Los Angeles, California USA (August 2015)

Santa Monica Beach

I’ve lived in New York all my life and I didn’t think I would be able to live anywhere else. Until I visited LA. Well, I still prefer NYC > LA, buuuuuut if I ever had to leave NYC, I would head to LA fer sure. Mainly because there is beach, weather is mostly awesome, food is so delicious, AYCE KBBQ is like $15, and I would try to attend all the show tapings. The traffic is meh but so is NYC’s. What was interesting is that I’m usually a typical Noo Yawker in sense of being very fast-paced, efficient, on-a-schedule, and everything is urgent and at first, the lax culture in LA really made me uncomfortable. I didn’t like the pace at all. But after a few days, I loved the chill, beachy vibes.. I could get used to this!

We spent a total of 5 days in LA. LA is huge and you WILL need to drive everywhere, unless you plan on spending a lot of money on Ubers. Parking is pretty cheap compared to NYC though. We could have crammed everything we wanted to do in maybe 3 days, but I’m glad we took the time to enjoy each point. PLUS, I had way too much food I wanted to try. I’ll do this post a little differently than my SF one, but will of course still give a run down of what we did. I split the trip into East LA and West LA.

Super long post, but here’s a quick run down:

Day 1 (Arrival from PCH drive ~1:30PM) – East LA

Day 2 – East LA

Day 3 – East LA

Day 4 – West LA

  • Lunch at Golden Deli (Vietnamese)
  • Stroll Little Tokyo Shopping Center
  • Stroll Old Chinatown
  • Eat dinner at Sushi Show (AYCE Sushi… As a sushi lover, BEST AYCE sushi place I ever encountered)

Day 5 – East LA

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Eternal Love for California

I just got back from my San Francisco / Pacific Coast Highway (US Route 1) / Los Angeles vacation yesterday. While a bit jetlagged and dreading to return to reality, I figured I’ll hold on a little bit longer to this vacation mentality by writing about my journey/itinerary while I was there. Plus, a few of my friends said they wanted to do the same thing so hopefully this helps them plan their trips. This segment will be in separate posts by location and I’ll link to all of them in this post as I complete writing them.


Travel Preparation

San Franciso

Pacific Coast Highway Drive

Los Angeles

Why I Was So Excited for This Trip

Ever since I was a little kid, I’ve always wanted to go to California. Maybe it was all that Hollister/PacSun brainwashing but I always thought Cali was the most raddest place (right after NYC, of course). So much Cali brainwashing. The OC, The Hills, Laguna Beach (yes – my TV selection was fabulous). I’ve been in LA when I was like 8, but all I remember was Legoland being awesome and then a lot of family time not doing touristy things. I’ve been to SF two years ago but only for a brief time with my family (in which they chose to only eat Chinese food and not go to as many places I wanted to). So this was my third chance to do it right! Plus, my traveling companion – the boyfriend, had never been to California.

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