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Apparently we were on the historic US Route 66, immortalized
We also passed through Beverly Hills, home of many celebrities.
The drive took us around 40 minutes and it took us some time to locate the parking entrance near Santa Monica Place. Both of us were dying to visit the bathrooms after the drive and we used one of the hotels’ bathrooms en-route to Santa Monica Pier.
Beside the restaurant, there was also a shop with all the Forrest Gump merchandise. Americans really know how to make money.
Both of us also couldn’t resist doing our Forrest Gump imitation.
It seemed that weekend started earlier for many people as the place was pretty crowded.
I suspect that it might have something to do with Santa Monica Pier being the end of the trail.
The main attraction of the pier is the amusement park called Pacific Park. It was always nice to visit a happy place.
Although we didn’t do any rides, it was still interesting looking at the young and the young-at-heart having fun.
There were several options – one could either purchase the individual tickets for each ride (4 or 6 USD) or opt for the unlimited ride option (Child – 16.95 USD, Adult – 24.95 USD).
There were the games booths as well although not all were manned (unless there was enough interest). It seemed that Pacific Park faced manpower crunch as well.
The first person who got the minion to the top (by aiming the water gun at the water hydrant below) would get the prize and we actually stayed behind to see who won. It was nail-biting end-to-end stuff; the girls celebrated as if they won the World Cup when they thought they came in first. It was not to be; the winner turned out to be the boy at far end and we definitely sympathized with the girls who went through the roller-coaster of emotions in a just a few seconds.
Despite not in the appropriate attire, we decided to go down to the beach as well.
Patrick was really excited to see the Pacific.
By then both of us were pretty hungry and True Food Kitchen at Santa Monica Place had turned up in Ying’s research. At the end of the meal, both of us weren’t disappointed.
Both of us loved the edamame dumpling starter (10 USD) that the server recommended.
Our mains were pretty good as well.
The portions were quite big (for us) and we really enjoyed the meal. Wouldn’t mind revisiting it if we are in US again.