A Pier Celebration

It was my older sister’s birthday and we were trying to figure out what to do for her big day. As we tried to figure out the details the night before, as to what our Saturday would entail, we hoped that it was going to be eventful. After we finalized the details we came to the conclusion that we were going to go to the Malibu Farm.

Malibu Farm is located in Malibu, California. The location of it is located at the end of the Malibu Pier. The idea of Malibu Farm came about when owner Helene started doing cooking classes in her back yard and decided to open a café at the end of Malibu Pier. Malibu Farm is not a big corporation and is, in fact, a small business. Their food is organically prepared and there’s nothing fake about it. Malibu Farm’s mission is to use organic and fresh foods. The owner Helene since opening her café had a mission of using supplies from her own back yard and small farms only. Moreover, Helene would shop weekly at the Santa Monica Farmer’s Market to get the best products as possible.

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Malibu Farm has two restaurants on the Malibu Pier. What that means is that the Malibu Farm Restaurant is located at the start of the pier. Furthermore, the restaurant includes a bar with cocktails, wine, espresso and coffee drinks. The restaurant includes patio and dining room seating. On the other hand, there’s the Malibu Farm Café which is located at the end of the pier. It has indoor and outdoor seating. One orders at the counter and from there it’s all self-seating. During the weekdays, Malibu Farm isn’t busy. Although during the weekends, it can be kind of hectic, as one finds themselves waiting in line under the scorching sun. During the weekends, one can expect to wait between 15 to 20 minutes. Because Malibu Farm is located near the Pacific Coast Highway, parking can be difficult to find and may take even hours to find a parking space. I remember telling a friend that I was going to go to Malibu Farm for the weekend, and she advised me to park on the streets instead.

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Moreover, our Saturday was to consist of going to King Gillette’s Ranch after and watch the movie Titanic that was hosted by a company called Street Food Cinema. King’s Gillette’s Ranch is located in the Santa Monica Mountains. It’s a scenic parkland that offers a view of California, in a way never seen before. The place was designed by architect Wallace Neff, who had made it for American Businessman King Gillette, who invented the concept of a safety razor. Wallace Neff was an architect who resided in Southern California. He is known for his architectural style that is often referred to as “California” style.

Now for those of you who don’t know what Street Food Cinema is it’s a company that brings together renowned pop culture films, street food in the style of food trucks and live bands come and perform before the movie begins. Street Food Cinema first got its start in 2012 at Exposition Park in Los Angeles with over 1,500 people in attendance. The event producers of Street Food Cinema are Heather Hope-Allison and Steve Allison. Since 2015, Street Food Cinema has been one of the largest movie outdoor events being held in 11 different locations. Ticket pricing can vary as an adult ticket cost $13 if they are buying online, but tickets at the door cost $16. If you have a big group of people, the total can be a lot. Luckily, we went on Groupon which is a website where one can get good discounts off of everyday things. The deals last only between 24 to 72 hours, so it’s a first come, first serve basis.

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Saturday arrived and we headed out for lunch at the Malibu Farm Café. We took the I-10 W heading towards signs for I-5 S for Santa Monica/ Santa Ana. From there we proceeded to take the CA-1 N. As we got closer to our destination, our eyes beheld the ocean blue gazing at us from a distance. The water sparkled giving off that gleaming look as if there were many crystals that lay amongst the ocean waters. We realized that our mom had passed by Malibu Farm Café as she was looking for parking. Finding parking for Malibu Café was like finding a needle in a haystack – impossible to find. After going around the area at least 4 times, we decided to park near a shopping plaza and walk to the Café. Though it was hot on that Saturday afternoon, the wind was breezy and felt nice amongst my armpits that were already sweating. As we walked to the café my twin sister Cassandra and I realized that there were lots of Volkswagens and RV’s parked alongside the curb. One RV had people selling jewelry and the other had a bunch of friends gathered around chatting amongst one another, while one person was barbecuing a steak. The pleasing aroma of the steak hit my nose like a wave that hits a rocky shore and my mouth longed to devour that steak -though, Cassandra and I continued walking. Suddenly we reached the front part of the Malibu Pier where the Malibu Restaurant was and saw that the Café awaited us at the end of the pier. As we waited for our mom and older sister Ally to catch up to us, I took in my surroundings. There were lots of people on the beach and lots of people at the pier. There were street performers singing and other people dancing. We got to the café and waited to be attended.

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When we got there, I knew what I was going to order, as I had checked the menu the previous night before and settled on the Chicken Ricotta Bacon Burger which included arugula, tomato, and red onion. Malibu Café’s prices can vary depending on the meal that one gets. A salad can start at $13 whereas a lasagna can be $20 and that doesn’t include drinks. After the rest of my family had ordered, we found a place to sit outside, but after the wind kept messing up our hair we decided to eat inside instead. When our food arrived, I was excited to devour the food set before me. However, though the food was healthy and organic, my taste buds weren’t too happy with the taste of the mint lemonade. It didn’t taste sweet as the lemonades that I’m so used to drinking, perhaps because this was a healthier lemonade.

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After our meal, we made our excursion back to the shopping plaza and headed over to King’s Gillette Ranch. We took the CA-1 N and took an exit following signs for Malibu Canyon Road. Soon, we arrived at our destination and the view was incredible. King Gillette’s Ranch reminded me so much of a scene out of a Nicholas Sparks film. We entered the ranch, found parking and found ourselves walking across a bridge and taking in the view of what used to be a water fountain (as the water had dried due to California’s infamous drought.) We had to wait several minutes before we were let in the lawn to claim our spots. As we waited, we noticed the food trucks that were lined up, trucks such as Poke 2 Go, CJ’s Wings and Drunken Cake Pops. Cassandra and I exclaimed when we saw the name “Cake Pops” that we didn’t realize it said “Drunken Cake Pops” until our older sister Ally told us, that those cake pops were made with liquor in them. When we realized that’s what “Drunken Cake Pops” meant, we decided not get them. Soon we were let into, the lawn and were able to put our lawn chairs down and claim our territory. We opted for a spot that wasn’t too sunny, but much to our dismay were constantly attacked by bugs landed on our blankets and chair. After getting fries from one of the food trucks, the movie Titanic was about to start. The movie Titanic focused on the lives of two young adults Jack Dawson who is a poor artist that happens to fall in love with first class passenger Rose Bukater and the clashes of the societal ladder that try to tear them apart.

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The thing to know about these outdoor movie events is that by the time the movie ends, there are no lights that come on. Also since one is outside, the temperature can get kind of cold and it’s advised to bring flashlights so that one can see as they gather their belongings. As the movie ended, my sisters and I gathered our belongings, as our mom flashed her cell phone light. We made our way back to the car, and chatted amongst each other as to whether or not, we would come back and watch another movie outdoors, but agreed that this wasn’t for us. Although, we were appreciative of being able to do something new for a change.

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