Restaurant Name: Mattei’s Tavern Location: 2350 Railway Avenue, Los Olivos, CA 93441 Halfsies Rating: ★★★★★ Halfsies Bank: $$ Genre: American Great for: Brunch / Your wedding / Living here forever
This place is a little magical getaway in the middle of Los Olivos. It’s perfect for brunch because outdoor seating is plentiful. There’s a huge grassy outside area with bocce ball, live music, and lots of space for dancing and frolicking in the sunshine! Plus, the food is amaaaaazing. So is the coffee. Do you really need anything more?? #heaven
Brunch was followed by a fun little photo shoot around the grounds! We were all soooo over caffeinated after 4 cups of coffee each… the stuff was just so damn good and they kept refilling our mugs!!
How fun is this little chalk board cabana?? It’s literally a cabana on the grounds and the walls are all chalk… pretty sure it’s there for little kids to doodle on while their parents brunch. We’re kids. That’s why we love it.
♥2.5 cups watermelon, cubed
♥2 tablespoons honey
♥Vodka (or liquor of choice)
The How To:
♥Juice 1 lemon and cube watermelon
♥Put watermelon, lemon juice, and honey into blender. Blend on “juice” setting until smooth.
♥Store mixture in fridge until cold
♥When ready to enjoy, put 1 part watermelon puree with 1 part vodka and 2 parts sparkling water. (Or ditch the alcohol as a refreshing & healthy alternative)
♥Add a slice of watermelon as garnish! Enjoy!
Restaurant Name: Zengo Location: 395 Santa Monica Pl, Santa Monica, CA 90401 Halfsies Rating: ★★★★★ Halfsies Bank: $$$ Genre: Tapas Great for: Brunch
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!!
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!
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!