Cloud 9 Living Santa Monica Food Tour

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When was the last time you gave someone a truly memorable gift?

I’m not talking about some fad that will soon be passe or some gadget that will soon be obsolete. I’m talking about something truly mind-boggling – a gift the recipient will talk about for years to come!

If gift giving stumps you – if there are people in your life who are impossible to shop for – I’d like to introduce you to Cloud 9 Living – a company in the business of making dreams come true!

Cloud 9 Montage 

Cloud 9 Living has revolutionized the gift-giving industry. Founded in 2005, the Boulder-based company is the US leader in experience gifts. They currently offer over 1700 extraordinary experiences for men, women and couples in 43 regions!

Recently I had the opportunity to experience a Cloud 9 Living adventure firsthand! I could hardly contain my excitement as I poured over all of the tantalizing experiences on their easy-to-navigate website! Here’s a few of the experiences I considered sampling:

  • Private Dance Lessons
  • Romantic Gondala Dessert Cruise
  • Scavenger Hunt
  • Spa Packages
  • Whale Watching

Ultimately, I decided to surprise my husband with a date I knew that he would enjoy, so I decided to book the Santa Monica Food Tour!

Booking the experience was easy and Cloud 9 Customer Service was superb! I not only received a series of follow-up e-mails detailing everything I needed to know, but I also received this custom gift folio in the mail:

Cloud 9 Gift Folio

On the day of our tour, we gathered at the
Visitor Center in Santa Monica
(where Route 66 ends!)
And met our tour guide,
Annie from Destination Food Tours,
Who filled our heads with fascinating facts about the city!

Annie - Our Tour Guide

We wove our way through the beautiful Santa Monica Beach Park
The bustling Third Street Promenade and
The busy Market at Santa Monica Place
Where we sampled specially prepared dishes at:

Fraiche – A Celebrated French/Italian Restaurant

Fraiche Santa Monica

Where we were served a tender
Monk Fish Over Potato Puree & Spinach
In A White Wine Sauce

Monk Fish at Fraiche - Santa Monica

Both my husband and I enjoyed this dish,
Even though neither of us are fish lovers!
We would definitely return to try the
Other delicious dishes on their menu!

Planet Raw – An Organic, Raw Vegan Restaurant
Featuring World Renown C
elebrity Raw Food Chef And
Best Selling Author Juliano Brotman 
 

Planet Raw

We dined in private on the patio and were served
A beautifully plated sampling of
Thom Kha Gai Soup
Pumpkin Squash Tortellini
Cheezy Kelp
Best Ever Berry Cheeze Cake

Planet Raw Samples

They say this restaurant is an acquired taste.
Some of our tour buddies loved this place!
We appreciated the experience.
There were samples that both of us liked…
But we are definitely not ready to pursue a vegan lifestyle!

Hostaria del Piccolo – Eat Less… Taste More!

Hostaria del Piccolo Kitchen

If you like fresh pizza – this is the place to go!
We could not believe that a full-size Marherita Pizza
Awaited us at this restaurant!
 Margherita Pizza at Hostaria del Piccolo

We were so full by the time we sampled the pizza,
That we packed most of our slices in a box to go!

The Curious Cheese Shop

The Curious Cheese Shoppe

This 5-month old shoppe was a delightful place to visit!
The Mortadella Bruschetta Sandwich was bursting with flavor!

Bruschetta Sandwich - The Chesse Shoppe

I would definitely return here to dine and shop!

Chocolate Opulence
 The Display At Chocolate Opulance

This store sells the most beautiful artisan chocolates!
We received delicious but partial samples of the
Almond French Macaoon and Cocoa Truffle in a bag to go.

Chocolate Oppulance Sample

We wish the samples were full-sized!

N’ice Cream – Organic Homemade Sorbet & Gelato

Nice Sorbet and Gelato

We loved this place!
Everyone received free samples so that they could choose
A full sized dessert of their choice to top off the day!

Nice Gelato - Krispy Krunch

The Krispy Krunch was my fave!

This was our first food tour and we had a wonderful time! We learned a lot about Santa Monica that we did not know, and we enjoyed sampling foods at places we would never have tried otherwise!

A food tour makes a perfect gift for anyone who likes to sample new foods and explore new places! It’s also a perfect way to explore a city, whether you’re on a vacation or a staycation!

To find out what experiences are available near you, be sure to visit Cloud 9 Living today!

9 Days of Christmas Giveaway

This year, you also have the opportunity to win your very own experience! Beginning November 1, 2012, be sure to enter the Cloud 9 Living “9 Days Of Christmas Contest” for a chance to win one of nine fabulous experiences! Winners will be announced by Cloud 9 Living daily between December 19-24, 2012!

Which Cloud 9 Living Experience would you most like to try?

Disclosure: I received a complimentary experience from Cloud 9 Living in exchange for an honest review. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

4 Responses to “Cloud 9 Living Santa Monica Food Tour”

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  1. Heather says:

    That sounds like fun but they don’t have any in my area.

  2. Marty says:

    What an amazing date! The closest place to us that has Cloud 9 is still five hours away but I’d be willing to make the drive for a sunset cruise :-)But the one I think would be the coolest is the DaVinci’s Gold Scavenger Hunt.

  3. Kelly says:

    What a great idea! I hope there’s one in my area. Thanks for linking up with us at No Ordinary Blog Hop. Every blessing, Kelly

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