Mom posing by a wall in the Warehouse District
So I’m posting my “Mommy-and-Me” trip to L.A super duper late. Because Mother’s Day was last Sunday and it’s now the 20th. I had planned to post this in commemoration of the day but… Argh! (I’m a bad daughter. Total trash. I know. TT__TT)
Anyway, a week before my trip to Dubai slash Yangon slash Bangkok, Mom and I decided to visit L.A.! Dun dun dun. This was a BIG DEAL because it was her first time taking a trip/flying on an aeroplane in over 3 years since her car accident. Believe me, the pressure was ON to ensure every minute of her trip was tiptop awesomesauce. Luckily, I had everything planned out right down to the second I would need to order an Uber for our ride to LAX. So yeah, I got this.
We spent a fair share eating…exploring the different L.A. hoods…eating…getting ridiculously sunburnt (OK that was only me), and yeah…basically, eating our way through the city. Thank God we walked more than 64,000 steps. 64,000 STEPS BAYBEE! Anyway, less talking, more seeing. Join me as I look back at how we spent three baddass days in Los Angeles.
- In 2016, N and I stayed at the Line Hotel. This time I opted for a more budget-friendly hotel and caught some Z’s at the Aventura 7.3/10
- After storing our luggages, we had 2 hours to kill before check-in time so we decided to go forth and conquer our hunger at The Bun Shop. The owner was super nice, he came over to ask us about the food and how we found everything. Mom jokingly (or not so jokingly) suggested he open a branch in Vancouver. CANADA. She never ceases to amaze, that one. (Ordered: Kalbi Bun, Chicken Katsu Bun, Avocado Tempura Bun, Sweet Potato Fries with honey cream sauce, Coca Cola.) We both agreed the Kalbi bun was the best out of the 3…and obv, SPF-lover that she is, Mom went gaga over the fries 6.7/10
- If you’ve been lurking around Instagram, then you’re probably no stranger to SomiSomi home of the Ah-Boong soft cream. It’s a quick stroll from the Bun Shop so we decided to check it out. (Ordered: True Milk + Nutella + Oreo Crumbs & Matcha Green Tea + Custard + Rainbow Sprinkles.) I’M IN LOVE 8.4/10
- After that we headed back to the hotel, checked-in, and I practically teleported to the room because there were 3 surprises waiting for me there. Amazonian surprises. As in, Amazon.com. WOOOH, MY 12-CUP COMMERCIAL MUFFIN PAN AND BREAD LAME AND UNICORN RAINBOW COOKIE CUTTERS. Mom was patient enough to wait while I
freaked out overadmired my purchases. Ahem.
A panoramic view of my hotel room at the Aventura Los Angeles. And no, I don’t know why Oprah’s on TV. Ask Mom.
The Bun Shop LA: It’s a Bao Party
Avocado Tempura (Veg Temp) Bun at the Bun Shop LA
Our delicious SomiSomi Ice Cream creations…mmm…
- Mom wanted to discover the neighbourhood by foot so we made our way to DTLA via 8th Street. It was a great chance to soak up some sun. (Remember, we’re from Wet Cold & Rainy Vancouver!) After an hour of semi-sightseeing, I was feeling the pangs of hunger again and, behold the wonders of wonder, found myself in front of Bottega Louie. (LOL! Whatever I told Mom, it was most definitely NOT an accident. ) If you remember from my previous L.A. post, Bottega Louie is sugar heaven. (Ordered: Opera cake, macarons, sugar donut filled with raspberry jam, coffee.) 8/10
- As it was a Monday, the place wasn’t hustling and bustling so we kept calm, ate our weight in sugar, and chillaxed. I mean, it was necessary. We had to refuel before the next taxing leg of our journey: walking 3.21 km through the Warehouse District to make it on time for our 7:00PM dinner at Bestia! (Again, this was just an excuse.)
- Wow, wow, wow, look at the crowd! There were so many people waiting for a table I thought the restaurant would burst at the seams. Sadly, this was not an indication of a successful dinner but the opposite of one. After hearing rave after rave about Bestia, I had high expectations. I know, I know. Mistake #1. But Instagram and Zomato can be so compelling sometimes. Anyway, long story short, we ordered the Lobster Crostino ($19), Alla’nduja Pizza ($19) and Spaghetti Rustichella ($29). We loooooooved the Crostino. I mean, 10/10 hands down! On the other hand we absolutely hated the pizza, 0/10. My avocado toast in the morning tastes better than that. The only flavour note was: salt, salt, salt, salt. And bread. The spaghetti? Boring. The crab was quality, don’t get me wrong. But the pasta wasn’t cooked to al dente, and after the flavourful impression the Crostino left on us we expected much more from the spaghetti. Ah, how my foodie heart was crushed tonight. 5/10
Pigging out at Bottega Louie Los Angeles
The Spaghetti Rustichella at Bestia (USD $29)
The Lobster Crostino at Bestia…SO GOOD! (USD $19)
- 8AM, we’re up and ready to roll! First stop: Gjusta Bakery. And boy does it not disappointment! It looks as good in person as it does online. Mom and I spent a good 10 to 15 minutes browsing the (very long) line of display cases filled with pastries, cakes, tartines, cold cuts, and sooooo much more. Oh my God. Foodie heaven, baby! We ended up ordering: Baked Eggs with pomodoro, garlic confit, cream and charmoula, which came with friggin’ amazing slices of grilled Sourdough Country Loaf drizzled in Olive Oil ($12), Smoked Salmon Smørrebrød/Toast ($3.50), Baklava Croissant ($4), and Drip Coffee x2 ($3.75 each). If we didn’t have a day packed with so many other food stops I definitely would’ve ordered more. Like, the mushroom bowl. Or the multigrain porridge waffle with butter and syrup. And a macadamia nut smoothie. Aaaaaagh, the choices! …My life! 8.5/10
- Next, we went to explore Abbot Kinney Boulevard. To sum it up: quaint boutique shops, good looking dogs being walked by equally good looking owners, and yummy cafés!
- I bought organic Matcha Powder at Shuhari Matcha Café ($22).
- We stopped by Salt and Straw because, no brainer. I’m not sure if they’ll still have this flavour but we combo’d: Pineapple Star Anise Ripple with Honeycomb Brittle (which they collaborated with students from Westminster Elementary to create and proceeds go to their school’s booster club!) and Silencio Black Tea & Coconut Stracciatella – Vegan. The staff who served us recommended we order Kids-Size Double Scoops to share…good call Mister! 9/10
Baklava Croissant at Gjusta Bakery ($4)
Eggs with Charmoula and Grilled Bread Drizzled with Olive Oil ($12) Get this!
Abbot Kinney in Venice Los Angeles
Delicious ice cream at Salt & Straw in Venice
Mom surrounded by succulents and plants on Venice Beach
- Tummies filled, Mom and I set out for Venice’s neighbour, Santa Monica, by way of Venice Beach. Obviously we made a detour to Urth Caffe for their Thai Red Tea Boba (with whip! One must NEVER forget the whip…) 9/10 before reaching the pier. Mmmm…
- I think it’s silly to eat food you can find at home when you’re away from home but…for quality assurance purposes we ordered a Beef Terimayo hotdog from Japadog. Because. Hey, look at our view! (#Isuredodgedthatone)
- Watched Boss Baby at ArcLight Cinemas. I swear I can watch that movie on repeat! Theodore Templeton, you cutie!
- Grabbed and enjoyed a delicious chocolate brownie from Nordstrom’s eBar before heading back to Koreatown. Yes, it was a very Zen-like moment. Chocolate…coffee…sunshine…
Beef Terimayo “Japadog” at the Santa Monica Pier
How about a round of beach volleyball?
Our view from the Santa Monica Pier
- Ended the night with dinner at Quarters Korean BBQ. They’re waiting area is très comfortable so if you arrive and find a big queue don’t fret! TV, a fire pit table, and scrumptious drinks await you next door. Ordered: Marinated Beef Short Rib, Seasoned Boneless Short Rib, Grilled Bulgogi, and Korean Nachos. Comes with rice, salad, assortment of banchan and your very own cook who grills the meat for you! No, seriously. 8.4/10
Cooking delicious beef short rib at Quarters Korean BBQ in Koreatown
- 8AM, up and at ’em! First stop: Joan’s on Third by way of Uber. (Ah, we love Uber.) First of all, don’t ask if I spotted a celebrity or someone famous. I’m really really REALLY awful with faces so even if an Instagram or Youtube star or Kardashian was there…I’d be absolutely clueless. Sorry. We did spot a very adorable Frenchie though. Ordered: best ever Buttermilk Pancakes (10/10), Mushroom Quiche, Almond Croissant, Coffee. Do yourself a favour…order the pancakes!!! 6.5/10
- Dropped by Blue Bottle Coffee for their famous New Orleans-Style Iced Coffee (cold brew) and some cookies (1 Miso and 1 Gingersnap). The cookies were blah, nothing special. But their iced coffee did not disappoint!
- Next, we headed for Melrose/Fairfax/Hollywood. I showed mom some parts of Hollywood (though not the Walk of Fame because I’m an idiot and forgot and also because I already saw it last year so…yeah, I forgot ). Then mom decided to torture me by walking another 4km (2.5 miles) under the scorching sun back to The Grove to do some shopping. At least I was rewarded with a Campfire Cookie from Nordstrom’s eBar for my efforts. Oh, she’s good. She knows EXACTLY how to play on my weaknesses. Grumble.
Cold Brew (New Orleans-Style Iced Coffee) and Cookies at Blue Bottle Coffee
Campfire Cookies from the Nordstrom eBar at The Grove
- As I was saying, we trekked the entire district of Melrose, Fairfax, West Hollywood and Hollywood. She posed several times. We ate at In’ N’ Out (there were 31 people ahead of me before I could place my order!!! Not worth the wait…at all!!!) And then the real torture began (read previous point).
Mom posing by a Graffiti’d wall on Melrose Ave
Animal Fries, Double-Double Burger, Coca Cola at In N’ Out in Hollywood
- For our last meal, we decided on The Bazaar. It’s a no brainer, honestly. You can read all about the delightful dinner, and drool at the photos, here!
Check out our post covering a(nother) mind-blowing dinner at The Bazaar by José Andrés!
I hope you enjoyed our curated collection of places to see and eat in Los Angeles. Stay tuned for more and drop a comment below if you think there’s anywhere you simply MUST recommend.