11 Fun Activities for Summer in Santa Monica

Brunch in Santa Monica

Looking for cool things to do over the summer? Here are a few fun activities located in Santa Monica:

1. Shop for hours on Third Street Promenade

If you love to shop, this is the best place to go. Aside from endless stores, there are talented street performers that will keep you entertained while shopping.

2. Enjoy Carnival Rides at the Pacific Park on the Pier

Even if its not fair season, you can always enjoy carnival rides, such as the big ferris wheel and roller coasters, on the Santa Monica boardwalk.

3. Visit the Bermagot Station Arts Center

This location holds many galleries, which includes the Santa Monica Museum. If you find yourself craving coffee, there is a café located in the same area.

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Take a break from all your exploring and enjoy some homemade corn tortilla tacos from Mondo Taco. Don’t miss out on their happy hour from 4 to 7pm everyday.

5. Shop on Main Street

Get more shopping done on Main Street. Here you can find thrift and high-end stores, along with the famous Urth Café and Angel City Books.

6. Get competitive at the International Chess Park

Play chess with human sized boards. You can either challenge others or simply have a photo shoot.

7. Workout on the Boardwalk

Jog, skate, bike, or even walk your dog along the boardwalk.

8. Climb the Santa Monica Stairs

If your boardwalk workout wasn’t enough, visit 4th St and Adelaide to get the best lower body workout by climbing the famous Santa Monica stairs.

9. Become a Pro on Flying Trapeze

Located on the pier, Trapeze School New York teaches you to fly 23 feet in the air. How cool is that?

10. Free Comedy Shows

On Mondays and Thursdays, you can catch a free comedy show at Mi’s Westside Comedy Theater.

11. Drink at a Rooftop Bar

Have a drink  with your friends at the top bar, Suite 700,  while enjoying a great view of the ocean and city.


Get Happy With This Guide for Choosing the Best Happy Hour!

Happy Hour Santa Monica

It’s Friday evening, you just clocked out of work and you’re looking to unwind a little, so you decide to hit up some happy hour specials with a few of your co-workers.  Only problem is, there are so many options and none of you can agree on a place! Not to worry, cause your favorite Happy Hour Santa Monica hot spot, Mondo Taco, explains how to choose the best happy hour for you.


Are you looking to relax and unwind or go crazy?  The happy hour you choose should coincide with your mood; if you’re looking to sip on a glass of wine, you should choose a quieter place where you can talk with your friends.  On the other hand, if you’re trying to blow off some steam choose a spot with a dance floor and good music.

Be Responsible

If you’re planning on having more than a couple drinks, make sure you have a designated driver or the always reliable Uber app. The best thing to do is drop your car off at home after work then have someone (Uber or friend) pick you up and drop you off at the end of the night.


You should pick a spot that’s nearby; a majority of restaurants offer daily happy hours, so it shouldn’t be hard to find one close to you.  We recommend somewhere within a 3-5 mile radius, but if you have a designated driver you can venture out a little further.

Happy Hour Santa Monica

Food or Drinks?

Before you choose a restaurant, you should decide if you’re more interested in discounted drinks or food.  While many restaurants offer both, some happy hours might only offer one or the other so make sure you do your research before heading out.


Happy Hour Santa Monica

Are you looking for a fun happy hour in Santa Monica? Try Mondo Taco, where we serve discounted beer, wine and mimosas every day from 4-7pm. For more info visit mondotaco.com or call 310.310.8922.

5 Secrets for a Catered Lunch Your Coworkers Will Love

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No matter how cool they play it, we all know everyone perks up when free food comes into the office. A good catering experience in the office can get your coworkers through that long meeting or to the deadline you thought you wouldn’t make. Your catering Santa Monica provider shares the 7 best kept secrets for providing a catered lunch that your coworkers will absolutely love!

Get a headcount

Running out of food is the fastest way to kill the good mood at the office lunch. It might sound like a no brainer, but people either forget to get a headcount or do an estimate that is way off. Things can change quickly, so try to get a final headcount as close to placing your order as possible.

Narrow the options

When it comes time to choose a place, asking the group what they want will result in a lot of opinions and people who are disappointed when their suggestion isn’t picked by the group. Instead of asking “Where should we go?” ask “What sounds better, pizza or sushi?”

Take location into consideration

Some people will want to eat lunch in the meeting instead of waiting until after. If that’s the case, you’ll need to prep the table in the conference room before the food arrives. Gather utensils, napkins, plates etc. and organize them in an assembly line to keep things moving when the food arrives.

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Plan ahead

If everyone has a packed schedule and you only have a short amount of time to eat, the planning can be essential. Call the caterer in the morning and give a general idea about what you will be ordering; they can then give you a realistic time estimate so your schedule doesn’t unravel.

Remember food allergies

If you’re having a big lunch with a lot of people, it may be unrealistic to ask everyone about their allergies and preferences. An alternative is to have a wide range of options that include vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free and nut-free options.


Catering Santa Monica

Are you looking for a caterer in the Santa Monica area? Contact Mondo Taco to learn more about their catering services by visiting them online at MondoTaco.com or calling 310.310.8922.

New Year’s Day Brunch

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Join us at Mondo Taco for your first brunch of the New Year! What a better way to start off 2016 than enjoying our savory breakfast tacos, PLUS $2 mimosas and sparkling wine.

Brunch will be served from 11am-4pm, regular menu served all day!


Choose from our three breakfast tacos! (Available until 4pm)


Filled with grilled mashed potato, grilled peppers, salsa verde, bacon, and sour cream.

The Hangover:

Packed with soyrizo, scrambled egg, cheddar, onion, guacamole, and salsa roja.

Hot Potato:

Filled with grilled mashed potato, grilled peppers and onions, scrambled egg, and sesame chili oil.


All of our tacos are available on one of our homemade tortillas, on a gluten free tortilla, dino-style (served in a cabbage leaf), and as a wrap or a bowl. Enjoy plenty of free parking and our spacious patio at Mando Taco. Come and spend your New Year morning with us!

Mondo Taco: Vegetarian Awareness Month!

Vegetarian Awareness Month

It’s Vegetarian Awareness Month and Mondo Taco has a long history of crafting delicious menu items for those who are committed vegetarians… or simply veggie-curious. Come help us celebrate!

Your taste buds are sure to explode as you enjoy our vegetarian tacos made from high-quality ingredients like fresh fruits and vegetables, cheeses, soyrizo, tempeh, and spices. Enjoy them as a taco in a homemade tortilla, homemade gluten-free tortilla or dino-style (served in a cabbage leaf), or get twice the taco portion served as a wrap or in a bowl with rice, cabbage and/or quinoa added.

Check out some of our vegetarian tacos from our “Grows” section of the menu:

Garlic Bomb: mushrooms, crispy onions, goat cheese, and garlic aioli.

Sister Sledge: soyrizo, avocado, cilantro, jalapeno, onion, and 1000 island dressing.

Hangover: soyrizo, scrambled egg, cheddar, onion, guacamole, and salsa roja.

Tempeh Thailicious: tempeh, chipotle peanut sauce, cilantro, and onions.

Mondo Taco: The Boss of the Hot Sauce

Santa Monica Hot Sauce

Q: Who’s got the hottest taco salsa in LA County?
A: Mondo Taco in Santa Monica. Guaranteed.

Hottest Hot Sauce

Mondo Taco has made an epic deal with a local organic farm to purchase their entire yield of heirloom grown Trinidad Moruga Scorpion and Ghost Peppers. The result? A fiery and tasty salsa called The Meltdown. It’s without a doubt the hottest homemade salsa in town.

Also available (and taking it down just a tad) are two other super-hot salsas: The Inferno, made from Red Caribbean and Chocolate Habaneros, cut with grilled onions and tomatoes; and the ridiculously hot Freakin’ Sauce, made with Red Caribbean habaneros, Chocolate Habaneros, and Datil Peppers. Both are organically grown from heirloom peppers.

The Boss of Hot Sauce

All three salsas are available in 1 oz. and 8 oz. portions and meld perfectly with our incredible tacos. Get these salsas for a limited time as these heirloom peppers are seasonal. So take the hot sauce challenge and get some while you can, but ONLY if you can take the heat!

No “Summertime Blues” Here!

Hi Everybody. What a month we’re having! Ramping up from off our birthday week, August has been spectacular thanks to you, our amazing friends! Catering is way up, having recently served the community of Olympic Park, E! International, realtor Jen Stein of Keller Williams, AEi Systems and the cast and crew of the feature film “Opening Night” produced by Eric Fleischman. Also, we were recently featured in a nationally recognized online magazine and received three separate amazing reviews from locals Jill Weinlein of the Park La Brea News/Beverly Press, Laura Meyers contributing to The Neighborhood News, and Marcy of IntrepidLA. Thank you all!!!

Please come join us and take advantage of our daily dine-in specials which can be found on our website, and “Like” us on Facebook to receive all the latest and greatest.

Thanks to All!

Hi Friends

Thank you so much for making our 1st birthday party such a memorable event! We really appreciate those who were able to stop in and enjoy the experience, and for those who couldn’t, you are also very appreciated, just that you missed out on $1 tacos. If only we could do $1 tacos every day, with the crowd we drew we’d be out of business in no time! Don’t worry, though, as we plan on being around for a long time serving one great taco at a time to one great guest at a time…YOU! Hopefully our portions, quality and prices are just right for you, but please take advantage of our daily dine-in specials which can be found on our website. Thanks again for all the love!!!