Sunday, March 13, 2011

Long Beach and Retro Row.

So if you read my Tidbits post from yesterday, you know we went to Long Beach. A while back I heard about Retro Row in Long Beach. It's a street (4th Street is the real name) filled with vintage and thrift stores. Obviously, I needed to be there. If anyone lives nearby, these stores were my favorite:

Elan Collection which is actually off 4th Street on St. Louis.


The Feed Store (awesome concept.)

but really all of the stores were faaaabulous and since I loved Long Beach so much I know we'll be back.

Some of you know I'm Italian and I craaaaaave Italian sandwiches and deli food like no other. It's really hard to find the kind of Italian food we're used to in Boston so whenever we go to a new city I always research beforehand to see if there's any good delis worth checking out. Well, I read about Angelo's Italian Deli and I knew we had to go.  It was super cute, the owner was funny and super nice, and my Caprese sandwich was delicious. They put this signature garlic spread on everything and it's amazing.

Matt got the mega torpido (a classic Italian sub with double meat) and an itsy bitsy canoli. He had his first ever canoli in San Francisco and he's officially obsessed now.



I'm so lucky I get to stare at that handsome face all day.

But I have to say, I didn't expect Long Beach to be all that pretty. Probably because my only prior knowledge of Long Beach comes from Snoop Dogg. But it was beyond charming! We unfortunately didn't do that much walking around because we had to be back to see friends, but we drove around before we headed back and I just couldn't get over how gorgeous some of the homes were - I had to snap some pictures from the car.


That first house is the sweetest, most charming house and it's literally across the street from the beach - I love that unexpected factor! And I do love the Spanish style homes that are the majority here in San Diego, but it was so nice to see something different for a change.

So thank you Long Beach, for charming the pants off of us! We cannot wait to go back. If anyone is from the area and has any suggestions in on places to eat, shop, and/or stare at pretty houses, PLEASE share them!

(P.S. - If someone who owns one of these houses somehow stumbles across my blog and wants the picture of their house taken down, please let me know! It isn't my intention by any means to invade anyone's privacy!)


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