There is something magical about the fog rolling in off the ocean in the afternoon. The damp air, the smell of the seaweed and salt water, the crashing waves and the color of the turbulent waters below. A stop on Pebble Beach, home of the famed golf course and beautiful homes, gave me just the taste of the ocean I was missing after driving north following all of SoCal’s sun.
The ocean will always a piece of my heart, even though I live in a mountainous land-locked state. Some people hate the fog in Northern California, but it is just so pretty and matches the jagged landscape so nicely. What do you love about the ocean? The smell? The creatures? The sound?
Oh Malibu, how much I love you. I can’t get the ocean out of my head! And fresh, steamed seafood with the ocean breeze coming across Highway 1 — the Pacific Coast Highway? Dreaming as I look through these pictures from last year. We stopped in Malibu after a morning spent exploring Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, California. A late lunch at Neptune’s Net was a favorite memory from the whole trip. Highly recommend stopping here and ordering from the steamed side of the restaurant, not fried, for a really wonderful meal.
We drove back down to LA through the Topanga Canyon, which is a beautiful drive! But the whole time, all I could think of was the beach, the sunset and the food.
Loteria in Hollywood, California was introduced to me at the recommendation of a good friend and traveler. We stopped in on their outdoor patio for homemade guacamole, superb micheladas and fresh Mexican food. This place is nicer than street fare Mexican, but not so nice we couldn’t rest our tired feet after our first day in California.
Highly recommend it for an early evening dinner before walking the Hollywood Walk of Fame, which in itself, isn’t much to see. Chinese Theater and the people watching are great – but make it a walk after a great meal – and not much more than that.
I love simple foods and a relaxed atmosphere on my first day traveling. What’s your favorite food to recharge with on the first day?