Some showroom pics
We went to some great restaurants including Urth Cafe-
I was a little skeptical when my friend Goli suggested we forgo any of the typical rolls and do the "Trust Me" menu selection. I usually am not a huge "eat a slab of raw fish by itself" type person, but she promised me it would be awesome and... she was right. The fish was so fresh, flavors so rich, and I can honestly say I loved it.
One of my favorite things about dining in SoCal is all the places you can eat outside. It's just gorgeous... all the time!
(Patio of Mondo Taco)
I also was happy to return to my favorite little cupcakery in Santa Monica called Vanilla Bake Shop. I came here years ago when cupcakes were just becoming all the rage.
After picking up dinner at ShopHouse Kitchen (the new, thai version of Chipotle that is ah-mazing), I headed back to the hotel to eat my dinner poolside.
Typical, touristy shot of the pier.
The worst part about my trip was that Zach wasn't there. Had he been with me I would have asked to stay forever. Ha! After this trip and Miami I have definitely discovered the secret to surviving the winter: GO TO THE BEACH. For realz. You appreciate it so much more in the winter time because it is such a much needed retreat from the dreary cold. So thanks SoCal (and Goli!) for treating me so nice. You've made a friend in me forever and I can't wait for my next visit in September!!!