GUYS. I went to a restaurant the other day (read: like a month ago… this post has been a long time coming!) and it was so yummy! One of my best friends had just returned from North Carolina, and we wanted to have an all day food-filled catch up adventure. Our first stop was a restaurant in Santa Monica called Areal. We went pretty much as soon as it opened so we could have the whole day to adventure.
We sat outside because it was so beautiful outside, and the bright umbrellas they had shaded us from the sun. We were the only people there for a while – it was like we had the whole place to ourselves!
I started out with coffee…because… well that’s just what I do. I miiiiiiiiiight be a little addicted. Just a little. ☕️☕️☕️☕️☕️☕️ OK, maybe a lot. I’m not complaining though. I love it!
Austin and I are very much of the mindset that when you go out and order food, it’s a great idea to share. That way you can taste a little bit of everything, and you don’t get food envy when someone else’s plate comes out looking FABULOUS. ?
Our first dish was the appetizer of Bacon Wrapped Dates with Goat Cheese and Honey. Ohmygoodness. I was drooling as soon as the waiter brought out the plate, so I snapped a quick picture then we immediately started eating these little beauties. They were SO good. Adding a drizzle of honey was magical. I need to remember that the next time I make them, because it really made this dish sing!
After savoring our appetizer, the main dishes arrived. I am going to warn you though, it was SO hard to choose only two dishes. We read the menu hungrily, and so many items looked delicious. We opted to go for the Lobster Benedict and the Lamb Burger on Ciabatta.
Lobster Benedict? Yes please! Let me preface this with I’m pretty spoiled about my lobster. My mum’s family is from Maine, and whenever we go up there we do a big lobster dinner with the whole family. It is always an experience I look forward to, because nothing in the world can beat Maine lobster. Even more importantly than that though, it’s just so nice to be with the whole family. They live so far away, so I rarely get to see them all, let alone all at the same table! It’s one of my favorite memories of growing up.
With that said, this was definitely not Maine lobster, but it was nice, and there was a lot of lobster. Like, surprisingly a lot of lobster. I don’t know what I was expecting, but definitely not that much lobster. What a great surprise. And the little salad it came with was really light and refreshing too.
The next dish that we dug into was the Lamb Burger. We ordered it with the ciabatta bread they had instead of the bread it came on, because I love ciabatta bread and it is fabulous. I think it was actually a really good call though, because the bread is so thick that it really stays together when you’re eating the burger. We ordered it medium (even though I reeeeeeally love medium rare burgers) and it came out very medium rare. haha I suppose it’s good we went with medium! It was just fabulous. Really a winner. And the fries were tasty too!
After brunch we decided to walk around Santa Monica. I just love that city. The breeze is cool, the vibe is relaxed, and of course the restaurants are delicious! I also love that you see little snippets of life that you would ONLY find in Santa Monica, like the picture above. We were walking down one of the residential streets and there was a surfboard in the window… I love it! Only in Santa Monica. I would really love to learn to surf, but the only kind of surfboard I even remotely know how to us is a surfboard cuttingboard!
Speaking of surfboards.. you know what else only happens in Santa Monica? POLICE SURFBOARDS. I died laughing when I saw this. What would be the reason you would need a police surfboard?! Are you in a high speed pursuit with a criminal, and he decides to take to the water? Well thank goodness, you’ve got a police surfboard – You’re definitely well prepared for a water pursuit! ?
After walking around a bit we stopped in Main Squeeze to grab some cold pressed juice and then continued our stroll down Main St. This beautiful succulent planter was in the window at Main Squeeze!
As we continued walking we saw the cutest little baby chairs! I tried to frame the picture so you could see them in perspective to everything else. They were so cute and small and I bet all the 4 year olds in Santa Monica love them!!! (ps. my juice from Main Squeeze is definitely photobombing this picture…)
Then we went to our final stop of the adventure…Ben & Jerry’s! We both got some sort of monstrous cookie-ice-cream bowl with the Tonight Dough (um it’s too good for words). I could try to explain it, but really the best thing for you to do would just be to go eat some. ? It’s a mixture of chocolate, vanilla, cookie dough… and other things – probably magic. That must be how they make it taste so yummy! In case you’re not already drooling, here’s a close up.
Let me just tell you…I’ve loved writing this post to share with you, but it’s giving me some serious food envy… Is that a thing? Can you have food envy when you’ve already eaten the food? Well at any rate, I’m wishing I had second helpings of all of these delicious bites.
If you find yourself in Santa Monica, I recommend stopping by all of these places! Also make sure you check out the beach. It’s my favorite part of Santa Monica. There’s nothing in the world that’s as relaxing for me as walking down the beach.
Do you have any favorite spots in Santa Monica? Let me know in the comments section below! I’d love to check them out.
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