Thursday, February 26, 2009
After a full week of seminar in Long Beach, we headed north for a few days off in Beverly Hills! Once we arrived at our hotel (which was a simple Marriott thanks to free night reward points from Chase Visa), we headed across the street to Factors Famous Deli. It was a beautiful day in L. A. and we enjoyed a fabulous lunch outside on the back patio of the restaurant. I even ate lunch in my sunglasses (very L. A.) After lunch, I headed in of course to the restroom (rememeber 5 months pregnant) and there sat William Shatner, Capt. Kirk himself! I ran back outside to tell J he must go use the little boy's room so he could see for himself. Thus started our celebrity sighting list:
David Hasselhoff-running in a neighborhood near our hotel
John O'hurley-at the local Walgreen's picking up a prescription
Andrew Bynum-#17 for the L. A. Lakers-at Mr. Chow eating dinner, sat beside J and made him look tiny
Michael McDonald-Mad TV
Flex Alexander-a star in Spike Lee movies
several Dodgers players
For the rest of that day, we enjoyed a drive around town just sightseeing and a visit to Rodeo Drive. After a small splurge on the kids at the Lacoste store we browsed through Hermes, Coach, Louis Vutton, and Ralph Lauren. Wow! That's all I can say about that.
After a quick rest, that night we had dinner reservations at Mr. Chow. Our kids love the movie Kung Fu Panda and made the family watch the special features on the DVD. There is a preview on the DVD of the Noodle Chef from Mr. Chow making noodles by hand. When I saw this over 7 months ago, I had no idea we would ever have the opportunity to travel to Beverly Hills much less sample THE noodles at Mr. Chow. They were the best noodles I have ever had and if you are ever out that way, you must try this restaurant. There were several celebrity sightings here as well as a plethera of papparazzi waiting outside when we left. Of course they didn't tell us who they were waiting on to pop in to pay a visit to the restaurant, but the night before they told us Lindsay Lohan had been there (who cares!) We were exhausted after a long day. . part 3 later.