|Valentino & Antonio|
Valentino was our guide, and he's one of the coolest & nicest people I know. Antonio was so funny, he just flew in from Italy the night before, and this was his first time in America, he didn't speak much English, and I don't know any Italian so it was a lot of fun, frustration with the language barrier, laughs, only Italian food, and tons of alcohol :)
first up the world famous Santa Monica Pier
200 Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica, CA 90401-3126
|Bubba Gump Shrimp Company|
|omg childhood memories!!!! I remember these were all the rage!!|
|Reminded me of Sex & the City|
|I took this pic because people where fishing on the pier - cool|
Then we went to Muscle Beach! which was a close drive from the pier.
|Hola Papi!! Hey Sexi!|
|People were really working out!! I was like? For real? this is like TV.|
You know what holidays mess up your workout, before this trip I used to hit the gym like it was a drug. Then during the trip I was freaked out there wasn't a gym on day 1. After this trip I went back to couch potato mode, Its quite hard to start working out when you stop.
|LMAO!!!! Y'all Want Some Medical Marijuana?|
|Dr's In! but We didn't go In.|
We decided to go eat, drink & be merry!
We went to Il Fornaio della Spiaggia. Valentino had been there several times & liked it. The food was great, our waiter was hilarious and so nice, hey he complimented me a lot so I love him!. He kept speaking Italian to EVERY GUEST regardless of if you spoke English, Italian, French or Chinese. He could speak English but he would often reply you in Italian, and the guests had no clue if he understood their order & he would look at us and laugh, It was hilarious,.
|We sat on the Patio|
|My delicious Plate! I finished it all!|
|I love this picture :)|
|Valentino - our awesome host :)|
|California Dreamin - thinking of you baby!!!|
|Can you see our AWESOME waiter on the left - Il Fornaio|
Il Fornaio della SpiaggiaMore info from LA Times CalendarLive
1551 Ocean Avenue
(across from the Santa Monica Pier)
Santa Monica, CA 90401
|Best dishes||Fried squid, stuffed focaccia, roasted artichokes, grilled salmon, chicken cooked under a brick, Tuscan chicken, affogato.|
|Of Note||Morning pastries and lunch weekdays. Dinner daily. Brunch weekends.|
|Payment||American Express , Discover , MasterCard , Visa|
|Prices||Appetizers, $5 to $10; pastas, $10 to $16; main courses, $13 to $19. Corkage $10.|
however they have several other locations allover California & one in Washington, Vegas, Colorado, Virginia etc, checout their website.
Hope you enjoyed the pictures! thought of you while I was there :)
|Lol by the time we left Antonio was singing -- "I'm drunk in California...!!!" lmao|
....then we drove to Malibu