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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Top 10 Honeymoon Destinations

The first step of honeymoon planning is choosing a perfect location, which is easier said than done if you’re already busy with Big Day prep work! If you don’t have time for research, get inspired by this quick list of the Top 10 Honeymoon Destinations: AKA the locations that our modern, well-traveled couples register for again and again!

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1. Hawaii

Hawaii is the undisputed MVP for newlyweds everywhere, and for good reason – each island has its own distinct personality, with the sunshine and friendly island culture keeping couples coming back again and again for more paradise.

What to do:
Snorkel amongst 250 different species of fish in the secluded Molokini coral reef.
Explore a lava tube in Kilauea, one of the world’s most active volcanoes.
Savor the local food at the Old Lahaina Luau, voted one of the best luaus in Hawaii.

START YOUR REGISTRY >


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2. Italy

Italy seems to run both slow and fast. It’s just as natural to spend hours savoring a leisurely meal with the one you love as the infectious energy of Rome surrounds you, or racing through the quiet hills of the Tuscan countryside on bike.

What to do:
Learn how to make your own fresh, authentic Italian pasta.
Wind through the catacombs that twist under the surface of Rome.
Cycle through the beautiful hills of Tuscany!

 

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3. Thailand

In Thailand, you’re equally likely to experience a zen moment of peace in a jungle, a refreshing afternoon at a budget-friendly spa, or a crazy adventure in the streets downtown. Perfect for spontaneous couples who want it all!

What to do:
Train an elephant for an entire day (we’ve heard amazing things!).
Nosh on dinner as we enjoy the famous, fabulous ladyboy cabaret show.
Cruise along the beautiful coast of Phuket without a worry in the world.

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 4. Greece

Greece shocks upon first look. Its white and turquoise houses stand out against the beautiful Aegean Sea, exactly the sort of gorgeous view that will help you recharge after those long months, planning guest lists and venue details!

What to do:
Taste organic wine at the Mykonos Vioma Farm (along with cheese and meat, naturally).
Watch the sunset on your private cruise on open waters.
Catch big air in this private kitesurfing lesson right off the coast of Crete.

WHY WAIT? START YOUR REGISTRY >

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 5. New Zealand

New Zealand is the rare kind of destination that well-heeled hikers, wine lovers, adrenaline junkies, and culture buffs can all enjoy equally. No matter what you’re looking for, you’re likely to find it in this beautiful and unique country.

What to do:
Sample wine from your pick of 20 different wineries in the Martinborough region.
Tour the locations shot during the Lord of the Rings trilogy.
Horseback ride amongst the mountainous Rees Valley.

 

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 6. Spain

Spain has long been the go-to for those looking to find a place that lives life with passion, whether that means serving the perfect tapas, dancing to the beat of its own song, or boasting some of the best architecture in the world.

What to do:
Enjoy tasty dishes of tapas and wine during this private tour around Seville.
Zip around Barcelona’s best architectural spots on Vespa (yes, Vespa!).
Dance during this private dance lesson to learn the Spanish way to Salsa or Flamenco.

 

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7. St. Lucia

St. Lucia just drips with tropical adventure. You never know what you’re going to find in the next beach you relax on or the next village you dine at. Perhaps it will be the most romantic moment of your life. After all, St. Lucia never disappoints.

What to do:
Soar on high-flying zip lines over the rainforest!
Cruise in a sleek catamaran in one of the best bays in the Caribbean, Marigot Bay.
Relax in a spa treatment set outdoors.

 

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8. France

France immediately conjures up images befitting a classic romantic film. Whether you end up strolling along the bustling cafés of Paris or biking on the countryside roads of Provence, you’ll see life through rose-tinted glasses.

What to do:
Savor the sweetest bites along the Saint Germain des Prés.
Skip the line to gain instant, VIP entry into the Louvre.
Visit all of Van Gogh’s famous paintings in Provence.

 

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 9. Australia

Australia offers more than just perfect weather and golden beaches. Most Australians live in one of the island country’s many hip cities, where you shouldn’t be surprised to find surfers and fashionistas sipping on a world-class cappuccino side by side.

What to do:
Discover the wildlife at Phillip Island, one of the few places in the world with little penguins!
Kayak right under the famous Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Sample your way through all the best coffee spots in Melbourne.

 

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 10. Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic almost buzzes with good energy. If you want miles of powdery beaches, thundering waterfalls, lush rainforests, and warm village life all in one place, look no further!

What to do:
Find your zen center with a private yoga session right on the beach.
Paddleboard right at sunrise or sunset, a workout and relaxing excursion in one.
Catch waves during this private surf lesson for two.

 

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Want to find more travel inspiration? Browse popular destinations by month, view other couples’ registries, or check out our other amazing experiences!

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Spotlight: Earth and the Girl

Erika, of Earth and the Girl, shares her musings on life, food and all things travel

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One of our favorite pastimes is finding talented individuals who share in our greatest passions. Our latest find is the incredibly gifted photographer (as well as nutritionist), Erika Behrmann. We cannot seem to get enough of her unique style and sense of adventure, as she sets off on an extended trip around Europe. If you don’t believe us, check out her blog, Earth and the Girl. This Foodie phenomenon has taken the time to share her thoughts and dreams with us. So take a look at this exclusive interview with Erika, of Earth and the Girl.

What is a typical day like for you?

My typical day is not very typical. Almost every day is a little bit different, especially now. Right now I’m focusing on putting together travel plans for an extended trip around Europe which will involve tasting food from countries varying from tapas in Barcelona, to the masterful and artful cuisine of France and Italy, german sausages in the beer halls of Germany, to chocolates and waffles in Belgium. Other than that, I am focusing on living and eating well, and updating my blog with some of my favorite recipes I create or tweak from classic recipes. My camera is with me often on any of these expeditions or creations.

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What inspired you to become a photographer/nutritionist? Was it something you always dreamed of doing or something you just fell into?

I have always been interested in the relationship of health and wellbeing and what was important in making not only myself feel the best I can, but others around me. Naturally, my interest expanded into nutrition, since this along with exercise can prevent many of the chronic diseases the world faces in the modern age. I also have been involved in art from a very young age in terms of drawing and then eventually painting and photography. My two loves joined together in that I can focus on feeling good about my health as well as take pictures of the delectable dishes in which I create or take photographs of for various restaurants.

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What is your favorite item to photograph?

Photography is all about seeing an object or person in a certain way. I will often see the world in photographs, noticing things as I walk or drive by them, wishing my camera was strung around my neck. This could include the midday sunlight caressing a lovers face through the window curtains, or the way a cast iron pan of sizzling food gives off steam that seems to sift up into the ceiling for a few small minutes before it cools down.

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What destinations are on your bucket-list?

Norway, because my great grandmother came to America on a boat when she was a teenager and I never heard about what it was like to be a part of that family heritage. Thailand, because the culture is so rich and the food is so uniquely delicious. Australia, because of the adventure and because of the thrill of not knowing if I’ll get out of there alive (giant spiders, and snakes to name a few). Iceland, because of its breathtaking serene beauty. And finally, the Maldives – because it won’t be here much longer due to the environmental impacts of rising sea levels and erosion.

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What is the last best thing you ate?

I could toot my horn and say that it was something I created but I honestly did try something amazing at a new restaurant in Hampton, New Hampshire called CR’s. There was this butterscotch pot de creme which had a salted caramel with brûlée top. It had such a smoothness and delicate texture with a touch of mint and blueberries. I would definitely return just for that!

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What are you feeling/loving right now?

I am loving lemon everything right now. Lemon juice with my seltzer water. Lemon sorbet. Limoncello. Also, amaretto. I cannot get enough amaretto in my life right now.

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What are your fashion travel essentials? 

Leggings. Light to pack, easy to wash. My waterproof Arita boots that have to versatility to wear anytime besides the times I need flip flops on the beach, perfect for hiking the mountains or stopping into a  restaurant. Also, mascara. Enough to open up the eyes but easy to clean.

If you could choose one of our Wanderable Experiences (we have over 2,800!) which one would it be and why?

The romance of Venice, the whimsy of Cinque Terre, the history of Rome, and the people, the beauty, and the vineyards of Florence. This experience alone encompasses so much of what someone would want in a travel adventure.

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See what we mean? Erika definitely has an eye for all things photography. If you want to see more of Erika’s awesomeness, be sure to check out her blog (especially her 30 before thirty bucket list). We cannot wait to read about all of Erika’s upcoming Euro adventures!

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What to Pack – Hawaii Edition featuring Ashley from Her Sparkle

Fashion blogger, Ashley Fehr Hajjar, shares her wisdom on what to pack on your Hawaiian honeymoon 

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We absolutely love finding fellow jetsetters with similar interests as us. Ashley, from Her Sparkle, a blog focusing primarily on the stylish bride, is a global jetsetter who loves fashion, jewelry and blogging. Ashley is here to share her two cents about what to pack on your honeymoon to Hawaii. Enjoy and be sure to take notes.

Hi everyone! I’m Ashley from Sparkle Sense and Her Sparkle (set to launch in the next couple months!). I’m so excited to be starting this series with Wanderable on what to pack for your upcoming Honeymoon. The first edition is what to pack for Hawaii! Links to all items highlighted below. Happy Honeymooning!

 

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1: Shoshanna Fringe Coverup // 2: Clover Canyon Romper // 3: Mara Hoffman Cut Out Maxi Dress // 4: Tory Burch Espadrille Sandals // 5: Wildfox Pineapple T-shirt Coverup {sweatshirt here} // 6: Zinke Striped One Piece // 7: Stuart Weitzman Wedges //

We could not love this more! We hope you enjoyed these amazing packing tips as much as we did. We definitely have some shopping to do before our next trip to Hawaii! Thanks Ashley!

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#WanderingEyes: Kelsea Holder

Wedding photographer, Kelsea Holder, captures ethereal, sultry beauty in anything and everything

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We hope you wanderers have been enjoying our series #WanderableGypset, in which we glean highlights from the lives of some of our favorite professional haute-bohemian travelers. In this new series, #WanderingEyes, we will shine a light on artists who travel the world documenting its beauty, and our second feature is the brilliant wedding photographer, Kelsea Holder, whose kind demeanor and exacting eye have taken her to delicious heights.

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Who is this Kelsea Holder, you ask?

She is a wedding photographer of the most insanely talented variety. She calls the Central Coast home but finds herself jetsetting across the globe on many adventures yearly to lend her eye to young couples’ unions and capture their magic. The way she captures the chic subtlety of her subjects, it’s no mystery her eyes have led her to wander from Iceland to France to California and everywhere in between. We are obsessed with her homegrown, youthful aesthetic, as she seems to capture not only young couples’ gorgeousness, but their giddiness as well.

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Here are some of our absolute favorite snaps and an exclusive one-on-one with the wunderkind herself.

Wanderable: What inspired you to become a wedding photographer? Was it something you always dreamed of, or something you just fell into?

Kelsey: It’s cheesy to say but I’ve been tinkering with cameras from a young age.  Not only photography struck me…so did painting, drawing, and sculpture. In college. Once I began taking photography seriously, my life changed. I had finally embraced what I wanted deeply in my heart to be doing, and I haven’t looked back.

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W: What is your favorite part of photographing weddings? What is the biggest challenge?

K: I love the amazing people I get to meet through wedding photography. My couples have always been so adventurous, kind, interesting, and in love! And usually their friends, family, and guests that I get to meet, are brilliant as well. The biggest challenge is finding time for myself because I get so wrapped up with what I do. But taking moments to relax and recharge my creativity is also important, so I have to remind myself to take a breather!

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W: What is the coolest place you have ever traveled?

K: Actually, Iceland. Generally I love bustling cities with swarms of people and the amazing history and culture they bring, but I like wandering off-the-beaten-path every once in a while. The population of sheep outnumbers humans in Iceland, so it seemed to be the perfect getaway from craziness and stress! My boyfriend and I rented a campervan and we spent almost two weeks trekking around exploring Iceland’s awe-inspiring nature. It was unforgettable.

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W: Where’s on your bucket list?

K: I didn’t think I could have any more destinations on my bucket list…until I peeked onto Wanderable!! If I had to narrow it down, I’d say I’m really interested to experience Southeast Asia now, as well as New Zealand.

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W: What are you feeling/loving/reading/capturing right now?

K: I’m leaving for a month-long trip to Europe in April. So as of now, I’m reading travel blogs and looking at way too many photos of castles and French food, and starting to get excited for the aesthetic inspiration this trip will bring.

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W: If you could choose one of our Wanderable Experiences,which one would it be and why?

K: Don’t make me choose!! I think this Winter weather has me googley-eyed over the Phuket Island tour. It would be incredible to experience such a starkly different culture and be able to witness such a calm, breathtaking place. Give me some sunshine, Thai food, and toes in that blue water, and I’ll be more than alright.

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We can’t thank Kelsey enough for spending an afternoon with us.

Now off to Europe you go, mademoiselle!

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