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Oysters + Martinis = the Happiest of Hours {The Gallery Restaurant, Westlake}

Most of the time, happy hour means cheap, fried food and a decent bottle of domestic beer — you leave feeling somewhat satisfied, but mostly a little tipsy and a lot bloated. This is definitely not the case at The Gallery Restaurant, located at The Shoppes at Westlake. The Gallery is a casual, yet elegant restaurant that boasts specialty cocktails and a gourmet menu which will leave you feeling more than content.The Gallery Restaurant - Westlake - Shoppes at Westlake - bar - happy hour - LocalLove805 The Gallery Restaurant - Westlake …
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Five Friday Faves {This Week’s Edition}

Summer is starting to wrap up — but, as any 805-native knows, that hardly means the end of amazing weather, warm days, backyard barbecues, and balmy evenings.  Cram in some more summer fun before pumpkin-flavored-EVERYTHING starts rolling out!

1. MadeWest Brewing Company :: joining the ranks of my faaavorite breweries in the 805, MadeWest is hot on the scene.  Grab a generous 4oz sample size of any beer for only $2 [seriously!] with most full-size beers coming in at $3 and $4.

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A sunny day date escape {Point Dume, Malibu}

Summertime means long nights and lots of beach days. One of my favorite local beaches is Point Dume in Malibu. Surprisingly, even having grown up in Thousand Oaks, I hadn’t been to Point Dume until last year (I know, I know. WHAT!?). I’ve been all over the coast to countless beaches, but for some reason, Point Dume was never on the list of go-to’s. But I’ll tell you what, it is now and here’s why –

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Prologue: Grill Masters {Dinner Series @ Four Seasons Westlake Village}

Last Friday, Tanisha and I got to live out every pregnant woman’s dream, as we sampled and ate all things “grilled” at the monthly Prologue Dinner at Four Seasons Hotel, Westlake Village!

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Luckily, we are no strangers to the Four Seasons Tasting Kitchen [see here, here, and here], and always love what Chef Jesse Hansen creates in his kitchen — we are sure he uses magic and sorcery, but we are 100{fd7f0a6624fbd2224f3c60e3404acbd2207eb416c38268e7e97265ebe361b912} cool with that.

Never heard of the Prologue Dinners?  Well, let us introduce you.

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Five Friday Faves {This Week’s Edition}

Can you guys believe it’s the last weekend in July already!? This summer is just flying by! Luckily there’s lots to do in the 805 this weekend to enjoy this last month of summer!

1. Zucchini Oat Greek Yogurt Muffins :: This weekend I made Running with Spoons‘ zucchini muffins {thanks to the abundance of zucchini growing in my mom’s garden} and Reese and I both loved them! Check out our post here for the healthy and delicious recipe! 

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Ocean Views + BYOBooze {Malibu Seafood}

::: originally published August 28, 2015 :::

Okay, so, it was one of those Fridays when you just need a serious end-of-week decompression, so Brett and I set out for some ocean views and seafood.  As I was sitting in Friday PCH traffic ::blegh:: I started searching for a new spot with coastal views and a reasonable price range (sorry not sorry, Nobu).

Suddenly, I remembered Malibu Seafood — don’t ask me how, but I think it was a Divine intervention. I saw that it was BYOB (score!) so I pulled off at the Malibu Canyon Ralph’s, grabbed a sixer of Blue Moon Summer …

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A Budget-Friendly Romantic Date Night in Malibu Canyon {it does exist}

I know, I know — Saddle Peak Lodge is hardly aligning with our mission statement of “ballin’ on a budget” …or is it, actually?

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This is a place that I’ve always wanted to go [once my “money tree” started bearing fruit].  But, good news, guys — they’ve got HAPPY HOUR and a Supper Special!

Last year, Brett + I decided to have a late Valentine’s Day celebration.  We made resos on Open Table for 5pm, so we could make sure not to miss the sunset.  We both ordered from …

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Five Friday Faves {This Week’s Edition}

1. Surf Rodeo [Ventura] :: What do cowboys and surfers have in common?  Well… not much.  But, watch as Ventura makes this a reality!

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Where else can you participate in a greased pig contest, while watching a surf competition, and later competing in a Cornhole championship?? Here, that’s where!  Don’t forget to buy tickets online to save some cash!

2. Santa Barbara French Festival [Bastille Day] :: we love all things Français [we’re looking at you, crêpes and wine!] — be …

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Five Friday Faves {This Week’s Edition}

This weekend, we will be celebrating our own Hayley’s 30th birthday (!!!) camping and boating at Lake Nacimiento!  That’s right, we will be traveling up to our more northern 805 destinations, and making some fun stops in the area.  Here are our favorite stops on the way to Lake Nacimiento, on today’s Five Friday Faves!

1. Casa Dumetz Winery [Los Alamos] — great place to stop for some wine on your way up to more wine country!

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Best of: Summer Concerts {2016}

Your picnic basket is looking a little sad, sitting there in the corner of your closet.  Don’t you think that it’s time it got out a little?

Good news, everyone — Summer Concerts are almost here!!

Here’s a round-up of some great places to pack a picnic dinner and wine, grab a big blanket, and hear some tunes while taking advantage of these balmy summer evenings.  Singing along is strongly encouraged.

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