2016   is slated to be a HUGE year for Downtown Los Angeles. We love living here. We blink, and there’s a new hot spot to rave about. One of the most exciting renovations we have to look forward to is the Macy’s Plaza, or commonly called the BLOC, located on 7th st. between Hope & Flower. For years, it’s been a massive eye-sore that screams early 70’s design faux-pas. Like much of downtown LA, it was once a hailed project had become an abandoned dead-space. Finally, that’s all changing. And if we can gloat for a moment, it’s mere STEPS from us!

before the roof came off:


Coming to the Bloc:

Wine over movies?! Starbucks EVENINGS?! …GELATO ON A STICK?!

Originally, they estimated the Bloc would be completed in late 2015….but it looks like we have another year to wait for our weekly PopBar/N’ice Cream dates.

To hold us over during construction, San Francisco-based artist Chris Lux gave us these gorgeous murals on the backside of the plaza. Chris, WE WANT MORE!

the BLOC

700 South Flower
Los Angeles, California 90017

Get Ben’s look:

Disney Splice Skater Tee – ASOS, $32



Say hello to our new favorite brunch spot: Pitchoun! Bakery located on Olive & 6th St.

We love their French inspired menu, elaborately detailed desserts, and even a wine bar. During Halloween season, we treated ourselves to the cutest little ghost pastry (surprise, it’s a MINI CHOCOLATE CAKE?!). But what’s most memorable about Pitchoun is its atmosphere. With a front row view of Pershing Square, rustic and industrial textures, and whimsical orange accents, it wins big on comfort level. Next time, I’m reminding myself to bring a laptop to set up shop and drink “Little Piggy” lattes all day.

Check out one of our favorite healthy Eggs Benedict recipes from Paleo Newbie below. That’s right…HEALTHY!

Paleo Eggs Benedict


Opening its humble doors just a few months ago and only a couple blocks away from our place, we take a quick walk to Andante Coffee Roasters located on the corner of 8th and Grand.  This is Andante’s 3rd store location with its predecessors found in both Echo Park and another in Fairfax.

Walking up, I was super excited to see the potential of this area. The shop is located near the new Whole Foods Supermarket slated to open on the first week of November. With a 41,000 square foot luxury apartment building above it, these future residents are SET. As of now, it’s just a tad bit quiet in this area, but I’m sure that it will be a much different story just a couple month from now.

We were super impressed with the selection of coffees, lattes, and teas at Andante. The menu was simple enough to not be overwhelming, but interesting enough to make us want to come back to try another. This time we tried the Guatemala, which was a hand drip (oooh fancy), and a caramel latte, which was quite the decadent treat. I’m not the most trained coffee connoisseur, but they were both smooth and delicious.

Almost better than the coffee was the amazingly friendly service. There was only one person behind the bar, a sweet guy by the name of Matt, and he was the epitome of a cool neighborhood barista. I think what’s argulably more important than the quality of product is the quality of service. #mancrushmonday

We’ll be sure to come back to Andante again soon!

Visit Andante Coffee Roasters in DTLA!

816 S Grand Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90017


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