Going Down Memory Lane
I try not to clutter my dining blog with touristy places that you can read about on Yelp
But for nostalgia's sake, I need to throw out a few words about Las Brisas!
This is a photo I took in May 2014. I don't have a photo from the early 1980's when Don and I lived up the road often walked to the restaurant for Happy Hours on the patio. At that time it had just been open a couple years, as Las Brisas.
Back in 1938, when Laguna Beach was a more isolated beach town, the building with its grand ocean view, was the Victor Hugo Inn. That was long before Don and I used to come. It was also before O.J. Simpson used to frequent the place. It's a little creepy that we hung out at Las Brisas about the same time period that he did.
Happy Hour in 2014
A year ago, it was an even shorter walk from our hotel to Happy Hour than our walks from home 30+ years earlier. It was early evening, and blue umbrellas were shading us from the hot sun. I was glad to see the blue and white theme was still happening.
The patio was as packed as we remembered. Back in the '80's, you had to be sly and quick to grab a table. I also remember only eating Mexican food. The menu had expanded and we enjoyed some excellent sushi.
We were in town a week, so we headed over again on the evening of Cinco de Mayo. At least one of us had to have a margarita to celebrate the occasion.
Mariachis on Cinco de Mayo!
I don't recall seeing mariachis at Las Brisas in the past! But suddenly we were surrounded! Perfecto!
We requested our favorite song "Malaguena" which requires at least one very decent singer, who can hold notes for a long time! These guys got a good tip!
One More Visit
I paid one more visit to Las Brisas, on an early morning run. I snapped a cell phone pic and sighed at the old favorite with the wonderful view of the Pacific.
It was odd to see the place empty, especially the tiled table that circled the fire pit. So many had gathered around that pit on the other evenings.
Bette Davis... a Few Days Later
The Dining Blog
This is a blog about Dining Adventures. Sometimes, I talk about food. Below, you can read how this started.
On July 4th 2011, I set a goal to try 50 culturally diverse restaurants in one year! (I knew that was possible, living in the Houston area) I spent the year pulling in friends and family to join me, on some unusual dining adventures. I met some curious people, tried some scary foods and explored places and cultures I never would have otherwise. Even though I met my goal, I learned too much to end my adventures in dining. I have continued blogging about memorable dining adventures of all kinds, near and far... and all the discoveries and funny things I've learned along the way!
Locations and types of dining adventures, are listed further down.