You are so MONEY and don't even know it!
Trip Start Mar 20, 2010
41Trip End Aug 25, 2010
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Our first two nights were spent in Santa Monica at the Ocean View Best Western Hotel, the remaining week was spent with Brian's sister Chrissy in Westwood / Century City.
Is the birth place of Robert Redford and home to Jack Bauer (aka Keifer Sutherland), and countless beach bums
After leaving Santa Monica we toured north and spent the afternoon in Malibu. Many of the homes along the beach were gated so it wasn't like we could just walk up to Matthew McCaughney and hang out with him. We had lunch at the Market Deli in Malibu Country Market, where supposedly many stars hang out..but we came up empty and tried to do some shopping, but way too expensive
The rest of the week we spent visiting the different areas of Los Angeles. LA is so large, with many different sections, each with its own personality. You can get lost in the pretentiousness of Beverly Hills, hang on Melrose Place or chill in the streets of Las Villas. Basically everywhere you go to you need to drive and valets are waiting for you at every corner. The traffic is truly unbelievable. It doesn't matter what time of day it is, you will encounter a parking lot where it will take you 30 minutes to drive 5 miles (this is without exaggeration). On Thursday evening we met up with Christina's old roommate from Hoboken, Rachel, and had dinner at Mario Batali's Matz restaurant, which is just a miniature version of his restaurant Otto in NYC and is just as good. Friday we had lunch at Toast in West Hollywood where supposedly many scenes of Entourage are filmed and did some shopping on Melrose Avenue (still no sightings). Later that night we went to this really cool wine tasting party Barnsdale Park in Los Villas - this was a lot of fun
We ended our stay in LA with more shopping and more touring, downtown LA and Venice Beach etc. On our way out of LA we stopped in Malibu to have lunch at a new Cuban restaurant that had just opened "Cafe Habana" - we were disappointed that it really wasn't authentic, but Brian made a good point - he said "what should we have expected, this restaurant is in Malibu, nothing here is authentic!"
Did you know that in LA there is not one Dunkin Donuts to be found!.actually, we have not seen one yet in California.
Restaurants worth mentioning:
Sushi Roku, Santa Monica - We continue to have great sushi experiences, this place was very good
Anisette, Santa Monica - French Bistro - reminded us of Pastis and Baltazaar in NYC. The mussels here were excellent!
Toast Bakery Cafe - cool lunch place with great shopping next door
Farmers Market in Hollywood: Really cool place, little market with tons of different restaurants where you can order food, then sit in the food court area that also contains cute stores and a few bars...all outside.
Malibu Country Mart - after reading the link above, you would think we would have had a celeb sighting...but no.
Bottega Louie - Downtown LA is up an coming, and here we had an amazing lunch at Bottega Louie..this is a must see. Food is fantastic and bakery is superb - delicately detailed.
June 7 - 14