15 February 2012

Things To Do In...Los Angeles

Why, Santa Monica Beach & Pier of course...
if you leave Chicago on Route 66 and keep driving, until you can't drive anymore...
you end up HERE.  So as you can imagine, there are all kinds that wind up visiting.
Overall, the pier was fun.  It has a cool atmosphere, and lots to see.
It was a little dirty, compared to some of the other beaches and areas we have visited however.
We ran along the ocean, watched the waves, walked the pier and had lunch at Bubba Gump's!

santa monica beach

see the surfer swimming out?

serious waves!

I made a new friend!

this man just takes donations and lets people pose with the birds

lots of homeless people...made me wonder what their stories were...

this is husband's "bubba gump" face

So I would like to talk about Bubba Gump's for a minute.....  husband and I have eaten at the same restaurant on Navy Pier in Chicago and it was pretty good.  We had the chowder at that time and it was delicious, although it was $8 dollars for a small bowl. Our experience at this Bubba Gump's wasn't that great.  It was 3pm on a Thursday afternoon and not that busy.  The servers seemed more interested in making jokes with each other and being smart-alecs than actually providing great service.  We ordered the all American 1/2 pound burger with cheese making it about 12 dollars.  It came with fries that were pretty cold and the server didn't come back around to refill our waters once.  In fact, he seemed pretty irritated we were splitting a burger and not ordering separately. We just needed a snack and thought we would give our business to a place we had enjoyed before but were sorely disappointed.  We will never return to this Bubba Gump, and I highly doubt if we ever return to another one period.  The food seems t be way overpriced for what you actually get.  Add to it the shotty service and we are done.  Overall, we rate this restaurant a 2/10.  

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Over & Out,


  1. Gorgeous pictures Ashley! And I've gotta say, the picture of you wearing shorts and a tee made me super jealous :( I'm in sweats and wooly socks and I'm still cold lol. Summer cannot get here soon enough!

  2. hahah i love husbands bubba gump face!

  3. I love the Santa Monica pier, always so much to see/do.. plus 3rd Street Promenade has great shopping!

    On a side note, I was wondering if you'd be interested in doing a button swap?? xo


  4. Great pics! Hubs and I loved riding bikes along that beach when we lived out that way!

  5. Beautiful pictures of the pier! It's not one of my fave places, but something about the way you captured it is very nostalgic. It's definitely a place you have to go once :)

  6. I love all the color and emotion in these pictures! What a fun place. And the picture of you and the parrot is too cute! I'm just catching up from a few days ago as well and I wanted to let you know how much I admire your strength and trust in God! He has big plans for you two as I'm sure you already know! <3

  7. How fun! I have always wanted to go there. I WISH I were in shorts and t-shirts! Love these pictures, looks like y'all are really enjoying it there.

  8. I have been to Cali quite a few times but haven't made it to Santa Monica yet! It looks like fun!

  9. Aw this looks like so much fun! Almost like Pike Place Market in Seattle only sunny and pretty! haha! Love the birds! Now I think I need one!
    Glad you are liking California! Your gorgeous face definitely looks good there

  10. Ooooo so pretty!!!! Love the diverse culture at the pier!

  11. You got some really cool shots! Makes me want to go do some street photography right now.

  12. i smile every time you post about
    LA :) makes me feel so close to you!

    lol .. weirdo right?

    anyways :)
    i love santa monica ...its
    perfect for a sunny day and a
    walk in the pier. The beach ..
    i don't like much, the water
    is not my favorite.

    Now ... did you go to the
    promenade ? Amazing !!


  13. Ok, I am SO jealous that you are there right now :/ Every post you do about So-Cal, I know exactly where and what you are talking about and I wanna drive down and take an early vacation! Looks like you are having a mega blast :) Santa Monica pier is sooo fun, still gotta take my husband Ryan. Have you done Catalina yet?

  14. looks like it was so fun! love the busy photos of the pier. they're just right.

  15. You and your new camera sure are getting along nicely! These pictures are amazing! The one of you and the parrot?? Favorite!!

  16. Your pictures are amazing! You have a wonderful talent!

  17. Wow your pictures are amazing, and I need to go there!

  18. I grew up about 45 minutes from Santa Monica Pier so I have lots of fun memories from there :)

    You're pictures capture the atmosphere perfectly!


  19. Love your pictures... And so jealous that you're wearing shorts in February!!!

  20. Gorgeous pics! However, I am deathly afraid of birds, so I got a little sweaty looking at them.

  21. So colorful...literally, in every way!! I love your "exploring LA" posts. I think (no, I know) that I'm living vicariously through you right now!! Have you been to The Grove or Third Street Promenade yet?? Even if only for a stroll around to window shop? Do tell!!

    Mendi @ Her Late Night Cravings

  22. LOVE these pictures and so jealous of how photogenic you are!!


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  23. I love this!! These are beautiful pictures =)

  24. the woman with the pot on her head is awesome!! seriously ash - i dont know any fancy photography terms but however you took this pics looks amazing! and bubba gumps is one of my all time fav restaurants - their strawberry lemonade and cookie dessert - chart-toppers!

  25. Bubba gump's is a real place?? Dang, I thought it was just made up! Gorgeous pictures, Ashley!

  26. I love LA and the whole area AND the OC, but really love Santa Monica pier!!! Love your photos here hon!

  27. Love those pictures! You can really see the great colors, love it.
    Wow, a parrot! More parrots!! So pretty!!
    And that is one pretty beach and boardwalk!! Very nice.

  28. what incredible pictures!


  29. Your pictures at the pier are seriously amazing!! Especially love the ones of that woman dancing with the jug on her head and the one where you can see the sunshine under the pier! So gorgeous! <3

    Forever Fashionably Late

  30. I think the pier is fun, but so touristy. My favorite is Paradise Cove. Go there, enjoy lunch/drinks at the restaurant and take a walk around the small coves...love it!


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