Monday started off leisurely, as we were planning a drive up to Temecula to go wine tasting. We decided to go during a week day so we could enjoy the discounted tastings. With the vast number of wineries available, I narrowed our choices down to 3, Ponte, Weins, and Leoness. The drive was beautiful and we were able to enjoy the beautiful scenery (we even stopped for an impromptu shopping excursion) and just enjoy catching up and reminiscing about our college days.
Weins is known for it’s “Big Reds” so we had to put that on our list. I think my favorite was their Dulce Maria which was a sweet blend of fruits with lovely apple and melon tones. Ponte probably had the most beautiful grounds we visited. This would be a great wedding site. Lush greeneries and immaculate gardens surrounded the grounds. They also have an inn, if your guests would like to stay on site. I think next time we will actually schedule a vineyard tour and tasting.
king all that wine, we decided to take a trip down the coast and enjoy the happy hour lunch at the Chart House in Cardiff by the Sea. OMG! I would love to live there year around. Nestled right on the coast of the Pacific, it’s hard to imagine any other place on earth as beautiful. We were seated in front of one of the beautiful picturesque windows, which gave us a view of the beach. Not to be outdone by it’s ambiance, the food was delicious! I had the Shrimp Scampi, Daurice had the Salmon and we shared the Lobster & Shrimp Spring Rolls. Absolutely Superb!!
Our view of the ocean. . .
Tuesday was an early morning as we planned to spend the entire day in LA. This was my birthday gift to Daurice, as this was her first visit ever to the City of Angels. I’m so glad that I’m able to read maps, because my fear of driving in LA rush hour traffic made us decide to get a metro card and see all the sights via subway. We started our tour of Los Angeles at the Japanese American museum. Daurice’s father was Japanese, so it was a great tribute to go and visit the museum, for me to learn more about the history of Japanese Americans and for Daurice to see some of the history that she grew up hearing about.
We then headed back via subway toward the Staples Center and LA Live. This is probably my favorite area in LA. Great eateries, the Staples Center, the LA Convention Center, the Nokia theater, Grammy Museum and movie theater are all located in this area. We went to the Grammy Museum
, visited staples, and ate at Smashburger. Then we went to Hollywood Boulevard to see the famous Graumman Chinese Theatre and take a tour of the stars’ homes. We opted to take our chances with the tour companies that set up shop on the corners. This actually was my 2nd time touring with this particular vendor and probably my most enjoyable tour. For the price, you see a lot (Holllywood sign, Rodeo Drive, and stars homes) and both times we had a pretty good tour guide.
We were supposed to go visit the Savoy
, but after that whirlwind tour, we just wanted to grab a bite to eat and head home.
Since Wednesday would be Daurice’s final full day in San Diego, we decided to see some of the local sites so we could end the day early so she could rest before her 6am flight the next day.Our first stop was breakfast at the Broken Yolk Café. A local favorite, we thoroughly enjoyed our breakfast of pancakes and eggs. Next we headed to LaJolla, one of the most beautiful areas (in my opinion) in San Diego. I told Daurice about the beautiful white castle that I would pass everyday on the 5 and it wasn’t until her visit that I did research to find out it is the Mormon Temple. Daurice grew up in the Mormon church so this was a definite stop on our way to LaJolla. The grounds are simply magnificent. The view upclose is even more majectic than the view driving by on the highway. Although we were not able to go inside (you have to be a Mormon), just walking the grounds and taking in the beauty of the design was a treat.
We spent the rest of the day touring LaJolla, the beach, and UCSD. I had planned for us to have lunch at Seasons 52
. This is one of my favorite restaurants. The menu changes every week (hence the name Season 52) and the presentation alone is delightful!