Travelogue: Atlanta (Dec 2016)

Long weekend means road trip time! We flew into Atlanta and began there.

Atlanta & Nashville 2016

Atlanta & Nashville 2016

I’ve always wanted to go to the largest aquarium in the U.S. — the Georgia Aquarium.

Atlanta & Nashville 2016

It reminded me of the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas in New Orleans, which to this day remains my favorite (for blog post on that, click here).

Atlanta & Nashville 2016

Next to the aquarium is the World of Coca-Cola.

Atlanta & Nashville 2016

With the admission fee, you get a “free” coke at the start of the tour:

Atlanta & Nashville 2016

Atlanta & Nashville 2016

Atlanta & Nashville 2016

Atlanta & Nashville 2016

Atlanta & Nashville 2016

Here you can test out all the flavors of Coca-cola products from all the continents in the world.

Atlanta & Nashville 2016

Atlanta & Nashville 2016

After loading up on excessive sugar, we went to eat some BBQ because Atlanta.

Atlanta & Nashville 2016

Twin Smokers BBQ

Atlanta & Nashville 2016

Atlanta & Nashville 2016

The brisket was good but the BEST part was their DINOSAUR RIB!

Atlanta & Nashville 2016

The picture does not do it justice. And also the corn souffle (SO GOOD):

Atlanta & Nashville 2016

 

Atlanta & Nashville 2016

Ponce City Market reminded me of Chelsea Market in NYC, with lots of food options and retailers selling hipster things:

Atlanta & Nashville 2016

Atlanta & Nashville 2016

Atlanta & Nashville 2016

Atlanta & Nashville 2016

Atlanta & Nashville 2016

The “Beltline” also reminded me of the Highline in NYC, attached to Ponce City Market like the Highline is attached to Chelsea Market.

Atlanta & Nashville 2016

I saw a lot of people riding bikes here.

Atlanta & Nashville 2016

And of course, the main reason for coming here was for the wall murals nearby:

Atlanta & Nashville 2016

Atlanta & Nashville 2016

Atlanta & Nashville 2016

Atlanta & Nashville 2016

Atlanta & Nashville 2016

Dinner at King + Duke:

Atlanta & Nashville 2016

Atlanta & Nashville 2016

My chartreuse!

Atlanta & Nashville 2016

Bone marrow and amazing steak.

After dinner, we went to the Ivy for drinks and met up with a friend from college.

Of course I had to do a long exposure night shot of the city skyline:

Atlanta & Nashville 2016

Next morning, we went to grab some amazing banh mi for $3 (SO FAST AND SO CHEAP):

Atlanta & Nashville 2016

GET THE BANH MI DAC BIET!!!!!!!!!

It’s located inside an Asian shopping center which means lots of parking space and bakeries.

Tea House Formosa for bubble tea:

Atlanta & Nashville 2016

And that was it for Atlanta! It was a fun 1.5 day(s?) there, lots of good food and wall murals, kinda rushed because we were short on time. We could’ve eaten more fried chicken there. Next, we head to Chattanooga on the way to Nashville, Tennessee!

LA: Arts District, Korean ice cream, and finding angel wings (Nov 2016)

Uber and Lyft were SO cheap in LA (compared to NY). If you want to avoid looking endlessly for parking or spending a lot of money on parking garages, just take an Uber. I took one to Downtown LA.

Los Angeles 2016

Chimney Coffee House.

Los Angeles 2016

BEST. BURGER. EVER. They call this the “Rogue”.

Los Angeles 2016

The “Rogue” sandwich has 2 eggs in it. TWO. Scrambled eggs and thai style fried egg, separated by juicy sage-black truffle pork sausage, cheddar crisp (omg crispy cheese), and sriracha yuzu mayo on a toasted house made milk bun. This combo is bomb. I was amazed at how all the flavors complemented each other and surprised my tongue at every bite.

After that, I was stuffed, but I had to get ice cream at Ihwamun.

Los Angeles 2016

I got the citron and ingeolmi (their signature flavor). They’re known for their Korean flavors — try Choco Pie! Their matcha is also really good. Some of the best ice cream I’ve had.

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I always seek out wall murals wherever I go.

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The Arts District Co-Op reminded me of Chelsea market in NY. Lots of vendors selling their own unique clothing and jewelry.

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Finally found my wings.

After that, I took an Uber to Rowland Heights (20 bucks for 1 hour in traffic, crazy affordable right?!?!) and serendipitously found another set of wings.

Los Angeles 2016

Zero Degrees.

Los Angeles 2016

Boba ice cream.

Los Angeles 2016

LOVE the unique bubble tea flavors here, and they come in a glass bottle as an option (+$1.50). Everything is so fresh and they don’t use powder.

Los Angeles 2016

Water drop cake with matcha.

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Next up, Korean food at Junkabok by Mokkoji.

Los Angeles 2016

They offer 3 set menus in addition to a la carte options: the Piglet, the Piggy, and the Pigzilla. I got the Pigzilla, of course.

It comes with: small stew or hot stone + small BBQ dish + seafood pancake + braised pork cartilage. It’s enough food for 3-5 people…

Los Angeles 2016

Los Angeles 2016

Los Angeles 2016

Los Angeles 2016

Los Angeles 2016

SOOOOO GOOOOOOD.

LA: tacos, santa monica, claw machines (Nov 2016)

Los Angeles 2016

Top left: Tokyo Shrimp: tempura shrimp | avocado | spicy mayo

Los Angeles 2016

Crispy Fish: panko crusted fish | blackened onions | garlic mayo

Los Angeles 2016

Ya Mon: grilled fish | pineapple relish | jerk sauce

Los Angeles 2016

Taj Mahal: coconut shrimp | curry sauce | diced red bell pepper

Los Angeles 2016

Southern Decadence: fried chicken | bacon | BBQ sauce | ranch dressing | diced tomato

After eating these unique tacos at Mondo Taco, we headed to Santa Monica Pier.

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Los Angeles 2016

I got pooped on by a seagull after this.

Got some bubble tea (without the bubbles) at Macchiato.

Los Angeles 2016

Los Angeles 2016

Went to Round 1, my favorite place for claw machines!

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Helluuu my babies.

Travelogue: Las Vegas (Sept 2016)

For my birthday this year, I wanted to do a hiking trip to Utah. We flew to Las Vegas and stayed there for one night before a week of hiking and camping.

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We stopped by Pokeman for a sushi burrito and a poke bowl.

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Las Vegas

Brew Tea Bar – I got the hokkaido milk tea: very milky and sweet.

Las Vegas

They also had other unique flavors. You can adjust the sweetness and ice levels. They’re so friendly there and will accommodate to your taste. I love that they use real tea and not powder.

We headed to the middle of the desert 20 minutes away from Vegas downtown…

Las Vegas

The Seven Magic Mountains! It’s a temporary outdoor art installation and worth a visit. According to the website, “The exhibition opened May 11, 2016 and will be on view for two years.

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Las Vegas

Las Vegas

For dinner, we went to the famous Bacchanal Buffet in Caesar’s Palace.

Las Vegas

You go to the kiosks and get a ticket. You can walk around until you get a text notifying you to “check in”, but you’ll still have to wait on the physical line. The lady let us go on the line before our turn and we still had to wait for about 45 minutes before we sat down.

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Las Vegas

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Las Vegas

This was my second time in Vegas and Bacchanal didn’t blow my mind. I can’t say it’s the best buffet, but I did enjoy the dessert options and beautiful displays.

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Las Vegas

Las Vegas

Las Vegas

The fountain show at the Bellagio.

Las Vegas