Join us for our journey in California which took place from September 9, 2017 to September 23, 2017 where we start in Los Angeles, visit the theme parks, the national parks, and then San Francisco.
Our departure took place out of Toronto at 10:10am and we arrived at 7:00am and it only took about 20 minutes to get through customs. We actually got randomly selected for a security check which was a first for me, but I guess I haven't flown through or to USA for a long time. Nothing happened other than them swabbing our bags. Speaking of bags, this was our first time trying to travel with just carry-on bags since our flight did not include checked bags and we didn't want to pay for them. Oddly, my GPS holder flagged their automatic system but nothing came from it other than them scanning the bag another. We made it to the lounge (thanks that Alex for the free guest passes) by 7:25am.
|Air Canada Lounge breakfast|
We got our rental car from Hertz and surprisingly, I was a Gold member with just this one rental. Since I didn't know, we lined up in the ordinary line and we spent about 30 minutes there. Gold allows you to select any car from the Gold lot which started from compact cars and ranged all the way to SUVs. It was just the lower end ones (Mazda, Hyundai, Kia, Toyota) but it worked for us. Ended up with a 2016 Nissan Sentra since I didn't want to worry about parking a larger vehicle and was hoping for better fuel economy.
First stop, food! We made it to El Tarasco which was a short drive away and ordered the enchilada and taco combo, and the burrito. The meal came with free taco chips and salsa which were nice. The food was really good and the portions are very generous. Lucky for us since there was no food on our flight. It came out to $21.52 before tip.
|El Tarasco - Burrito|
|El Tarasco - Enchilada and Taco combo|
|Santa Monica Pier|
|Santa Monica Pier|
Carousel Restaurant is where we had dinner where we ordered the Fool Mudammas and the Stuffed Kofta. The food was good, it is a decide sized place, although the parking lot is not large enough for the amount of restaurants and shops there. Dinner came out to $23.49 after taxes.
|Carousel's appetizers (included).|
|Carousel - Stuff koftas on the left, Fool's Mudammas on the right.|