really fun spot to have lunch at if you’re visiting.  Sit back in the green and white striped booths and look out at the pool on a sunny day. SugarfishYou’ve probably seen or heard of Sugarfish from their signature sushi boxes.  The quality of the sushi is unreal and it’s always worth the 45+ minute wait.  They have multiple locations all over LA and the setting is casual.  I personally prefer ordering take out and enjoying it at home! CatchThis is a sceney restaurant that actually has pretty darn good food.  I was unsure of whether or not this place would be worth going to, but I have to say my girlfriends and I really enjoyed it on a weekend night!  Yummy food, fun atmosphere and central location to all of the bars/clubs. Cafe HabanaI love this spot for a chill post hike brunch on a Saturday or Sunday.  The restaurant is located in the Malibu Country Mart and is super dog friendly – the manager literally feeds everyone’s dog ham – it’s the cutest thing.  They have delicious salads and generous portions of chips + guac.  It’s a no frills spot that always makes me feel comfortable and welcome. Taverna TonyDavid Beckham and many other celebs love this spot for good reason.  The Greek food is some of the best I’ve ever had – but go hungry – the portions are GINORMOUS.  It’s a very family friendly restaurant and is also located in the Malibu Country Mart. Cecconi’sHead to Cecconi’s for breakfast, lunch or dinner.  It’s right in the heart of West Hollywood.  The crowd and decor are ultra glamorous. FarmShopThis cute gourmet restaurant, bakery and market is located in the Brentwood Country Mart.  I love spending a few hours here strolling around all of the cute shops (Sugar Paper, Space NK, and Goop to name a few) and then having a lovely lunch at FarmShop. RepubliqueIf you’re a breakfast/brunch person then you must go to Republique.  The waffles are what they’re famous for – and basically all of the pastries.  The decor is super insta-worthy and the portions are overly generous! Malibu FarmDrive out to Malibu and enjoy lunch or dinner at the Farm.  The views from the Pier are gorgeous and the food is organic and local – you will love it! FelixAnother restaurant on Abbot Kinney, this Italian spot is hard to get a reservation at for a reason.  It feels like a NYC restaurant and the little bar when you first walk in is the perfect spot to wait for your table.  Their pasta is AMAZE. CapoThis is another Italian spot that is old school, dark, swanky and romantic.  Enjoy dinner by candlelight, and be prepared to lose track of time with a great bottle of wine and course after course. DelilahIf you’re looking for a late night, rowdy-chic dinner spot head to Delilah.  Go with a group and settle in one of their plush booths and eat, drink and be merry! ScopaCan you tell I have an obsession with Italian food?!  This spot is in Venice, and amazing for date night.  I love that they have gluten free pasta options and a hidden speakeasy bar that you can go to after you’re done with your meal! For more of my favorite restaurants in LA – be sure to download my app, and look out for my next LA post which will feature my favorite coffee shops!  Have you been to any of these restaurants?  What’s your favorite spot in LA?  Do tell!
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Where To Eat In Paris

Many of you know, I almost moved to Paris 4 years ago.  I like so many people, immediately fell in love with the magic of Paris, and was convinced I should start a new chapter there.  While it didn’t work out for a whole myriad of reasons (let’s not even get into how much tax they take out from your income!), I am SO happy I get to visit regularly and soak up all of the goodness the city has to offer.  I visited several amazing new restaurants last time in Paris, and I wanted to share them with you!  I’ll update this list, as well as the spots on my Travel App regularly after each visit for you! Where To Eat in Paris Zo This is a relatively new-t0-me restaurant that I hadn’t read about, or seen on any “it” lists.  I simply stumbled upon it walking down the street one day. It smelled so incredible, and there were so many chic people in the window that I knew I had to come back and try it!  I’m so glad I did because it ended up being one of my favorite meals.  It’s a Japanese French fusion restaurant where stylish locals go.  You must get the chicken dumplings – they won’t disappoint! L’Avenue Ralph Lauren’s favorite restaurant in Paris and one that inspired many of his collections…need I say more?  You must dress to impress at this absolutely fabulous spot on Avenue Montaigne with a perfect view of the Eiffel Tower!  Order the frites and a cocktail and sit out on the patio for hours! Hotel Costes This dreamy, dark, romantic hotel is an absolute must if you’re in Paris.  The crowd is divine – everyone is dressed to the nines, and the pasta is out of this world.  Hole up in a corner in one of the plush velvet chairs and sip on a yummy martini! Fish La Boissonnerie This is another one of my favorite hole in the wall, not an “it” or sceney restaurant to go to in Paris.  Go early and grab a seat at the bar.  They have a small, seasonal menu full of delectable, homemade dishes.  Order a few and share with a girlfriend over candlelight. Frenchie and Frenchie To Go Everyone talks about Frenchie for good reason.  We only had time to go to French To Go – the funky takeout, casual restaurant next door, but I can’t wait to go back and enjoy Frenchie one evening.  It’s gourmet comfort food and totally worth the hype! La Terrasse Kleber Head to the Peninsula hotel for one of the best views of the Eiffel Tower and the perfect spot for a ladies lunch.  This is the largest terrace restaurant in Paris and it has an extensive menu of things to choose from. Cafe de Flore This iconic cafe located in the heart of Saint Germain is a must for lunch or a low key dinner.  Sit outside with a glass of wine, a good book and a heaping plate of frites! Carette Head to Carette’s Trocadero location for coffee, tea, croissants and macarons in the morning!  Then walk to the Eiffel Tower just a few feet away.  It’s such a nice spot to relax and get your bearings for the day. Le Nemours This cafe near the Palais Royal serves the best hot chocolate I’ve ever had.  Cozy up under one of their heaters in the winter and people watch all afternoon! Ob-La-Di Take a moment from a full day of walking and sightseeing to pop into this darling coffee shop in the Marais.  Enjoy their avocado toast and a latte.  If you’re craving something sweet – head around the corner to Le Moulin de Rosa Bakery which has one of the best almond croissants I’ve ever tasted. For even more restaurant recommendations as well as my favorite healthy spots and bakeries – be sure to download my Travel App!  You can also read my 10 Things to Do In Paris post from a few years ago (that’s still relevant!) here.
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Aspen Travel Guide

I’m so excited to share my first official travel guide today on the site.  I’ve always shared travel tips within the copy of my normal outfit blog posts, but never done a dedicated guide.  While my Travel App has all of my city guides in one concise place (we now have 20 cities!), I thought it’d be nice to go even more in depth on why I love certain spots over others on here! My first city is Aspen since I just got back from there last week and my memory is fresh ;)  My next guide will be Paris – and all of the new spots I loved visiting 2 weeks ago!  Aspen is a winter wonderland…  Go to Aspen if you want to enjoy the ultimate, chic winter destination.  It has style and sophistication, some of the best skiing in the world, gorgeous luxury shops, world renowned restaurants and 5 star hotels galore.  Dress to impress, and don’t leave home without a little fur, leather, and cashmere! ASPEN TRAVEL GUIDEWhere to eat in AspenBetula I put Betula first because it just opened in December and isn’t as well known as the other “it” spots in Aspen, but it should be.  It’s the sister restaurant of Bonito; my favorite restaurant in St. Barth’s.  The cuisine is hearty, but light, fresh, and all around perfect in my opinion.  Get the salmon as your main, and order a cucumber martini to start with!  The decor is bright, with cozy linen benches and a huge wood burning fireplace… very Restoration Hardware meets Serena and Lily. Matsuhisa I’ve had sushi in Japan that isn’t as good as this.  Yes really.  This sushi will blow your mind.  Leave it to Nobu to create such an amazing spot in Aspen!  Go hungry and order tons of things to share! Casa Tua I was SO happy when I found out my favorite restaurant in Miami was in Aspen.  This restaurant is a MUST if you’re visiting.  Some of the yummiest Italian food I’ve ever had…and the decor is dark, swanky and fabulous.  If you can’t get a reservation, at least go sit at the bar and enjoy a cocktail!!! Cloud Nine Bistro Head 10 minutes outside of town to Highlands Mountain and ski or snowboard to Cloud Nine.  Lunch gets ROWDY in this charming mountain spot.  As in dancing on tables with a live DJ, champagne spraying everywhere rowdy!  Derek and I went early-ish and sat by the window in a separate alcove that was a little more private/quiet – so if you want to go for a more low key route, then ask to sit by the back window ;) Other restaurants I love; Ajax Tavern (great casual, midday ski break spot), Campo de Fiori (Italian),  Pine Creek Cookhouse (super romantic), White House Tavern (cute spot for lunch or dinner.) Where to get a drink in AspenHotel Jerome Lobby Bar This hotel is breathtaking and historic.  It will feel as though you’ve stepped into Ralph Lauren’s winter lodge.  Cozy up the fire in one of the big leather wingback chairs and order one of their yummy cocktails. St. Regis Lobby Bar This sprawling lobby has a gigantic fireplace and plenty of room for you to grab a drink with your honey or a huge group.  I also love asking for s’mores supplies to make outside by their fire! Betula also has a great little side room bar, I love the Casa Tua bar, Chair 9 is a nice casual evening cocktail spot, Ajax Tavern on a sunny day gets rowdy outside, and of course Cloud Nine Bistro. What to do in AspenSki/Snowboard You can’t come to Aspen and not get out on the mountain!  It’s some of the best skiing I’ve ever experienced.  I’d consider myself a medium/intermediate level skier, and Highlands Mountain was fine for me – despite it only having blue and black diamond runs.  I was nervous at first to ski it, but it was totally fine.  If you’re a beginner, Buttermilk is ideal, and then Aspen Mountain is great too – plus you can ride the Gondola up and stay warm + toasty! Shop ’til you drop The shopping is insane in Aspen.  Think Dior, Prada, Moncler, and more.  There are also a ton of special, one of a kind boutiques. Where to stay in AspenSt. Regis This property is even more gorgeous in person than you see online.  The lobby is the “it” place to be in the afternoons, and their spa is heavenly.  They have every amenity you’d ever need and are so centrally located. Hotel Jerome This historic hotel is perfect for anyone who appreciates beautiful interiors.  It’s got a dark, rugged, Ralph Lauren-esque lodge cabin vibe and my favorite lobby bar in town. The Little Nell This iconic boutique hotel could not have a better location – it’s literally right at the base of the Aspen Mountain ski lift.  Ski all day and then warm up by the fire in their lobby, at Ajax Tavern or Chair9.  Their hot tub and pool are ahhh-mazing and the rooms are so plush and comfortable.  The service is impeccable. Airbnb Aspen hotels are notoriously pricy, so staying at an Airbnb right in town is a great option.  I’d recommend looking for a spot near any of these hotels especially if you don’t rent a car because then you can easily walk everywhere! What to wear in AspenObviously bring warm clothing!  Turtlenecks, long underwear, snow boots, hats, gloves, etc. – it get’s super chilly!  And like I said in the beginning of this post, you want to dress to impress in Aspen.  I love that women here don’t play it safe.  They really pull out all the stops.  You see floor length fur coats, shearling jackets, over the top boots, hats, and bags.  It’s FUN.  It really inspires me walking around here – I love that people embrace their surroundings and add in rugged, cowboy-chic, mountain gear with luxury/designer items.  Be sure to check out all of my winter Aspen outfits here. For ski gear specifically – there are ski stores everywhere in Aspen so not to fret if you forget something!  Gorsuch has dreamy and splurge worthy coats, hats, and boots galore.  Net-a-Porter also has a beautiful selection and does next day shipping.  I personally love these ski pants, this ski jacket, these goggles and these gloves. I hope you enjoyed my first travel guide and if you haven’t already download my Travel App in the App Store or Google Play by simply searching “With Love From Kat” – it’s free and so easy to use!
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10 Things To Do In NYC During The Holidays

Ahhh December in NYC!  It’s one of my absolute favorite months, especially in NYC.  The entire city feels so festive and magical!  I’m excited to be heading back in 2 days and celebrating my birthday with my nearest and dearest friends.  I wanted to share 10 things I always love doing during the holidays in the city! 10 Things To Do In NYC During The Holidays  Ice skate at Rockefeller CenterThere are tons of places to ice skate in the city, but this is definitely the most iconic.  The tree, the huge rink, and 5th Avenue decorated to the nines – ahhh so fun! Enjoy sweet treats at LadureeHead to Soho and grab a spot inside the gorgeous Laduree cafe for an afternoon of sweet treats! Get hot cocoa at The StandardThe Standard Meatpacking location also has a great little ice skating rink and they always put out the most festive decorations.  Enjoy brunch, lunch, dinner or cocktails there – or just grab a hot cocoa by the fire! Eat a decadent dinner at The Polo BarMake reservations well in advance to eat at the iconic Polo Bar restaurant.  The food is out of this world and the ambiance is so festive and chic.  Leather booths, velvet, plaid, and dark, moody lighting make this a truly holiday worthy spot. Grab brunch at Buvette and stroll around the West VillageMy go-to weekend brunch spot is Buvette.  It’s a charming French cafe nestled right in the heart of the West Village (my old neighborhood!)  After you enjoy a mouth watering croque monsieur – wander through the cobblestone streets of West Village and admire all of the townhouses. Shop along Fifth and Madison Avenue and admire the window displaysSpend the day uptown and pop into Bergdorfs, Tiffanys, Saks, Barneys and more splurge worthy shops!  The window displays are incredible! Sip on tea at The PlazaBook a table at The Plaza hotel uptown for tea and treats.  The space is gorgeous and so special for a girls afternoon! Listen to jazz at The Carlyle then have cocktails by the fire at The LowellThese two stunning hotels are right around the corner from each other and such cozy enclaves during the winter.  The Carlyle has amazing live music, and the Lowell bar – is so intimate – plus the cocktails are amazing! Grab Levain cookies and walk through Central ParkOk if you haven’t tried Levain cookies – then you are missing out on LIFE!  These cookies are insane – so thick, so gooey and famous for a reason.  Grab an assortment and wander through Central Park – you can thank me later! Stroll through Washington Square Park with a matcha from Bluestone Lane…And grab a pretzel too while you’re at it!  This is one of my favorite parks in the city – and it’s so peaceful in the middle of the day. Be sure to download my Travel App for free in the App Store or Google Play for ALL of my favorite restaurants, shops, bar, and sights in New York City – plus get tons of outfit ideas.  Just search “With Love From Kat” If you love it – please leave me a review in the App Store! XO
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