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California coastal beaches are magical in so many ways and if you are visiting the Los Angeles area, you must take a walk down the boardwalk, into the city of Venice.
Venice Beach, California is well-known for its trending vibe. You will get the opportunity to walk along the sandy beaches, visit the boardwalk for some shopping, stop to watch the street entertainers, as they perform in front of you, and dine in some of the most infamous and delicious restaurants in the greater Los Angeles area.
My favorite restaurant and a must go to, is the C&O Restaurant in Marina Del Rey. It’s just a few blocks south of the Venice Beach Boardwalk (pier). The C&O (Cheese and Olive) serves fabulous Italian cuisine and superb wines. The best part of the meal, besides the great service, are the garlic bread knots. They are literally to die for and delicious. Outdoor dining is optional and allowed if you want to bring your furry pet.
Another favorite is the Sidewalk Cafe. This quaint restaurant sits inside and out. It has acquainted celebrities; such as Jim Morrison from the Doors and Janice Joplin. Once again, you are welcome to have your furry pet hang out with you, while you dine out on the patio. Last time I was down there, we saw a pet pig tied to the table of a family of four…how cute is that!
Once you are feeling relaxed and satisfied from your meal, it’s time to go for a nice, romantic or casual stroll along the canals. Many movies have been shot in this location for its unique style and charm; such as the Doors, A Touch of Evil, starring Charlton Huston, Dragnet, Down and Out in Beverly Hills, Speed, and American Gigolo
On your way to the beach…don’t forget you sunscreen and your camera…have fun!
Written By: Ask Ms Mandi
Photograph By: Ask Ms Mandi
Copyright May 13, 2016
Happy Birthday Mandi…I still miss you every day!
Who really is Ask Ms Mandi? A picture says a thousand words. RIP Mandi September 2005. Mandi was my devoted, lovable, and faithful Staffordshire Bull Terrier.
We had 12 wonderful years with her before she passed away from jaw cancer. It was one of the hardest things to watch as our sweet dog starting dying in front of our eyes, knowing we could do nothing to save her.
I know, you’re probably thinking, a dog….. inspired you, but she did. My boyfriend at the time bought her for me when she was only 5 weeks old, we had to bottle feed her for the first couple weeks of her life. I guess you could say that she was our first-born; after all, she was bottle fed.
Subsequently, she was the cutest, fattest puppy that I had ever seen. She instantly became my heart. A dog’s love and devotion is unconditional, without judgement. Why wouldn’t she be my inspiration for this WEBSITE?
Written & Photograph By: Ask Ms Mandi
Copyright September 2015
Chasing balls, swimming in the lake, or a simple snuggle on the couch…there is nothing more pure than a pet’s love.
As with any living creature, we find that our time is precious and limited on this earth.
Grey hair and slowing down start its descend.
Time will quickly pass and before we know it, it will be time to say goodbye.
But don’t be sad my love…I will see you again…in a better place than this.
Written By: Ask Ms Mandi
I am washed away into a whirlpool of death.
I was in a merciless hurtful daze.
I heard my dad yell my mom’s name,
and I dizzily walked out of my room.
I gazed down at the blood drops on the floor.
I screamed twice.
Two high pitched ear piercing screams.
At first I thought it was my dad that had gotten hurt,
but then screaming thoughts raced through my mind.
KODAK! My poor puppy, only 6 months old.
Gallons of tears streamed down my face.
Is this a dream?
We speed down the road, driving to the vet.
My dad’s assurances warmed my heart. Hope swelled through my body.
But… No! There was no hope; she was gone.
And what I experienced after