A long drive for dinner

Two weeks ago, Chris and I drove around for an hour trying to find a place to have lunch. After pulling in to no less than 3 restaurant's parking lots, we realized that the only thing we both really wanted was Captain Kidd's. With us living in Vegas and Kidd's being in Redondo Beach, CA, that's not exactly a cross-town jaunt for dinner. So, we planned ahead and got us a hotel room in Torrance at the Days Inn on Pacific Coast Highway… I'll tell you about it in a few minutes…

I left work around 3:45 on Friday and we headed straight to Captain Kidd's. Got there right about 9:00. We called ahead and had some local crab cooked up for us. It was ready within a few minutes of arrival. Got some fried squid, cioppino & garlic bread, a beer and we were good to go! Had a great dinner, ran in to some old friends and then we headed to the hotel…

Gee, how to describe the hotel? Holy crap, what as shit-hole! The room was tiny, the mattresses seemed to be somewhere near 50 years old, the carpet was nasty, I found a flee on my foot 3 minutes after walking in the door, the TV's remote had about 5 working buttons and 20 non-working… UGG!

We went to sleep as fast as possible so we could get through the night and leave in the morning. We got up and went to Jamba Juice and then headed over to a store that Chris loves to shop at called Mullberry Cottage. We then walked through the Del Amo mall for an hour or so and then headed back to Kidd's for lunch with my grandma, my sister and her kids. I had the fish tacos and I can't recall what Chris had.

After lunch we headed over to a friends house to hang out and chat. I started getting a bit of a headache and was feeling a bit under the weather. We headed over to my mom's house for a quick visit and my headache continued to worsen. We decided to go back to the hotel to take a nap before dinner hoping that my headache would go away. No dice. I woke up around 7 PM and my head was KILLING me. We headed back towards Kidd's but stopped for some Tylenol along the way. I took those as soon as we reached Kidd's. It was quite busy in the fish market so it was very loud and was not helping my headache at all. We order a bunch of food (I had swordfish, shrimp & scallops. Chris had halibut.), ran in to some more people we used to know, and we were joined for dinner by my mom, dad & grandma. Luckily, by the time dinner was finished, my headache had mostly gone. We packed an ice chest full of fish, shrimp & scallops to bring home, said our goodbyes and headed out.

We stopped off at Penguin's for some frozen yogurt. Though I'm not a fan of yogurt, it was still pretty yummy. Since I still wasn't feeling great we decided to go to sleep early, grab some breakfast and hit the road. We went to the Original Pancake House in Redondo Beach. We found that they have opened up 2 OPH here in Vegas, but we've eaten at both of them and neither compare to the “original” in Redondo. Even though they keep the temperature of the building around 60, we had a great breakfast and hit the road.

When we were most of the way home, I mentioned that my back was hurting and that we should rush home and then head over to the massage school for an afternoon massage. So that's exactly what we did. It was a great way to end a busy, busy weekend.

After all the driving we did last weekend with out trip to Legoland and this weekend's trip to Kidd's, I can say that I am traveled out and don't want to drive any more than I absolutely have to in the next few weeks.

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  1. David on August 14, 2006 at 7:08 am

    I can certainly relate about the hotel room. One place my wife and I stayed on a cross-country trip was so awful we left in the morning without showering because we didn't want to put our bare feet in the bathtub.

  2. Andy on August 19, 2006 at 3:13 am

    I'll have to find this place (the resturant, not the hotel) next time I drive south to La La land for the weekend.

    PS: I've crawled out from under the rock and I'm writing again. (not that you knew I was before)