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Five Ways to Spend a Lazy Weekend in Venice


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Venice might just be the best place in the world for people watching. Body builders, fortune tellers, stoners, movie stars, new age hippies, and hipsters crowd the same sidewalks in one giant beachy spectacle. From the beach babes to the sumo wrestlers (yes, really) there’s always a crazy vibe to take in. Here are five ways to embrace the forever young culture of LA’s quirkiest neighborhood.

Some of Venice’s most coveted recovery brunch seats are at Gjelina, a cavernous exposed-wood eatery with plates big enough to share with the people you partied with last night. Expect pseudo health-conscious dishes like lemon buckwheat ricotta pancakes topped with crème fraiche, brussel sprout leaves with soffritto and a poached egg, and heirloom lettuces with hemp seeds. 

Just around the corner from the Google office, the Gjelina team has opened Venice’s new warehouse-style bakery, Gjusta (pronounced JOO-STA). The space’s long counter is stocked with piles of highly-coveted baked goods—baklava-style croissants, chocolate and avocado pudding, and gluten-free sprouted rye. So highly coveted, in fact, you should plan to wait in a line akin to Tartine’s. 

After years of roaming Venice’s sand-strewn streets, the people behind Komodo, a notorious fusion burrito food truck [<--burrito food truck, but the restaurant only serves tacos?] , opened a brick and mortar space where it dishes out its bizarre twists on the taco. Prep your palate for unorthodox combinations, like the Burgerrito (a deconstructed cheeseburger in the form of a taco) and the Java, which folds Indonesian-style pork and fried shallots in a tortilla. Bonus: a new beer pairing menu lets you wash it down with California craft brews and West Coast IPAs from Inglewood Brewery, Three Weavers [Is this two examples, or one thing?]. 

Day Drinking
If you can manage to snag a table, the bright and lively Tasting Kitchen is the ideal place to slowly drink the day away. A “brunch drink” menu justifies pre-noon cocktails like the Night Shift—cold brew coffee, bourbon, and milk. And imbibing doesn’t slow down as the day progresses. [<--what does that mean. Anything else to say about tasting kitchen? This one feels short.]

Among Abott Kinney’s [<--do you think everyone is going to know what that is?] many overpriced shops, Burro is one of the few that doesn’t seem to over-inflate prices on handcrafted knickknacks. Eclectic California home wares and folk-ish items like loom textiles, handmade stationery, and baby toys occupy the shelves in this sunny shop. [Any way to punch this one up and make it mofe lively? The first sentence also isn’t working. Rewrite?]

Whatever your opinion of Venice’s beach scene—home of the OG Muscle Beach, countless head shops, and nearly-naked leathery beach bums—it’s just one of those things you simply must do. Just like in Dolores Park, it doesn’t take long to see that different parts of the beach are home to different cliques (skaters on one end, sorority chicks on the other), so pick a herd and soak up some sun. Just remember: the 26-mile long beachside Santa Monica Bike Path offers an easy escape route.


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