california travel journal ~ day six

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On the fourth of July we were pretty much convinced that we should stay on the resort. Have you ever experienced the craziness that is California rush hour? It sucks. Not. Gonna. Lie. and on a holiday? um…no way. We were happily staying in for the day.

So, how happy for us that our resort boasts one of the best restaurants in LA? Mmmmm….hmmmmm….lucky lucky lucky.

We started our day at the resort restaurant, Baleen. How gorgeous! An open air restaurant on a perfect, balmy California day…

coffee for two…

(plus a bloody mary for J, and a mimosa for moi)

I ordered the King Harbor Benedict

Jeff ordered “The Sandwich”

both selections were AWESOME.

after breakfast…

more hanging at The Portofino.

I would rate this place the third best place I’ve ever stayed.

Number one- The Ritz Carlton Kapalua, Maui

Number Two- Now Paridisus Riviera Cancun

Yeah. This resort is GORGEOUS!

Lots of Ambient music was playing in the lobby living room.

Perfect for a relaxing afternoon.

We took naps, played in the pool and showered.

And pretty soon it was time for our dinner reservations.

At Baleen…

the view from our table.

for apppetizers…

I had the classic caesar with anchovies & mini grilled cheese sandwiches

Jeff had the Ahi Tartare

for dinner…

I chose the chicken. of all things.

I hardly ever order chicken at a restaurant,

but this sounded fabulous…

and it really was wonderful

the sauce, the tomatoes, the goat cheese dumplings…what’s not to love?

Jeff ordered the hanger steak


for dessert…

Gracie ordered the Chocolate Lava Cake with Raspberries

Jeff ordered a glass of port…

and I couldn’t resist the

warm bread pudding with anjou pear rum anglaise, and sour cream gelato

It was so good.

After dinner and dessert we watched the fireworks over

the Redondo Pier.

Part One

Part Two

How did you spend the Fourth of July?


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  16 comments for “california travel journal ~ day six

  1. Dana
    July 13, 2011 at 5:34 am

    Gorgeous photos of the places, the food and drink, etc., per usual! I love breakfast food with a well-done bloody mary or mimosa (or both). YUM. (I spent my 4th of July recovering from the weekend and was asleep before the fireworks even started. Lame, huh?)

    • Melissa
      July 13, 2011 at 5:38 am

      thanks Dana! That was definitely one of our lazier days…which we needed at that point. About ‘recovering from the weekend’…I’ve definitely bought that t-shirt, LOL 🙂

  2. July 13, 2011 at 11:02 pm

    my 4th was nothing like yours! it was too hot here and we didn’t do much. reading your journal is so wonderful, thank you for sharing your experience :). i wish i could have been there too! i miss you!

    • Melissa
      July 13, 2011 at 11:03 pm

      awwwww! I miss you too 🙂 xoxo

  3. Jana
    July 14, 2011 at 7:49 am

    Great Photos! Thank you for sharing your trip! Everything looks sensational!

    • Melissa
      July 14, 2011 at 8:59 am

      Thanks so much Jana!

  4. Chantelle
    July 15, 2011 at 9:10 am

    I’m soooooo hungry now! Super pics of you two! What a gorgeous couple! What a beautiful resort! Can you tell I’m excited?! I’ll stop shouting now! heehee. I’m so glad you guys had such a beautiful trip, you deserve it. And I’m so glad you shared it with us with such great pictures and such detail. 🙂

    • Melissa
      July 15, 2011 at 9:23 am

      thanks sweetie 🙂

  5. Chantelle
    July 15, 2011 at 9:10 am

    Oh, and “The Sandwich”? OMG! I want one!

    • Melissa
      July 15, 2011 at 9:24 am

      ah yes, the sandwich. YUM!

  6. Kimber Dunn
    July 15, 2011 at 9:40 am

    Yeah, what everyone else said!! LOL WOW the pictures showcase so much and bring us right along on your vacation with you!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE it and all the food looks heavenly!!!

    • Melissa
      July 15, 2011 at 9:46 am

      thanks for commenting…glad you enjoyed my travel journal 🙂

  7. Dana
    July 15, 2011 at 10:39 am

    You’re going to need a vacation from telling everyone about your vacation now! xo

    • Melissa
      July 15, 2011 at 10:42 am

      no kidding! some of those posts took hours! whew! 🙂

  8. Grace
    May 26, 2013 at 10:41 am

    Ahh I miss this!!! 🙁 I want to go back so bad.

    • Melissa
      May 26, 2013 at 10:53 am

      I miss it too, Gracie! wah! 🙂 xo

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