Feb 10 2018

Getty Museum


1200 Getty Center Dr,
Los Angeles, CA 90049

I saw All the Money in the World last year and Getty Center becomes a must on my list – which is a good place to visit in LA.

The art collections, architecture and the landscaping are nicely designed and done. The museum is free, parking $15.

 

 

 


Feb 10 2018

Getty restaurant


1200 Getty Center Dr,
Los Angeles, CA 90049

Pleasant, straightforward, bit pricy. Food and service are above average. I’m expecting a killer view but disappointed by the balcony wall – see through fiber glass (?) might serve better? They’ve out door seating but isn’t open. Oh well.

We’ve carrot cumin hummus, paella, chicken and scallops – the seafood cooked just right, juicy and tender. Fake cactus on the table. Why bother?

Parking at the museum is $15.

 


Feb 9 2018

Plates


550 Deep Valley Dr Ste 145,
Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274-3696

Friday 6:30 pm, many noisy kids. Stems are set on each table. A little odd combo. I’ve seen kids (well behaved) in a wine bar but not this many and this rambunctious.

Food and service are good. Clean bathroom.

 


Feb 9 2018

Point Vicente Lighthouse

The traffic from Getty museum almost ruined our little plan. We get there at the neck of time, 10 minutes before the sun set.

 


Feb 8 2018

Opera Patisserie


9254 Scranton Rd,
San Diego, CA 92121

Self-serving. Free parking. One bathroom. Indoor and outdoor seating. Delicious food.

Fresh orange juice doesn’t look fresh and I asked.

”Used to be.” One waiting girl replied.

”Oh. Shouldn’t you take the “fresh” down?” I asked.

”It’s not up to us.”

Oh well.


Feb 8 2018

The Hake


La Jolla Cove, CA

Delicious food, good view of Pacific Ocean & La Jolla Cove, and good service. If I’ve time I’d try George too. We’ve the ceviche and all the small plates except the mussels – all are good. They don’t have outdoor/balcony seating.

Parking is a problem, valet $11.

  


Feb 8 2018

Nixon Presidential library


Youba Linda, CA

President Nixon goes to China. He was the first sitting president to visit China. US Grant visited after his presientcy and Herbert Hoover before his.

The library is elegant. In the China Room there are many photos and videos showing his visit, in one he said, without USSR he would have visited China. His 1973 trip had changed many Chinese, to the better, mines included. Thank you president Nixon.

  

 


Feb 8 2018

Texas de Brazil


13772 Jamboree Rd
Irvine, CA 92602

Buffet, $30 lunch $50 dinner, desserts are additional. It’s pretty full for a Wednesday night.

Good service (our server talks very fast, like speeding on the autobahn. What’s the rush? Ha ha ha.) Food are ok: the salad bar and soups are ok. The meats are mostly tasteless – maybe they want to showcase the taste of the meat? The lamb chop, filet mignon are tender but could use some salt.

Decor is bit loud; what the wood is doing there? High end it’s not. I’d a glass of Conundrum red, which is so so.

 


Feb 7 2018

Going to the Wild West


A hectic 3-night trip to California, and taking the red-eye flight home. Nothing was according to the plan.

Car rental: I haven’t been renting myself for a long long time and surprised to find there are many choices to choose from the same class of cars. I’ve medium and there is a huge tri-row seating suv, OMG. How does it qualify as a medium is beyond me. The attendant encourages me to drive that monster and I did get in but don’t know how to adjust the seat, therefore, chickens out, and pick another car, which is more of my size -:).

Sunny, sunny and sunny.

 


Mar 22 2017

Bye LA, and hello NY

The security is visibly tight at LAX due to Westminster attack in London. Fortunately, we were able to catch an earlier flight out.