I grew up there. And still have great affinity for it. Would love someday to return there on a permanent basis, but for now I’ll have to satisfy myself with occasional visits.
Drove down on I-5
And spent the first three nights at my friends Sue and Zaf’s place in Santa Monica. Being so close to the beach allowed me to get some great winter beach time.
and got up in the morning to run the Strand from Santa Monica to Venice
Got some of the more well known LA Hamburger spots done. Apple Pan and Umami.
I sat next to a guy at Apple Pan who has been having burgers for breakfast/lunch every day for the last 40 years. We talked about how much Shanghai has changed (he visited in . . . 1946.)
Umami Burger. Delicious. This was after seeing ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ with my friend Zafar. Zero Dark Thirty is highly highly recommended too.
Stopped through Beverly Hills and got ice cream at Sprinkles and saw a Bugatti Veyron
And that was day 1!
Day 2 coming soon