Still on East Coast time, we got an early start to our day on Thursday.
Continuing our coffee trek, we headed toward downtown to check out Handsome Coffee Roasters. Handsome’s space in the Arts District is bright and airy; like restaurants with an open kitchen, Handsome’s restored 1950s Probat roaster is on full display.
We hung out with our espresso and milk for a few minutes before getting on the freeway to head toward our next stop of the day, the Getty Museum.
Perched on a large hill and surrounded by gardens, the Getty was the perfect early afternoon stop. We spent a lot of time at the Herb Ritts photography exhibit currently on view before enjoying the lush, green gardens and vast blue sky. It’s such a cathartic place to spend the afternoon.
After leaving the Getty, we headed toward the Pacific Coast Highway and drove up to Malibu to take in some of the lovely views that Highway 1 offers.
We paused for a bit to snack on some fried seafood at Malibu Seafood and then parked and walked along the surf. California beaches are a lot smoother and sandier than our New York beaches and we also don’t have anything that compares to the natural beauty of Malibu, so we enjoyed the relaxing drive.
We stopped in Santa Monica briefly on the way back, but we had another destination planned for the evening: dinner at Animal.
The heralded nose-to-tail restaurant was one of our most anticipated meals of the trip.
We enjoyed a hamachi tostada, veal tongue and foie gras, chicken liver toast, chicken-fried sweetbreads, oxtail poutine (almost took us back to Montreal!), and barbecued pork belly sliders.
Completely stuffed, we drove down Hollywood Boulevard and tucked into our apartment for the night.