Manhattan Beach, California

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Manhattan Beach is about 20 miles south of the Los Angeles Airport. When I visited Kimberly last month, this was the first place I went after picking up my car rental. I spent the morning walking along the boardwalk, peeking into the little shops along the streets, and taking some photos with my new camera!

Manhattan Beach’s City Motto is “Sun, Sand, Sea” which just about sums it up perfectly. There are volley ball courts all along the beach, mountain ranges on the horizon, and a lot of surfers hanging around. I thought it would be kind of silly to go from Manhattan, New York to Manhattan Beach, California, but I am so glad I did.
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The drive along the Pacific Coast was absolutely breathtaking. I didn’t even mind being stuck in the famous California traffic, because it gave me time to take in the sights. I saw a beautiful white heron flying along the road, which was really neat! I will definitely go to Manhattan Beach again next time I’m in Los Angeles.

If you’re in the area, I would recommend the following:

Have you been before? Where should I go next time?

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Restaurant Review: Osteria Mozza

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We have been pretty obsessed with Masterchef for the last few years. Joe Bastianich appeared as a judge on the show for the first five seasons of the show, so naturally when I was in Los Angeles, we really wanted to go to one of his restaurants. Osteria Mozza is a joint venture between Joe Bastianich, Mario Batali, and Nancy Silverton. Reservations were pretty hard to come by, so we grabbed the only availability we could find on (5pm!), put on nice dresses, and fought through the terrible Los Angeles traffic to pay a visit to our second favorite Masterchef judge.

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Sorry, you’re only our second favorite, Joe!

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Service:

J: I’m really happy they were able to hold our reservation for an extra 40 minutes while we were stuck in traffic. The service made me feel like a princess or like it was a very special occasion.

K: Everyone was so nice! They make you feel like you are a very important guest.

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Photograph from Osteria Mozza’s website

Atmosphere/Decor:

K: I would say this was more modern than a typical Italian restaurant.

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California Bound!

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Hi Everyone, I’ll be going to Los Angeles to hang out with Kimberly for almost a whole week! We will be taking in some sights, living out our Masterchef dreams, and watching some questionable movies.

LOS ANGELES - OCTOBER 28: The East Pavilion at the Getty Center is seen on October 28, 2005 in Los Angeles, California. The J. Paul Getty Museum's recently departed antiquities curator, Marion True, is facing trial next month in Rome over allegations that she knowingly received dozens of stolen items. Also, reportedly, Greece has renewed a claim that some items were stolen as well and should be returned. The allegations could not only cost the museum its reputation, but some of its prized possessions of Roman, Greek and Etruscan works. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

I haven’t really talked about anything beyond books and the occasional movie on this blog, but I think I might try sharing more about my daily activities, what do you think?

Since I will be on a plane tomorrow, I thought I’d share some links today to tide you over until the next This Week in Review.

That’s all for now, I’m excited to share my adventures with you when I get back! I hope you stay warm, drink a lot of coffee, and snuggle up with a good book or television show this weekend.

This Week in Review – 10/02/2015

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"Les Belles Danses" (The beautiful dances) by French artist Jean-Michel Othoniel, one of the three fountain sculptures installed at the Water Theatre Grove in Versailles outside Paris, France,  Tuesday, May 12, 2015. Designed by Andre Le Notre between 1671 and 1674, this grove is located in the gardens of the Palace of Versailles. Following an international competition aimed at garden designers for the restoration of the Water Theatre grove, the landscape designer Louis Benech and the artist Jean-Michel Othoniel were chosen for their contemporary art project. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

“Les Belles Danses” (The beautiful dances) by French artist Jean-Michel Othoniel

“In the United States we throw away around 40% of what we produce; and globally, 28% of the land under cultivation grows food that ends up in landfills.”

cool beans!

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This week, we posted:

  1. Book Review: Modern Romance, Aziz Ansari
  2. Book Review: Room, Emma Donoghue
  3. A Pairing: Edward Hopper + Dorianne Laux
  4. Books I Read in September

What did you discover this week? I hope those of you on the East Coast stay warm and dry this weekend!