L: After cooking pancakes and bagels for breakfast, we drove the short trip to Santa Monica along the 8 lane freeway. The weather is so much cooler we even contemplated sweaters! We wandered down 3rd Street via TJMaxx (yes, it's TJ here and just as irresistible!). Straight off a Hollywood drama descended upon us, a trash can caught fire sending thick smoke all along the road, firemen quickly arrived, people choking and scattering in all directions...just like a movie set. We calmed ourselves with bubblegum, white chocolate and double choc fudge icecream, yum!
We then sauntered down the pier towards Cameron's Bubba Gump mecca. The place was heaving with people but gave us all a great view of the Los Angeles bay. The muscle beach workout spot was soon eyeballed by Dave, eager to show off his David Hasselhof credentials. Enthusiasm was quickly curbed by a couple of buffed Arnie Schwartznegger look-a-likes conquering the monkey hoops with simian like agility. After some strained muscles and a torn ham string, we hobbled back to 3rd street for dinner at The Beanery. Previoulsy great, the food was mediocre this time with less than tasty thai beef salad, oh well, not to worry the shops were still open after...