Being home. And the end of summer.
Yes, even us "UC" kids do need to go back to school some time and that time starts a little early for me as I commute to school each day for editor training. Hence the hatred towards the freeways of LA, as traffic consumes most of my day. Nevertheless, with most people back at school, it's nice to have something to do, and to somewhat mentally prepare myself for the year to come.
While the summer of travels comes to a close, I hope to further explore the world of blogging and use it to encourage me to go out and get to know "my other city" a little better.
so after recovering from jet lag...
So yeah, that was fun. What was also fun was driving for the first time in a reallllly long time. Like I spent the last two months only ever being in a car when it was a crazy taxi. All is good and beautiful when driving through the wide empty streets of suburbia. LA is another story. Can LA drivers just be a little more patient? Like it doesn't help anyone when you're impatient, honking when someone just slows down (as opposed to when someone is backing into you or something that lets the other driver know to prevent an accident), or yelling at another driver like really? THAT DOESN'T HELP ANYONE. If you're having a bad day, just focus on driving safe. If other people aren't driving safe, just steer clear and thank god you didn't die because guess what people are dying all around us. Okay I'm done.
I hate driving in LA.
Just a couple days after getting back, I headed back towards the 405 for an interview at FOX. I guess that's one thing I like about LA. It seems like you are always at the edge of glory, that your dreams are so tantalizingly close. I also like good food. Aka we detoured to Sawtelle after the interview. More on the gem that is Sawtelle Blvd later.
This is one without the pushy carts, called Lunasia in Alhambra.
labor day goodness
Note to self: puppy therapy might be better AFTER driving in LA rather than before.
looks like the theme of the day is random...so, food review time!
I finally got to try the new restaurant at the mall that I've wanted to try since spring! Though I did enjoy Buddha's Belly which it replaced, STACKED just has that fun factor that makes the experience that much more exciting. To begin with, the philosophy of STACKED is that you can personalize your order and build your own food. You order on an iPad which gives you all the options and add ons and stuff. You can send out your order as soon as you finish personalizing, send out that drink order while you decide on appetizers, etc. You see how much the order is as you drag on add-ons and can adjust accordingly. It also makes splitting checks so much easier! Of course, that doesn't mean the servers aren't helpful. They are always there to not only bring you food but confirm orders, make changes, and take coupons! As for the food, you really can't go wrong when you can literally only include food you like. Being so deprived for the past few months, I went for cheese, avocado and bacon, aka adding avocado and bacon to mac and cheese. Hit the spot! And since we had a deal on yelp, it was milkshakes for dessert! Huge portion. Got mint ice cream with a chocolate chocolate chip cookie blended in. Delicious and rich and I drank like a third of it before giving up. But still wonderful.
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ON THE BRIGHT SIDE
and finally, a weekend getaway
The thing about living in a place where the only things to do are go to the mall or hike (and I mean, after the fire, hikes are just depressing), is that weekends tend to mean more hours in the house, maybe a meal out. And probably some shopping. And random errands with the family. After a morning of errands, shopping (yay benefit make up!), and random pho (like since when is asian food available here?), I needed to get out of the house. And after some careful research, (read: fun and free), we somehow ended up on art museum hopping. But an afternoon/evening well spent.
PCH: getty villa (malibu) --> sawtelle blvd: sushi & boba --> Sepulveda: getty center
The Getty Villa is the smaller museum located in Malibu (close to Santa Monica). The mansion-like museum features an auditorium for special events as well as galleries of Ancient Greek and Roman art complemented by the stylistic architecture. Even if you don't look at once piece of art (which is difficult since they are everywhere!), you can still appreciate the beautiful building and the lovely (sculpture) garden, and a view of the ocean. Like the Getty Center, admission is free. Parking is $15, but if you buy parking for one museum, you don't have to pay again at the other one! Also, apparently you need to print out free tickets before you come!
But really. Sawtelle is perfectly located between the two museums and allows you to avoid freeways completely. As poor college students craving sushi, Sushi Stop is like heaven. Spent $12 (between two of us) to stuff ourselves with sushi (and use literally all of our cash). And then stroll up to Olympic and grab drinks from Coco. (It's been less than two weeks, yet I already gave in and put more Orange Green Tea in my tummy, and I definitely ordered in the mother tongue, cuz I mean, that whole ice/sweetness scale is just so much more confusing in English..) What's ironic is that I never actually had Coco in Taiwan. Walked right pass them to 50lan, Comebuy, Cha for tea, etc. So I'll never know how it measures up. Upon careful observation, looks like they don't import tongyi pudding:(
FOOD BREAK. SUSHI STOP. COCO.
The Getty Center is located right off the lovely 405. But being on a hill, it actually has a great view of LA (though any view of LA is meh at best, there's really not much to see, but you get my point, the tiny excuse of a skyline is there, the blur that is the Pacific is there). It also features a whole lot more variety in art (from photography to van gogh to modern sculptures, all there for you to explore) not that we actually saw any indoor piece of art... due to the beautiful views and events like Saturday Nights off the 405 (which features a restaurant, cafe/bar, and live music with the later hours on Saturdays), I'm pretty sure that 90% of the people that flocked to the site that day were there for the sunset. And I know, there are sunsets everywhere (except Sun Moon Lake, probably...), but like legitimately we do have prettier ones. Just sayin. Look at them clouds. Breathtaking. And the beautiful white architecture reflects the light and changes color with the sky. And then I had even more fun with the zoom lens. Found UCLA! Also found the beautiful sliver of moon. I guess LA can be pretty. Sometimes.
another year of this love/hate relationship with los angeles
good night, LA.