Made a quick 4 day trip out to LA for a mini vacay/a good friend’s wedding this past weekend. We left the kiddo at home w/ Grandma (thank goodness for G-mas!) It was both of ours first time in LA and we were determined to eat at as many places as possible. Funny how the older you get, the mark of a good time is determined by the deliciousness of the meals consumed on said trip. Or is that just me, being my gluttonous self? I Yelped the hell out of every possible restaurant, and then we ended up just forgetting all our plans, and played it all by ear. Isn’t that the LA way to do things anyway?
Places we ate:
1. Korean – duh. Ktown was a no brainer, and I’m still thinking about how damn good it was. Dallas has pretty good Korean food, but I’m not sure anything is close to being on par with Kang Hodong Baekjong. It was a 2 hour wait, but totally worth it. Daydreaming about it still.
2. Ramen – ever since we had Ippudo in NYC, we’ve been on the hunt for something comparable. It’s the new “it” food it seems these days, and why not find the best spot in Japan Town? Several friends recommended Daikokuya. So off we treked to downtown and put our name on the list to wait another 1.5 hours. The broth was satisfying and pork was fatty enough for my liking, but overall – not amazing. And definitely not Ippudo. Sad face.
3. Umami Burgers – heard a lot of hoopla over this place. Truffle burger with truffle cheese and glaze, whaat? Kind of disappointed to find out it was a chain. Yeah, I’m a burger snob and bougie when it comes to chains. It was just meh. The sweet potatoe fries made an honorable attempt to redeem the meal.
4. Newport Tan Cang – we drove an hour for this place (with no traffic) after everyone and their mamas told us we HAD to have the lobster here. Husband wasn’t sold as we’re not big lobster people and it probably would taste like the lobster special at every Asian wedding. But when in Rome, right? We got here right as it opened and the place filled up immediately. 5lbs of lobster, bo luc lac, and $100 later – we were SO bloated. But a oh so happy and content kind of bloated when you’ve had a very good meal. My people didn’t steer me wrong on this one. I’m only sad I was too chicken to ask to take a picture with the ginormous alien crabs in the tanks.
Our friend’s wedding was in Malibu, atop a mountain (might I add, it was a scary as shit drive and much scarier down) with the most amazing view. Gorgeous venue, beautiful couple, and a lovely wedding.
By Sunday, we were so ready to get home to C. My mom and dad told me that he was looking for us all weekend and waiting for us by the window. SO SAD, poor baby. As much as we enjoyed some adult time together, nothing beats being home with my main little man.