It’s fun to return to Venice after a short absence and find everything new and reimagined after only a few short weeks.  Here’s what’s new.

EAT

Next to our offices near Abbot Kinney is a breezy little wine bar called Le Zinque.  Rose Ave. is the next hot area with the opening of several restaurants and bars in the past few months.  Give Moon Juice a try for organic pressed juices and almond milk made in-house.  Oscar’s Cerveteca is down the road for fish tacos, margaritas and outdoor seating.  Venetians are eager for the impending opening of Cafe Gratitude, which will bring another organic farm to table experience to the hood.  And next door Hostaria is set to open, providing a much needed dose of Italian flavor with tons of fresh gluten free options.  Gjelina is still the poster girl for hip.

SHOP

Pick up some whole bean chocolate at ChocoVivo, where beans are organically grown and fair-trade.  Keep shady with a Eugenia Kim hat from Satine.  Heist is still my go-to on Abbot Kinney, where I stock up on all the Isabel Marant I can afford (not much).  Buy a fragrance at Le Labo – also on Abbot Kinney – and get a custom label.  Great hostess gift!

Experience the space at Deus Ex Machina (God from the Machine) even if you can’t afford a 50k custom bike like the one they made for Orlando Bloom.  Try on a biker hat instead and sip a coffee, or show up for a weekend BBQ.  Bikes are custom and they shape their own surfboards.  Yes, your bike will come with a surf rack if you want it.  Or not (like Jason Mraz).

DO

Always fun to hop a bike (or a skateboard – very Venice, you know) and check out the newest additions in street art from Invader (guess someone finally snagged the space invader on my street), JR, Shepard Fairey, and the like.  Enjoy.