Oh, LA. A place I never thought I’d visit or enjoy. I went to LA over Memorial Day weekend to visit B and have some down time. Living on my own is great, but I missed my best friend. Plus, sometimes you just need to escape your space and see something new. The weekend was exactly what I needed. So here we go. Weekend Visit Los Angeles Edition.
I flew into LAX in the early afternoon. God, what a confusing airport. Not confusing like I got lost or something, but for an airport with such high traffic, how is it so…not great? Anyways, B picked me up and we drove to his place. He lives unbelievably close to the ocean (Literally a block away. You can see it from his driveway!) so as soon as we got my suitcase inside, we threw on our bathing suits and ran out to the beach. I have never been in/seen the Pacific Ocean and oh. It’s gorgeous, but much cooler than the water in good ole Daytona Beach.
I got a little (very) hangry so we walked into town and had dinner at a cute place called Sloopy’s. Not gonna lie, I picked it for the name, but their vegetarian sandwiches were to die for! We got a burst of energy after dinner and decided to go on a drive into Palos Verdes. I love city lights at night and the view was breathtaking.
What do you do in the morning when you live by the beach? You wake up and immediately go to the beach. It was kind of lovely to be there before all the people flood in and it got hot. Because yeah, I was there during the infamous LA heatwave of 2017. More on that later. After sticking our toes in the water, we headed to the North End Caffe for some breakfast. Oh hot damn, was it good. It’s so good, one of their chefs was on Chopped and they were featured on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives. We have a habit of accidentally dining at Guy Fieri approved restaurants, but it was seriously good. Do recommend.
Today was a big day. B took me on a tour of SpaceX. If you didn’t know, B moved to LA in May to start a position at SpaceX in Space Operations. Yeah, my NASA astronaut boyfriend is now a SpaceX astronaut boyfriend. SpaceX is just as incredible as you’d think it is. It was so inspiring to see so many women kicking ass in such an amazing work place. Powerful and intelligent women aside, seeing so many people working passionately and doing what they love to create a better future made me feel so hopeful.
After getting way too emotional in SpaceX, we decided to explore Japantown a bit. We had some amazing ramen for lunch at Tetenyu despite the fact that it was 100 degrees out. We walked our ramen stuffed selves up the street to Daiso, my real reason for wanting to go to J-town. I bought a couple of goodies and wow. I loved the shop so much. It’s insanely cute and everything they have is super affordable. After lunch, we decided we should probably eat more (we don’t always make the best decisions.) and went to Beard Papa. Beard Papa is the cutest little cream puff shop. We got a matcha shell cream puff filled with vanilla cream and oh my goodness. So so so good.
We ate much too much and decided to go on a drive to find Poketo, an amazing art and design store. I wanted absolutely everything, but had self restraint and only walked with a couple of gorgeous pens and a little LA pin. Poketo is located in the Platform, the home to a bunch of amazing shops and restaurants. We wandered into the shops and stopped into Blue Bottle Coffee for something to perk us up (some of the best coffee I’ve ever had.) and to cool off from the steamy weather. After coffee we stopped into an Aesop store! I’ve never seen Aesop products in person and wow, is that shop lovely. The customer service is next level. They gave us ice cold lemon water and had endless amounts of information about all of their amazing products. I’ll be stopping in there again in the future.
After melting in B’s apartment over night (It doesn’t have air conditioning. A lot of homes in LA don’t as they don’t typically experience such extreme temperatures.), we woke up and zoomed to The Grove. Not for any shopping, but to have some lunch in the Farmer’s Market I got a lovely Greek Salad and ice cold lemonade from Moishe’s and B got some amazing empanadas from Nonna’s Empanadas.
Next we headed to LACMA. The Los Angeles County Museum of Art has been on my list of museums to visit for a long time and I am so happy I finally got to go. My favorite exhibits were the Sarah Charlesworth collection of pieces as well as Unexpected Light by Young Il Ahn. I love purposeful and powerful abstract minimalism and both of the exhibits really spoke to my artsy fartsy soul.
And how do you end a wonderful day out? You go to In-N-Out. B took me to the In-N-Out by LAX to grab dinner and watch the planes fly in. I have a lot to say. Firstly, I got a grilled cheese with onions, tomatoes, and lettuce, a small chocolate shake, and B and I shared some animal style fries. Damn. Damn damn damn. It is so good. I get it. I get the hype. Secondly, being able to sit with B and watch the planes brought me back to when we started dating and B would fly to come visit me. Romance and happiness can come from the most unexpected places.
We had a slow morning. B was sluggish. I was sluggish. I had slept on the couch because the heat at night was too much. It wasn’t the smoothest evening, but we were determined to have a great day. We went down to Venice and had lunch with some family friends from Florida who now live in LA.
We were pretty close to Abbot Kinney and went for a little shmooze down the street. We popped into Huset, the most incredible Scandinavian home/design stores ever, and grabbed some pick and mix for our walk. We would have bought things for the house, but neither of us are really in a permanent home right now. One of my favorite stores on Abbot Kinney had to have been Urbanic Paper Boutique. I’m a big stationary lover and being in Urbanic was like walking into a wonder land. I bought a couple cards, but I really wanted to take home half the store.
It was getting much too hot to be outside, so B and I took a long drive out to Malibu. What a view. All of Malibu is a nice view. We drove for so long and both got mega hungry. We were going to drive into Downtown LA for dinner, but spontaneously decided to stop into Cholada Thai. It was some of the most amazing Thai we’ve had in a long time.
Getting to see where B lives and to see that he’s happy and healthy makes me feel so relieved. I was so unfamiliar with LA and I feel like that made the distance harder, but now LA feels very homey to me.