picked up an amazing almond croissant as well as some macarons at renaud's patisserie, before stopping by for brunch at the charming scarlett begonia - heidi had the brioche french toast and i the curry chicken salad w/blueberry walnut sourdough - on state street.
we did a bit of shopping to burn off our meal, then opted to head about ten blocks down to the beach, where i had never been. it reminded me a bit of the santa monica pier, but with a nicer backdrop and with less transients.
we opted to stick around and have dinner as well, so we hit up le petit valentien - we tried going once last year and it was closed due to a holiday - and settled into a wonderful prix fixe menu that consisted of: frisée w/potatoes lyonnaise, opah w/watermelon two ways, duck leg w/lentils & apricots, and finally peanut butter truffles w/concord grape jam.
since we were right next to andersen's danish bakery and they were still open, we stopped in for a few marzipan treats to go: a slice of their delectable butter ring and a small box of pretty petit fours. what a great day... and we still had all day monday off!