Restaurant Review: Mattei’s Tavern

matteis-tavern-4Restaurant Name: Mattei’s Tavern
Location: 2350 Railway Avenue, Los Olivos, CA 93441
Halfsies Rating: ★★★★★
Halfsies Bank: $$
Genre: American
Great for: Brunch / Your wedding / Living here forever

This place is a little magical getaway in the middle of Los Olivos. It’s perfect for brunch because outdoor seating is plentiful. There’s a huge grassy outside area with bocce ball, live music, and lots of space for dancing and frolicking in the sunshine! Plus, the food is amaaaaazing. So is the coffee. Do you really need anything more?? #heaven

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Brunch was followed by a fun little photo shoot around the grounds! We were all soooo over caffeinated after 4 cups of coffee each… the stuff was just so damn good and they kept refilling our mugs!!

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How fun is this little chalk board cabana?? It’s literally a cabana on the grounds and the walls are all chalk… pretty sure it’s there for little kids to doodle on while their parents brunch. We’re kids. That’s why we love it.

Drooling yet?? Visit the website here 

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&& “WRITE DRUNK, EDIT SOBER.” Words of wisdom, blogger friends. Never let that wine leave your hand. JK! But only kinda…

4th of July Spritzers!

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Super delicious, super refreshing, super easy.

What you’ll need: 

♥2.5 cups watermelon, cubed
♥2 tablespoons honey
♥1 lemon
♥Vodka (or liquor of choice)
♥Sparkling water

The How To:

♥Juice 1 lemon and cube watermelon
♥Put watermelon, lemon juice, and honey into blender. Blend on “juice” setting until smooth.
♥Store mixture in fridge until cold
♥When ready to enjoy, put 1 part watermelon puree with 1 part vodka and 2 parts sparkling water. (Or ditch the alcohol as a refreshing & healthy alternative)
♥Add a slice of watermelon as garnish! Enjoy!

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Happy Independence Day beautiful people!! ♥

Restaurant Review: Zengo

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Restaurant Name: Zengo
Location: 395 Santa Monica Pl, Santa Monica, CA 90401
Halfsies Rating: ★★★★★
Halfsies Bank: $$$
Genre: Tapas
Great for: Brunch

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What we loved: $39 brunch includes unlimited tapas & drinks for a two-hour period

What we’d improve: If you don’t make a rezzie, tough luck. We wish there were better accomodations for walk-ins, but this place is so great, we’re actually okay with making brunch plans ahead of time.

What we’d recommend: Ask your server to bring out an assortment of dishes, proportionate to the number of guests you have at your table. Once you’ve tried everything on the extensive brunch menu, you can request seconds (and thirds) of your favorite items!! I’m in love with the empanadas, brussel sprouts, sushi rolls, yucca fries, and meatballs!!

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Be forewarned… on weekends Zengo is known for DJs spinning hot tunes! It can get loud, but is a perfect way to keep the party going on Sunday Funday!

Surprise, Surprise!

Life is full of surprises! Saturday afternoon, my family and I threw a surprise birthday party for my Grandma! Close friends and family gathered to celebrate this inspiring and beautiful woman! She was absolutely shocked and so utterly excited! The highlight of the day was when I asked her how old she was, and she responded with, “old enough to be your Grandma!” Best.Answer.Ever. Overall, it was a wonderful day with the 5 most important G’s… Good Friends, Good Family, Good Food, Good Fun, and GRANDMA! Cheers!

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