Another Lost Weekend

May 6th, 2013 - filed under: Furthermore » Another Lost Weekend

A good friend of mine sings a sweet, alt-country cover of the über-80′s Wall Of Voodoo jam, Lost Weekend (a spectacular song in it’s own right). It’s super catchy, which is why I’m using a lyric to title this series – even though the original song is rather forlorn. Quite the opposite of my weekends these days, but never mind that. It’s a great title and really, aren’t they all? Lost, but never forgotten.

Birthday boy.

This weekend was spectacular! Overflowing with fun and I just had to share it, although I must warn you, there were long periods of time where I was having so much fun that I completely forgot to take pictures. Oh well, I always say that if capturing the moment interferes with living the moment, well that’s just not worth it. I hope you can forgive me! As it is, this is going to be a ridiculously picture-heavy post.

So alright, here we go!

On Friday afternoon, Waits woke up from his nap pretty late, which meant we were in a bit of a hurry. So I fixed him some strawberries sprinkled with hemp seeds (one of his very favorite treats) and got us all dressed and packed and gathered and ready to go.

We had a very important birthday party to attend, you see. Amber is one of my dearest friends – we did our research together back in college – and her baby boy was turning one. Amber lives in LA, which doesn’t seem so far, but with busy lives it’s just long enough to mean we rarely get the chance to get together. Boo!

Damian, Waits, and the little birthday boy.

Beautiful Amber.

After dinner Waits and Damian left, and I was on my own for the next 36 hours. Soon enough the birthday wound down, and once the wee birthday boy was tucked in to bed, Amber and I stole away to one of my favorite bars to catch this awesome jazz trio I love. Of course, we spent pretty much the whole time curled up on a couch in the back corner of the patio, yakking away, not really hearing the jazz at all.

I didn’t take a single picture. Bad blogger!

I was so excited for Saturday! I’d been excited for months, in fact, and the day had finally arrived. May 4th – the LA Vegan Beer & Food Festival!

Breakfast. Of. Champions.

I started the day off right, with a nice big high-protein power breakfast. I’ve been experimenting with making my pudla batter a little bit thinner, and then folding it over like a mock omelet. Which is pretty epic. This one had fresh spinach and sun-dried tomatoes mixed into the batter, and was stuffed with vegan cream cheese, vegan cheese, avocados, and hot sauce. Topped with fenugreek sprouts. IT WAS AMAZING.

After breakfast my friend and adventure-partner Kate came over, we mapped directions, and then hit the road. First stop was the hotel:

“Fur Never & Never” // On our way out the door, straw hat posse.

And what can I say about the LA Vegan Beer Fest? I mean really, what can I even say, about a perfect southern California day, and so many happy-go-lucky vegans, and nearly 50 breweries sampling their goods, and food trucks and live music and good friends and DAMN. I mean really, what could I possibly say?

This kombucha beer was the stand-out-of-the-day for me. It reminded me of a mild lambic framboise and it was DELICIOUS!

Tangerine IPA

My friend Instagrammed this picture which caught me looking super cranky . . .

. . . and this pic of Kate and I looking . . . well . . . we had definitely had some beer!


Sushi! These Dynamite Rolls were off the hook!

So apparently May 4th is officially Star Wars Day? As in “May the fourth be with you.”

The festival shut down by 530-6, and we were pretty hungry for some real food. So we high-tailed it down to Melrose for a little Thai feast:

Dinner // Night cap

All in all, one of the best damn days I’ve had in quite some time. Thank you Quarrygirl and everyone else who made this event happen. Can’t wait till next year!

On Saturday morning we woke up bright and early and beelined back to SB. Damian had a pool tournament in LA, so he started driving down as we were driving up, and we met and swapped kid in the middle. Waits and I dropped Kate off and went straight to another birthday party!

We hung out at the party well into the afternoon, and had such a great time. Happy big #2, Gavin!

So Waits is verging on dropping his afternoon nap. Basically, when he takes the nap he stays up till 10:00 . . . 10:30 . . . or, like, 11:45 the other night? And um, NO. But when he skips the nap, it can be tough psychologically/emotionally. Still, it seems like it’s time.

So, we left the party and went on a little adventure, exploring downtown SB. We got coffee, and window shopped, and listened to a great street musician. It was lovely.

In the evening we met up with our friends at their place, for dinner and a soak in the hot tub (not in that order). I think a soak is pretty much the best way to cap off an incredible weekend, no?

Especially when said soak is followed by vegan quesadillas?

It was a long fun day and after dinner, Waits was DONE. He fell asleep on the ride home, well before sun down. Please let him not wake up at 5 am tomorrow . . .

And me? My Sunday night?

Well I’m here of course, photo-editing and writing this post, exhausted and totally blissed at the end of a killer weekend. See?


I hope you had a great one too! What did you do?

  • G

    What a fun weekend! I’m totally envious of your attendance at the Vegan Beer Fest. This is my third year missing out… and I live 15 minutes away! :( I’m glad you had an amazing time. It’s motivation for me to really make it out next year, even if I can’t find anyone to bring along with me. (All of my friends are *still* afraid of the word “vegan”… even when “beer” tags along with it.)

  • angela wortley

    What a great weekend! I also had a pretty good time. Spent a lot of time outside and walking everywhere and got to have delicious vegan crepes from a new restaurant with my boyfriend and his parents.

    Unity Vibration kombucha beer is from my little city in MI! I have yet to try it, as I’m not a beer fan, but I AM a kombucha fan and something closer to a fruity lambic sounds delightful.

  • L Everman

    Just invite them to a “beer” festival; who would say no to that!! lol

  • Monika {windycityvegan}

    Ooooh, that gluten free kombucha beer looks so good! I harvested my first round of purple asparagus this weekend – when I planted the crowns three years ago, I thought it was going to be FOREVER before I could cut it. Forever is finally here, and it was well worth the wait.

  • Joselle Palacios

    I’m jealous of Bulan. An all-vegetarian Thai restaurant? Want!!!

  • L Everman

    Sayward; you are just too cool. I am the old lady who had much fun when I was your age; but not in a healthy way; too much beer; not vegan. I am so glad you had a great time; you were due!!

  • Sonja

    sounds like a great weekend and the beer festival looks amazing! I had a nice weekend, too: Went to a concert on friday night, had to work on saturday (ok, thats not so cool) and went afterwards to a farewell-party of some vegan friends, sunday was packed with yoga, lots of cycling and enjoying the sun in the park.

  • bohemianmatka

    Waits is just so damn adorable :)
    Wish I could have beer…. 2 1/2 more months!

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  • Sayward Rebhal

    Next year is the five-year anniversary. You HAVE to go!

  • Sayward Rebhal

    It doesn’t taste beer-y at all, I bet you’ll dig it. Glad you had a great weekend!

  • Sayward Rebhal

    YAY! Homegrown asparagus is one of my dreams (well, more than the ONE stalk I got last year). Congrats, hope they were delicious. =)

  • Sayward Rebhal

    Oh man it was awesome. A great little find!

  • Sayward Rebhal

    Thank you! It was nice to cut loose. And hey, never too old to have a good time (and live a healthy life!)

  • Sayward Rebhal

    That sounds like a great weekend. Working isn’t so bad when it’s sandwiched between lot of good times. =)

  • Sayward Rebhal

    Haha, you can make it!

  • Carrie

    Sayward, I just wanted to give you props for the Lost Weekend movie reference. Also, I think I got your cold. :(

  • Sayward Rebhal

    Oh no Carrie! I’m sorry. =(
    Conventions like that are always so hard ont he system, all that stimulus and go-go-go and canned air and flying. Hard not to get sick. I hope you feel better soon! (and *totally* worth it, right?!)

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