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Mini Vacay in LA

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.

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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.

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Our First Vacation Away

I’m alive! Kinda, does half asleep, walking zombie count?

Back from vacation and now back on that daily grind. Aruba was awesome – I highly recommend a visit there if you can. But then again, you can’t really go wrong w/ a sugar sand beaches, turquoise waters, and endless adult beverages. And even better — my sweet mom, God bless that woman, came back from VN back in time to watch Caden for us so we actually got to relax and totally enjoy doing nothing. It was pure bliss. On our last day, we stayed in our room to watch a movie, something we haven’t been able to do in almost a year. (ok, and because I was a tad bit hung over). hehe.

After 4 days away from little man, we were ready to go home and smother him w/ hugs, but he totally was mad at us and pretended we weren’t even there when we got home for a whole 2 minutes – an eternity in toddler time. That little shit. He’s forgiven us, and I’ve given him many M&Ms to make up for it so all is right in the world again 🙂

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The countdown begins for our first family vacay to ARUBA in just 15 days! I’m starting to overcome the dread I normally feel when I think about Caden on a plane for 4 hours and actually feeling a bit excited! I know I have a tendency to be a majorly impatient asshole with my hubs – and I admit it – kinda uptight on trips just because I’m not one to do well with changes. Throw a crazy, apple juiced up toddler into the equation, and we might have situation. HOWEVER, I am DETERMINED to make this trip memorable and Shutterfly album worthy and not drink myself into mommy obliteration to take the edge off. (Husband is not a drinker, so I could if I wanted 🙂 )

So of course, I have been shopping like a mad woman and using every possible excuse to go run to Target because we “need” something for Aruba. Since I doubt we will be basking on the beach and relaxing w/ a mai tai in hand w/ my little man running around, I’ve scouring the internet and malls for a swimsuit that is mommy friendly so I won’t have to suck in my left over baby weight 24/7 or run the risk of indecently exposing myself.

With all the drama and sickness boggin us down lately, I am uber excited for the change of scenery for our little fam.

 

 

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