But the highlight of my trip? Meeting Aubrey! After work, we went for some bubble tea and chatted like old friends. I'm so happy we got to meet up and hope to do so again when we have the chance!
Cha Cha Chili - Korean/Mexican fusion: Kalbi Burrito & Mushroom Poppers
Yelp Stats: 514 reviews, 4 stars
Big, bold flavors and tender beef with a spicy kick. Fresh ingredients and friendly staff.
Golden Deli - Vietnamese: Chao Tom, Beef Banh Mi, and Pretzel Banana Cupcake
Yelp Stats: 1080 reviews, 4 stars
Featured on The Best Thing I Ever Ate for their Chao Tom. If you're not familiar with Chao Tom (I wasn't), it's a shrimp paste wrapped around sugar cane and served with rice paper, fresh herbs & veggies for DIY wraps. The funny thing about this place? They had the BEST cupcake! Moist, flavorful without being too tooth-achingly sweet, and filled with fresh bananas.
Oumi Sasaya - Japanese: Curry Tempura Shrimp Udon, Duck Udon, Scallop Tataki, & Tofu Appetizer
Yelp Stats: 204 reviews, 4.5 stars
Best udon broth ever! So much depth and loved the different options available.
Sushi-Gen - Japanese: Sashimi Combo, Sushi Combo, Teriyaki Chicken + Sashimi Combo
Yelp stats: 1775 reviews, 4.5 stars
I saved the best for last. This place is AMAZING! The sashimi is crazy fresh and just melts in your mouth - some of the best I've ever had in my life. The lunch specials come with a ton of food for a mere $15. The only caveat? Be prepared to wait for a table, so arrive early!
Redondo Beach - gorgeous ocean views, morning bike rides along the beach, and a nautically themed hotel :)
Pasadena - we moved to a hotel in Pasadena (larger rooms and closer to San Gabriel / Asian stuff) for the personal portion of the trip.
After staying in hotels for 3 out of the past 4 weeks, the kids have acclimated well to living out of a suitcase. Almost too well! My son keeps asking me when we're going back to hotel because they make him happy.
I love everything we get to see and do when we travel, but it makes me feel so worn out (I'm such a travel wuss). How long does it take you to feel normal again after a trip? My husband is able to transition seamlessly and fall right back into his routines, but it seems to take me a couple of weeks. Makes me wonder how others feel :)