Thursday, 1 December 2011

Goodbye LA, Can I get some cheese? And hello San Diego.

It was our last day in LA and I don't know what to say. Most people that come are disappointed when they arrive because its not all all movie stars, celebrities and glamour. I loved it. Could have easily spent a lot more time there as there was still so much to see and do. The people are cool, the food was amazing and there was history in almost every foot step you take. For example, while I stayed home to do the washing yesterday afternoon, (or drink a tonne of beer before going out), Mikarla took the kids to see the Muppets movie at the El Capitan Theatre. The movie was actually based around that theatre. How cool is that? And there have only been a few times that I felt uncomfortable. A few in LA and a few in San Fran but generally has been pretty safe walking around the streets.

Just over two hours to drive from LA to San Diego. I have to say after a few days driving, I am starting to love driving over here. After catching buses, trams and taxis for a month it feels like I just got my licence again. So much freedom. Also really enjoying driving on the other side of the road. Once you get used to all the little nuances, its actually quite easy. Although, I think if we hadn't caught so many cabs, we wouldn't have felt nearly as comfortable. Anyway, two hours is a long time for three kids so needless to say, we had to stop for a toilet break. I took this opportunity to stop at Denny's to try a tasty little morsel I have had my eye on from before we left Australia. See this link for the details. . It was as amazing as it sounds. I could feel my arteries clogging up with each mouthful. So good.

Once we checked in to our hotel, we headed up to Little Italy for dinner. So many delicious smells coming from everywhere it was impossible to choose where to eat. I happened to stumble upon a little place called Bottlecraft which is a small boutique beer tasting store. There were hundreds of beers that I was keen to try but I settled on choosing some local IPAs. Had a good chat to the staff about what was good and hoppy and I settled on few brews from Stone and Ale Smith. Could easily spend way too much money here. Not to sound too arrogant but I am refining my beer tastes, and with the quality available here, it's just too easy to not drink the bland, watery crap that most Americans seem happy to. We ended up eating at a little Italian place for pizza and pasta. The drip coffee has been not too bad, but I spotted a coffee shop tonight and looking forward to an espresso tomorrow for my morning rejavanation.

Currently drinking: Ale Smith IPA
Currently listening to: Steel Panther - 17 Girls in a Row

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