[Santa Monica Pier. Brush stroke skies. Purple mountains majesty.
Photo by Akasha.]
"For whatever we lose (like a you or a me)
it's always ourselves we find in the sea."
March 31, 2016 UPDATE: When I wrote this during my Cali travels, I didn't know that I'd be invited to write a motivational book. Now "Shine through the Noise" will frame my series and my road to travel thrillers. I'm in the last 2 weeks of manuscript edits to do a tribe launch in early summer. That will coincide nicely with some events our promo partners have planned. I currently work a freelance writing day job and after "Shine" is out I'll be able to schedule more travel, speaking and rejuvenating events. It's not always easy to work get up extra early to write, work full days and then go home and again do my dream job(writing thrillers), but I believe it's worth it. Branding is a big part of it, so I can get the support and book contract I want (with a traditional publisher). Yes it takes a while with or without a day job. Thank you for following my journey! I am producing a few fun tribe pieces. More news and pretty views on that soon! Cheers & fair winds! Akasha
Check out The Tribe Vibe and #TBT to tasty Pacific Pleasures...
Whether looking for an exceptional romantic dinner or a winter getaway, seaside dining delivers an ideal blend of several passions. I made time in Los Angeles after the Golden Globes (and after the #Manbraid frenzy died down) to soak in the scenery. Here are some of my top shelf selections:
“Panoramic Pacific views & world-class cuisine”
As I’ve done before, I gravitate toward a menu paired with a panoramic Pacific view. Moonshadows has been around since the 70’s and has an entertaining, old-school supper club side. There are spots to dine outside and take in some of the lighter fare. My date and I scored a premiere seaside table by making a reservation on Open Table in advance. There are windows at our feet to open or close depending on the weather. I’m an ocean lover, so the crisp breeze heightened my senses.
Moonshadows' setting calls for seafood. Indulge in a vast array of ocean delicacies with a few turf and salad options. (Think contemporary American cuisine.) I savored my shrimp and veggie dish. The whole experience was enhanced by a breath-taking sunset, the romance of the ocean and the whisper of salt air as I sipped my local Chardonnay. Their menu is complimented by a wine list that has been honored with Wine Spectator's Award of Excellence for three years in a row. Moonshadows definitely gets my vote; it’s worth a trek up Cali’s PCH any day of the week.
[Soaking in the picturesque views at Moonshadows. Photo by Akasha.]
Legendary Santa Barbara brunch
A local took me for a northerly drive further up PCH. With an enticement of “Vive le pain perdu!” how could I resist? In Santa Barbara I discovered French toast brioche – long live the long lost French bread indeed! I recommend the delicate brioche at Renaud’s Patisserie & Bistro.
"Winemaking & filmmaking are two of California's great art forms"
- Francis Ford Coppola
And we took Renaud's classic Nicoise pan bagnat with us for seaside lunch paired with a soft-spoken citrus 100% Chardonnay.
Coppola Winery's fruit is sourced 10 miles from the Pacific, with vineyards planted in the coolest areas of appellation where the fog rolls in. (Love to write a thriller scene in the area!)
There are numerous dining choices just steps from the ocean, plus fine and casual fare on the wharf. I also noticed how much the mountainous landscape resembles Hawaii’s Kohala Coast!
I'll write about more seaside adventures and recos soon. Time to get another workout and #Davanti series writing session in as I prep for #Oscarweek!