Sunday was our first day of volunteering. The morning of our day consisted of bag-stuffing for the HITEC Conference attendees and exhibitors. Our team packed over 3,000 gift bags and learned about the registration process.
After finishing what we were required to do, we were free for the afternoon and rest of the day. With all the heat I was itching to get to the beach – what’s California without a visit to the piers, ocean and sandy waterfronts?
From downtown LA our closest options were Santa Monica and Long Beach. Both accessible via public transportation but the infamous Santa Monica Pier was more appealing to us.
After soaking the sun we returned to the hotel and went our separate ways for dinner. I was invited to dinner by people from my company who were attending the conference as well. We went to a fantastic hole in the wall restaurant featured on Anthony Bourdain’s show No Reservations. The food and atmosphere of the were great. The name of the restaurant is exactly what the they’re all about – good draft beer selections and well… food that probably add to the waistline. From pork belly chips, duck-fat fries to an incredible quadruple grilled cheese sandwich and a dessert menu of only deep fried items – it’s definitely a must try.