Saturday, December 8, 2012

Santa Monica at Christmastime

There is so much to do in Santa Monica -- fly out there for a week of Christmas shopping -- trust me, your gifts will be spectacular and you will have a  great time.  While there view a community or two because Santa Monica would be a great place to retire.

We ate at "Veggie Grill" - vegan restaurant; amazing food that looks and tastes like meat but isn't -- delicious -- crispy "chicken" sandwich with lemonade, gumbo soup my daughter raved about and a huge salad -- so huge I couldn't finish it all -- this restaurant is really catching on and is very popular in LA.
We went back later in the week and had the "crab" cake sandwich, strawberry lemonade and side salad.  Others had the salad or the "hamburger."  Or the "steak" sandwich with caramelized onions and cole slaw.

We enjoyed the Santa Monica pier -- just walking around breathing fresh ocean air and laughing at the sea gulls and pigeons.   Saw a senior sitting and reading--that's what I'd do.

But best of all were the shopping malls!  Westfield Mall was fabulous -- shops with great stuff for gifts. 
 There is a children's store there called Naartjie that is incredible -- the cutest clothes for the grandkids that didn't break the bank.  Wonderful!

We came back that evening for a Mexican dinner at the Pink Taco restaurant.

Santa Monica downtown shops were great too.  I bought some of the freshest spices and some very unique ones from Penzeys Spices.

Then we headed over to The Grove  for more shopping.
Los Angeles Mormon Temple right outside our Azul Inn hotel window...beautifully decorated for Christmas.
What a trip!  We had so much fun.

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