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Late to the Party | Fourth of July Weekend by Julia Walck

It's crazy to think that the Fourth of July is already a week past, and July is already almost half gone! Fourth of July weekend was a long one, and we jam-packed a ton of stuff in. 

We explored a bit of Highland Park that Saturday, starting with some pizza at TOWN, and then headed across the street to Block Party Highland Park. After just having our lunch, we came to find out you can bring your own grub to BPHP! Man! Next time...

I got a blackberry champagne snow cone that tasted like heaven, and kicked everyone's asses at shuffleboard. That's right, this place is awesome. 

Block Party also has a spicy Michelada (like a Bloody Mary but with beer instead of vodka), and they pair it with a popsicle!

Afterwards we went to Scoops and got some ice cream then went to a piñata store on the corner. Where I bought this massive pineapple. I dub it the piñe-ata! 

We walked to Shop Class where I bought some vintage stir sticks, stopped at Highland Park Brewery for another beer and a very frustrating game which was something along the lines of, "get this ring on a string on that hook over there". 

Button Mash, a video game bar in Echo Park was our next stop. Sidenote: the wallpaper in Button Mash was designed by Joseph Harmon, and it's one of my new favorite things. The color is so good and it's just so damn quirky! 

After a lot of pinball and Frogger, we headed to a vegan burger place at a Whole Foods in Silverlake, then somehow ended up at a pool hall. 

And that was just my Saturday....

The summarized version of our Sunday consisted of Smorgasburg in DTLA, beers + Connect Four at Angel City, beers + skee-ball + cornhole at Arts District Brewery, and drunk karaoke to the White Stripes at the Ace

The Fourth of July was filled with family and fireworks. Then to end it, a 2 and 1/2 hour drive back to LA.  #FREEDOM

Recently, in Donuts, Drinking and Rainbows... by Julia Walck

This past weekend was really, really solid. I got a lot done, and also had a ton of fun. I guess by definition that's work hard, play hard.

Friday night, I made donuts with my roommate, Denise. I recently bought a book literally just called "Donuts", and it's filled with delicious recipes bound to ruin anyone's diet. But that's what cheat days (or weeks) are for!

As it was our first time making donuts, we chose to make blueberry donuts with an Earl Grey glaze. Start off simple, right? 

It actually turned out to be fairly easy. Once we got the hang of the consistency of the dough, the heat level and amount of time to fry them, we were smooth sailing. 

Not to brag, but they turned out fucking amazing. Definitely going to be making more donuts in the near future.

Saturday it rained pretty heavily and we didn't let it get in our way. 

We tried out Seoul Waffle Pizza in Koreatown for lunch. And yes if you took a hint from their name, they make pizza on waffles instead of crust. It was pretty good, but they didn't have a veggie option which was kind of a bummer this day and age. 

We walked around Koreatown a bit, saw an awesome two tone buliding, (major deja-vu to hair I once had), and stopped off at Beer Belly for some fries and obviously some beer. After a couple of rounds, it was time to hit up that driving range we had passed by on Wilshire earlier in the day. 

Golfing on top of a parking lot in the middle of a city with the Los Angeles skyline in the background is kind of surreal. The three of us shared a lane, an iron, 180 balls and a lot of laughs.

This multi-level driving range is called Aroma and is an awesome hangout spot. Possibly pre-gaming (literally) before hitting up a show at The Wiltern?

Sunday I went to the Rosebowl Flea Market, scored this 70s yellow rainbow chest, then died and went to heaven. I also got around 30 stir sticks for like $5 because the guy "didn't want to lug them home". Laziness can pay off sometimes. 

Finally, I met with a client for a freelance project and relaxed the rest of the day. 
Hopefully I can top this weekend with Coachella this coming weekend, but it might be close.

Hole in One by Julia Walck

The Donut Hole is a 24/hr drive thru donut shop where the drive thru is made up of two giant donuts!

Of course I got the bigger-than-your-face "Texas Sized Donut". So really I got breakfast, lunch AND dinner out of this trip. 

Nearby this massive donut is the largest antique store in all of California, King Richard's Antique Center. It's 3 floors and I only managed to get lost about once! 

There's honestly not much to do out in La Puente / Whittier, but if you ever find yourself out that way these 2 spots are worth a stop!