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5 Dog Friendly Hotel Restaurants Not To Miss in Los Angeles

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5 Dog Friendly Hotel Restaurants Not To Miss in Los Angeles

There’s something about hotel restaurants that I just LOVE. Walking through a hotel lobby to get to your table just feels more chic. In Los Angeles, there are plenty of restaurants that offer outdoor patios with a spectacular, sunny view but which ones allow pups?

Well, we recently did a little food tour with Watson & Walls to scope out the best dog friendly restaurants in Los Angeles—all inside beautiful dog friendly hotels with gorgeous decor.

Viviane at Avalon Beverly Hills

The Avalon is tucked away like a hidden gem in the residential neighborhood of Beverly Hills—and what a gem! Step into the world of the 1950s to a hourglass-shaped pool, mid-century meets modern vibes (designed by famed Kelly Wearstler) and old school California cool.

Grab your sunglasses because Viviane‘s outdoor patio is poolside. We loved the California-inspired cuisine and the matching backdrop! The food was yummy with Mediterranean-inspired dishes like hummus, olives and herbed carrots dressed with tahini. By the way, if you decide to book a night with your dog at the hotel, the Avalon welcomes two pets up to 40 lbs for an additional fee of $100 per pet, per stay.

Bandanas by BARK YYC

FIG at Fairmont Miramar Santa Monica

The Fairmont is the hotel you choose if you want to be oceansideFIG is located inside the hotel with a beautiful patio facing the beach. Locals know this spot all too well, as the Happy Hour is legendary! From 5-6pm, get a table at the FIG for 50% off the menu (even bottles!) and enjoy the beautiful view.

We love this spot for all the reasons above, including the delicious food. Did you know you can even order some dishes for the pups? Try the Tail Wagger (beef tenderloin, sweet potato + green beans), Rise & Fido (scrambled eggs, carrots + brown rice) or the Bow Wow (organic chicken, potato + peas).

If you’re looking to stay, the Fairmont just introduced their new Dog Be With You program which offers free charge for pets, all natural dog treats, a fluffy dog bed, dog toys and daily in-room breakfast for both you and your furry one!

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Cattle & Claw at Sofitel Los Angeles

Cattle & Claw has become one of our favorites in town. Why? SO MUCH LOBSTER. Lobster pizza, lobster rolls, lobster tacos, lobster & waffles, lobster Bloody Mary’s. Yeah, that’s a thing. Alongside all of that are huge, juicy burgers (hence the name Cattle) and perfect french fries. 

The outdoor patio is also a good one–blocked off from the traffic of Beverly Blvd (the hotel is located right across the street from the Beverly Center) with spacious grounds so you don’t feel like you’re disturbing your neighbor. 

The Sofitel hotel is also dog-friendly with no extra charge for pets–cheers to that!

Mardi at Palihouse West Hollywood

Step inside the Palihouse to Mardi and it’s like you’ve walked into a garden jungalow party! We loved sitting at our marble table in this gorgeous oasis with an aperol spritz in hand.

Such a great little place to escape in the heart of West Hollywood. I could see myself coming back with the pups and working away in a cozy corner on my laptop.

By the way, Palihouse West Hollywood welcomes one pet of any size $150 per stay. They also offer Pet Packages that include locally sourced PLATO treats, Max-Bone dog beds, ceramic dog bowls and complimentary waste bags for walks.

Nelson’s at Terranea Rancho Palos Verdes

One of the biggest resorts in Southern California, Terranea boasts 102 acres and is perched atop cliffs alongside the Pacific Ocean. The views are just spectacular

Enjoy a getaway (for Angelenos, it’s only a 30 minute drive from LAX and feels like you are worlds away from LA) with tons of room and plenty of hikes with your pup. Hungry? Grab a bite at dog-friendly Nelson’s and take in the sunset.

For hotel stays, Terranea welcomes two pets of any size for a $150 fee.

 

I Reviewed 6 Dog Bowls To Find The Best Dog Bowl for French Bulldogs

dog bowls review

The Best Dog Bowl Ever?

Ok, so those of you with flat-nosed breeds know how hard it can be finding just the right dog bowl. They’re either too short, too deep, not elevated, not cute, etc etc.

Not only does Fira have a non-existant snout, she also is the MESSIEST eater. Half of her food ends up on the floor. So, I wanted to look for something with a tray or something that catches the fall-out food. Her bowl would also be tipped over on its side after she was finished eating. She is crazy.

Their bowls for the past couple years have been these Dylan Kendall ceramic bowls with little feet–elevated and adorable.

 

But alas, it was time for a change…

My criteria for the bowls this time was mainly for Fira. Weston is the quietest, most gentle, delicate eater—he doesn’t spill a drop! Fira is a messy one. Weston also has a longer snout than Fira, making it easier for him to reach his food. 

So, Fira needed a bowl that would be suitable for her non-existant snout, easy for clean-up, something that would stay put on the floor and match our house decor.

Here are the bowls I picked up:

 

Ono The Good Bowl: When I opened the box for this, I was ooo-ing and ah-ing over the way it was sleekly packaged and just super clean/modern. The bowls are really shallow and wide, so it helps smaller-snouted dogs get into the bowl better. 

The removable silver bowls stay snug in the mat and the best feature of these bowls are that the entire silicone mat stays gripped to the floor so it didn’t go anywhere

Modern Elevated Feeder: The design of this one is uber modern with nice clean lines. I could see this really being a nice accent piece in a contemporary kitchen. It has a solid weight so it doesn’t feel cheap. It’s about 5.5 inches high which isn’t bad but a liiiittle high for Fira. When she started eating, she kept spilling a bunch of the food on the floor. 

Elevated Bowls with No-Spill Resin: this one I wasn’t expecting to like so much but it WORKS. Fira ate her entire dinner and there was not a speck on the floor–woohoo! It definitely slid out of the bowl but it slid into those raised sides and she ate every last bit. This one is the cheapest of the bunch and I’ll definitely keep it. 

Elevated Feeder with Glass Bowls: nice sturdy design with glass bowls and ANGLED so it’s tilted towards your pet for better eating. This one I had high hopes for but since the bowls are pretty small, the food still got everywhere. 

This one would still be great if your pup (or cat) is a neat eater. 

Martha Stewart Slow Feeder Bowl: if your dog eats super fast, like Fira does, a dog bowl for fast eaters is a smart option. A slow bowl is great as it forces them to work around the bowl and gives them time to chew + digest etc. Sometimes it feels like some dogs don’t even chew their food! This one did not work for them at allll. Fira couldn’t get her little face in and just stared at it confused and frustrated—make sure to watch @wtfrenchie IG TV for the full video to see her cute confused face lol.

Hammered Copper Bowl: Um, I only got this because it matched my copper mugs. No regrets. It shall become their water bowl.

 

THE WINNER.

I’m actually surprised I loved Elevated Bowls with No-Spill Resin out of the bunch. It was the least expensive one on the list and I usually don’t go for brighter colors like this (the other colors are green and aqua blue) but it checks all the boxes for the perfect dog bowl (for now)! Love that it’s elevated and it is the perfect size. It does move around a little on the floor since it doesn’t have grips on the bottom and is extra-light plastic. It’s the lightest of the bunch in terms of weight but it still wins because it catches any food that falls out. 

Now the Ono is going to be Weston’s new dog bowl since he has no problems with lower bowls. I just love its sleek design and shallow bowl size. So excited they have their new bowls that work for each of them—yay!

Make sure to watch our new IGTV video of the full review and the pups trying the dog bowls out. By the way, if you’re wondering what we feed them, we like to mix it up with homemade dog food or fresh, human-grade cooked foods from our favorite company Pure Dog Food. You can get $20 off your first order with our code (minimum $40 order): wtfrenchie.


UPDATED:

The Elevated Bowls with No-Spill Resin  was a great bowl but still not perfect. Fira needed something sturdy so it didn’t move around, high around the edges so it didn’t spill over the sides but not too high where she couldn’t reach. So, I tried a few more…

iBard Dual Slanted Bowl. I was first attracted to this bowl for the style. It’s really soft, pretty and mimimal. I thought this one would do the trick but because the material is very lightweight, it shifts around and still, there was spillage. This bowl would be beautiful for a non-messy eater though.

A slanted dog bowl specifically designed for french bulldogs and flat nosed breeds! This one worked much better—it’s very solid so it stays put but I still felt it wasn’t slanted enough. Some food spilled over the top edge. 

Ok, love the slant on this stainless steel bowl! The only thing you would need is a silicone mat on the bottom so it stays put and doesn’t move around. This one is also the least expensive on the list—less than 10 bucks!

When I was posting about bowls on Instagram, I got sooo many messages raving about this Enhanced Pet Bowl. It’s made for french bulldog problems like this. Sturdy grip on the bottom, large area for their face to move around and at an angle. Some food still spilled over the top—Fira tends to push up the food to the back of the bowl causing it to go over—but this one is probably the closest to ticking off all the boxes.

 

 

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Review: Whisk & Wag Peanut Butter & Berry Treat Mix

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Baking dog treats with the pups!

One of my favorite things to do when I have the time is to be in the kitchen with Fira waiting at my feet. Weston is always unbothered and saunters away to his bed but Fira is like my barnacle and her eyes are ever gleaming with anticipation.

I didn’t have time to make homemade dog food for them but I did try a new cookie recipe!

Whisk & Wag is a new brand of ready-to-bake dog treats with natural, real ingredients. It comes in a cute clear jar with the treat mix and just add water

Well, actually a bit of vegetable/canola oil too. I threw it in a bowl, mixed it into dough with my hands, pressed it flat and used a little cookie cutter to make bite-size bone-shaped treats for the pups. Easy! This makes it super convenient to make healthy treats for the dogs but fast—minus the preservatives. 

The newly released flavor Peanut Butter & Berry is made with only eight ingredients and is full of antioxidants from the cranberries + blueberries and high in protein from the dog-friendly yeast and peanut butter. 

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Ready to go in the oven!

I made a selection of bone-shaped treats and mini balls for Weston + Fira to enjoy. They have a nice crunch and are light and compact. I did some training with these treats and the pups just loved ’em!

Weston’s bag of tricks: sit, down, stay, roll, jump, paw shake, spin.

Fira: sit.

Did you know August 1st is DOGust?

DOGust 1st celebrates the universal birthday for shelter dogs! Whisk & Wag will be donating $1 for every jar of Peanut Butter & Berry sold through Amazon for the entire month of August to a local non-profit called My Furry Valentine.

The perfect reason to shop for some treats with yummy new flavors for your dog and bake together. My kitchen smells delicious!

 

 

[ Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Whisk & Wag. Where's The Frenchie received product for our honest review and experience. Where's The Frenchie is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program and this post does incorporate affiliate links. ]

DIY: Rosé Gummy Bears + More

How cute are gummy bears?!

Well, when I found out you could make gummy bears for dogs and that gelatin is indeed safe, I knew I had to make pink rosé gummies!

I made mine with pureed strawberries + coconut water. There are sooo many varieties you could make too—bone broth treats like this recipe on This Dog’s Life, pumpkin + cinnamon + more. I also ordered a gummy bear mold on Amazon which comes with an easy-to-use dropper.

is gelatin safe for dogs

INGREDIENTS

DIRECTIONS 

  1. Purée strawberries with ¼ cup of coconut water (or cold water).
  2. Strain the purée + keep liquid.
  3. Sprinkle with 1 TBSP gelatin.
  4. Pour in ¼ cup of hot water and whisk.
  5. Pour into ice cube trays, molds or a glass baking pan. 
  6. Cover + chill for 3 hours. Must keep refrigerated or it will melt. Will keep refrigerated for up to 4 days. 

 

OTHER RECIPES

Beef Broth + Parsley 

  • Tbsp fresh parsley (chopped) 
  • 1 cup low sodium broth 

Pumpkin + Cinnamon 

  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree 
  • ¹⁄₈  tsp cinnamon 
Chicken Broth + Turmeric
  • 1 pinch turmeric powder
  • 1 cup low sodium broth

 

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Can My Dog Eat Fermented Vegetables? Yes!

why fermented foods are better

Who else loves fermented foods? Pickles, kimchi, sauerkraut, jalapenos—literally, some of my favorite foods. Did you know some of your favorite foods are probably fermented too? Beer, some cheeses, wine and cacao beans are all fermented to make into chocolate.

Why fermenting?

There’s just something about the sour-salty and extra layers of flavor that make fermented foods so delicious and so much healthier for our systems. Microorganisms break the cells down so our bodies digest them better and absorb nutrients. From Dr. Heartway: “Cats, and to some degree dogs, eat mostly fresh meat “in the wild”. However, their consumption of plant matter is mostly in the form of gut contents from prey. These contents, such as from the rumen of a deer or intestines of a mouse have already been partially broken down by bacteria… ie, fermented.”

How does it work?

When vegetables are sealed without air with a preservative like salt, natural bacteria and enzymes break down the raw vegetables into a more digestible and nutritious form. 

“For those who have apprehensions about food safety, fermented vegetables can be safer than raw vegetables, thanks to the ability of lactic acid, which forms during fermentation, to hunt down and kill any harmful bacteria that might be present.”

I found someone on Instagram posting about fermenting vegetables for dogs and I immediately knew I had to start. The thing with fermented veggies is that it is SO easy to make (just let it sit for days!) and turns good foods into super foods. I try to eat something fermented everyday so that I know I’m getting those good probiotics for my gut. My mom also said when she was pregnant with me she ate only rice + kimchi everyday, so you know I will neverrrr tire of kimchi. 

It’s the same reason why yogurt is good for your gut and also for your dog’s digestion. Weston is allergic to dairy unfortunately so he doesn’t get to have yogurt too often. But with fermented vegetables, they’re getting all that good flora, it’s inexpensive and they have been devouring every bit! I’m so excited about it!

 

fermented vegetables healthier for dogs

 

 

  • a handful of vegetables (carrots, radish, cabbage, green beans, cauliflower, broccoli, kale)
  • sea salt or himalayan salt
  • filtered water
  • air-tight jars
  1. Chop the vegetables finely or throw into a food processor. 
  2. Fill the jars with the tiny adorable veggies and fill to the top with salted water—just enough to cover the tops of the veggies. You can do anywhere from 1-3 TBSP of salt per 1 liter of filtered water.
  3. Store in dark place (warmer is better–fermentation takes a bit longer in a cool place).
  4. Open everyday to let air out. It creates pressurized gas and even “pops” when you open it. You can even buy lids specifically for fermentation that will release pressure on its own. 
  5. Let sit for 7-10 days.
  6. At max, store one year in cool place. Once opened, it will last two weeks in fridge. You can freeze (which stops the fermentation process). 

how to ferment vegetables

how to ferment vegetables for dogs

This is after 10 days of fermentation. I drained all the water and store them in the fridge in a container. I give the pups a spoonful per meal (breakfast + dinner). They have eaten every crumb and I think this will definitely become a regular thing. BTW, these are human-friendly too! 

Next time I think I will shred the veggies so they are softer and even easier to chew. Hope this was helpful and do let me know if you give it a try!

 

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Grain-Free Strawberry Almond Cake Recipe

 

Guess what?

It’s my birthday today. So, of course the pups get their own dog-friendly cake!

I found this recipe on my fave DIY dog blog Pretty Fluffy–it’s just soo photogenic and sounded delicious. It’s even grain-free as it’s made with almond flour and full of clean ingredients like coconut oil, strawberries + honey.

I really like to cook. I have several homemade dog food recipes on here and cook for the pups all the time + for myself etc etc but BAKING? I just suck at it. Hate the measuring, hate the exactness of it. When I cook, I like to throw around things with a flourish like #saltbae.

So, this is what the cake is suppose to look like; courtesy of Pretty Fluffy:

Gorgeous, right?

Well, let’s continue…

The ingredients are relatively simple:

CAKE:
1 3/4 cup almond flour
1 – 2 TBS honey (preferably raw)
3 eggs
2-3 TBS melted coconut oil
1 cup chopped organic strawberries + couple of extra for topping

ICING:
1 cup of organic plain yogurt
2-3 TBS almond butter or organic peanut butter

Preheated the oven to 350 degrees and greased the ramekins like the recipe said to…

Blended up all the ingredients in my handy Nutribullet.

dog cake recipe

Bake for 20 minutes. Ta da! Adorable little strawberry cakes.

Then…

This happened (this ALWAYS happens).

They didn’t just slide out of the ramekins. I had to scoop them out with a spoon, crumbling the bottom in the process. The photo actually doesn’t look that bad now that I’m looking at it but they were lumpy and not as pretty as the original photos. I will never be master baker. lol.

Salvaged what I could and of course, the dogs didn’t care. They loved these little gluten free treats and they smelled so good!

Do you prefer cooking or baking?

Grain Free PB+J Cookie Recipe + Our Fave Dog Treats

make your own dog cookie recipe healthy

Do you remember in elementary + middle school coming home excited about a peanut butter + jelly sandwich? I used to eat four in one sitting and was hungry again an hour later. #thatyoungmetabolism

Well, I thought making a dog-friendly version of a PB+J would be adorable and delicious! These grain-free dog treats are all natural, preservative-free and so yummy. The pups just loooved these. I found the recipe here but made them into little “drops”—they came out looking like toasted meringue cookies!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of coconut flour
  • 1/2 cup of peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup of mashed blueberries
  • 1 mashed banana
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/4 cup of warm water

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1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. In large bowl, combine the coconut flour, peanut butter, crushed blueberries, mashed banana, eggs + water. Mix + add more water if needed.

3. Create bite size drops (using your fingers is best) + arrange on baking sheet.

4. Bake for 20 minutes.

dog treat recipes at home grain free

[ Note: these should be refrigerated in an open container. I stored mine in a zip lock bag on the counter and after a few days, the bag was all moist and mold had grown! I had to throw them all away. Next time, I’m thinking of leaving them in the fridge on parchment paper. ]


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Fave Dog Treats To Buy

Now we don’t always have time to make homemade treats so I put together a list of my favorite all-natural dog treats that have the least amount of ingredients possible and tasty.

Sojos treats are natural and comes in yummy flavors like PB+J, Blueberry Cobbler, Chicken Pot Pie + Apple Dumpling.

cheese puffs for dogs

Bark Pops: cheese puffs for dogs! Light, pop-em-in-your-mouth + only 3.3 calories per treat!

Brutus & Barnaby: only one ingredient. Dehydrated sweet potatoes.

Snif Snax Salmon cutlets are made with Scottish Salmon, organic sweet potato + natural hardwood smoke.

Pure Dog Food treats made of dehydrated chicken + parsley! If you haven’t tried Pure Dog Food yet and want to, use our $20 off code (orders over $40): wtfrenchie


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Meal Planning 101 + GIVEAWAY: Pressed Juicery + Pure Dog Food

It’s Spring (ALREADY).

That means new routines, spring cleaning and just a fresh overhaul on everything. My mind/body starts “nesting” without me even realizing it: rearranging furniture, throwing out things I don’t use anymore, clearing out wardrobe and eating BETTER.

Admittedly, over the winter I am just lazy. Even with my best intentions, I just cannot get my butt to a workout class and I will say (triple) yes to fries, wine, bread + more bread. Thank god for the dogs—at least I do get the slightest cardio for walks (did I mention, I hate cardio? lol).

So with that said, I have been itching to get back on a schedule and make conscious food decisions. Meal planning is happening and I even got meal prep containers, so I mean business!

Some things I learned with meal prepping…

I just cannot staaaand when food gets soggy. It grosses me out. So, I avoid salads with lettuces or even cooked veg like wilty spinach. Broccoli, corn, brussel sprouts—all great. Plus, they hold better if you’re making everything on Sunday and intending to still be eating it at the end of the week.

For salads, my FAVE ever is a good mediterranean (cucumbers, tomatoes, red onion, parsley) with the dressing (a high-end olive oil, lemon, garlic, oregano) on the side so it doesn’t get “moist.”

Some good lunch options that will hold well in the fridge during the week (I don’t eat meat that often so these are all vegetarian): curried chickpeas, corn + blackeyed pea dip (recipe from Thug Kitchen), roasted brussel sprouts, roasted sweet potatoes, vegetarian chili, pasta salad, ratatouille.

When I do eat meat…

Charcuterie!!! So fun to make a nice, varied charcuterie plate: sopressata, olives, cornichons, crackers, prosciutto + melon, grapes and throw in some cheese, if you like.

For breakfast, I’ve been having hard boiled eggs, celery sticks + peanut butter for PROTEIN. So simple, fresh + filling.

Pack a couple of these containers along with a cold Pressed Juicery drink (I love the Lemon Cayenne h20) and I’m good to go! I’ve been feeling cleaner and have more “spring” in my step—ha ha, ok that was bad.

What about the dogs?

When I’m not cooking for the dogs, they get Pure Dog Food which is all-natural and just as healthy as my (human) meal plans. Their fave is definitely the Salmon + Pasta which is full of omegas + yummy ingredients. So, are you getting pumped yet to get on your own meal plan??

Keep reading…

How are you going to start, you’re wondering? With this giveaway! I’m SO excited to partner with two of my favorite brands: Pure Dog Food + Pressed Juicery to bring you guys a HEALTHY SPRING Package for you, your dog and your BFF! Not only do you get the package, but SO DOES YOUR BFF. Hello, accountability partner. 🙂 I hope it gets you guys started on that summer body and let’s not forget the pup!

Two lucky winners will receive the Healthy Spring Package:

  •  Pressed Juicery Low Calorie Bundle which includes 6 delicious juices (Greens 1, Greens 1.5, Roots 1, Roots 2, Citrus 1 + my fave Lemon H20!)

  1. Make sure to sign up for my mailing list—it’s at the bottom of this post under “JOIN THE LIST.”
  2. Comment below with your favorite ways to get healthy (walking your dog? Putting bell peppers on your pizza? Are you meal planning too?)
  3. Follow @wtfrenchie @pressedjuicery @puredogfood on Instagram.
  4. Tag your accountability partner in the comments on our Instagram post @wtfrenchie!

 


  • Ends April 16, 2018 at 11:59PM EST. Only US residents over the age of 18 can enter. One entry per person. Winner(s) will be notified via email. Winner(s) will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is selected. Prize will be shipped. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. My opinions are my own and were not influenced by any form of compensation.

 

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Where To Eat in NYC With Your Dog

Okay guys, if there’s one thing I love as much as frenchies and travel, it’s FOOD. Live. For. Food (hand claps between each word). I just came back from a week in NYC and I don’t remember what I did besides eating (and petting frenchies). This city has an endless number of restaurants and cafes, so sometimes just strolling around a hip neighborhood and spotting a place with outdoor seating does the trick–and sometimes you just want to skip the “is it good tho/quickly check yelp/reviews are never accurate/hangry” and know exactly where the good ones are. Every one on my list has outdoor seating! Here’s my little, curated food diary of dog-friendly spots and my faves:

Rosie’s. Mexican cuisine with a large outdoor patio in the East Village. It was crowded and festive when we went (and it was just a Tuesday!). Do get the watermelon margaritas. 29 E 2nd St.

Bar Pitti. Authentic italian spot with homemade pastas and the most delicious eggplant parmigiana. One of those “see-and-be-seen” spots and a celeb-favorite. 268 6th Ave.

Jack’s Wife Freda. So, I read that this was a favorite brunch spot of @weworewhat (she has a frenchie too named Bleeker!) so I wanted to check it out. To be honest, it’s not the most dog-friendly because they only had 3 little tables outside.. and the food was just OK. But the menu has the cutest art and is totally instagram-worthy. 224 Lafayette St.

The Butcher’s Daughter. Adorable vegetarian restaurant with delicious juices and great brunch (they do eggs!). We were a little hungover from the night before so this totally hit the spot while feeling healthy AF. 19 Kenmare St.

Cookshop. American restaurant in Chelsea is decent, farm-to-table-ish and has an outdoor covered patio. 156 10th Ave.

Ilili. Lebanese/mediterranean cuisine. I reallyyy liked this one. Btw, my fave mediterranean spot is Mezetto in LES (but no outdoor seating). They had a really good brunch prix fixe menu: a choice of juice, mimosa, an entree and a side for only $28. Those cubed potatoes were perfectly cooked and they even serve falafel cubes–what?! 236 5th Ave.

Pavilion. (Open seasonally; Apr 15-Oct 15) OK, this is the perfect spot for a beautiful outdoor patio and sightseeing afterwards. But, food just eh. I ordered avocado toast and it was just…awkward. Runny guacamole (avo toast should NEVER be guacamole! #firstworldproblems) on top of a slice of bread with a sliced hardboiled egg on top (the egg isn’t even mentioned on the menu, btw). I’m spoiled by amazing avo toasts in LA but this was just bad. The other dishes we ordered were barely passable. My advice: just order a drink and enjoy the view. 20 Union Square W.

Luckydog. Yesss, this is totally a bar for dog lovers. You find yourself in a hole-in-the-wall bar in Brooklyn but then the backyard opens up to this adorable outdoor area with dogs jumping around happily and humans drinking beer. 303 Bedford Ave.

Seamore’s. We actually didn’t get a chance to eat here but it’s on my list for next time! A fashionable seafood shack with local, sustainable seafood and a rum bar. YUM. 390 Broome St.

Cafe Medi. Fresh mediterranean cuisine located in an airy, skylit space in the Hotel on Rivington (which is also dog-friendly). Loved this spot and the food was so fresh! 107 Rivington St.

Gilligan’s. Located at the Soho Grand Hotel, I wasn’t able to get the best photo but this place is gooorgeous. Walk into this green oasis filled with palms and beachy plants and soak in the nautical vibes. 310 W Broadway.

More spots:

Tacombi on Bleeker is a cute Baja Mexican taco spot. Il Buco, a charming italian small-plate restaurant (formerly an antique store). Dos Caminos on Broadway, another Mexican restaurant (I adore tacos), but what I loved most was the atmosphere. If you’re in a party mood, they had a DJ and the place was overflowing. Music, guac and dogs–perfect. If you’re in the mood for a burger, JG Melon. Gigi Hadid said it’s the best burger in NY but I disagree. It’s pretty good but B&B has the best (sadly, no outdoor seating at B&B)!

And lastly, Bar Primi for the frozen rosés (their food was delicious too).

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