I’ve returned, after digesting all the great suggestions from my initial post and reading the Board for another couple months. I have my final draft, and would love any additional feedback before my trip in mid-October. My next month or so will be crazy, so hoping to nail things down this week. In short – usually skip breakfast in favor of early lunch; not a brunch fan, but sometimes a late breakfast is fine; 2 meals a day is plenty; love love love fish and seafood and vege’s, great ethnic scene in Minneapolis, so deliberately light on that; not a “sweets” person – many times will opt for cheese plate for dessert; have car but prefer to walk to dinner (Staying at The Huntley in Santa Monica, Beach House at Hermosa Beach, Montage in Laguna Beach).
Tuesday: Dinner at Melisse.
Wednesday: Farmer’s Market early; Loteria Grille for lunch.
[Conference – Wednesday evening through Friday morning]
Friday: Cocktail at Chez Jay; Dinner at The Hungry Cat.
Saturday: Unsure. Checking out at 11, then going to airport, getting car, driving to Hermosa Beach for one night’s stay. May consider Getty Villa (weather option). Or Farmer’s Market in the morning (again) -just snack at the market? Or Fig. Or, what about opting for a view and having a light breakfast at Catch or The Penthouse? (One poster said there are prepared food booths/Oyster booths at both markets (Wednesday and Saturday). I still had a hard time seeing what was available – does anyone have any more information on this?)
Saturday: Dinner at Manhatten Beach Post.
Sunday: Will be taking Morning Breeze Music Cruise out of Ocean Institute in Dana Point. Afterwards: The Harbor Grill?
Sunday Dinner: Studio at the Montage.
Monday: Coyote Grill or House of Big Fish and Cold Beer (will be visiting Mission San Juan Capistrano, then going into Laguna Beach to look through some shops).
Monday Dinner: O Fine Japanese Sushi.
Tuesday: Leisurely drive down the coast from south Laguna Beach to San Diego – flight at 2:00. Any suggestions for late breakfast/early lunch? La Sirena, perhaps?
Looking forward to my first visit to sunny southern California! -Mary