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We want to take this moment to say to the people of Las Vegas and anyone who lost a loved one the night of Oct. 1., that we’re with you and we’re hurting with you. We invite anyone who was there that night to be a guest author on our blog and share their story.

Writing is not only therapeutic for the author, but to all who read his/her written works. We have love for you today and always. For information on how to share your story, just leave a comment (to the left of this post) and we we’ll reach out to you. #PrayforVegas Continue reading “Share your Story”

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Leave Yourself at the Gum Wall

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Among the sticky and somewhat gross-looking brick wall that stood before me was a note —a rather lengthy one— left by someone who appeared to be struggling. “God told me this trial is going to last longer. It’s not going to stop, but I have to be patient because the only thing that can save me is God.” Continue reading “Leave Yourself at the Gum Wall”

City View

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City lights adorn us.
Overwhelmed by the beauty before us..
This urban life is too glorious,
I love your city view.

Sirens, strange ones, and street art..
Mischief at the local park,
But this city will always be my heart.
Just take in that city view.

Sweet city, my friend when I’m alone,
To some, your streets their only home..
You shine your light on everyone.
Such a perfect city view.

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Eating in LA: Queso, Mole, Fried Grasshoppers… Oh My!!

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Everybody loves cheese, but with fried grasshoppers? Add an impressive and flavorful selection of mole and you get….well… an average lunch in Los Angeles, I suppose.

In an attempt to fulfill our appetites (and yours) with only the best and most unique kinds of foods all over the country, and eventually the world, TheMillennial paid a visit to Guelaguezta, a colorful and very authentic Oaxacan restaurant located in the heart of Los Angeles. Known for it’s out-of-this-world mole, the restaurant’s menu items are as unique as its décor.

The architecture definitely stands out, making the location not just extremely appealing to those passing through, but also easy to find on w. Olympic Blvd. Inside, the walls and tables are adorned with fascinating Oaxacan culture.

Not your average chips and salsa

Let’s be real here. We all love going to Mexican restaurants and a big reason is the chips and salsa–let me clarify, the free chips and salsa. Well, have no fear, Guelaguezta has you covered, but not with your average mild salsa. Instead, the restaurant will give you chips drizzled in mole rojo sprinkled with queso cotija– regular tortilla chips with their famous mole on top, sprinkled with dry curd cottage cheese. Yum!

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So much cheese!

Quesillo Fundido is an appetizer that will make any cheese lover’s head spin. With melted Oaxaca cheese and grilled chorizo, the item is very filling! So make sure you share it with friends! Think of mini quesadillas. Or maybe even string cheese? Its ooey-gooeyness was worth taking a photo of and not worth missing out on!!

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Crunchy Fried Grasshoppers, hold the legs

I know what you’re thinking but these were actually pretty good! Readers should be warned though. This isn’t a cute little bed of lettuce with grasshoppers sprinkled on top; these are two tortilla chips bowls, (the size of my fist) FULL of fried grasshoppers! I was taken aback when the server initially brought it to the table, but come on, what was I expecting?! The menu says ‘fried grasshoppers.’

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After giving me the classic you’re on your own look, my boyfriend graciously offered to take the first bite. The grasshoppers, otherwise known as Chapulines A La Mexicana, which read: sautéed grasshoppers with jalapeños, onions, and tomatoes, were served with Oaxacan cheese and avocado, and came with corn tortillas. To our surprise, they were tasty. At first I couldn’t handle the fact that I was eating something my bearded dragon considered a delicacy. It gave me the jitters just thinking about it, but once I had a few more bites over rice, I was happy I tried it!!

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This is considered an appetizer, so I would definitely recommend sharing. And don’t be shy, add some cheese and avocado and you won’t even realize you’re eating bugs! This crunchy item goes great with the mole so make sure you save some for the main dish. But keep an eye out for the legs, they weren’t my favorite part, so I cut them off 😉 Still not convinced? Well, it has a lot of protein if that helps!

Mole for days

I really wasn’t the biggest Mole lover before I came here. I recently tried it, it wasn’t bad, but I just never loved it. I never saw it as anything special, until I came here. I didn’t realize how many different flavors of mole there were, and how it pairs so well with so many things! It’s great over almost anything!

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The item came with four different flavors: negro, rojo, coloradito, and estofado, along with rice and a tlayuda (a giant tortilla-looking thing for those unfamiliar). Negro was bold and smokey, while the rojo was “the right combination of sweet and the typical strong mole flavor,” said Orange County native Manny Andrade.

Estofado was my personal favorite. It had jalapenos and a more mild flavor. Coloradito was our least favorite, but still descent with a clash of sweet and bold flavors. “It tasted like they used chili Colorado in it, which is a red chili that’s used in a lot of very basic enchilada sauces. It was good, but not as good as the other three,” Andrade added.

In the end, it was perfect for us to share and obvious why the restaurant is so famous for it.

Michilada madness

For those who drink, you can’t miss this. Guelaguezta’s micheladas are too good to pass up and so is the price. $15 for a large carafe! And if you go on Fridays after 4, it’s bottomless! This spicy beer cocktail pairs great with all the menu items. It’s so popular, the restaurant sells the mix online and at their location. Just add beer!!!

Overall, our visit to Guelaguezta’s was a fascinating one. Its cultural uniqueness and culinary skill make it a standout restaurant and we’d recommended it for anyone visiting Los Angeles, or any local simply passing through. Visit Guelaguezta in Los Angeles for a small dose of culture and a large dose a flavor.

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GUELAGUETZAAn advocate of Oaxacan Culture.

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Tiny Living with a Big Purpose

Tiny Homes are becoming a big hit.

Imagine this. You’re off for a few days, you don’t know what to do but you know you just need to go. Maybe Oregon? Or how about New York City? Or maybe the good old city of angels. So you walk outside your tiny house (200 sq. ft. to be exact) that’s attached to your car,  and you just….. go.

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 The desire to explore is embedded in all of us– whether it be across the county, the state, or the country. And tiny living makes this dream a reality. The tiny movement seems to be a big hit as the miniature house trend continues to evolve.

People are joining this movement for many reasons, including environmental concerns, financial concerns, and the desire for more time and freedom to travel. Tiny homes are more economically and environmentally friendly — requiring less energy and needing fewer building materials than traditionally larger homes.

It’s a pretty neat idea really. Perfect for anyone who doesn’t fancy the idea of living in a mansion, these tiny houses bring out the traveler in all of us, thanks to companies like 84 Lumber.

The famous lumber company is offering a new line of portable tiny homes no bigger than 200 sq. ft. Ideal for travelers, these tiny abodes come equipped with tandem axle trailers, allowing homeowners to take their living spaces wherever life may lead. Fun!!!

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[84 Lumber]

The introduction of Tiny Living by 84 Lumber offers competitively priced custom-built houses. For those who have a small family (and by small I mean maaaybe two of you!) and don’t have the desire, the funds or credit to purchase a house, this could be an option for you to get started!

The company offers four tiny home models under three packages to accommodate dedicated do-it-yourselfers who want to build their own houses, or those who want a move-in ready home. Each model can be customized and all range in sizes from 150 sq. ft. to 200 sq. ft. (fyi, the typical U.S. home is about 2,600 sq. ft).

Packages start at $6,884 for a custom trailer and home plans. Do you have the guts to build your own house and travel the country in it?!

Other companies like Four Lights offer contemporary designs at an affordable price. These beauties are adorned with classic wood styles making you want to stay in your tiny cottage forever. Or at least until you reach your next travel destination.

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[Four Lights]

This tiny movement is anything but tiny and extremely appealing to not just the average crazy millennial, but perhaps someone who is retired, or if you’re someone who is lucky enough to have long vacations from work… or even better, maybe you work from home! If that’s you, start building because the world is waiting for you.

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Live small, dream BIG.

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[Four Lights]