Los Angeles…Day One

What do four girlfriends do when they check out of town for four days for a little r and r.  They shop, eat, drink and look at art.  That is exactly what I have been up to for the past four days with the emphasis on shop.

We settled on Los Angeles.  Easy to get to and good weather.  We truly did the town.  We stayed at Shutters in Santa Monica.  Beautiful setting right on the beach.  The service is slanted towards visitors enjoying LA vs business travel.

The first day we got there was a wash.   For dinner, we we drove (of course) in to Venice and had dinner at Joe’s on Abbot Kinney.  I have been there before and I am glad I went back.  The service is wonderful and the food is quite good.  There are a few rooms.  The bar area, the main dining room and the back patio.  All a little different but each worth sitting in  they also serve brunch and lunch. 

We each had two appetizers since we were a little out of wack and didn’t want to go to bed overloaded.  I had the duck sausage which was served on a salad of beans, peaches and a ginger vinaigrette and a tiny scoop of tarragon sorbet.  The duck sausage was fantastic.  Full of flavor.  I also had the Grilled Octopus served with their version of a Greek salad.  Simple and well done. 

The next day was going to be a full day of activities so we went back to the hotel and called it a night.