|Laguna Beach at Sunset in July|
So imagine my chagrin when, after all these years, I actually spent a significant amount of time - all of 1 week - hanging loose in SoCal and being a bit of a beach bum, as much of a beach bum as a type-A business executive can be, that is, and discovered what I was missing.
Among the many decent stores, microbreweries and restaurants in the pristine beach town is Brussels Bistro. It's modern with clean lines, decidedly more California than Belgium, but that's of little significance when one savors what it can offer so much more.
The beer list is impressive, and the servers are experts, and I mean it! When someone can rap with Eric about beer and school him on a few things, the guy knows what he's talking about.
The Steak Frites was excellent, as was the decadent gourmet Mac & Cheese. Holy moly that was good and I had more than just a neighborly taste of my friend's dish.
This is one place that I will be sure to revisit on my next trip home.