The best way to explore a new place is on foot—by running or walking.
I was able to do just that in Hermosa Beach…and ended up walking along Manhattan Beach and across to Redondo Beach all in one day :P!
To be fair, the three areas are quite cozy neighbors, where this…
Quickly becomes this…
A hour and half later, this…
I remember staying in Redondo Beach when I was really young when we were visiting Disneyland, but I don’t remember what it actually looked like. That was quickly taken care of though, as I was on my feet all day—picturing myself as the nomadic traveler crossing cities and soaking in the scenes around me.
I began my morning in Hermosa with a run along the wood chip trail.
After 4 miles of running, I walked with no real destination in mind, and ended up walking alongside Manhattan Beach!
Even though it was Monday late morning, it certainly felt like the weekend since there were so many volleyballers on the beach, bikers, and locals strolling on the sidewalks.
I made my way to the pier…
…so I could get a closer view of the ocean…
After breathing in that fresh (salty) air, I made my back to the woodchip trail but passed some shops and restaurants (that I made sure to add to my mental foodie list ) along the way.
I knew I wanted to check out Sprouts, and after learning there was a location nearby in Redondo Beach (about 2.5 miles from our hotel), I decided to trek on.
One thing I must mention though before wandering around anywhere is MAKE SURE THE AREA IS SAFE. You don’t want to be the naïve nomad, that’s for sure ;). Fortunately, there wasn’t much to worry about since I was walking through safe beach house-style neighborhoods and major plazas and marketplaces. Also add on the fact that it was broad daylight and 80 something degrees…
It was a good thing I got a run in early in the morning because the 2.5 mile walk killed my legs by the time I got to Sprouts. I think it was a mix of being on my feet all morning plus the heat. Needless to say, I felt like I had found my oasis when I walked inside.
To be honest, I wasn’t blown away by the store, but I do like checking out health food/organic stores for fun :P. And they had this bar I hadn’t tried yet!
I was exhausted from all of the day’s running and walking, so after resting for a while at the Panera next door, my Dad came by to pick me up so I could freshen up before dinner.
We decided to stay local since we were both tired from our respective events of the day. Finding a vegetarian place to eat wasn’t hard, especially with a place called Happy Veggie a short drive away from us.
At first, we missed it since it was nestled in a strip mall, but we soon made our way inside and helped ourselves to some seats near the entrance and peered into the menu.
The green bamboo theme was quite welcoming.
We decided to order one dish each, and order an additional dish if we were still hungry. It took us about ten minutes for our food to arrive, but when it did, we could tell we were having some happy veggies ;).
and ofcourse, a side of brown rice:
I felt like having a curry something:
Still a bit hungry, we decided to split the Mongolion (Soy) Chicken entrée.
I sort of wish I had ordered this dish earlier! The black bean sauce made this so spicy and so my style ;)!
Overall, the dishes were not out-of-this-world amazing, and yeah, I could make this stuff at home, but the option to have something vegetarian and nutritious (especially when you are on the road) is something I am always grateful for.
After dinner, we went back to the hotel and I went to sleep early. Both of us had busy days the next day, so some rest and recuperation was very much needed for me ;)!
How do you like to explore a new city or area?