We Visited SUR & Were Very SURprised At What We Found

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After you land at LAX this is what happens. You get stuck in an hour or more of traffic that makes you want to vomit.

Next, you settle into your hotel. After we’d checked into ours and were waiting in the lobby for our car, we saw Jamie Foxx walking out with an orange backpack and sneakers in his right hand, then getting whisked away in a Cadillac Escalade.

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Ciccone’s on Melrose for Italian and we spotted Ken Todd, Lisa Vanderpump’s (Of Vanderpump Rules and RHOBH) hubby. Popped into SUR immediately following, but it was whack! Vanderpump Rules fan girls and boys everywhere. 

Next, we uber’ed over to the Chateau Marmont but got denied entry into the bar. They said it was because they were booked up, but we suspect it was really b/c we didn’t roll up in an Uber Black.

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Checked out No Vacancy which was kinda cool in a secret bar sorta way but ultimately everyone looked like they were ten years old, so we abandoned it for a bodega run, so we could stock up on water ($10 a bottle for the ones in the mini bar in the room, yeahhh no thanks!), Sun Chips and Gatorade. 

Stayed tuned for much more from LA. 

The PVD Lunch Place Everyone You Know Is Probably Going To Be Posting From Soon

I really want Craig (Conover) and Naomie (Olindo), of Bravo's Southern Charm, to get back together! This is after seeing that People mag item about Craig crying when he found out Naomie had had a nose job (For the record, I had a rhinoplasty 4 and a half years ago and I was the only person crying...mostly because of extreme discomfort, and how bruised and swollen my face looked, post procedure.) pop up in my Google feed yet again. That's trending for sure and so is this new lunch place that my sister-in-law S. clued me in on a few weeks ago that turned out to be incredible.

If you're a fan of The Salted Slate on Wayland, then I have news. First, ever since Nikki Bella (btw starting to think that whole breakup with John Cena was one big publicity stunt) dined there and posted about it on Instagram, it's more popular than freaking ever. (Wonderful and all, but it can make securing a table for brunch a tad challenging. Even with being able to make reservations.) Next, the peeps behind TSS have gone and opened a deli right around the corner and it's definitely worth a jaunt over to the 02906 right now.

We stopped in for lunch at the newly opened Mercer's Deli the other day and were thrilled with the entire experience. From the sandwich and salad options (as in, so many appealing ones, particularly when it came to salads because those can be a real let down elsewhere and can almost have an after thought quality about them. All the plant based eating fans out there know what I'm talking about!) to just about everything else, including the aesthetic which is very updated minimalism meets big city deli. So, for those of you lamenting the lack of a NYC deli-esque experience in the OS, may we kindly submit Mercer's.

After mulling things over, we decided on the California Cobb (you had us at AVOCADO.), the Tuna and two bottles of San Pellegrino. We stayed more traditional with our beverages, but for those of you looking for exotic soda options galore, you won't be disappointed. The place was bustling, our portions were generous, and everything was fresh and utterly delish. Next on our list to try? The latkes (so looking forward to it. ). And our best advice is to get there before all your foody friends and of course, Nikki Bella

Photo Credits: Food fotos courtesy of Stacey Doyle

Text Your Bestie, Take A Personal Day & Breakfast Or Lunch Here In The OS

That kind of day...

One that inspires people to add a meditation app to their phone, book an hour long massage at a spa they've always wanted to check out or order a pair of pricey, completely impractical shoes that they will wear only once, before stashing the box on an impossibly high shelf in their closet. 

Me?

I was in stop & go traffic, and my Botox looked as though it was (already) wearing off. What. The. Heck: Maybe all I needed was a NEW pair of sunglasses? I am overdue, and they are ideal for hiding behind when you can't be bothered with any makeup beyond gloss or Burt's Bees lip balm. 

Thankfully there are plenty of low key amazing places in the OS for vegging out on off days such as this. Especially with Spring and Summer - rain or shine - being some of the BEST monthes to live or visit these parts. So take that personal day, bring along one of your favorite ppl, and explore some of the more under-the-radar destinations where you can stash your phone (or not...I say take that selfie or regret it big time later!) and enjoy a leisurely breakfast or lunch (same goes for food pics). 

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Like this one...

Want the ultimate non-touristy, casual food experience in one of the loveliest locations in the state? Go straight to The Cooked Goose on Watch Hill Rd in Westerly. They have morning papers (Call me old school but I still love leafing thru a newspaper.), delicious coffee, wifi (I can laugh about it now, kinda.), and a fantastic menu of classic morning mains and sides. 

The takeout is wonderful too. I lived on their lemon angel hair pasta a few years ago, while recuperating from some emergency surgery in Watch Hill during the month of August. You also never know who you might see (Celeb sightings are possible, so def look up from the paper or your phone. Winky face.), but you didn't hear it from me.