yesterday was culver city galleries which i will write a special post this weekend about...stay tuned. today though we hit up chinatown and then drove out to santa monica. Acuna-Hansen, Sam-Lee, and Sister were tops on my list, however the shows were less than stellar. we then turned toward the courtyard and had a great lunch outside at Via Cafe. they had a great fresh menu, but i wanted some comfort food so i stuck with pad thai. i don't think we could've made a bad choice with the food. it was nice to sit outside and eat in the sun, in a courtyard, with no phones ringing and no appointments to keep.