Wanderable On The Road with Raump LA

Travel guru, Andrew Tyree, shares his go-to foodie spots with us during our LA Tour.

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Our tour guide, Andrew showing off his passport – stamp tattoo

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Close-up of Andrew’s rad tattoo

Last month, the Wanderable team had the privilege of hanging with Andrew Tyree of Raump//Coast to Costa while in LA for some first-class treatment and a peek into the fabulous experiences that our partner offers. Between a cocktail class at Gracias Madre, pastrami sandwiches at Wexler’s Deli, and a brewery tour at Angel City Brewerywe couldn’t have been happier. This is definitely something you’re going to need to check out for yourselves (just look at that pastrami sandwich…mouth watering right?!). In between stops, we caught up with Andrew to get the inside scoop on where the inspiration for his company came from and why foodie tours are the perfect idea for Date Night.

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Pastrami sandwich at Wexler’s Deli at the Downtown LA Grand Central Market

How did you come up with the idea for Raump LA & Coast to Costa?

I came up with Coast to Costa first because I had lived in Spain for almost 4 years and fell in love with it. Upon arriving back in SF afterwards, I worked in a Spanish restaurant called Contigo in Noe Valley (go there and tell them Andrew Tyree sent you) and developed relationships with many Spanish wine makers and restaurant owners. I had organized group trips back to Spain with friends for various reasons and figured, why not put all of my contacts together and take groups of Americans on food and wine trips to Barcelona…so I did. That was in 2012 and now I do trips to Spain, Mexico and this year Cuba.

Raump was developed because I moved to Los Angeles only to discover that the city that I had left 15 years ago had reformed and changed in a lot of amazing ways. I now want to showcase neighborhoods that were too sketchy to go to when I was young that have now become amazing artistic communities. It’s warm and friendly and has a TON to offer in DTLA and the east side of LA.

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Handmade cocktails at Gracias Madre (shaken, not stirred)

Why LA? Why these places in particular?

LA is where I’m from. When I left, I thought that I would never come back. Since then I have lived all over the world and seen many beautiful places….Los Angeles is my HOME, though. I’m 33. I needed to come home.

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 Avocado toast and an IPA (breakfast of champions)

Why do you think these places are perfect for Date Night?

For Angelinos, the East Side is like this mysterious side of town. People don’t venture out this way as much. What could be better on a date than some unexpected, super rad parts of your own city that you never knew existed? It’s more of a fun, interesting date. Don’t expect candle lit dinner and sharing the same spaghetti noodle!

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Wanderable couple enjoying the Angel City Brewery Tour

What is your favorite restaurant in Los Angeles?

My favorite restaurant in LA is Bestia. The use of old warehouse space. The design. Industrial as it comes. Abandoned buildings turned into culinary cathedrals. Chef Ori is SICK! He and his crew make their own charcuterie. It is head to tail. They balance it out with the lightest, best deserts imaginable!

 In Spain?

In Spain, well, in Barcelona, the Boqueria Merkat because of all locals just hang out.  Also Tapas24 for, duh, tapas, and my friend’s restaurant Momo’s in the Gracia neighborhood. He based the menu off his personal travels all throughout Asia and serves it in small plated, sharable, Spanish style. In Sevilla, Levies! It was my first experience with Spanish cuisine and I crave it weekly to this day.

What is your favorite bar? Why?

My favorite bar in LA is the Gold Room. I met my wife there! Cheap drinks and no frills. Bar 107 for the quirky decor and crazy dance parties. Tony’s is like my Cheer’s, they always know my name and am always glad I came!

Theive’s Tavern in SF is my favorite bar in the world because I met some of my best friends in the entire world there!!

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Sunrise on the I-5 on our way home from LA

What destinations are on your bucket list?

Cuba, Cuba, Cuba. I can’t get it out of my head. Now that we are ALMOST allowed to go, I am becoming obsessed with the idea of going. I met a man on my last Coast to Costa trip to Tulum, Mexico, who is on the board of tourism and am going to arrange a group of about 15 to go down there this year, as soon as everything is all settled. I cannot wait!!

ALSO, Valle de Guadalupe because that’s where my wife and I are heading for our HONEYMOON!!! WOOOOOO HOOOOOOO!!

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Valle de Guadalupe

We cannot thank Andrew enough for giving us such an awesome tour of LA. Be sure to check out Raump the next time you’re in LA (HINT: Date Night) and of course Coast to Costa when in Spain. We’ll definitely be back in LA to experience some more Raump fun ASAP (and hopefully Spain as well)!

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Date Differently: Date Night Ideas to Spice Things Up

Honeymooning is  not a destination; it’s a journey, and hot dates are key to staying in love long-time.

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Love is a many-splendored thing and deserves revelry– making that amazing “honeymoon phase” last. But How, you ask? Two words: date differently. This might seem like a no-brainer, but so many of us (we’re guilty, too) are sometimes too quick to get stuck in our routines: laundry, Netflix binges, or going into the office on a Sunday.  Instead, try carving out a solid block of time to spend exclusively with your love, doing something different. If you need more of an incentive, this week we’re offering 20% off your Wanderable Date Nights with code DATENIGHT20.

Here are some of our favorite San Francisco date night ideas (don’t worry, east-coasters, we’ll be getting to you in later posts) that you could do even this weekend to spice things up a little bit.

1. Get Photographed

Have you ever wanted to recreate your favorite moments or just needed an excuse to get dressed up? Well what about a candid photoshoot of you and your love playing around your city in your Sunday best? Win.

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2. Wine taste on the Bay

Hailed as a wine- therapy voyage, this is the perfect escape for those wanting to stay in the city but still enjoy some epic wines. We get it, Napa is far. And with this beautiful weather we’re having, why not take advantage of the ocean front.

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3.  Take a hike

This may seem like an obvious choice living in SF, but if we’re being honest, when’s the last time you were really in touch with nature? Hike the mountains of the Presidio with your love and feel rooted in your body

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4. Picnic

So worth the effort, a picnic is luxurious because once you’re set up, you can sit for hours and nibble, read, chat, nap, etc. Pick your favorite locale (beach, park, forest, lake) and prepare food, activities, and perhaps a little surprise gift for your love.

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5. Go on a Food Safari

There are so many restaurants in SF that sometimes it can feel overwhelming to choose just one. Also, “going out to dinner” while important, can get boring. Why not try an actual Food Safari where you get to sample a little bit of everything?  Another plus, you’re not sitting in one spot for 2 hours.

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So get out there. Have a good time. For more California date ideas (Southern California, too) check this out, and let us know how you #DateDifferently. Plus– enjoy 20% off date night with code DATENIGHT20. You’re welcome.

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California Dreamin’: Enter to Win Wanderable Credit!

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Good morning, dreamers & adventure seekers! Today we woke up and realized something: there is always an excuse NOT to do something, right? Well, now there’s NOT, because we’re giving away $100 Wanderable Credit for you to use on one of our California Partners.  We know you’ve been eyeing all those amazing experiences on our homepage, so now it’s time to take the plunge and actually go experience life. Don’t have time to make it to Cali? Don’t worry: you can use the Wanderable Credit on any Wanderable experience of your choice. Pretty sweet, huh?

Some of these California experiences include:

  • Hot-air balloon rides
  • Custom perfume-making classes
  • Tequila & tacos tasting
  • Wine tasting and food paring
  • Much, MUCH more!

All you have to do is enter now (details are also on our Facebook). Come on, it’s Monday. Go big or go home.

 

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Go Gypsy: The Ultimate Silverlake Guide

Go Gypsy: Road trip down to Silverlake for the ultimate “gypset” oasis.

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We admit it: whenever we’re in LA, we skip Santa Monica & Beverly Hills and head east. We can’t get enough of Silverlake, Los Feliz, & Echo Park, the trifecta of perfect hipness, and we have to share some of our secrets. Et voilà, below we reveal the key to unlocking a refreshing rock & roll-inspired day trip. This is your ultimate guide to Silverlake:

1. Breakfast at Sqirl: for health nuts & hungover hooligans alike. Try the Kokuho Rose Brown Rice Bowl. HEAVEN.

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2. Trinkets at Reform School...this place has no shortage of artisan goodness like geometric earrings, vintage clothes, and rosemary-scented lotions.

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3. Iced coffee & people-watching at Intelligentsia: we know it’s not the only Intelli, but it’s the best one.

4. Shopping on Hyperion…check out “OK” for marvelous & quirky gifts including great androgynous/unisex items.

5. Dinner at Café Stella where you’ll feel like you’re half in LA, half in Paris.

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6. Cocktails at Bar Stella (baby sister of Café Stella). Try to make new friends while you’re there, and see if you can spot cult celebrities like we do every time we go.

Silverlake is the sultry, fascinating lovechild of two cultures in conversation: the older Hispanic family neighborhoods blending with newer hipster enclaves to create an exotically chic, only-in-LA experience. The perfect example of this melding is the achingly cool Cafecito Organico. We don’t blame you if you come back braless or rocking a man bun. Go ahead, embrace your inner bohemian.

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