This 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.
Guest Blogger! Craig here, Karen’s husband. She asked me to be the guest blogger tonight because I am both handsome and witty (hahaha – this will only get in if I can hit enter before she edits). Tonight we found ourselves alone (again) as our oldest son is off to college and our youngest is off on another of his many events, friends, hobbies, or all of the above (today indoor “skydiving” with his Uncle at IFly – a great Christmas present – then off to church). Anywhooo….. that left the two of us alone at home, so my lovely wife set a very nice “table” at the Kitchen Island, including her Glassy Baby’s, with their individual bling things, place mats, napkins… the whole deal. And, we enjoyed a wonderful steak dinner (meat compliments of my In-Law’s who gave us a selection of Kansas City Steak Company steaks for Christmas), accompanied by a small bottle of 2008 Decorum Red Table Wine – made with love and care by Vinters (and our special friends) Drew and Deb Lowe. Drew is a long time local wine maker, having started making wine with his friend and neighbor Gary Bunker probably 15 years ago or more (Wish Willing Cellars). That fruitful partnership (witty alert!) ended due to both of them moving far away from each other. Drew has continued on making fine wines with his wife Deb under the label Decorum. I especially like it when I compliment his wines and that results in a few more bottles coming my way! Tonight he responded to my text message with a promise of a case of the liquid gold…. And, I know Karen has Drew and Deb on her list of future guests, not only for their wine making, but also for their other creative talents such as making cheese, fruit jam and jellies, Lemoncello (yum!), and expertise in multi-dimensional nuclear physics (OK – not the last one, but I was trying to come up with something that makes them sound cooler). So, stay tuned for a more in depth dissertation of their talents in an upcoming episode…. That’s all from me tonight, as I need to get back to the dishes, which is a cheap price to pay for a wonderful “Dinner for Two” with my beautiful, loving wife.