I started writing about the trip and thought I could sum up the whole weekend in one post. Well, I can't! So, here is your first installment....
We got in late on Friday night, but drove up to Venice for a quick cocktail with our friend Brad before we checked in and passed out. By the way, getting used to driving everywhere is really strange (as we don't own a car in Chicago), but getting used to driving in L.A. was like an out of body experience! I made my patient husband do most of the driving...
|Alex & Brad. Nice face, Alex.|
On Saturday we headed to Santa Monica to meet Brad for some brunch at a cute little place called Bread & Porridge. I didn't actually photograph my food here-- I was just so hungry because of the time change that I inhaled it! I had a delish roasted red pepper and feta scramble and a huge cup of coffee.
|Santa Monica State Beach|
|Hazelnut gelato. Enough said.|
|Santa Monica Pier|
|Santa Monica Pier|
|Getting shaved and taped up.|
We stayed in downtown L.A. for this trip which I typically wouldn't do. There's not a whole lot going on there during the weekends, but since you have to drive everywhere anyway it didn't really matter to us. Also, the race and the expo were being held downtown so we picked our location based on how convenient it was for the race festivities-- and we were able to walk to those. This was especially nice when it came to the 7:30 AM start time on Sunday. Also, a special thank you to my well traveled parents for gifting us their hotel points so that we could keep our little trip budget friendly!
Alex loves some carbs the night before a race, so we found an Italian restaurant downtown where he could get his favorite pre-race dinner of spaghetti Bolognese. Cucina Rustica was a great option-- a nice atmosphere, but still relaxed and some really good food. It was also in walking distance of our hotel-- success! We split a tricolore salad, which is basically a California-style caprese salad-- tomatoes, fresh mozzarella slices, basil, and avocado! And then I had a really good pasta with spinach, artichoke hearts, and shrimp in a tomato white wine sauce.
|Penne con spinaci e carciofi|
Stay tuned for Day Two!