Sunday, March 4, 2018

California Dreaming - Part II

I woke up with this view out my sliding glass door and knew it was going to be a great day.
After hanging out and chatting for a bit, we got ready for brunch and enjoyed the sunshine. 
We pulled up to the Parker Hotel and I couldn't control my picture-taking self. This looked like a postcard.
The lobby is a vintage decor lover's dream.
When we sat down at the one of the hotel's restaurants, Norma's, our waiter presented us with this beautiful bottle of champagne that one of Dynasti's friends sent her as a present. I was so excited!!
They served fresh squeezed orange juice and peach nectar with the champagne - so I mixed them for a sunset mimosa. We started with Norma's fresh donuts, which were served with lemon curd and blueberry jam. (They were hot and amazing!) I also had the heuvos rancheros - served on top of a cheese quesadilla. The weather was perfect - sunny and warm with a slight breeze.
The best part of the meal was the company -- two more friends joined us for the weekend at the restaurant -- Michele and Jess.
After a long and leisurely brunch, we headed back to the house for an afternoon by the pool. I noticed that there were fruit trees on the property - a lime tree and an orange tree. I couldn't resist, so I picked some of each and made some juice and cocktails. How I wish I had these at home!
Then it was time to get ready for our night out on the town.
First up was the Tonga Hut and Tiki Bar for some Pi Yi’s (pronounced “pie eyes”), which are pineapples hollowed out and filled with rum and tropical juices. After that, we headed to dinner at Jake’s where I had a Hendricks Cooler, a wedge salad, and the tuna poke (spicy!). Our final stop was the Ace Hotel to dance away the rest of the night, into the morning. Thanks for stopping by!

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