Disclaimer: I will never be an L.A. kind of girl. I’m not even much of a (dare I say it?) beach kind of person. Que the Crickets.
Recently I’ve expanded my horizons. I’ve permanently relocated to Colorado and as consequence I’m on a new.found.mission to explore the West. Needless to say when round trip airfare to L.A. popped up for two– for $90– round trip, we hopped.
Los Angeles was nice for about an hour but it was honestly hotter, dirtier, and rougher than expected. The Hollywood sign was neat at a glance up but totally overrated and crowded when forced to climb up the hill to get a close up. I did get a kick out of the Spanish architecture and a laugh at the hipster fedoras.
We stayed in a modest West Hollywood Air BnB loft with a Pit Bull named Pacino. Our host, a life-long resident, Marie proclaimed that the best thing to do in town was to “Walk around and look at all of the weird-os”.
What was this planet?
I never imagined that I would care much for California. But I LOVED IT.
The absolute best part about Los Angeles is the array of various and diverse Asian Cuisine.
Now, I’m not going to sit here and pretend to be a Thai food critic– because I’m not. But what I will say is that if you ever get the opportunity to Restaurant Hop in a fill in the blank “___________ Town” like China Town or Korea Town or whatever town that actually has legit non-American versions of food you should do that (but I’m thinking that NYC does not count people). Food hopping (that’s what I’m calling it) is similar to bar hopping, but you sample dishes instead. You can split things. Get creative. . . try lemongrass. Go wild, kid. The photographs speak for themselves. Thai Town, Los Angeles . . . Google that bit.
The long of the short of it is: forget the shopping, forget Hollywood, (and forevermore) forget Disneyland.
One Night in Thai Town
OR YOU COULD JUST SPEND THE ENTIRE TRIP CRUISING DOWN PACIFIC HIGHWAY 1 WITH THE WINDOWS DOWN, BECAUSE I WOULD HAVE, TOTALLY SETTLED FOR THAT.
And cue Miley Cyrus “Party in the USA” (did I just say that outloud) , Yellowcard’s “Ocean Avenue”, 2Pac’s “California Love” that random O.C. theme song (played 20 times in a row).