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Out on the Town with Damien and Marilyn


Damien Valentine, better known as Darth here at Machiniplex, and his mother, Marilyn, came through Los Angeles a week ago and along with Ingrid and my partner, Lisa Morton, we hit the town and had dinner at three great restaurants.

Damien recently celebrated his graduation from college and Marilyn rewarded him with a trip to the U.S. where they took a tour of some major tourist spots while losing enormous amounts of sleep in the process. Still, they both looked good when we helped them move from downtown to a hotel just off of the Hollywood Freeway.

First up was a Saturday night dinner at the Odyssey Restaurant in Granada Hills. It's a wonderful location on top of a mountain looking down over the Valley. We were fortunate to get a window seat and the early-evening view was spectacular. Both Marilyn and Damien love steaks, so they both had two hefty ones, much to their delight. Ingrid brought her son along and he was pretty well behaved. We were all so stuffed, I wonder how we managed to get up from the table. No wonder the Romans at lying down so often.

Next, it was Don Cuco's mexican restaurant in Burbank. A very popular spot that was filled with partying, mexican food loving people. We were crammed into a small booth, but when the food came were forgot about the tight fit. Our waiter suggested we take a picture with sombreros and you can see the result at the top of the page. I really think the women should have worn the sombreros, but what do I know.

After Don Cuco's we wanted some good gelato so Lisa and I took everyone to Pinocchio's Italian Deli in Burbank. The gelato was fabulous and we chatted and took pictures for quite a while.


Then on Monday night, we decided to hit another Mexican restaurant (Marilyn told us they have dreadful Mexican food in the UK), this time it was the landmark El Coyote restaurant in Hollywood. After a bit of a wait, we had even better food than at Don Cuco's. Our waitress was enchanting and the conversation was lively. Both Damien and Marilyn loved the place.



Lisa and I were sad to see Marilyn and Damien go. How much fun it would be if we could see them every week. The visit was much too short. At some point we'd really like to visit them in Bath.

Our congratulations to Damien for graduating and thanks to Marilyn for coming to visit! Until next time.....

PS I've learned that they arrived at home safely and are currently sleeping all week to get back to normal.

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