My Bliss {From the Right Bank}

Hello! I’m Ally of From the Right Bank and I’m very happy to be blogging here today for the new Mrs! Erin asked us to share our idea of bliss and at first I thought this would be tough but when it came down to it, the answer was quite simple. For me, bliss is – and this may seem like a paradox – nesting and traveling.

 

I’ve been traveling the world since I was a child and it’s my greatest source of inspiration. And when I’m done with one of my adventures, having a nice home to come home to is my idea of sheer bliss. 

 

(Udaipur, India shot from the Lake Palace Hotel)

 Thanks for having me here today, Erin and congratulations to you and your new hubby! I wish you a blissful life together! xoxo, Ally

 

(Photos by From the Right Bank)

My Bliss {Destined to Design}

Hi, this is Jessica from Destined to Design

Sharing a fantastic meal in a well-designed space with friends and family brings me total bliss. I’d like to say I’m a foodie, but the truth is, I just like eating. And being an interior designer, I have a great affinity for aesthetically pleasing surroundings. Living in Los Angeles, where a new restaurant seems to pop up weekly, I have a lot of fun planning my weekends around food adventures. I’ve actually got a running list of ‘Restaurants to Visit/See/Consume At’ that’s getting a bit lengthy. Luckily I’ve developed a few food-minded friendships with people in the city that are willing to seek out places like this with me. While it’s easy to find something great and stick to it, I try to make a point of taste-testing somewhere new at least once a month, and tend to use special occasions to make reservations at that one great place I would feel guilty about dining at on a normal day.

So here are a couple places I’ve visited lately that are topping my list. I’d like to think that anyone else with a discerning eye and satiable appetite would agree with me.

 

1. Bottega Louie Restaurant and Gourmet Market

700 South Grand Avenue

Los Angeles, CA 90017

www.bottegalouie.com

Recommend You Try: The Asparagus with Fried Egg, and their Burrata & Grape Tomatoes. Their deli Mac ‘n Cheese, slightly warmed, is also delicious.

 

 2. Terroni

7605 Beverly Boulevard

Los Angeles, CA 90036

www.terroni.ca

Recommend You Try: The C’t Mang Pizze.

3. Joans on Third

8350 West 3rd Street

Los Angeles, CA 90048

www.joansonthird.com

Recommend You Try: Their seasonal pumpkin cupcakes – no explanation necessary.

 4. Gjelina

1429 Abbot Kinney Boulevard

Venice, CA 90291

www.gjelina.com

Recommend You Try: The Gruyere, Caramelized Onion, Fromage Blanc & Arugula Pizza, and the Heirloom Spinach Salad with Green Olive, Tomato, Feta, Crouton & Pinenut – sounds so simple, but it’s all in the spinach. But what will change your life forever is their Butterscotch Pot de Crème with Salted Caramel & Crème Fraiche. One time a girlfriend and I went just for that and sat on their patio in the rain instead of waiting for indoor seating (just to give you an idea).

 

 5. Antique Garage

41 Mercer Street

New York, NY 10013

www.antiquegaragesoho.com

Recommend You Try: Their Grilled Halloumi Cheese Salad.

And for all of your readers that delight in gastronomic creations, here are a few of my favorite food blogs (some for the recipes, some for the kitchen product, and some just for the insane photography). Enjoy!

1. Sunday Suppers

2. 101 Cookbooks

3. Oh Joy Eats

4. Sprouted Kitchen

5. The Jewels of New York

My Bliss {Rebecca June}

Hi everyone! Rebecca from Rebecca June here and I am so excited to be doing a guest post for the talented Erin of Apartment #34!
I am ecstatic for her and her soon to be Mister and in honor of the pure *BLISS* they are experiencing while they are off getting hitched I thought I would let you know what makes me beyond happy. {I also am recommending the newlyweds partake in this while they are in Mexico if they have a spare moment.}
My nirvana is swimming with dolphins or any sea life really.

I cannot even begin to tell you how peaceful and giddy I get at the same time when I am floating in the ocean next to a dolphin. After the third or fourth time I went, my parents cut me off. I then told my hubby that he would have to take over this expense. Luckily he did, and along the way I have gotten him sucked into it too!

On our honeymoon we went to Cancun and once we decided where we were going I immediately started looking for places where I could get in the water with these adorable guys. Not only did we get to swim with the dolphins there, we swam with manatees! It was spectacular! They are so huge, so gentle and so graceful. We got to feed them, kiss them, and play with them. It was like a happy high!

Then on our first anniversary we went to Hawaii where we swam with seals. Once again, I cannot tell you how amazing it is to be holding onto and hugging an animal that you never think looks that big until you get right next to it.
So for me, I get the biggest smile on my face when I get to climb into the ocean and play with an animal that most people only get to see from afar.
So Erin, CONGRATS, and enjoy every moment for the next few weeks as it will go so fast! If you have a free moment though, go swim with a dolphin or two!
xoxo,
Rebecca June