You may have guessed it from our love poems and literary quotes, but the Urchins are romantics. Granted, romance means something different to every Urchin. Like winter camping, for example (Guess which Urchin that is. I’ll give you a clue: it’s not me or Geo.)
A perfect Urchin date could be anything from a Parisian cafe to a London museum to a Canadian ski slope. But if you find yourself in Los Angeles, we’ve got you covered there, too. The one-time home of all the Urchins, and the current home of Geo, L.A. can be both infuriating (traffic, materialism) and inspiring (millions of artists, a constant stream of cultural events). It can also be a great place for a first date or a night out with your sweetheart. Here are some official Urchin approved dates in Los Angeles:
Tucked in a nook of the Brentwood Country Mart amidst quiet tree-lined streets, Diesel is a gem of a bookshoppe. With giant, open sliding barn doors on one side and a huge window on the other, Diesel offers a bright, airy atmosphere to peruse its neat aisles of fascinating books. From a children’s book about a tiny cloud to a beautiful coffee table book about pigs, Diesel’s selection is diverse and stimulating. While a hand-holding browse session through the shoppe would be a great enough date on its own, up the ante by taking your darling to one of Diesel’s in-store events. Listen to excerpts from new works and meet great authors. Then, stroll hand in hand through the super-cute Brentwood Country Mart. Everything except the books is pretty expensive, but window shopping is more conducive to snuggling anyway. Finish things off with a trip across the street for some vegan cupcakes from Yummy Cupcakes!
On the first Friday of every month, venture out to Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Venice for an exciting night of events, special deals, and amazing food! The boulevard bustles with people wandering from shoppe to shoppe, stopping at the nearly dozen food trucks lining the curbs to sample an eclectic assortment of cuisine. Cute shoppes along the boulevard offer drinks and special discounts, and galleries open their doors for new exhibits. Abbot Kinney is always laid-back and cool, but on this night there is a palpable energy pulsing through the boulevard. When checking out the food trucks, make sure to stop by Sweet E’s, a “mini bake shop.” I pretty much die at all things tiny, and this food truck of miniature desserts was no exception. It was the most delightful surprise that they even have vegan mini cupcakes. Hurray!
While you’re in Venice, take your beau for sushi at Shima. Semi-hidden in a modern building on Abbot Kinney, a date night couldn’t get any more romantic than Shima. Its simple, contemporary decor is classy and fun, allowing the extraordinary food to steal the attention. I’ve never been a huge fan of sushi, and get a little bummed out when my only option at every restaurant is an avocado roll. The vegetarian options at Shima are not only innovative, but some of the best food I have ever eaten. Seriously. All their rolls are made with brown rice, and their vegetable roll doesn’t have one shred of cucumber or carrot. Instead, it’s at least three inches in diameter and filled with the most delicious array of Asian vegetables and plum sauce. The spicy burdock root roll is unbelievably flavourful, and even the avocado roll managed to be the best I have ever tasted. And just when you think Shima couldn’t possibly get any better, they also serve organic beer!
Probably one of the best date ideas I’ve ever encountered, the Urban Craft Center on Main Street in Santa Monica offers D.I.Y. (do it yourself) Date Night classes ranging from Yudu Screenprinting to Chocolate from Scratch. These fun activities are both cute and a great chance to try something new together, and a sure way to keep conversation flowing. Get there early to check out the rest of the shoppe, which has anything you could ever need for crafty fun. They also have previous D.I.Y. Date Night projects on display, like crocheted goldfish in little glass jars and this poor cupcake who met his untimely demise during my visit: