Day two of the California adventure was a more laid back one without quite as much excitement throughout the day.
I had a business lunch with the VP of the engagement ring company I was working with, so with Anthony in tow, we met in Monrovia, California at Bella Sera for lunch. Because this was my first solo lunch out with the VP (and his wife, and Ant), I wasn't about to take food pictures, but Bella Sera is incredible. If you are ever in the Monrovia area, it is so worth a visit. Delicious Italian food, great salads, and a beautiful outdoor seating space.
These are some pictures from my prior California trips, each which resulted in dinners at Bella Sera (I actually pushed for lunch there, so Ant could experience it).
Monrovia itself is an adorable town, filled with little shops and restaurants, with the mountains in the background. Since Ant and I got to Monrovia early (we left Huntington SUPER early to try to avoid LA area rain traffic), we drove around and scoped out the neighborhood, which is filled with the cutest houses that are all so unique looking. We added this to the "definite contender" of places we could live. Huntington is still #1.
After the business lunch, which lasted a considerably long time due to conversation about how we met, how the VP and his wife met, on top of the normal discussions about business and the training, Ant and I headed back to Huntington in the early evening.
It was the perfect night to head to Sandy's, a restaurant level with the beach, so if you sit in the glass enclosed area, you are literally looking out onto the sand, pier, and water. It's pretty special.
Sandy's skillet cornbread with jalapeño honey butter, along with red/white wine before digging in to dinner.
We timed dinner perfectly so that we could get out and walk the pier, and be fully prepared for sunset that night. California sunsets are honestly on a whole new level - the pier adds a whole new way to experience the sights and take it all in.
We headed back to the hotel to grab an additional layer of clothes before then heading back to the beach AGAIN to truly capture the sunset.
After "the boss" was satisfied that he effectively captured the sunset, we walked back over to the hotel to drink some beers by the outdoor fire pits at the Shorebreak, and then turn in easy. A big thing we tried for on this trip was NOT to get adjusted to California time since we were only there for 4 days, and that would be brutal to come home and have to switch back to East Coast time. Unfortunately this meant our bedtime was usually around 8:30 PM, but that also meant we were up very early each day to fully take advantage of the day.
The next day was the most jam packed, and I had to work that morning, so the early bedtime was our best bet, despite wanting to stay up to do EVERYTHING we possibly could.
These are Ant's pictures from his Nikon from this day (and one from the day prior). I don't mean to gush, but the guy is so talented that I cannot even handle it (I know I may be biased here).
How do you adjust to jet lag or time differences during short trips?
Are you a planner when it comes to vacations, or do you wing it in terms of what you do during the day?