Places to Eat in Long Beach – Weekend Recap

I’m still recovering from my eventful weekend in the LBC cuz it was too much fun! It was definitely a short but memorable trip with one of my besties, Celleny. This trip really gave me an opportunity to check out some really cool places so I thought I’d share because I’d definitely visit these establishments again!

We left on Saturday afternoon, it was a super hectic day for me. I always didn’t want to go, but there was obviously no turning back. I was complaining in my head about how exhausted I was. But when Celleny got to my place, I was reenergized and ready to roll!

We stayed at the most adorable Airbnb in Long Beach, right in the middle of everything. The thing I really like about Long Beach is that everything is a short walk, bike ride, or Lyft ride away. Parking may be tough, but once you park you don’t really need to move your car again! Well, as long as the parking signs let you 😉

Check out this cute little breakfast nook out our Airbnb

Once we put our stuff down we immediately hit the streets to wander the city. Our first stop was one of Celleny’s bucket list coffee shops which was just a couple blocks from where we were staying – Lord Windsor Coffee. We both got their cold brew and it was unlike any cold brew I’ve had before. Really fruity, almost like a tea with coffee notes. Really really interesting!

Lord Windsor’s Cold Brew Coffee

From Lord Windsor we stopped at an awesome boutique called Make Collectives. Celleny found the most adorable earrings and I found this awesome briefcase that looked exactly like one my mom had. I knew I had to get it! The owner, Kat, was there and it was such a pleasure to meet her. We exchanged information and might be doing business together in the future! Word of advice kids, you never know where opportunities may arise so always be your most authentic and best self!

After that impromptu pit stop we landed at our destination, BO-Beau Kitchen + Roof Tap. We just made the last leg of happy hour so we split a pulled pork flat bread and a sangria, yum! It was the perfect snack to get us through until dinner. We were so tempted to get the brussel sprouts cuz they looked sooooo good, but we knew we’d be too full. Definitely want to try that next time I’m in town!

On our way back to our Airbnb we stopped to get a cheap bottle of wine and some snacks, watched a little Grace and Frankie on Netflix, and got ready for dinner.

We took a Lyft ride to the Attic on Broadway for dinner. We had a great experience! The thing I really liked about traveling with Celleny was we were so in sync with our food choices. We shared almost everything and the Attic was no exception! The star of our meal (it was unanimous) was the deviled eggs lol. It was on the sampler but we both really wished we ordered a full order. Really tasty!

The Attic
The turkey meatloaf. I don’t usually order meat loaf but it was sooo good!
The Short Rib Poutine
“Bloody Mary’s any day, anytime!!!”
The Sampler. They’re known for their Cheeto Mac ‘n Cheese

We had to get up early the next morning to get ready for Patchwork so we headed back to our Airbnb and called it a night. Plus, we wanted to hit up another food stop for breakfast and grab some coffee at another one of Celleny’s bucket list spots.

We woke up, got ready, and headed out for clearly our favorite thing to do – EAT! We decided to go to Restauration for breakfast specifically because of this…

Duck Confit and Waffle

Mah wurd, it was so good! Probably the best thing I had all weekend.

Restauration Brunch Menu
Grilled Octopus Salad

After breakfast we walked a couple blocks (it started to drizzle, WTF?) to grab a couple of latte’s before we had a long day at Patchwork. Their sweetened latte was perfection! The coffee was nice and smooth, milk was creamy, and it wasn’t to sweet.

Rose Park Coffee Roasters

From there we headed straight to Marine Stadium for Patchwork Show to set up. More on Patchwork later 🙂

While we were there my best friend from elementary school, Heather, came by since we were in her hood. It’s always good to see her! She’s a fellow entrepreneur and Youtuber so make sure you check her out!

All in all it was a fabulous weekend! Long Beach, I think you’ll be seeing more of me!


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Patchwork Long Beach

This Sunday CO Creative Cartel is selling our goods at Patchwork Show in Long Beach!

I’m so excited for this weekend, it’ll be my first time selling in the LBC. AND! My bestie, Celleny, and I are going to make a girl’s weekend out of it. We’re staying at a cute Airbnb in Downtown Long Beach Saturday into Sunday 🙂

If you’re in the area come and hang with us wannabe cool kids! There’s going to be great small businesses showcasing their work, come and support!


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Jackalope Artisan Fair Pasadena, CA

A couple weekends ago, CO Creative Cartel participated in our first Jackalope Fair in Pasadena. Pasadena is one of my favorite cities here in LA – great food spots, friendly people, and tons of things to do/see!

If you haven’t heard of Jackalope Fair it’s a 2 day event that is hosted at Central Park in Pasadena. Independent artisans come together and sell tons of neat stuff! Everything from jewelry, clothing, stationery, toiletries…the list goes on and on! I love shopping at these events because I get to support the small business community as I hope others will do for me.

It was a bright and sunny weekend (aka hot) but it was quite the experience! It was my first time showcasing alone and let’s just say that there was a learning curve to setting up my booth solo dolo. After day 1 was complete, I stayed for a little while to fix all the problems from set up and day 2 went much more smoothly. 

So how did we do? Well let me just say, as an artisan you can’t really base events on your sales entirely. There are different factors as to why people don’t buy. If I did the event 1 or 2 more times and still nothing really came from it then I probably wouldn’t sell there again. But like I said, these events aren’t really a 1 and done type of deal. Sometimes you need to feel out the crowd that the event attracts. In this case, the event organizers were great and worked hard at promoting the event, they had volunteers that were very helpful (offered to watch my booth if I needed food, a bathroom break, etc.), and the foot traffic was good. If I just based the event on those factors then it would look like the event would be an all around success.

But bottom line, would I do Jackalope Fair again? Probably. To be honest, the show was a bit slow in sales but high in exposure. I just barely made enough to cover the cost of the booth. But my goal for these events are to gain local exposure, so I chalk it up to advertising dollars. If my goals were different and my focus was only on sales then I probably wouldn’t do the event again because I didn’t make much.

Those of you that do events like this, which are your favorites? I’d love to go support and check out other ones!


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