Place 77 – Day 2: Las Vegas,NV – 8 Year Anniversary, The Strip & Best Meal Ever

Breakfast

We got up at a decent(ish) time, but as we are in a hotel, we don’t have a kitchen, so we had to go out for breakfast.

We went to Denny’s for breakfast and each got some sausages, egg, bacon and Curtis got muffins whilst Kim got pancakes with hers.

Curtis had a few cups of coffee and then we left to head down to the strip.

The Strip

We got to the Mendeley Bay hotel where we got out and walked around.

Whilst we were in our Lyft, we were told that the mango margarita from a specific bar was good, so we went there to share one.

Once we had that, we walked around and looked at shops before we went outside and explored the rest of the strip.

We didn’t do anything really, just walked around looking at each restaurant and attraction.

We saw the big fountain by Bellagio and walked around a few hotels.

Manicure & Pedicure

We came back to the hotel and Curtis watched hockey. Whilst he did that, Kim got a manicure and pedicure as she has wanted one for a while.

Best Dinner Ever

As it was our 8 year anniversary, we found a nice restaurant to head to for dinner.

We got a couple of drinks before we went in and then were called in when our table was ready.

We had a booth which was lovely!

Firstly, our waiter, Miguel, was excellent. We got some free bread with a delicious tomato concoction.

We got steak tenderloin with mushrooms for a starter, which was actually a lot of food!

This starter was amazing, and then we moved to the main.

We had a 10oz Filet Mignon each, cooked medium rare, with the signature sauce, accompanied with white truffle oil whipped potato and asparagus with onion and balsamic.

This is the best meal, and steak, we have ever had. The steak was 30 day dry aged, butchered on site and is in the top 9% of all of the US beef.

This meal was great and we left incredibly full and very happy.


Andiamo Steakhouse | Las Vegas,NV

Rating:- 10/10


We went to bed right when we got back as it was 23:30!

We had a great time today as well as some great food. Who knows what happens tomorrow?


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 77 – Day 1: Las Vegas,NV 🇺🇸 – Vegas Early Night?!

Bus To Vegas

We were up nice and early to shower and get fully packed. We didn’t have breakfast as the plan was to have it at McDonald’s by the bus station.

We got to the McDonald’s and there was a really good breakfast deal, so we got that and then got to the bus terminal and ate.

Shortly after we finished eating, it was time to board the bus.

The bus wasn’t too full and we got seats together, which was good.

All in all, it was about a 5 hour (or so) journey. It was an uneventful journey, with a brief 30 minute stop in Barstow, California.

The rest of the journey was basically just desert.

Arriving in Vegas

We got to Vegas, incredibly tired, and it took us just 10 minutes to walk to the hotel.

We checked in and got to our room and relaxed, briefly. We have a pretty good view.

Walking Around Downtown

We are staying downtown, rather than on the strip. We walked around the downtown area in the day light to see what’s what and what’s where.

We saw a couple of ladies fighting, which seems like standard Vegas!

Pool

After we walked around, we started to get a bit tired, so we walked back to the hotel where we checked out the pool and decided to sit for a couple of hours, basking in the sun.

After the sun started to go in, we went back to the hotel room and relaxed, watching a bit of TV and then we accidentally fell asleep a little!

Dinner

We woke up and then went down to a place called Flock & Fowl.

We got to the place and sat down. It was quite dark but smelled good!

We got a few small snacks, rather than mains. We got a bao each, shared smashed cucumber, sweet and sour boneless chicken wings and delicious sweetcorn.

The food was just ok, nothing was incredible.


Flock & Fowl | Las Vegas,NV

Rating:- 5/10


Early Night

We were just so tired, so we walked around briefly to see what this place is like at night and then we got a hot chocolate and headed to bed.

We watched the film a simple favor which we really enjoyed actually!


A Simple Favor

Rating:- 9/10


We have some plans to actually do things tomorrow, it was just a shame we were so sleepy today!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 76 – Day 7: Los Angeles,CA – Hollywood Museum, Trejo’s Coffee And Donuts & The Grove

Hollywood Museum

We just had to do something film related, so we made sure we did just that.

For $15 each, we got 4 floors housing 10,000 artifacts from TV and movies.

The first floor was about Max Factor, both the man himself, the make up and the movie stars that used it.


Hollywood Museum | Los Angeles,CA

Rating:- 7/10


We then moved to the next floor, which was in the basement, and was all things horror films and a whole section which were the prison cells from the Hannibal Lecter films.

The next floor was all about the animatronic and models used in films. This was the most interesting section in the museum.

The final floor was not overly interesting, though there was a section with the batmobile which spoke all about batman.

There was also a section here which had a lot of old cameras, which was awesome.

Trejo’s Coffee & Donuts

We walked from here just down the road to Trejo’s Coffee & Donuts, which was created by the actor Danny Trejo.

Curtis got a cappucino and we got a doughnut each.

Kim got one with cinnamon sugar filled with ice cream and Curtis’ was lime and sugar, like a margarita, which was great.


Trejo’s Coffee & Donuts | Los Angeles,CA

Rating:- 10/10


The Grove

We walked from the museum for about 45 minutes and got to our first shopping mall of the day, which was the famous The Grove.

Kim was looking for a few things here, as well as just looking around as it was somewhere you are meant to visit in LA.

We walked around but we didn’t find anything of use, so we left the Grove and walked 20 minutes to the Beverly Center, which we bought Curtis’ shirts in the other day.

Beverly Center

We got to the Beverly Center and weren’t getting too much luck with the shops, until Kim got to Forever21 where she was able to replace her flip-flops and get some clothes she was looking for.

Fatburger

We got hungry, so we stopped off at Fatburger which was a burger place recommend to us.

We each got a medium sized burger and Kim added cheese whilst Curtis added cheese and bacon. Curtis got onion rings as his side and Kim got chilli cheese fries.

Overall, the meal was disappointing. There was too much lettuce, the tomato slice was too thick and caused everything to slice around, the meat wasn’t staying together so crumbled everywhere, so overall it wasn’t great. We just saw that they are apparently rebranding to be called Skinnyburger…Interesting.


Fatburger | Los Angeles,CA

Rating:- 6/10


Packing

We got home and watched a few videos before taking on the mammoth task of packing. We leave LA by bus tomorrow morning, so we need to be ready.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 76 – Day 6: Los Angeles,CA – Griddle Cafe Lunch & Evening Drinks

Griddle Cafe Lunch

We slept in a little and then we got a message from our friend, Sep, that he was awake and ready to go! We were meeting Sep for some lunch as we havent seen him in a couple of years.

We first met Sep in Kuala Lumpur as he was staying in the same hostel as us and we spent a few days with him whilst there, so we had to catch up with him whilst we are in his hometown!

We got an Uber to the Griddle Cafe, which we have seen before and they monstrous pancakes.

We had a few conversations with Sep whilst we were there and then we got our food…which was big!

We each got pancakes, Curtis got an espresso and chocolate chip pancake and Kim got a coconut and chocolate pancake.

Curtis’ Pancake

Kim’s Pancake

We each could have done with only half the pancake as it was way too huge!


The Griddle Cafe | Los Angeles,CA

Rating:- 8/10


We sat here for a while, after being defeated by our food, and then we all headed out for a walk.

Melrose Walk

We walked to Melrose, which has nice streets and hipster stores to walk around, though very expensive!

We were here for a while and then Sep had to go home, so we also took an Uber home, which took a while due to crazy LA traffic.

Relax

We had an afternoon relax, with Curtis watching hockey, and then in the evening we went to the supermarket and got a pizza for dinner.

Drinks

We met Sep and his boyfriend for some drinks in the evening.

We went to a few bars and had some drinks. The first bar we had to enter via a refrigerator door, which was very hipster but awesome at the same time, and then we went to another part of town which was the ‘gay’ area and went to a couple of gay bars. It was pretty fun and we had some drinks but were back by midnight, which was perfect!

It was time for bed once we got home and tomorrow is our final day in LA.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 76 – Day 5: Los Angeles,CA – Mt. Hollywood, Hollywood Sign & Griffith Observatory

Mt. Hollywood

Our goal today was to hike up to the Hollywood sign.

We first got a Lyft up to the Griffith Observatory, so we could walk from there up to the sign. Once we got there, we notched that the sign was far away, but we had committed to walking it, so that is what we did.

The temperature was about 22°C, so pretty warm, but we were prepared with snacks and drinks we bought earlier today in the supermarket.

We looked at the sign and saw Mt. Hollywood was before the Hollywood sign, so we thought we better go up there first, so we headed up that way.

We saw the view from Mt. Hollywood and then figured out how to get from here to the Hollywood sign.

Hollywood Sign

There were two paths to go and we seemed to choose a fun but difficult route.

We walked across very tiny paths, including across a path with a sheer cliff to one side!

Eventually, we got to Mt. Lee, which is the mountain that the Hollywood sign is on.

We got up there and there wasn’t too many people there, which is good. We got a few good photos there, and had a snack.

Griffith Observatory

We walked down from the Hollywood sign to the Griffith Observatory. Overall, the walk up and back down again took us a few hours and it was a perfect day!

We then spent a couple of hours at the Griffith Observatory, looking at the exhibits and we even watched the large Tesla Coil go off!

We walked around for a little bit and then went to the theatre they had there which shows how they extended the size of the area by going underground and building extra room under there. It was pretty interesting, actually!

As it was getting darker, we headed upstairs to the 12 inch telescope, which has been looked into by more people than any other telescope in the world.

We got here at the perfect time, as they started preparing to open it for people to take a look in it!

We waited around 30 minutes and then it was opened, after the dome itself spun to the correct location and the telescope was configured.

We got in and weren’t able to take photos, but all we saw was a small white spec, which was the star Sirius, which is larger than our sun!

We caught the end of the sunset and then walked away, having had successful day!

Los Feliz Blvd

We walked out of the park as it was easier to get a Lyft from there. We accidentally found Los Feliz Blvd, which is a very rich area, with many a celebrity living there! There were some stunning houses, so we walked down here for a while and just looked at the houses.

We eventually got a Lyft back home and we were so tired and hungry! We had leftovers from yesterday, showered, watched a bit of TV and then slept.

It’s been a busy week so far and we’ve loved it!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 76 – Day 4: Los Angeles,CA – Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills & New Shirts

Lazy Morning

We had a pretty lazy morning today. We have been quite non stop for the last few days, so wanted a bit of time to recover this morning.

We watched some TV whilst we ate breakfast and then peeled ourselves out of bed.

Uber Fun

We booked a ‘shared’ uber, which we had sone on Lyft before but never on Uber. It had said that the driver was collecting someone before us, so it would take 10 minutes to get to us. We waited and waited and then noticed he was getting further and further away! He never came towards us, so we cancelled, which was luckily free, and reported it.

Rodeo Drive

Rodeo Drive is one of those places you’re just meant to go to in LA, so we did just that.

We wandered around looking at the shops which we cannot afford to shop in and we looked at the crazy cars driving up and down the streets.

Beverly Hills

We walked down into the Beverly Hills area as we needed to head that way to get to a shopping centre. There were some beautiful houses and it was a very quiet area. It was nice and peaceful to walk through.

Pretzels & New Shirts

We got to the shopping centre after about 40 minutes of walking and then headed right for the food as we were hungry!

We found a place called Wetzel’s Pretzels, which is a terrific name for a pretzel store!

We got a big soft pretzel and some cinnamon pretzel bits, along with a tasty lemonade.


Wetzel’s Pretzels | Los Angeles,CA

Rating:- 10/10


We saw a shop near where we were which sold shirts. Curtis needed to buy a couple of shirts, so we went in here to have a look.

We found two shirts and one was on deal, so that was a result! Curtis is now the owner of 2 more shirts.

Uber Home

We got an uber home with a sassy Uber driver, it was definitely not one of the best drives we’ve had!

We got back home and Curtis watched the remainder of the Leafs game and then we went down to the supermarket to get things for dinner.

Dinner

We got pasta and a sauce to go with the remainder of the chicken from the other day. This was a tasty and quick meal!

Relaxed Evening

We relaxed and watched some TV, followed by a film called When We First Met. This film was better than we both expected and was actually quite funny.


When We First Met

Rating:- 7/10


Tomorrow

Tomorrow should be super fun, but hard work, if we do what we are planning to do.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 76 – Day 3: Los Angeles,CA – Venice Beach, Santa Monica Pier & A Comedy Show

Family Chat

We has a 1 – 1.5 hour facetime with Curtis’ family, in which we discussed a whole host of things and just ‘caught up’ in general.

Marina Del Ray

We got ready and then dropped off at Marina Del Ray. We are huge fans of NCIS:LA and had read that the ‘boatshed’ from the show is around this area, so we went looking.

After looking for a bit of time, and coming across a really nice area, we decided to take an e-scooter and head to the opposite side of the marina as we believed the boatshed was on that end.

A Nice Lighthouse In The Area

The Marina Was Pretty

Low and behold, we couldn’t find it, so we gave up and walked to Venice Beach.

Venice Beach

We got to Venice Beach, in terrific weather, and the first port of call was a bite to eat.

As to be expected, there were a lot of expensive places and we stopped in one of them and got pulled pork sliders, which looked good but really weren’t. We didn’t even catch the name of the place we ate, but the food wasn’t that great.

After food, we went for a walk along Venice Beach. We walked for a long while, until we came across Muscle Beach & a skate park.

We spent some time at these places and watched people do their thing. Kim even gave the rope climb a go, which she conquered!

Santa Monica Pier

We walked on from Venice Beach towards Santa Monica pier, where Kim saw a hoop and had to do some tricks on it!

We saw the pier from the beach and then headed up onto it.

The pier really wasn’t that interesting and we had evening plans, so we walked up the road to find a ride back home.

We had to wait a while, but got a ride home and once we got back, we realised that Panda Express was so close, so we got some food from there to save time.

We got the orange chicken again, as well as spicy chicken and Curtis got some wok fired fired shrimp, too!

On the way home, Kim managed to break her flip flops so we had to throw those away and she had to walk home barefooted.

Comedy Show

We ate our food and then had to get ready to go back out again.

In West Hollywood, there is a comedy place called Comedy Store which Kim had seen a few well known names were performing tonight, so we got some tickets! Kim got to dress up and even had shoes at this point in the day.

We stood in line for a while, but eventually got in, got our seats and ordered some drinks.

We Were Very Close To The Stage!

There were a few big names, such as Iliza Shlesinger, Sarah Silverman and Jimmy O. Yang.

We couldn’t film or take photos at all, but believe us when we say it was a pretty hilarious 3 hours! Whilst watching, we got a bottle of wine to share and Curtis got a whiskey. There was a minimum 2 drink limit anyway, so why not!

We got a Lyft home and it was safe to say it was bed time.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale