The last order of business, on my most recent visit to Orange County, was to have a “catch-up” dinner with an old friend. This meant my first-ever visit to a Cheesecake Factory- an establishment that was long off-limits, for budgetary reasons. This time, though, it was a go.
Before that, though, with an hour of free time after my hike in Carbon Canyon, I went to downtown Brea, and found several retro-1980 business establishments, mostly alive and well.
Alas, not all have thrived.
Downtown was in a suitable holiday mood.
This was a fine throwback to the time when I would take my students from Villa-Oasis School to a mall in Tucson, and enjoy treats at Farrell’s, after a movie and visit to Tower Records. Back to the present, I met my friend from OC at the appointed time, and traded stories of one another’s 2013. Being a skilled photographer, she was kind enough to adjust my lens, with the hope of clearer photographs.
A bright California sunset bid us go inside.
The food and conversation were well worth the time.