In a lot of ways, with the relocation of Speed, it's good to see the ride in it's original 'element' prior to being gussied up again in the future. For me, it was one hell of a shuttle loop- and one I'm glad to see returning in the future.
Greetings and welcome to this weeks edition from Pacific Park in beautiful Santa Monica, California. Built in 1909 the pier almost met the wrecking ball in the early 70's but locals refused to let it go which forced the city council to create the Pier Restoration Corporation. The carousel building, known as the Hippodrome was designated a L.A. County historical landmark by Uncle Sam.
Today the Pier is made up of kiddie and family attractions and houses several restaurants including Bubba Gumps. Speaking of Gumps, ever wonder if they serve fresh fish? Does Hot Dog on a Stick sell all beef hot dogs? Well, you're in luck! I have that answer to those questions and many other's so get ready, it's gonna be a blast!
Welcome to Sunny Santa Monica! What on earth could we be doing here today, hmmmm....
Why is it a bird? Is it a plane? Is it Muscle Beach? Why no! It's a mini Morgan kiddie hyper!
So let's head on over
And a beer in my hand, life is good today...
Yuuup! Looks like a pier. I'm I allowed to even use Yuuup! anymore?
Who are these two ugly sons of bitches?
Caught two kids trying to break in, called the cops, cops came, took the kids to foster home, parents went to jail. True Story.
Cirque was in town with Ovo, sadly I didn't have time to see this production which I understand is really good. So if you are in the area, see it before it leaves.
Before the park opened, RD and I did some exploring. Didn't realize they had a Gumps.
Hey look, they are getting a food delivery!
WTF?!?!?!?!?!!!! FROZEN FISH??? THE OCEAN IS RIGHT THERE! So now when you see fresh shrimp, fresh cod, fresh whatever advertised on the menu, yeah, it was fresh, 6 months ago. And to boot they are using the Walmart of food, Sysco. They are now dead to me. #GordonRamseywouldshutitdown
Buy tickets to see the Whole City!
Grab a burger and some crap.
After you grab a burger and some crap, you can walk with your crap, your burger too perhaps.
Or maybe sit on the beach with your burger and crap.
Then when you get done on the beach you can buy more crap.
Some famous movie was filmed here.
Classic movie foto
And here is what the other side of the Pier looks like. So now you have seen the pier.
Oh, wait, you want to see what's inside the park, well, ok.
I'll take a #2.
So I guess we are going here so RD can get his credit. Feeling sad and pathetic, I decided to ride again.
Intense G's are being pulled in that helix.
More airtime than El Toro
For you lift hill nerds.
For you lift chain nerds.
And I couldn't leave out the anti-rollback nerds.
So we turn and turn in the helix, pulling tons of G's and was able to get a few aerial shots.
These were super tough to get, the intensity was so much I almost could hold the camera.
So I hope everyone appreciates the fact that I struggled through almost grey out conditions to get these past few foto's
Ok, that's enough, get me off, I'm gonna puke.
So before we left, we went to check out the Carousel.
Hand crafted goodness.
ACEr's have their own private seat!
Hey look it's the original Hot Dog on a Stick stand!
WTH?!? Turkey Dogs?!?!? SCREW THAT!
That's it for this week, hope you enjoyed! Check back next week for another California Park that just might include a ticket giveaway for Give Kids the World!
I'm not sure if people are being serious or joking, but very little of the shrimp served in the US is fresh. That's because most of it comes from Thailand or Indonesia or elsewhere in southeast Asia. And seafood can't generally stay fresh long enough to transport around the world. The main exception to this would be down south where you'll find some Gulf shrimp from the Gulf of Mexico, but since the oil spill, fewer restaurants are carrying that, despite claims that it's safe. (Although you might think that a place called Bubba Gump's would be more likely to sell fresh Gulf Shrimp!)
I work for a restaurant that makes a really big deal out of only serving the freshest fish. We even fly Wild Salmon in fresh from Alaska and Dover Sole in fresh from Holland. But even we serve frozen shrimp. In fact, it's just about the only seafood we sell that's frozen, besides calamari, which is similarly almost always frozen in the US.
If you're eating at a nicer upscale seafood restaurant, I'd generally suggest choosing something other than shrimp or calamari. It's not that it's not good, it's just not going to be that much better than you can get at a cheaper restaurant, whereas the other fresh fish should be a lot better. Save the shrimp for the cheaper restaurants.
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