Monday, March 12, 2018

Rise + Shine. Date Ideas for Morning People.

I have shared many times on EWE, my love for mornings. I am an early riser, coffee lover, sunshine chaser. I feel most creative, when the rest of the world is still in bed. Even when I travel, I get up early to beat the crowds and lines. So for my self-declared morning people, this post is for you. 
Instead of date night, sometimes my bf and I do 'date breakfast'. It fits our schedules better, and we rather be fueled with caffeine than booze. Here is a list of some of our favorite spots in Echo Park + Silver Lake. 
- The Dinette. A charming outdoor cafe on Sunset Boulevard, at the heart of EP. It feels like a movie set from the 1920's. My order? Black coffee + avocado toast. (I joke that its the LA girl starter kit.) 
-Millie's Diner. We are regulars at this spot. It is my #1 and all time favorite. It has been a staple in the neighborhood for decades. The staff is the best in the city. Their gluten-free pancakes are next level. It has gotten very popular in the last year, so wake up early to avoid a line. My bf's family owns a diner in the bay area, and its definitely our home away from home spot. (Also if you're hungover go here. The portions are HUGE.) 
-Ostrich Farm. This spot in EP is even more beautiful seen in daylight. All their ingredients are fresh and locally sourced. Order the cinnamon roll as an appetizer. They also have a bar, so enjoy mimosas and breakfast cocktails. A little more upscale vibe. 
-Sqirl. You can't talk about breakfast and not hit up Sqirl. We like to go here during the week. (Clearly we like to avoid crowds). Yes, get the ricotta toast and jam. 
-Alfred Coffee- I am a little stunned that I am putting this on my list, but Alfred Coffee has become a staple for our weekend walks around Silver Lake. The selection of pastries + breakfast burritos + protein bars makes it best for on-the-go dates. Also their serving of Stumptown coffee is huge compared to other spots. 
When scanning through my closet, one would notice the SECTION of sundresses. It is a staple item in my wardrobe, especially in LA's warm climate. I love the versatility of a vintage inspired dress. Casual enough to wear in the day, but with styling can be updated to night. I adore this Lucky Ruffle dress. I am a sucker for a pinstripe too, so this dress is puts all my favorites in one.
Photos by Los Angeles based photographer Britt Crowe Photo

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