For our last evening out we strolled towards Venice again and had a brilliant Italian meal at Vecchia Cucina
It was busy and noisy and perfect
Yummy lamb ragu…😋
After dinner we experimented with uber and were driven home by a jobbing actor from London who dropped us off at the bar next door where we sadly made plans for our final few hours here today.
So that’s all folks. We are back on the plane this afternoon and shall be making friends with Jet lag for the rest of the weekend I’m sure.
Here’s to the next trip! 🍸
We decided to round off our day on Tuesday with a trip to the cinema to watch Jupiter Ascending. After the horror and hilarity that is the film we stopped in for wings and beer to cheer ourselves up. Delicious.
Next morning we headed off with a quick bite of breakfast and the strangest hot chocolate preparation i’ve ever seen.
He is flame grilling a massive marshmallow!
Plans for the morning were to indulge my stalking tendencies on a Hollywood Stars’ Homes tour. It was actually a good way to see some of the city and with an open top bus and stunning weather, a good chance to catch some rays. We drove down streets where the trick or treating would be great! Adam Sandler living across from Goldie Horn and Kurt Russell. Steven Spielberg is practically their neighbour too. On some streets you couldn’t swing a cat without hitting a celeb home. We saw mansions belonging to Rhianna, P Diddy and the most expensive house in LA belong in to Petra Ecclestone currently on the market for $150 mill. And of course, the playboy mansion. I didn’t take any home snaps as that felt a bit weird even for me so content yourself
with this instead.
After that our day pretty much consisted of this
We sat on the beach and soaked up some sunshine them headed home ready for dinner plans.
That evening we met up with Dan an old friend of mine I met travelling who lives over here now with his lovely wife Delara. We had a gorgeous dinner at a hotel restaurant around the corner from us and such fun catching up over cocktails in their very trendy bar next door. I am pretty bummed I didn’t take any snaps at all but we were having such a lovely time I forgot. Next time we are back maybe 😊
With slightly sore heads this morning we went on a mission for a bath mat which involved a 3 mile walk but we rewarded ourselves with sushi for lunch
We had debated going to Rusty’s favourite place Hiko Sushi but the chef is known for being a bit of a sushi militant and with me not being the *biggest* of sushi fans I needed something bit gentler.
Sugar Fish delivered and was delicious!
I really enjoyed it and having the ‘trust me’ menu meant I tried things i wouldn’t normally choose.
Last night we headed to a restaurant on Santa Monica pier called Lobster. They gave us a great table with a view
and had impeccable service with food to match. We had great clam chowder which we had been hanging out for since honeymoon part one back in August and we weren’t disappointed. I was then served a GIANT steak with a mountain of truffle fries and rusty stuck with seafood: crab cake and prawns.
Look at my giant prawn!
After dinner we headed back to a bar next to our hotel and had a very happy happy hour indeed! We stumbled back and I mean that literally with two drinks Dobbers on fine form but it was me feeling rough in the morning when we woke.
In my defence I have come down with the teachers half term lurgy but the red wine headache didn’t help the cold this morning for sure. Still after a hot shower I was ready to go and we grabbed coffee and breakfast at an extremely trendy coffee shop down the street. Rusty had an Elvis brioche complete with peanut butter, banana and bacon!
We had been lucky enough to get passes to Disney Land thanks to Russ’ ex-colleagues and so we headed off for the land of make believe for the morning.
After rekindling Rusty’s fear of heights we calmed things down with Star Wars and Indiana Jones (can you guess who chose the rides?) and then headed back to Venice for lunch and more lobster at a sister restaurant to one we tried in Santa Barbara. We LOVED it there and it was one of our stops on the food tour we did; we were disappointed not to be able to go back for a proper meal so we were chuffed that we had a second chance in SM.
It was as good – if not better – than we’d remembered and with tummies pleasingly full we headed home.
After arriving in our hotel last night we went for a wander along 3rd street and found a nice italian to eat in with some excellent wine. The promenade was full of shops, street performers and people. Twinkling lights in the trees added to its pretty appearance and we sauntered around checking out the scene before heading back for some rest.
This morning Rusty had it sorted. Best breakfast in SM was apparently at Cora’s so we duly set off only to find that every man and his wife had read the same reviews and there was a lengthy queue. After a looooooooong wait we were finally seated but after nearly two hours our hungry faces were pretty sad ones
was our breakfast?!
Here it is!!
Look how happy he is! It was delicious.
Feeling full and happy we set off for a walk
along the beach in the sunshine
We wandered on to Venice which seems to have a very sunny Camden vibe and is full of artists, performers and the odd shady character 🙂
After some sunbathing and frozen yoghurt we wandered back to check out the pier
And then ended our day with a glass of
wine in the sunshine.
Before heading in to get changed for our dinner date on the ‘Venetian canal’ we played some final games of blackjack and some more spinning of the wheel and Lady Luck was with us again. We won another $100
and had another lovely dinner courtesy of the casino 🙂
We also discovered the joy of ‘drinks2u’ Normally the waitresses in the casino are few and far between it seems – particularly when you aren’t high rolling but the drinks are free (except the tip) so imagine my joy when I realised our casino had a feature on most machines whereby you can press a button and order your drink while you play and hey presto! Free G&T in half the time 😊
After dinner I took full advantage of this feature and we played the penny slots happily and not at all thirstily until we retired for the evening.
Next morning Rusty was up early doors because Arsenal was playing so he went off to find the football while I packed up. After the win (hooray!) we went for a bite of breakfast at Bouchon bakery and then walked down to the Bellagio fountains in the sunshine.
It was very impressive. Touristy as hell but I LOVED it and it was gorgeous in the sun.
Back on the road again on our way down to Santa Monica we stopped in for a shop – as you do – and picked up some bargains. Then we headed for the beach and our hotel. Well that was the plan. Until we hit this …
LA traffic at its finest. Eeesh. Fortunately we found an excellent radio station so instead of Taylor Swift and Ellie Golding on repeat I was able to entertain Rusty by rapping U Can’t Touch This – flawlessly I might add – and providing general knowledge facts about MC Hammer from my early obsession with him circa 1988.
it actually didn’t take as long as we feared and so we have arrived back in LA safe and sound in a slightly kooky hotel and ready to explore Santa Monica
K & R x
It is valentines day here in vegas and with the wedding chapels full of lovebirds where else could we celebrate but in the Wynn hotel with their infamous buffet for breakfast. Champagne and prime rib for breakfast? Sure! Sushi, fried chicken and Ice-cream? You can have that too. We had our fill – nothing too crazy on our plates, we are English after all, and set off for the mon museum. Or to give it it’s proper title The Museum of Organised Crime and Law Enforcement.
It was really interesting to a wannabe mob wife like myself and we had a good wander around before setting off to our second destination – Kiss mini golf.
Under a black light and with crazy nights playing in the background we proceeded to have 18 holes of rock and roll fun with Russell beating me as usual though not by too much.
After that it was off down the strip again for a final wander in the sunshine. Dinner tonight is by the canal in our hotel. Yes you read right, I said canal. How romantic!!
We set off bright and early to drive to vegas as it’s a long weekend here and so we knew it would be busy. After a lot of road and some desert views
Vegas appeared on the horizon and the bright lights beckoned like a moth to a flame. Or like me towards slot machines.
It is a pretty impressive sight especially seeing it for the first time. The hotels are stupendously big and ours is the biggest in the world according to our bellhop. Not sure whether that’s right but it feels like it could be!
With the Louis Vuitton, Chloe, Rolex, Dior and Prada stores lining our entrance we knew we were somewhere where money talks. And with a quick change in our strip view suite we were ready to hit the slots. With my first gamble I won big. 6 figures. Granted those figures were
ones but a win is a win right?
We went for a wander and stayed for a while in margaritaville (obvs) and then headed back for a shower and a change before dinner and a show. And yes another gamble.
And this time I really won! $80 In total enough to pay for dinner 🙂
The blue man group was our destination in the Monte Carlo where Russell reminisced about an earlier visit with the boys and an encounter with a lady of the night in a gift shop. She was too expensive apparently.
The show was good – certainly different and we had GREAT seats in the 4th row; a bit too close when paint was flying in all directions but it was a fun experience. Particularly the bit where we both fell asleep. Rock and roll.
Despite big talk earlier in the day, we were clearly exhausted (I’m blaming jet lag. Russ has no excuse) and so headed back for some sleep in readiness for VDay in Vegas!