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Date with Bear & My Parents

While my parents were in town a little while back, I kept Bear out of school one day so we could all spend some time together. Our day started off with going to the park…


Then we went to lunch at this place called Elderberries Cafe. If you are in LA and have never been to this place, RUN there! it’s just so cute in there. It has a cozy and quiet atmosphere, with artistic interior and good food! There was also live music.


Bear soaking in the tunes

The funniest part about going there was right when Bear walked in; he walked straight up to their counter (by himself) and took a seat. He continued to place his order with the waitress, ordering a smoothie and bagel with cashew cheese and tomato! It was quite the sight. My parents and I just sat at our table watching him.

On top of the great atmosphere, the food was really good. The pancakes were solid, their “Avocado Panini” (cheese, avo, and tomato) was delicious, and  “Emerson’s Frittata” – basically a quinoa frittata, was great! Bear’s bagel was also really tasty.

After Elderberries, we went to Larchmont and had some sweets at Erin McKenna’s Bakery (Babycakes). My dad and Bear ordered the soft service. Bear also got a cinnamon muffin, “to-go.” I had a thin mint cookie and it tasted like real deal Girl Scout thin mints!! It was insane. I also had some bites of a lemon pound cake and cinnamon coffee cake. Both were really really nice! I hadn’t been to this location before (only their NYC location), so I was pleasantly reminded of how good it is!

TKLMom & the yum cakes!


Our adventure that day was so sweet!

Have you been on any family adventures recently that brought you joy?


  • Mlya

    Yes! Last weekend we went to visit the grandparents and our almost 2 year old played with bubbles and with the sprinkler. We live in an apartment so it was nice to see him running around in a backyard! I bookmarked this venue on Yelp for whenever I’m in the LA area. Thanks!

  • Denise Coates

    I am moving to LA soon, so knowing of these restaurants/bakeries makes me happy!!

  • Nancy Spiccia

    This is a beautiful story, Alicia. You’re a great photojournalist! ❤️

  • Christina Hagan

    Yes my baby and I went to visit my in laws and husbands grandma in china! She is 99 yrs old and walks faster than me. Haha. She is a vegan in china and made me 20 veggie and fruit bean rice dishes! She is my hero :) best time of my life…..

  • Michelle K.

    these pics are adorable! we once drove out to martha’s vineyard for an overnight, off-season with our 3 boys to stay in the most beautiful (otherwise not affordable) hotel and just made the most of 24 hours. it was a 5 hr drive each way. it was a super special trip tho –