If you read my LA in a Day! post, you know that my husband and I didn’t get to see much of Venice Beach while my sis-in-law was visiting. So, we decided to spend the day there yesterday.
Parking was an issue on our last trip, but this time we immediately found free parking on a side street off Rose Avenue. We got Mambo out of the car and walked down Rose to the beach.
The highlight of Venice Beach is not the beach itself, but the lively sidewalk scene with artists, palm readers, street venders and bikini-clad roller-skaters. You never know what you’ll see when you go there!
Although Venice Beach is fun, it’s not the most pristine beach in SoCal. My impression yesterday, in fact, was that it was DIRTY! Thankfully, Café Gratitude, the restaurant we had lunch at, was a whitewashed, sunlit, organic reprieve from the town’s grime.
When we walked in, we were quickly seated and reviewed the feel-good menu. And I’m not kidding when I say it was a feel-good menu, every item had an affirmation for a name. My husband, for example, ordered the I Am Whole, a macrobiotic bowl with sea veggies, beans, kale, butternut squash, kim chee and sea whip and black sesame gomasio with quinoa. I don’t even know what some of the items in his dish were, but he loved it.
I ordered the I Am Grateful, a bowl with shredded kale, quinoa, black beans and garlic-tahini sauce. This dish was a community supported meal that, due to the generous donations of other diners, you could pay as little as $3 for. Since I’m not in need, I paid the suggested donation of $7.00. Still a great deal, especially since the dish was delish.
We shared an I Am Awakening Key Lime Pie for dessert. It was light, creamy and delicately sweetened with just enough of a citrus punch to make it refreshing. It was fabulous – definitely the highlight of my day!
By all means, check out Venice Beach. And when you go, make sure to eat at Café Gratitude, you’ll walk out of the restaurant thinking I Am Grateful that I came here.
The Venice Beach photo at the top of the page is courtesy of Flight Centre.