Summer Vacation – California Trip

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I thought I would share the second part of our vacation this summer.  After leaving Jamaica, we flew to LA to visit my mother in law.  We actually had a 5 hour layover in Dallas.  So, we went to Denny’s and then tried to nap in the airport, but it was FREEZING!!

2015-07-21 03.00.08Our flight left at 5 am and we tried to sleep on the way there, but it was a full flight and not very quiet.  It was also FREEZING!  So, we were still going purely on caffeine by the time we landed!   We got to LA early and picked up our rental car, and then got on the road.  She lives in Simi Valley, which is about 45 minutes away from LA.


We hadn’t told her we were coming and she was so surprised and happy to see us.  Our first day there, we spent hanging out at her condo with her but we went back to our hotel early to get some sleep.  We hadn’t had a shower or much sleep since the morning before.  The next day we got up and went and took her to breakfast.  We ate at the First Street Café.  It was home cooking and was really good.  I had scrambled eggs with a biscuit and roasted potatoes.  The biscuits were made from scratch and were amazing!  I could’ve eaten a ton of them! first

After breakfast, we went driving around so that the hubby could show me where he lived when he was little.  He showed me his school, where he played baseball, and the places where he hung out.  I loved seeing this part of his childhood that I have only ever heard about.  It was really sweet to see how excited he was to share it with me.  That had to be my favorite part of this whole trip!

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We spent the next couple of days spending some quality time with my mother in law.  We ate at several different restaurants.  One of them was Toppers Pizza.  Hands down, this was some of the best pizza that I have ever had.  It wasn’t too greasy, and there was the perfect amount of sauce on it.  We had a salad bar and a pepperoni pizza.  The salad bar was fresh and it had a decent selection of toppings.  The only thing I didn’t like about it was that you could only make one trip.  Overall, I really enjoyed Toppers.


Another restaurant we ate at was Don Cucos Mexican Restaurant.  I was not impressed with this one.  First of all, it was so dark in there, that it was really hard to even read the menu.  We ordered the Chili con queso for an appetizer and it was good.  It was very cheesy and delicious, but it was also really greasy.  I could put it on a tortilla and have a stream of grease run off back into the bowl.  We also ordered mixed fajitas for one to share.  The portion size was tiny, even for one person.  The meat was cut into bigger pieces, but there still wasn’t much compared to other Mexican restaurants we have eaten at.  The fajitas were tasty, and came with a lot of peppers and onions.  It was enough food for the both of us, but it was extremely pricey!!  I was amazed at how much our tiny portions of food cost.   So, while I did like the food, the atmosphere and the prices really turned me off of Don Cucos.


The final place we ate was at Coco’s.  It is supposed to be home cooking and they also had a bakery.  I ordered the turkey and avocado croissant.  It was really good, and the turkey was fresh.  I got a ton of turkey on my sandwich.  My husband ordered a burger, and he didn’t really like it much.  Their French fries were really good though.  They were hot and crispy.  We also shared a piece of apple pie.  It was amazing!!  You could tell it was fresh and homemade!  I wish we could have eaten here again.


We also ate a couple of fast food chains that we don’t have in Oklahoma.  We ate at In and Out burger, and I loved it!  I don’t eat burgers very much, so this was a really good treat!

We also tried Weinerschnitzel.  This was one of the hubby’s favorite places to eat as a kid, and he still loved it.  I didn’t really like it very much.  But I just ordered a plain hot dog.  It wasn’t anything special.


We did visit a couple of places on our trip, but I will save those for the next post.

I hope everyone had a great weekend!


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