L.A & Palm Springs in 7 days

Well first things first, I touched down in L.A, jumped onto google maps to find the closest In & Out burger. We are waiting for our transfer to Palm Springs via coach to go to Coachella festival but first we need our burger fix. Getting a cab from the airport is such a rip off so we walk. About 15-20 mins later just outside the airport is a In & Out burger and it is way busier than we expected. But we order and wait cause were desperate for our fix.

So to make sure I’m fully satisfied I order the double double. No mucking round here.

Feeling satisfied after In & Out, we head back to the airport where we will soon board our coach and after 26 hours of travelling I dose off into a deep sleep on en route to Palm Springs.Palm SpringsThe next day we arrive at Coachella. At this 3 day festival you are spoiled for choice with numerous food trucks and stalls including Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse where I had a monstrosity of a steak sandwich. So big I had to share it. Unfortunately I didn’t save the pic only snap chatted it. It was juicy with a generous portion of  sliced steak. Definitely worth every dollar.

The art installments at the festival are just mind blowing.Caterpillar

So is this amazing sunset view with this skyline. The ferris wheel is definitely worth the wait.

BalloonsOne of the days we ventured into the camping site where we found more food and came across a rad poutine stand. I mean who doesn’t like chips with cheese & gravy? Again no pictorial evidence you’ll just have to take my word for it on how good it was.

Giant bear

Bear in the camping site

One morning before the festival started we decide to go out for breakfast in Palm Springs. I’d done some research before we went and Cheeky’s looked the goods. We arrive around 10am and there’s a wait list with 10 groups in front of us. Shocked, we are offered a seat in the adjacent cafe where we can have a drink (alcoholic or coffee) whilst we wait.

CheekysWe ran into a famous DJ and his wife while we were waiting. I was a bit star struck and we were lucky enough to have a chat with them and also took some happy snaps.

Finally, some 20-30 minutes later we were seated and began to order the food. The bacon flight I’d read was the thing to order. So that’s what we had along with a breakfast quesadilla, scrambled eggs and some fresh juices.

That night when the hunger pangs kicked in and between performances we managed to grab some teriyaki chicken sticks from a small vendor and they were literally bigger than my head.

On day 3 of the festival the giant sized caterpillar turned into a beautiful butterfly.

It was my first time attending Coachella festival. It’s such a happy place with so many amazing acts to see. I’d love to return again one day.

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After the festival came to and end I headed back to L.A on my own to spend a few days in WeHo and do some shopping, exploring and eating.

There is so many Vietnamese restaurants in West Hollywood. I had never noticed it before. I love me a good Pho soup as well as some fresh Vietnamese rolls as a healthy starter.Pho

One morning I went on a stroll and came across this place by chance, Joey’s Cafe. I decided to try green eggs and ham only after years of reading the Dr. Seuss books.

I later took an Uber to Santa Monica to go down to the pier. On my way down I took a stroll and came across Joe’s Pizza. The slices are bigger than your head.

Of course you’ll want a cupcake from the Sprinkles cupcake ATM.

Although I couldn’t see the screen so I dined in to enjoy my latte and red velvet cupcake.Sprinkles Red Velvet

I wasn’t leaving until I had one last pork fix before I left. So I popped into Kitchen 24 for a pulled pork burger and crunchy sweet potato fries.

There’s still so many places on my L.A foodie list but it mean I’ll just have to go back once again which I totally have no problem with.

Traveled April 2015
Flights: AED 5,225 economy class – You can fly non-stop from DXB to LAX with Emirates. They run a once a day service.
Accommodation: We had an all inclusive Coachella ticket and hotel package which cost us 1,275 USD per person. We stayed at the Riveria hotel. This also included daily coach transfer to and from the festival. After the festival I used Airbnb to stay in West Hollywood.
Visa: USD 14 – apply online before travelling – Esta (Certain nationalities – make sure to do your research before traveling.)
Spending: USD – Food is pretty cheap depending on where you eat and the portion sizes are huge. If you are travelling with someone you could easily share meals. The shopping is also a lot cheaper than Dubai especially for cosmetics and clothes but don’t forget tax is added at the counter.

Eat well, travel well

Nossy x

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