Sunday morning (last Sunday, a week ago), Tawn and I concluded our visit with high school friends, enjoying a tasty brunch in the home of Aaron, Lalima, and their family. A simple meal of Indian style scrambled eggs, chicken sausage and gravy, and buttermilk biscuits. We really enjoyed the opportunity to visit our friends and appreciate that three of them made the flight down from the Bay Area so we could spend this time together.
In the afternoon, we headed to Venice Beach and met Gary and W for a spot of tea at Jin Patisserie. This cute place is on Abbot Kinney Boulevard and is a regular stop for us when we’re in Los Angeles. We also made a brief stop at Three Square Bakery, located across the street from Jin, to pick up some pretzels and whole grain bread.
The cake of the day was, if I recall correctly, a sponge cake with mango mousse and strawberries. Or something like that. Clearly, I should have taken notes.
Gary had a chocolate cake that was very pretty. I didn’t try it, though. He didn’t leave any crumbs, though, so it must have been tasty!
As Sunday came to an end the first “vacation” portion of my trip came to an end, too, as I returned to work all day Monday and Tuesday and the first half of Wednesday. My manager and another colleague flew into town for meetings with me, and then my manager’s manager and her manager came into town, too, resulting in an impromptu multi-level meeting. While I generally would not want to interrupt vacation with work, I enjoy my job and am close to my colleagues so it was nice to be able to see them and have the sort of strategic meetings that are difficult to do via teleconference.