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Los Angeles: Santa Monica Beach, Mexican Food and Rooftop Lounging

Day 2 of Los Angeles and it was time to hit the beaches!  We went to Santa Monica beach which was swarming with both tourists and locals looking to catch some rays and fun in the sun. Seems strange to find rows of crosses on a beach but they are placed there in memory of the American soldiers that died in the Iraq war.  Pretty deep for a place people usually go to sun tan. One of the key features that makes Santa Monica unique is the outdoor gymnasium/work out equipment.  You see people doing some crazy athletic poses and moves and its pretty entertaining to watch them perform. Near the beach there are streets conveniently lined with shops and restaurants.  We stopped by Border Grill for some dinner.  The Mexican food is supposed to be very good in California because of the large Spanish community.  The chips are fried in house with a fresh guacamole and the ceviche with crispy plantain was bursting with flavor and my favorite dish. Their Baja Fish Tacos served with three …

Los Angele: LACMA, Universal Studios, Nightlife

Although I’ve been to California many times, I usually stick to San Francisco where I visit family.  This time, I took a week trip down with a few friends to explore the other main cities – Los Angeles being the first stop.  It’s a classic Californian city with Palm trees and perfect weather.  Lots of great spots for food, entertainment, and shopping.  Don’t confuse downtown LA as being the equivalent of downtown Toronto (we learned this the hard way).  All the action is at the beaches and Hollywood.  Car rentals are super cheap and the best way to get around. On our first morning we stopped by Poppy + Rose, a quant little cafe tucked in an uncanny location for an outdoor market.  A bit of a hidden treasure.  The food was really yummy!  We had a Salmon Eggs Benedict on a tender biscuit and Chicken Chopped Salad. After breakfast, we headed over to the LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art).  Of course, had to take some photos with the iconic lamps!  The museum itself …