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LA LA LAND

February 23, 2017 Los Angeles, CA, USA





























Hello La La Land! Day three of LA was spent at Griffith Observatory, Arts District, Chinatown, and Little Tokyo. Probably my favorite day in LA because the weather was amazing and I discovered parts of LA I've had on my list for awhile.

Schedule for day three:
-Ordered room service and had breakfast at the Line before heading to our first destination ... Griffith Observatory! Last time I came in September it took over an hour to get there when it should've taken only 15 minutes because there was a concert, but I got there right when it opened at 10am this time and there was no traffic. Yay! Amazing view of LA but didn't get to go to the top because it opened at 12pm, but still enjoyed walking around and the incredible scenery.
-Spent about an hour before heading to get coffee at Document Coffee in Ktown before checking out and checking into our airbnb.
-Checked into airbnb and went to Cafe Gratitude in Arts District. Wow, this place is so good. I still dream about this place - it's vegan but doesn't taste vegan at all. I love this place and would go back just to eat this. They have a pretty heart wall in front!
-Headed to Chinatown afterwards, which was deserted when I got there. There were only a couple of people around, maybe I came at an odd hour? I did get there around 4pm or so. I walked around and snapped some photos before heading to Daiso in Little Tokyo Galleria
-My sister and I shopped at Daiso before grabbing dinner at Shojin. At first I was hesitant because I never had vegan "sushi" or ramen, but wow it blew my mind. I have a dairy allergy so when I checked yelp for food around Little Tokyo, Shojin popped up. It had amazing reviews so my sister and I tried their dynamite roll 2.1, spicy ramen revolution, and raspberry mousse for dessert. Yum! They have a vegan cafe called Pomegranate which I wish I could've gone to. Probably one of my favorite meals in LA!
-Walked back to our airbnb and watched Chronicles of Narnia before going to sleep.

Last LA post will be up shortly!




Love, Sharon

SUNSET AT SANTA MONICA

February 22, 2017 Santa Monica, CA, USA











I spent the second half of my day at Santa Monica Beach. Breathtaking view of the cotton candy clouds while watching the sunset. I wish I spent more time on the beach and pier - such a stunning view! I was hoping to go to Venice Beach after Santa Monica but didn't have to go to both. My uber driver said that Manhattan Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in California, so I'm hoping to go next time I'm in Cali. The drive back to the hotel took over an hour but our uber driver's Beyonce playlist got me bumping the entire ride back. Have you watched the sunset at Santa Monica?




Love, Sharon

LOS ANGELES | DAY 1 & 2

February 21, 2017 Los Angeles, CA, USA






















I went back to LA after watching La La Land (if you didn't watch it...you have to!) to rediscover parts of LA I didn't have a chance to go to. I went last September, but felt like I didn't spend enough time. After watching La La Land twice, I booked my ticket last month and counted down the days. My main goal was to hike up to the Hollywood Sign (what a fail, I didn't get to go) and go to the LA flower market (didn't get to go there either), but still had an amazing trip. I would go back to LA in a heartbeat but am hoping to go to San Diego next time I'm in Cali. 

Here's my schedule for day one:
-I arrived to LAX around noon and headed to the Line Hotel to check in. I was so excited to stay at the Line Hotel because of the view and rave reviews, but I was honestly very disappointed. Yes, the view is amazing but awful customer service. 
-After checking in I went to the Commissary in the Line Hotel for lunch. Beautiful greenhouse! 
-Headed to Little Tokyo (always a must!) and walked around. Bought some face masks and went into the shops before going into Snociety for a poke bowl. So good! They have dairy-free bobas which are amazing as well, recommend going here if you're in the area! 
-For dessert, my sister and I headed to Salt & Straw for a scoop of their ice cream. I have a dairy allergy so I got their vegan ice cream - yum.
-I went to the gym before heading back to my room and called it a night. 

Here's my schedule for day two:
-First things first. Took lyft to go get coffee at Maru Coffee. Beautiful space and amazing coffee. My sister and I got the matcha latte and vanilla bean latte. One word - wow. Their vanilla bean latte is a must! You can also pick up a free copy of "Notes to a Friend", I brought one back and it's about Yuri Angela Chung's "notes" to her friends about her experience with breast cancer. Very raw and real, I cried while reading "Mama". 
-Went to Rawberri to get acai bowls and then walked to Trader Joe's to buy water and bananas.
-Took lyft to go to the famous "Made in LA" wall and the Pink wall. The "Made in LA Wall" is located on 8025 Melrose Ave (Cisco Home store) and the Pink wall is located at the Paul Smith store on Melrose. They're walking distance to each other and there are shops along the way if you want to take a break and shop. One tip is that at the Pink wall you can only take photos with your iPhone, no professional cameras allowed.
-Walked around Melrose Ave. and went inside Bookmarc to look around.
-Took lyft again to go to Santa Monica. Gorgeous beach and so many shops! Went to Flower Child and shopped before heading to the pier and watch the sunset on the beach. I'll have a separate post for Santa Monica Beach!
-Headed back to the hotel before going to dinner at BCD Tofu House. Popular spot in Koreatown, I went there around 10pm and it was packed, recommend if you love tofu and Korean food.

Santa Monica post will be up next!




Love, Sharon

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