Harris Ranch which ended up ticking all three of the boxes so we were sold. The restaurant turned out to be the cutest of ranches, all decked out with pretty much wood everything, roaring fireplaces, and mesmerizing chandeliers. It felt so warm and inviting, the perfect cozy spot to take the edge off from the drive and unwind. Since they happened to be known for their reserve beef, hubs and I decided that steak was just a must. I ordered the New York Striploin (pictured above) with possibly the best garlic mash not made by my mom that I ever did try! Hubs settled on the T-bone and was equally satisfied. If you're a meat l over, this spot is definitely worth checking out. We picked up a bottle of their house cabernet sauvignon to enjoy later and hubs got some "real" sweets from the gift shop. That's british speak for actually nice, hard candy (like they do back home) and not the overly processed junk he normally finds over here. Basically it's what I would call fancy or specialty candy! Oh and I also got my coffee fix which was honestly, the smoothest blend served over ice (yes ice!) coffee cubes... it was all I could ask for and then some.
In the morning we woke up to soft sunlight coming in through the double french doors and a beautiful garden view filled with the loveliest of flowers. Oh and that pup up there is Puna, she also welcomed us warmly. Coffees were drank routinely right out there on the front porch, wrapped up in blankets and accompanied by some pretty awesome ukulele jam sessions. Nights we enjoyed under a sea of stars in the steamy hot tub, sipping on delicious reds and bubbly champaign. Not a bad way to start and end a few days hu? Also Pamela left us an amazing list of all the best local places to eat, drink, shop, explore, etc. so our days were filled to the brim thanks to her (and no thanks to me and my lack of planning). So in the end, it all worked out perfectly and that goes to say something about last minute planning then I suppose. Still stressful as hell (for me) but nice to know that things will fall into place even when you don't where those "places" should be. As for Mr. Brooklyn, we had to leave our little fur ball behind but he was in good hands over at Animal Kingdom... seriously he loves it there more than he does at home I think! Highly recommended if you're a local to Santa Monica and ever need to board your pet... because we've become one of those LA couples that does things like boarding their pets... and he also eats organic!