Photo by myself at Arizona Street and Ocean Avenue, in Santa Monica, California.
The view from our hotel in Santa Monica is pretty incredible.
This was taken around 6 am today. The strip of green is a public park that overlooks the beach. The stately palm trees are typical of this area.
It's hard to tell from this viewpoint, but there is a huge drop between Ocean Avenue, the street directly below, and the beach. The Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) runs along the beach, out of sight. There are beachfront properties that can just barely be seen.
To get between the beach and the main part of Santa Monica, there are a series of pedestrian bridges that span the PCH. Ascending the sheer cliffs are ramps or steps. I prefer the ramps, ha.
One of the sculptural walkways between the beach and the main portion of Santa Monica. Note the sheer cliffs in the background.
The bar at Blue Plate Oysterette looks into the open kitchen. The day's specials are written on chalkboards.
There is outdoor seating at BP Oysterette. The place seems to always be hopping.
My fiance Mark is in LA on business and I'm here for the long weekend. My parents also live out here, so it's been a nice, relaxing time. We are staying at a super cool hotel (more on that in a later post).
Mark and I had dinner on Thursday at Blue Plate Oysterette, a nicely decorated restaurant along Ocean Avenue. They have a great selection of raw oysters and seafood dishes.
Mark had the lobster roll, which was top notch. I had the bouillbaisse, which was divine. The soup part seemed thin at first but was utterly transformed after adding slices of buttered, crusty bread.
I just loved the interiors, which had the right balance of rustic and refined. The Blue Plate Oysterette is a smaller version of Blue Plate, another restaurant in Santa Monica.
Their website is as well-presented as the restaurant. To see it, click here.
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