Monday, January 11, 2016

Winter Trip LA: Summary

It's been so long since I last posted that the entirety of the holiday season has passed (sorry...so guilty). 3rd year of med school is as vicious as they say, but I'm 2/3 of the way through and hopefully I'll have more time to cook and post during 4th year. During my winter break, I vacationed for a week in LA and wanted to share some photos. 

Downtown Disney! Khoi and I really wanted to go to Disneyland actually but the holiday season is awful, and after weighing pros and cons, it wasn't worth it to pay $150 per person to to wait in line all day. And honestly, the Downtown Disney area was pretty magical in and of itself.

Lilo and my Stitch!

We also went to Anaheim Packing District to hang out with one of my old college roomies, Laurel. Anaheim Packing district is a high end large marketplace with a variety of small eateries, similar to the North Market in Columbus but slightly fancier. I tried a delicious popsicle at Popbar here, but the photo was too blurry, so sad :(

While we didn't wanna wait for Disneyland, waiting for The Broad was much more manageable since it was only a couple of hours. The Broad is a relatively new museum in DTLA, with tickets that can be reserved (a few months in advance) or via standby so we waited for standby. Truth be told, our goal was to see The Infinity Room but by the time we made it into the museum, reservations for the room were already gone for the day. 

But there was some nice (and some creepy) art that was overall worth seeing, especially considering that the museum is free. 

What a cutie :D

In terms of food, I had one of the best cocktails of my life at Perch, a popular rooftop bar in DTLA with a gorgeous view of the city. We were there for the view (I couldn't get a good picture on my DSLR) but the food impressed me too. The cocktail I had was the penicillin and man oh man I gotta make this the next time I have a cold.

Khoi and I met up with another one of my friends for lunch in DTLA at Bottega Louie, which is an enormously beautiful restaurant that has over 12,000 reviews (!!!) on Yelp. Look at him so pleased with his Italian soda. 

Meanwhile, I had one of the most amazing desserts that I've ever had. I don't really know what it is, but it has mango and white chocolate, and it deserves a 5 star review because I definitely cannot make something this tasty myself. 

While not as tasty, I did make a pretty mean tiramisu for a holiday party using this recipe -- I've made this recipe numerous times before, but this has been the best one and I'm going to stick to it for years to come. Also, at this point I've made tiramisu with rum, whiskey, wine, and kahlua, and kahlua is hands down the best. 

Happy belated holidays everyone! I'm sorry to be so MIA but I post when I can and hopefully I'll have more time in the future, please don't think that this blog is dead just yet. 

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