Hi ! Yesterday I posted that I was walking in Santa Monica, wearing a lingerie style dress and jacket. But I left out a key detail. ( no, it is not a fancy shoe!) I was walking to lunch at the well know restaurant, The Ivy at The Shore. This restaurant deserves its own post, but first a refresher on the dress, and the California sunshine.
If you will, Let me back track a bit. I stayed at a wonderful hotel in Santa Monica. Below is a shot of the Loews Hotel, Santa Monica, that really let the sun, in its full glory, shine in and alight the lobby.
After a lovely walk, we arrived at the exquisite Ivy at the Shore restaurant, where my eyes were greeted with hundreds of vividly hued roses, a profusion of pinks, yellows and oranges were everywhere my eye rested. Heaven!
The bustling restaurant was fragrant with the smell of french toast, coffee brewing, an undertone of a beachy, fishy smell, and of course - Roses! Every sense was alerted to something good in the offing. My hubby ordered french toast. Once seated I felt strange taking photos, so I borrowed this photo from the website, Theivyrestaurants.com ( there are a few). The first two photos I took a bit after the meal, when the Ivy was less busy. But this does indeed look like what he ordered!
The Ivy Santa Monica, or the Ivy at the Shore, is known for its fresh seafood, most notably its stone crab and oysters, its coveted location across from the Santa Monica Pier, and its potential for celebrity sightings. There is an outdoor room for that. We sat indoors, so no celebs in view, but wonderful service and a prompt offering of libations! Welcome to California!
I ate like a native from this glorious state: sautéed broccoletti, and fresh red cabbage slaw. That may not sound too enticing to you, but I try to eat mostly veggies, and only enough meat so that I do not become anemic. It was delicious and was beautifully plated; the colors of the food mirroring the pretty pinks and greens around me.
I enjoyed seeing my sisters and my cousins who were there to celebrate a wedding. My wonderful cousin was to be married in a few days, and we were all in a festive mood! The ceremony would be held at the Bel-Air Bay Club In Pacific Palisades, which is known for a commanding view of the Pacific Ocean. The ceremony was scheduled for sunset the very next day, so we were all very excited. And yes, there will be a post on that, too.
So after great conversation, fabulous food, and an eyeful of pink blossoms, we left for the beach. Another wonderful walk and more sunshine.
The day was perfect. The sunset and view later, from our room at the Loews hotel, was glorious. So I will leave you with this image, just another Santa Monica nightfall, with the sun setting gently over the ocean; its pink and yellow ribbons of light mellowing slowly, to tangerine and dusky hibiscus.
And to all, a good night.