Thursday, March 25, 2010

My trip to California

So I made it back from my trip to California. I flew out on Mon (at 5:20 am!) with 2 other coworkers for a video shoot for one of our clients. The shoot took place on Tues and included a plant tour and a "how-to-use" of our client's product. We will be shooting some additional B-roll here in Columbus next week.

It was really fun to see how they actually shoot for a video (it takes forever though!) and I am really excited to see how everything turns out. The production company we used was so cool though. They actually have shot videos for artists on MTV! I had never heard of the bands, but still I thought that was cool.

We actually stayed in Pasadena at The Westin, which was awesome! It was within walking distance of this really cute shopping plaza with some awesome restaurants.

We didn't get to do much sight-seeing, since this was for business, but we did get to eat at some awesome restaurants.

The first day we went to the Yard House. This was a great all american type restaurant that is known for having the world's largest selection of draft beer. I am not a very big beer drinker, but it was a fun restaurant.

I had the (MAC + CHEESE)2 which was a mac n cheese with chicken, applewood smoked bacon, cheddar and parmesan with campanelle pasta and white truffle oil. It also comes with mushrooms, but I had them leave those out. This was A-MAZ-ING! But it was very rich, and I actually couldn't eat the whole thing. Not to worry though, my 2 traveling buddies help me finish it up, so nothing went to waste!

Then later that night we went to ix-tapa which is a mexian restaurant. They had the most amazing margaritas. They were soooo good! They also had some amazing chips, salsa and guac. I pretty much filled up on the chips and guac, but I did have some of the chicken soft tacos.

This was one of the very tastey margaritas. We had a couple of pitchers of these!

Then on Tuesday night, we went to McCormick and Schmicks. We actually have one of these here in Columbus, but we were starving by the end of the video shoot, and we just wanted a nice steak dinner. We all enjoyed a bottle of Brancott, Marlborough, NZ Sauvignon Blanc, which I really ejoyed, and then I had the Signature Crab Shrimp Cake and 6 oz Filet, and it was soo yummy! We of course then had dessert and were all a little stuff (or VERY stuffed) by the end.

I then headed on back yesterday and it was a full day of travel. We left LAX at 10:15 PST (1:15 EST) and didn't get back into Columbus until 9:25 EST. I am so glad to be home, but I did have a great time and can't wait to go back to CA for fun next time!

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  1. YUM! That mac and cheese is CALLING MY NAME! Looks like a great trip and what a beautiful hotel--makes me want a vacation!

  2. That pool is gorgeous!!! And that mac & cheese looks fabulous!!! XOXO