Thursday, November 3, 2011

Long Cali Weekend

The time had come for our Cali Weekend. Thankfully Matt’s parents graciously took the kids for us. They picked them up on Thursday afternoon. Unfortunately M missed a day of school, but I think she got over it.

We left on on a Thursday night and arrived at LAX around 10:00. The first stop was In ‘N Out Burger. There is a relatively new location just on the edge of airport property.

Friday morning was bit of a shock as we received a 4:15AM wake-up call that we did not ask for. After immediately rolling back over to sleep we woke up at 7AM PacificTime. Isn’t Pacific Time lovely, I got to sleep in and still got up at 7.

Mid-morning in Pasadena
Matt knew just where we were going for breakfast, Marston’s in Pasadena. This was one of my top 5 breakfasts of all time. All time. I had the Fantastic French Toast, which is sourdough bread crusted in corn flakes. My mouth is watering right now. Matt had the San Pasqual Omelet which had bacon, cheddar cheese, and fresh sliced avocado on top. OMG. We ate as much as we possibly could before we burst. Rest assured not one of those strawberries was left behind, nor was a lick of the avocado.

After breakfast we rolled ourselves back to the car for the day's activities. We started off touring the Gamble House in Pasadena. The Gamble in reference is from the Proctor & Gamble company. My pop culture friends should recognize this house as the outer shots of Doc Brown's residence in the Back to the Future movies.

The gorgeous front door

The inside was amazing! Unfortunately interior photos are prohibited, so what you see are from the Gamble House website. The family needed a winter home to escape the cold eastern winters; this is some winter home. The architects were the Greene & Greene. They commissioned the Hall brothers to create virtually all of the furniture and floor coverings in the house. Each room was highlighted by different woods. The staircase railing was teak, the wood trim on the walls was cedar, one bedroom was bird's eye maple, another ash, and so on. The funniest part of the tour was in the kitchen when our docent showed us the back screen porch & servants' entrance. She highlighted that the Gambles did not think that the servants needed such nice furniture on the porch. So they commissioned a different company to make a table for them. You might have heard of the designer - Gustav Stickley.
Sunny kitchen with the Stickley table on the servants' porch
Side view with front porch and sleeping porches

One of several sleeping porches
A final interesting fact about the Gamble house - Each year two USC Architecture students receive a fellowship to live at the Gamble House for a year. Sounds great, but one of them must be in the house 24 hours a day. I think they live in the basement as I bet they aren't sleeping in the priceless beds upstairs.

We spent the rest of the afternoon back at our hotel reading and maybe napping :) Since breakfast was so huge we never did eat lunch. That left a lot of time to get hungry for dinner.

I've been following a few food trucks on Twitter, particularly the Grilled Cheese Truck. Our area does not currently have food trucks, however there is a big push to create an ordinance to let this happen. Well this was our night, five food trucks were meeting in a parking lot in Pasadena!

The Grilled Cheese Truck had the longest line, and we soon found out why. Matt ate the Caprese melt and I had a regular good old sharp cheddar. So worth it. The Carne Asada tacos we ate from the Knock Out Taco Truck were stupendous.

I think we did enough for today. Just wait until you see what we do tomorrow. Shhhhh, don't tell the kids.

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