Hello readers,

 

Just a quick note to let you know that I off travelling again.

 

I heading to the US on Saturday to attend the MadWorld conference in San Diego. After the conference I am meeting J in Texas, where we will have a look around Austin and Houston, before we drive into Louisiana for stays in Lafayette and New Orleans. It is then onto (by plane) to Savannah, Georgia and then Charleston, South Carolina.

 

I know I won’t have time to blog while away, so the best way to keep up-to-date as to what I am eating, seeing and doing is to like the Hold the Peas Facebook page, or follow me on Twitter @holdthepeas.

 

Cheers,
Em

The San Diego airport is super close to the city so it was only a quick taxi ride to our hotel, the Residence Inn Marriott on 6th street in the Gaslamp Quarter.

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After we drove back from San Francisco, our first stop was the grocery store.

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We set off for San Francisco mid-morning so as to avoid the rush hour traffic. This plan worked well, until we got to the toll booth before the Bay Bridge.

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On landing and disembarking half an hour late at LAX after the long flight, everyone who had a connecting flight was given their boarding pass in a bright orange express pass holder, and once in the immigration hall, directed to the so called express lane.

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The French Laundry, Thomas Keller’s Yountville restaurant in California, probably does not need much introduction to anyone remotely interested in food.

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We had planned to have breakfast by the pool again this morning (I was looking forward to more fantastic Jasmine tea) but we decided we didn’t have time, so J grabbed us bagels from the cafe on level 3 of our hotel (Mandarin Oriental).

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Sushi Roku is a Japanese restaurant with outlets in five locations. The Las Vegas branch was our dining destination for our last night of our USA road trip.

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We were up around 8 again this morning and J went to the gym while I checked into our cabana.

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Michael Mina at the Bellagio is located on the ground floor tucked in behind the conservatory and botanical garden.

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Twist by Pierre Gagnaire is the only American restaurant by the French chef and some think it is controversial that he chose to open in Vegas instead of somewhere like New York.

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After a much needed sleep in a big fluffy bed, we thought we would try Wicked Spoon, in the Cosmopolitan, for breakfast.

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We were up before sunrise again this morning. Breakfast was courtesy of the Best Western, with a breakfast buffet put on for all guests.

 

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We didn’t set an alarm this morning but were still awake around 8am. I thought we may have heard people up and about earlier walking past the cabin but all was quiet.

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