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LA Food: Salt Creek Grille

29 April 2014

En route to LAX for my flight back to London, my mum and I drove down Sepulveda looking for a sit down restaurant to enjoy an early dinner. We were just about to turn around when we spotted Salt Creek Grille in El Segundo and boy were we in for a treat! From the friendly waitress to the delicious food to the welcoming bathrooms (yes those do count when you decide if a restaurant is worth recommending), we had a fabulous "last meal" before saying "until next time". My only complaint if any was the bitterness of the house made lemonade but our waitress easily swapped that out for iced tea without a blink of an eye.

Mum's Blackened Ahi Tuna Steak Sandwich (Protein Style)
My amazing Citrus Glazed Mahi Mahi. 
Mum and I could not let anything go to waste on my plate from the warm citrus segments to the delicious avocado mousse.
And then there was the dessert of desserts! Their Chocolate Ganache Souffle.
 Apparently I really liked it -- hehe.
So if you find yourself in the El Segundo, Dana Point or Valencia, do yourself a favour and stop in at the local Salt Creek Grille for some of the freshest food! Yum, Yum. Mum's already planning a return trip when she is next at LAX.

xo Joy Michelle

Thank You, LA!

Well it has been a most delightful fortnight spent in Los Angeles with my loved ones. The surprises were fabulous thanks to the help of all those involved - especially KW, HW and AS. Thanks to everyone who kept the secret so well and didn't let the cat out of the bag. And what a lovely time was had with my family, friends and enjoying some of my favourite places in Southern California.

A few highlights were:

Disneyland for my 30th Birthday with the parents and Heather!
If only mum's back wasn't out. :(

Seeing Laurilee's new baby girl, Hailey Paige!
So beautiful! And of course I was tickled pink to see Laurilee and Rachel too. ;)

Surprising the family!

Their reactions were priceless!

Getty Museum with Mummy!

Made me appreciate British museums and gardens so much more.

Easter Service and Brunch!


My amazing 30th birthday party!

Karin outdid herself -- wow!

Sushi with the girls (x2!)
Thanks Veronica and Stephie <3

Seeing a family of dolphins, two whales and a seal at the beach!

A gift for mummy and me from God.

and the list could go on and on! Lots of Starbucks! Lots of amazing brunches and beautiful friends!

Again thanks to everyone who has helped make this fortnight incredible.

Joy Michelle

Thirty, Flirty and Thriving

21 April 2014

What a gorgeous birthday! My lovely friends, KW and HW, hosted the most wonderful birthday party with an amazing Italian feast and some of the loveliest guests. Wearing my new Zara dress (that I bought during the January sales), I joined my family and friends for a delightful evening of good food, engaging conversation and lovely memories made.
Thanks again KW and HW for the fabulous party! I am truly blessed and appreciative.

Surprising the Family!

16 April 2014

Yesterday, I hopped onto flight AA137 (care of British Airways' codeshare partner, American Airlines) and settled into my economy window seat.  Beggars can't be choosy and so I settled for the cheaper of flights although British Airways is still my favourite with better seats and food and friendlier and cuter flight attendants.  There was a little accident in the rear of the plane before push off so we had to wait while a clean up crew came on board and tried to make the best of the situation.  Finally we pushed off and I was ever so grateful that the middle seat in our 3-person row was not taken because the leg room was ever so tight that even though the plane offers power outlets at each seat for laptops to be charged, there was no room to work in my seat with the guy in front reclining his seat if it had not been for the extra space in the middle seat.  Thankfully I got 3500 words written for my ELE assessment -- yay!

The food on the flight was mediocre and a carbohydrate nightmare with crackers, rolls, pasta, pizza, cookies, biscuits, and candy. The flight attendants were decent but lacked the professionalism and typical good looks the British Airways attendants have.  The main disappointment was that the flight offered wifi (for a cost) but the entire time I was onboard there was no connection available.

Our flight arrived a couple minutes late and we had to be bussed in to the central terminal at Tom Bradley LAX where the queue for border control must have been at least 45 minutes in length. Thankfully I was able to grab my luggage and flew through the last customs check before exiting into the arrivals lobby. Unfortunately the free wifi at LAX also failed me and I was unable to WhatsApp my pick-up drivers, the amazing and wonderful HW and KW, but thankfully a sweet baggage employee offered me his mobile and we made contact before heading out of LA and into Malibu for dinner at Coogies where I had a fabulous southwestern salad and Starbucks where I had my first Mocha since leaving LA (it is just too expensive in London).

Finally we arrived at my house and I got to surprise my dad. Boy was he surprised laughing and saying "Is that Joy?" and then my brother, whom happened to also be home, was standing there saying, "What are you doing home?" Haha. They were definitely stunned. Score!

By now it was pushing 21:30 (which was 4:30 a.m. in London) and I was starting to fade so we drove into Camarillo and surprised my mum, with the help of Audrie S and Kathleen L and the rest of the Soiree committee, who has never looked so stunned in her life. She just stood there speechless and finally hugged me and wouldn't let go so happy was her delight. Again -- score!

So today is a new day and after having one of the amazing KW cinnamon rolls, walking Shadow (my beautiful doggy), working some on my assessment, and catching up with my mum (while she worked), I wanted to give all my lovely readers a fun update. Photos should be coming soon of those amazing reactions.

Here is to my plans for having a fabulous birthday week in LA with family and friends. Here is turning 30! Thirty, flirty and thriving, yes? :D

A Birthday Luncheon at The Stag

05 April 2014

This afternoon seven of the loveliest people in London joined me for a leisurely and thoroughly enjoyable luncheon at The Stag in Hampstead for an early birthday celebration. The food and drinks delicious, the company divine, and the garden patio at The Stag a perfect alternative to the outdoor picnic the potential rain threatened.
The original "four musketeers" (we met the first couple days of uni)
And look at my bag of pressies! Thanks guys for the birthday chocolate, cards and gifts. So grateful.
 It was such a fabulous afternoon that we didn't even realise how much time had passed before we packed up and went on our merry ways.
 For those interested in a great pub for the summer, The Stag offers good food at reasonable prices, excellent cider on tap and a massive garden with cabanas and tables for socialising. Live music is advertised on their website.
Again big thanks to Yana, Amanda, Mafe, Sylia, Natasha, Hanny and Dimitri for all the birthday love! Today was a beautiful and encouraging time.
My outfit: dress from Eucalyptus, cardigan from H&M.

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