Los Angeles — city of perpetual spring weather — still has a fresh crop of fun things to ring in the season. In our newest Sunday-best, have-at the best of SoCal spring happenings in La La-land lovely style.
BEST PRESSED / First-rate, locally-sourced ingredients isn’t the only reason Venice’s Moon Juice has earned its adoring audience. Moon Juice’s distinctive flavor and medicinal punch also have creative technology (unheated hydraulic presses!) and the owner’s culinary school-cred to thank for crowdpleasers like Carrot, Lime & Coconut and Fennel, Frond & Herb. Simple sips pressed to fit your simple style.
Where / Moon Juice, 507 Rose Avenue (between 5th & Rennie avenues), Venice; 310-399-2929.
When / Daily 7am-7pm.
BEST BOUTIQUE BET / With The Bedford, it’s style that dictates the setting — this easy spring sundress demands an afternoon at Brentwood Country Mart! Make this plein air marketplace the order of the day, and you get mod window shopping at Turpan, flowers from Botany and a fresh scoop from Sweet Rose, all in one outing.
Where / Brentwood Country Mart, 225 26th Street (at San Vicente), Santa Monica; 310-451-9877.
When / Daily 7am-10pm.
BEST TIPS / Confession: We went for the California Modern decor at Olive & June, but stayed for the best mama-mani-pedi, hands down (and freshly polished!). Roll up The Sunday Pant and ask for The Emma at this Beverly Hills beauty-newcomer and you’re in for all-natural, pregnancy-safe treatments with a special massage for tired feet.
Where / Olive & June, 430 North Canon Drive (between Santa Monica Boulevard & Brighton Way), Beverly Hills; 310-247-0500.
When / Monday - Thursday 8am-9pm & Friday - Sunday 8am-8pm.
BEST TEA TIME / Variety and precise-preparation are the stock and trade at Bird Pick Tea & Herb. Tea enthusiasts can delight in rare, loose-leaf teas brought into full bouquet by a calculated protocol of temperature and time. Novices like us can look forward to an eye-full of their stock on hand; everything is displayed wall-to-wall in glittery, glass containers! Definitely a worthwhile mid-errands pit-stop.
Where / Bird Pick Tea & Herb, 6000 Sepulveda Boulevard, Culver City; 310-313-4372.
When / Monday - Thursday 9am-9pm, Fridays 9am-10pm, Saturdays 10am-10pm & Sundays 10am-7pm.
BEST BOUQUET / In Yasmine Floral Design, creativity comes in abundance. Her extra-floral ingredients, like wild mushroom and fruit, transform an ordinary arrangement into colorful floral vignettes celebrating California’s natural offerings. Before you book her for your spring fete, fall-in line with her flowery disposition in The Lily Tank.
Where / By appointment.
When / By appointment.
BEST SPRING SMALL PLATE / From Paul Hibler and Jason Neroni, comes Superba Snack Bar, a Venice outpost that’s breaking the rules on fair pasta play. Smoked bucatini, seaweed-noodles and gluten-free gnocchi are some of the inventive standouts to sample this spring. Come styled to eat in HATCH’s so-forgiving spring Sophie knit.
Where / Superba Snack Bar, 533 Rose Avenue (at Dimmick Avenue), Venice; 310-399-6400.
When / Dinner: Monday - Thursday 6-10:30pm, Friday - Saturday 5:30-11:30pm & Sundays 5:30-10pm; Lunch: Thursday - Friday 11:30am-2:45pm; Brunch: Saturday - Sunday 10:30am-2:45pm.
Images via Moon Juice, Brentwood Country Mart, Olive & June, Birdpick Tea & Herbm Yasmine Floral Design & Superba Snack Bar