Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Weekend in LA - Driving and Eating

We went to LA last weekend, first priority being to spend time with T and his family, while they are dealing with his
health issues. It was great to be with them, to spend time in their backyard with cousins, brothers, family.  I'll leave it to my sister-in-law to write about the medical, as she is much more eloquent in that regard.

Instead, let's focus on the other parts of the journey, namely, driving and eating in LA.  We arrived on Thursday evening, picked up our rental car, and headed up the Santa Monica Fwy to downtown LA.  The daughter was meeting a friend at the Biltmore Hotel, and we took the opportunity to visit the Original Pantry, a favorite of Mickey's, Bob's, and everyone else who enjoys good, hearty diner food!  Open-faced roast beef sandwich with brown gravy, mashed potatoes, and canned peas for me, along with diner coffee.   Welcome home!

The next morning, we awoke in South Pasadena, under blue skies and a gentle Santa Ana wind.

After a beautiful, warm February morning, it was time for breakfast.  I had an inspiration, and we headed to Burger Continental, for the all-you-can eat Mediterranean Buffet.  Kebobs, hummus, salads, Armenian Pizza, pilaf, grilled vegetables, and of course, baklava.   Our waitress insisted that we could only fill ten plates.  If we took one more, she'd have to charge us extra! 

That was about all we could take, so we ambled over to Old Pasadena for walking, and some in our party even did some shopping.  I digested.

Family matters took over for the next interval, interspersed with a two-hour rush hour trip to pick up Son #1 at LAX, and then off to Santa Monica for a visit to the 3rd Street Promenade.  

After the get-togethers, we had another need for sustenance, and El Cholo on Western hit the spot.

One more meal on the last day with T, and we needed our LA deli fix.   Time to get the corned beef with cole slaw, russian dressing, with latkes on the side, and a bowl of matzo ball or kreplach soup to soothe the soul.   Junior's was the place, and it did not disappoint!

Time to get back to Seattle, many more minutes on the stationary bike, reps in the weight room, miles on the LeMond, and get fired up for Chilly Hilly this weekend. Hope that the unusually nice weather in February holds.

1 comment:

runningrobin said...


Quite the adventure! I envy you the weather. In San Jose today it is raining, just perfect for a run in a flood control channel. Good thing I am at a conference because the backyards here are neither warm or sunny. Worked off all that food yet?