Hillary and I each had a free Saturday and we hadn't seen each other for several months so we planned a fun day in sunny California. Hillary picked me up at 7:30 am from the Long Beach airport and we headed to Hollywood. Grabbed a light breakfast, did a little sightseeing at Grauman's Chinese Theater, Dolby Theater, La La Land Store and then went on a 4-hour Best of Hollywood Food Tour.
Our food tour started with homemade chips, two salsas, flavored water and Mexican tacos at Loteria Grill on Hollywood Blvd.
Next we had three types of delicious pizza at Mozza2Go, owned by famed TV chef Mario Batali.
Probably the best pastrami sandwich I ever had was at Greenblatt's Deli, a Hollywood landmark opened since 1926.
John Kelly Chocolates is a family-owned chocolate shop and every flavor we tasted was amazing!
Finished up at Mashti Malone's Ice Cream Parlor and tasted some interesting flavors with lavender, orange blossom, saffron, and rose water.
After the food tour we drove to Griffith Park Observatory and hiked four miles to the Hollywood sign, took a quick picture and then started the trek back so I could make it back to the airport by 7:30 pm--12 hours after I arrived. Perfect weather, perfect company--perfect day!!