I enjoyed my brief vacation, but I am so glad to be back with my animals. California has all of the scenery and nice weather anyone could ask for, but L.A. is not without faults. I can see why people move there but the sheer volume of people everywhere all the time would really start to bother me after a while.
I stayed with a friend and we visited Manhattan Beach, the Getty Villa, did some shopping (I bought nothing) and ate out at some places I really like, and honestly it is all blending together at this point already. I think the highlight was introducing two of my long-time friends and getting ice cream at Jeni’s in Los Feliz. The major downside of visiting L.A. is of course the traffic.
I don’t often remember to take pictures of food, but I kind of wish I had this trip because it looked as good as it all tasted. I have also noticed that in general the produce in California has so much more flavor than what I get in Texas. The avocado is more avocado-y and the butter lettuce actually tastes like butter lettuce is supposed to — almost buttery. Everything that grows, grows well in California so I am assuming the proximity helps preserve so much of the flavor.
I am overly excited about seeing Eli this evening after work and taking him for a nice long (hot) walk around the property before we get back into the swing of things.