FIG & Fairmont Miramar for Summer: Where Wilshire Meets the Sea


I am often asked, “What should we do for our summer vacation?” I have been fortunate to travel around the world several times and I have to admit, I love Los Angeles. I have lived on the beach in Thailand, in Jerusalem and traveled for months at a time in India, Nepal and Indonesia.

Lisa and Chef FIGMy suggestions for what should you do this summer? Stroll on the beach in Santa Monica. Los Angeles is a top choice for travelers. Whether you are looking for somewhere to fly to or the perfect stay-cation, I recommend the Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows.

Waking up at Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows, located at Wilshire and Ocean, is a great start to any day. The location is fantastic and the food at Fig is phenomenal. I have enjoyed Chef Yousef Ghalaini’s creations many times and can highly recommend the locally sourced farm fresh ingredients. My recent lunch included Kale Tabbouli with Fregola, Castelveltrano Olives, Radishes, Mint and Sumac as well as tasty fish tacos. I built my own rice bowl for lunch; I chose lemon herb chicken breast with organic brown rice and citrus soy.

Video: My visit to Fairmont Miramar in Santa Monica

For breakfast, lunch or dinner, there is always something new to try as FIG serves seasonally inspired Mediterranean influenced dished that are now cooked on the wood burning oven and wood burning grill. Come see their new wood fire oven and new ceramic plates. I am a potter and I notice the dishes! I do think it makes a difference what food is served on and attention to detail is one of the things Fairmont Hotels do best.

Make sure to sit by the pool, take a class at Exhale, have a shave at Lloyd’s, and visit the ZenBunni Rabbit Hole for their beyond organic chocolate creations. I hope you get to meet Alchemy, their delightful four year old salesperson, who will tell you all about the 13 flavors.

First established in 1921, the property is less than one mile from Santa Monica Pier and only eight miles from Getty Center art Museum. I love this location and the feeling of being under the  127 year old Australian Morton Bay Fig Tree.

Stop by FIG at FIVE from 5pm – 6pm daily for their incredible happy hour promotion, everything on the menu is 50%! There are no reservations and it can get busy but this is a great option to test out the menu and enjoy the property.

Are these #fish #tacos calling your name? Thank you @figsantamonica @lebanesechef #grateful #lunch

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Come try #chocolate at #rabbit #hole with Alchemy 13 #flavor of #biodynamic #delicious @fairmontmiramar

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Lisa Ellen Niver

Lisa Ellen Niver is an award-winning travel expert who has explored 102 countries and six continents. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, she worked on cruise ships for seven years and backpacked for three years in Asia. She is the founder of the website WeSaidGoTravel which is read in 235 countries and was named #3 on Rise Global’s top 1,000 Travel Blogs. Niver is represented by Chip MacGregor of MacGregor Literary, Inc. With more than 150,000 followers across social media, she has hosted Facebook Live for USA Today 10best, is verified on Twitter and listed on IMDb, and is the Social Media Manager for the Los Angeles Press Club. You can find Lisa Niver talking travel on broadcast television at KTLA TV Los Angeles, Satellite Media Tours, The Jet Set TV and Orbitz travel webisodes as well as her YouTube channel, where her WeSaidGoTravel videos have over 1.6 million views. After three months on TikTok, Instagram Reels, Facebook Reels and YouTube Shorts, she had over 500,000 (1/2 million) views. As a journalist, Niver has interviewed Deepak Chopra, Olympic medalists, and numerous bestselling authors and been invited to both the Oscars and the United Nations. She has been a judge for the Gracie Awards for the Alliance of Women in Media, and has run 15 travel competitions on her website, publishing over 2,500 writers and photographers from 75 countries. For her print and digital stories as well as her television segments, she has been awarded three Southern California Journalism Awards and two National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards and been a finalist twenty times.   Niver has published more than 2000 articles, in more than three dozen magazines and journals including National Geographic, Wired, Teen Vogue, HuffPost Personal, POPSUGAR, Ms. Magazine, Luxury Magazine, Smithsonian, Sierra Club, Saturday Evening Post, AARP, AAA Explorer Magazine, American Airways, Delta Sky, enRoute (Air Canada), Hemispheres, Jewish Journal, Myanmar Times, BuzzFeed, Robb Report, Scuba Diver Life, Ski Utah, Trivago, Undomesticated, USA Today, TODAY, Wharton Magazine, and Yahoo. Awards National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards 2021 Winner: Book Critic: Ms. Magazine “Untamed: Brave Means Living From the Inside Out” 2019 Winner: Soft News Feature for Film/TV: KTLA TV “Oscars Countdown to Gold with Lisa Niver” 2019 Finalist for: Soft News, Business/Music/Tech/Art Southern California Journalism Awards 2022 Finalist: Book Criticism 2021 Winner: Technology Reporting 2021 Finalist: Book Criticism 2020 Winner: Print Magazine Feature: Hemispheres Magazine, “Painter by the Numbers, Rembrandt” 2020 Finalist: Online Journalist of the Year, Activism Journalism, Educational Reporting, Broadcast Lifestyle Feature 2019 Finalist: Broadcast Television Lifestyle Segment for “Ogden Ski Getaway” 2018 Finalist: Science/Technology Reporting, Travel Reporting, Personality Profile 2017 Winner: Print Column “A Journey to Freedom over Three Passovers” Social Media Presence YouTube Channel: We Said Go Travel (1.6 million views) Short form video:TikTok, Instagram Reels, Facebook Reels, YouTube Shorts Twitter: lisaniver (90,000 followers) Instagram: lisaniver (24,000 followers) Pinterest: We Said Go Travel (20,000 followers and over 70,000 monthly views) Facebook: lisa.niver (5,000 followers); We Said Go Travel (3,000 followers) LinkedIn: lisaellenniver (9000 contacts)

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