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Mar’sel A delicious (secret) local burger

It’s been one year since I moved to the suburbs, and I’m still constantly looking for local food joints that I like. So far, I’ve got a wings place, a soul food spot, a pizza place, and a few breakfast spots. Noodle joints are good, but they still take some time to get to from my house in the boonies.

I thought Terranea would become a regular spot for me to grab food and drinks, but it hasn’t panned out thus far. The food at Nelson’s is terrible. The service at Catalina Kitchen is unbearably slow. For the first time ever, I decided to check out Mar’sel.

Mar’sel offers fine dining for guests and visitors at Terranea. It was apparent when I walked in with jeans and sneakers that I was under dressed.  They’ll still serve you, but you might feel slightly out of place.

This is why we came. I’m always looking for a good burger. This In-N-Out Double Double inspired burger is not on the menu. A limited number are made each day, and you just have to ask for it.

Cutting this burger in half reveals a layer of house made pickles, onions that have been rendered down ever so slowly, two patties of rich ground beef covered in white cheddar, and his own version of the famous Thousand Island sauce that make In-N-Out burgers so delicious.

This burger is delicious. Someone described this as a better In-N-Out burger, but that’s far too simple. The array of flavors that comes bursting forward with each bite is complex. The different cuts of beef that go into making this patty give a much richer and fuller taste. Crisp pickles and sear on the outside meat contrast well with the gooey cheese and soft insides of the patty. A light and airy brioche bun holds the burger together, adding a touch of sweetness to each bite.

On flavor alone, the burger might not taste as good as reheated leftovers, but top it with a fried egg and eat it in your pajamas, and you have an experience that is definitely as good.

Things to do in PV.

It’s been just over two months since we moved away from LA and settled into the hillside of Palos Verdes. We’ve definitely prepared more of our own meals as going out no longer means walking down the street into Downtown Culver City. Still we’ve managed to find a few local things to entertain ourselves.

This is the Trump driving range. No denim is allowed on the driving range, which I think is ridiculous for being in Southern California. Still it’s a great driving range, where you can hit off of grass. It costs $30 for all day driving. While that’s a bit steep, you can start in the morning, take a lunch break in the clubhouse, and finish up in the afternoon.

There isn’t much that stays open on PV past 9:30 PM, so bars are out of the question, except at Terranea. Nelson’s is situated right along the coast, and it offers fantastic sunset views. I hate the food here having tried it on multiple occasions, but they have some decent craft brews on tap. I’m always happy to settle for a couple pints and some scenery.

Palos Verdes has a very active community that is committed to preserving the land on the hill in its natural state. That means there is a large canyon behind our house with trails for hiking. Michelle and I decided that we needed to do this, and so we hiked up, up, and up. I believe we made it up the whole Palos Verdes hillside, and that is when we decided we don’t like hiking.

In short, we’ve only got a couple more things to do on the PV checklist before we run out. So please come visit us. Thanks.

Photographic Wekend Recap


Michelle and I went to Terranea to grab lunch.


The pools are only open to guests.


But if you’re a smooth talker, you can work your way in and get a cabana too.


This is Michelle’s idea of playing house. A Slurpee and some Flaming Hot Cheetos.


Mmmm, Musha Fried Chicken.


Stingray. Eh. Stick with the beef if it’s an option.


Neeeeeeeerds! While meeting up to go out, we further our quantum physics research.


We had so much fun, we jumped for joy.


Unfortunately, I’m sure you’re all aware that the fires are still going, and now they’re even bigger.

Keep cool and stay safe from the fires, everyone.

One More Year Until Life is Over

Well, another year has gone by since the world was graced with my presence. I can’t believe I’m twenty nine. I feel like I haven’t done enough with my life. That will have to change, but for now just enjoy some pictures.

For my birthday I kept it low key. My parents wanted to take me out to dinner so we decided to check out Terranea, since it just opened up and it’s ten minutes away from home. Michelle came along and we explored the grounds.


I figured they wouldn’t park my Camry up front even though I just got it cleaned.


This is where I will come to drink my Scotch.


Who is going to sneak in here with me this summer?



I am always on the search for the perfect calamari.






Macaroni & Cheese, Pancetta, Truffle Oil


Lamb chops.

I ate so much I couldn’t move. Is there any better way to spend birthdays?