I started my morning at Heart Coffee which was recommended by Eva along with on her handy coffee app!
Views from our hotel room terraces:
We never made it to Jake's! We would have if we were there longer!
Breakfast with Scott Babe at Pearl Bakery:
I devoured the cinnamon crown!
Pearl Bakery was recommended by Frank. :)
Our first cab ride in the city was a 20 minute drive east to ¿Por Que No? for lunch. This was recommended to me by an Instagram friend. Reader, Scott Babe was in HEAVEN. We would absolutely eat here again!
My girlfriend Lisa S. commented that I wasn't in any of the pics in Part 1 posting! Well...it looks like I was feeling camera shy but here are my legs in one mirror and Scott in the other mirror! I remember taking this pic but didn't notice us in the mirrors when I took it! LOL.
Waiting for our cab outside an antique shop.
(Lollipop in Scott Babe's mouth -- not a cig!)
Jennifer from Radio Cab via the Curb app was on her way to pick up us for our next destination --- Kennedy School! The school was recommended by my girlfriend Kristina. Another awesome recommendation.
Pic out the cab window. Our driver pointed this funny sign out to us at this barber shop.
Christopher Walken sign that reads: Walkens Welcome
(FYI - This barber shop is old school and offers free shots to the 21 and older crowd and soda or juice for the kids)
Kennedy School shut down in at the end of the school year in 1975. The McMenamins opened it back up as a schoolhouse hotel including conference center/brewery/movie theater/drinking in 1997.
McMenamins' resident artist is Lyle Hehn. His whimsical art is throughout the school along with historic murals, tile ceramics and wood panels original to the school.
Lyle Hehn's kitty art above the front desk. Click here to see pics of the hotel rooms.
Mural by Lyle Hehn
My favorite historic pieces:
Front of street organ. Click here for details.
This space was once the girls' lavatory.
The Cypress Room Bar:
I enjoyed the Coffee and Cream Ale!
Adorable coaster ♥
The Honors Bar:
The Boiler Room Bar:
A few of my favorite modern pieces:
By Scott Young
Commissioned pieces by Portland painter Cathie Joy Young:
Shopping in the Principal's office:
Back to our hotel:
One of the reasons I chose Crystal Hotel was for the saltwater soaking pool.
For the most part, we got to enjoy it by ourselves.
One of our best meals ever:
We had dinner reservations at Departure. The executive chef is Gregory Gourdet -- we were big fans of his when he was on Top Chef earlier this year. He came in second place. The restaurant makes you feel like you are at an upscale airport lounge! :)
Our table came with a view!
Moon included! ♥
Kyoto Cooler - hakushika junmai ginjo, lillet rouge, ancho reyes, grapefruit, lemon, honey
This hit the spot!
Two of Scott Babe's Instagram pics. The bar and the chic men's room.
We shared everything:
Crispy Pork Belly with pickled cherry, ginger, pumpkin seeds
Kushiyaki Salmon with coconut avocado cream, citrus, chili, dill
I'm not the biggest fan of salmon but when Gregory cooks it - I am the biggest salmon fan!
Melted in my mouth!
Video of our steak on the stone
Ishiyaki Steak - stone grilled wagyu strip sirloin, ginger, garlic, tare
Curry Noodles - chicken, pickled mustard greens, toasted chili
Instead of ordering dessert, we ordered this. One of favorite dishes ever. ♥
Stay tuned for our Catalina Island adventure next.