A Perfect Saturday In L.A.

If you only have one Saturday in L.A...

Totally objectively, Los Angeles is the best city in America. Also totally objectively, Saturday is the best day of the week. If you should ever find yourself lucky enough to be in the presence of an overlap of these two amazing things, here's exactly how you should spend your day.

6:00 AM: Sunrise Hike

Paseo Miramar Trail, Malibu, CA 90265

I can tell you already want to scroll down to the next event because this is insanely early and no one wants to get up before the sun does. But stick with me! I promise you this will be worth it. There are plenty of great places to hike in L.A., but this is by far the most worthwhile place to go. (Runyon Canyon- arguably L.A.'s most well-known trail- is so full of dog crap that even the occasional celebrity sighting can't redeem it.) Paseo Mirmar is for people that want a truly awe-inspiring view of all of Los Angeles. It's peaceful, its gorgeous, it's a workout, and the sunrise views of both the city and the Pacific are worth rousing yourself out of bed

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9:00 AM: Dip Your Toes In The Pacific

You just spent all the time way up in the hills gazing down at the mesmerizing ocean below. Now get down there and shock your senses with the cold water and salty air.

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11:00 AM: Brunch

Joan's On Third, 8350 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048

There are too many fabulous brunch places to count. But if you're only spending one Saturday in L.A., this is the place to go. It's classic Los Angeles and it's insanely good food. Try: Pancakes or corned beef hash. Insider's note: don't be fooled by the restaurant of the same name in Santa Monica- this is a totally different restaurant disowned by the original chef.

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1:00 PM: Get cultured

LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Ok, New York. We see your MOMA and raise you the LACMA. This museum is full of fun different floors and rooms with all sorts of cool treats for the eye. Plus, if you're going to be in L.A., it's pretty much a law that you have to take a selfie in both the spaghetti (you'll see), and the forest of street lights.

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5:00 PM: Drinks

Pearl's Rooftop 8909 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069

Check out the famous Sunset Strip, and then stop in to Pearl's for trendy drinks and a killer view. Their rooftop is the perfect place to sip an overpriced cocktail and watch the city below. They even have fun swings to sit on if you're in the mood. It's a funky throwback kind of place you won't want to leave.

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7:00 PM: Dinner

Pizzaria Mozza, 641 Highland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

People that think you can't get good pizza in L.A. just aren't in the know. (Or maybe they mean you can't get good cheap pizza in L.A., which is totally true.) Everyone loves Osteria Mozza- a fancy Italian place known for over the top, rich dishes from Mario Batali. But, right next door is their pizza place, which is infinitely more hip and fun to dine at. They have amazing dishes and an intimate (read: limited seating), buzzing atmosphere. Make sure you order the squash blossom pizza and make a reservation.

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9:00 PM: Dessert

Milk, 7290 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Under the four red milk bottles spelling out "Milk," you will find the best ice cream in L.A., and possibly anywhere. Fair warning: there might be a line, and it might be around the block if it's summer time. Local favorites include their Nutella ice cream and their totally Instagrammable Fruity Pebbles ice cream sandwich made with larger than life macaroons.

10:00 PM: Figure out what you're going to do on Sunday.

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It's no secret that a penchant for wine can become an expensive hobby. If you're just getting into the idea, don't waste your time or money with the extremely pricey bottles. A good place to start looking for decent bottles of wine is somewhere between the $10 and $30 price range. This will keep you from buying something too low quality without breaking your bank in the process.

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A good bottle of wine will often give tasting notes right on the bottle. Because everyone's palette is different, you may not get the same notes when you try the wine, but it's a good place to start. Choose something with tasting notes that you already enjoy like berries or cocoa and try to see if you get any hints of that as you drink. The labels may also tell you about the wine's acidity, or how tart it is, and the wine's body, or the way it feels in your mouth.

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Tequila Herradura

Ride in style on the Herradura Express, a distillery sponsored train ride that runs from Guadalajara to the town of Amatitán for a distillery tour and tastings, followed by lunch featuring live entertainment. The train then takes visitors back to Guadalajara by evening. Herradura is housed in the last tequila-producing Hacienda in the world, Hacienda San Jose del Refugio. Casa Herradura will be closed for visits and tours until Mexican health officials declare the coronavirus emergency over.

La Rojeña

Producer of Jose Cuervo, La Rojeña has a train of its own called the Jose Cuervo Express (currently on hiatus due to COVID-19) to bring visitors to the oldest distillery in the town of Tequila. Jose Cuervo offers distillery tours, tastings, and tours of the agave fields. Mundo Cuervo (Cuervo world) also has its own hotel, Solar de las Animas. Check for COVID-19 hours and restrictions before booking.

Casa Sauza

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La Cofradia

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That's why our editors decided to take it upon themselves and spread some delight with seasonal meals, courtesy of HelloFresh. For those who don't know what HelloFresh is, it's a meal-kit delivery service with dozens of easy-to-prepare recipes to choose from. Simply select which meals you want as well as how many servings and a neatly organized cardboard box will arrive at your doorstep within the week. Nobody wants to go out in the Winter anyway, and with HelloFresh, you don't have to!

To celebrate the arrival of the coldest season, we decided to highlight some of our favorite (and heartiest) recipes from HelloFresh that are perfect for the Holiday season. Here are five wholesome and balanced meals that will warm you up in no time.

Veggie Loaded Kale & Risoni Soup

A hearty and warm soup is a Winter staple and this veggie loaded kale and risoni soup from HelloFresh absolutely hits it out of the park. All anybody wants during the colder months is to feel cozy and nurtured--just like the flavorful bowl of nutrients. Warm and creamy risoni compliments the seasonal veggies perfectly and the side of garlic bread is a sure-fire cure for any winter blues. With 22 meals to pick from each week, this one is sure to be a household favorite.

Cheesy Red Pesto Chicken Melts

Everyone is familiar with classic green pesto, but have you ever tried red pesto? Red pesto offers way more complexity and oomph than its green counterpart. It is incredibly bright with rich notes of umami, roasted red peppers, sun-dried tomatoes, and fresh basil and garlic. This rendition also features hits of chargrilled capsicum for a little extra zest. You get the exact amount of each ingredient and seasoning, as well as super detailed recipe cards, that make meal prep a breeze. Spread it over a glistening chicken bread and sprinkle with cheese for delectable chicken melts.

Winter Risotto

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