New Thing Tuesday! On the Road


New Thing Tuesday ButtonThis week we are taking our New Thing Tuesday on the road to Los Angeles.

My son Tanner and I are travelling to numerous new places this week as we are visiting prospective colleges.  We started out in Ladera Ranch and travelled North to La Mirada to visit Biola University.  I must say La Mirada is not new to me as I have come to find out.  I lived there when I was born until I was three years old but have not been back since.  I had forgotten that I lived so close to Biola until my younger sister and my Mom reminded me and they had a chuckle at my expense due to the fact that I had no recollection of ever living there. All the stories I remember is that we lived in Hawthorne, which is not close to Biola University, and I was born in Whittier and then moved to Seattle Washington.  So, I was a little surprised when my Mom told me I lived 2 miles from the college.

Our next stop was to an area that is new to me and to my son Tanner, Marina Del Ray. We visited the very beautiful campus of LMU which sits above the marina on a bluff. It is amazing how many prospective students on our tour were from Seattle. I guess even the young people from Seattle like to seek out the sunshine too. I just hope my Mom doesn’t come back and tell me we lived there too.

We ventured past Venice beach and opted not to stop there and continued onto another new spot for us, Santa Monica. We strolled along the Promenade shops and had a wonderful lunch at a little french crepe restaurant.  Tanner was surprised at how good the crepe was, the strawberries had no added sugar and the cream tasted more like cream than sugar.  A nice change to the the usual super sugary “Americanized” crepes you can sometimes come across.


Tanner also had some other new dining experience tonight at a Mexican restaurant that was recommended to us by the hotel. After his tender pork ribs, which he said were even better than Ted’s. (Our friend Ted makes the best ribs I have ever tasted. He has a special recipe and smokes them all day for a tender cooked to perfection rib.) After diner Tanner tried a new dessert for him, flan. It is a light custard desert topped with a carmel sauce. Luckily for me they brought two spoons so I got to enjoy it too.

I am looking forward to exploring some other new places and having some new experiences this week with my son as we venture to Beverly Hills and Hollywood.

Are you travelling to some new destinations or vacation spots? Eating at some new restaurants or just trying out some new foods at home?   Share with us about some of your new experiences and places this week.



2 responses »

  1. I was hoping to make it to Venice Beach just so my son could “experience” it. I was there thirty years ago and I am sure it has changed since then. I bet that was an adventure living in Venice Beach area. Sounds fun!

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