LA: Santa Anita hiking & eating (Nov 2016)

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Started off the morning with some baked goods from Duke Bakery. Their buns are huge. Look!

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They’re like buns for giants.

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We drove to Santa Anita Canyon.

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Pretty easy hike to the waterfall (note: since there is a drought, there is a very little stream and not as much water as it used to have). Only 1.8 miles to Sturtevant Falls!

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After hiking, we went to the Westfield Santa Anita mall nearby for food.

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Side Chick had these Hainanese chicken over rice, but what I really liked was their soy sauce egg… The yolk was golden. I can’t stop thinking about it. I’d come here just to order some eggs.

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Also inside the mall is Sweet Lab, which makes nitro ice cream and cereal balls infused with nitro.

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“Dragon’s breath”

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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.

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Chimney Coffee House.

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

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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.

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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.

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Zero Degrees.

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Boba ice cream.

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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.

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Water drop cake with matcha.

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Next up, Korean food at Junkabok by Mokkoji.

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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…

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SOOOOO GOOOOOOD.

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

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

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

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Ya Mon: grilled fish | pineapple relish | jerk sauce

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

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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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I got pooped on by a seagull after this.

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

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

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Helluuu my babies.

LA: The Broad, Little Tokyo, Griffith (Nov 2016)

Eggslut time.

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This one is located in the Grand Central Market.

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We sat at the counter and chowed down on the most delicious magical egg sandwiches ever. They give you so much bacon and meat!

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I ordered the “Slut”, which is coddled egg with warm potato puree, it was like a warm delicious blanket covering me in the middle of a blizzard in New York City. Also, it’s fun to hear them yell out “Slut” to each other repeatedly.

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We walked over to the Broad Museum. I reserved advanced tickets so that we didn’t have to wait on the standby line. The earliest time I could get was 11:30AM. In order to sign up for the Infinity Room, you had to be inside the museum, so I wanted to be there as early as possible.

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As soon as we got inside, I signed us up for the Infinity Room. The wait was around 2 hours, so we explored the rest of the museum.

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Finally, we got a text to notify that we will be able to go into the Infinity Room shortly. We lined up on the first floor. There was a short queue. You can choose to go in with your friends or go solo. We decided to go one at a time.

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The lights flashed periodically, so it was hard to get a good shot at the right moment and enjoy the moment at the same time. You get 45 seconds in there, and you can only step onto the platform. After 45 seconds, they open the door for you to get out and the next person to go in.

After the Broad, we walked over to Little Tokyo for lunch!

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The original Daikokuya.

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Their takoyaki (octopus balls) were actually pretty good. Ramen was okay. I’ve had better in NYC.

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Mikawaya has lots of flavors of mochi.

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We walked around Little Tokyo’s cute stores.

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Then we Uber’ed to Griffith Observatory for the sunset.

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Hello LA.

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LA: Irvine, Laguna, LACMA (Nov 2016)

My first stop after getting out of horrendous LAX traffic: Irvine.

Sit at the sushi bar at Taiko and tell the chef what you want. The sushi there was amazingly fresh and I loved everything we ate! Very affordable too.

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At the Irvine Spectrum Center:

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Check out Honey & Butter and their unique macaron flavors!

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The matcha one was so good!

Right inside the same shopping center is Hello Kitty Cafe.

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We drove to Laguna Beach, just in time for sunset.

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Stumbled upon a wedding shoot!

Back to LA…

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Fat Sal’s — I love that everything here is “fat” and it’s good to be fat. My fat sandwich had cheesesteak, chicken fingers, mozzarella sticks, crisp bacon, fried eggs, fries, mayo, ketchup, etc. How could you resist?! Best sandwich ever. Also got the milkshake but it was too thick to sip.

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We headed over to LACMA to take pictures with the “Urban Lights”. If you’re only there for this outdoor exhibition, you can just park your car temporarily right outside where the signs are. We didn’t know this and looked for parking forever.

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