Back in LA
My darkest moment on my entire West Coast tour came when it was raining (It seemed like half of my interview days were plagued with rain--I was promised sunshine, damnit!), foiling my plans to go to the beach, which set off LA traffic to the extreme, doubling my planned commute outside the city to a pre-interview dinner. I tried to stop for bubble tea as a mid-afternoon pick-me up (while I was already running behind, mind you) and hurriedly parallel parked on a busy street as cars were honking at me left and right trying to merge onto the freeway. I ran into the bubble tea store and they didn't take credit card (I never carry cash) so I run into a second bubble tea store around the corner, and there's a 5 dollar minimum! I had already expended so much time and energy to get to the bubble tea store feeling a time crunch (I really wanted that bubble tea lol) that I was forced to get the largest size bubble tea with all the fixings (bubbles and pudding) in order to make the $5 minimum! #pathetic. I sped to Redondo Beach and made it to the dinner just in time, but I can't imagine all the headache LA traffic would cause if I actually lived there.
However, you can't beat LA for the weather and sunshine most days of the year (I just came at an unlucky time...California was in a drought BEFORE I arrived), which I took full advantage of. I climbed Runyon Canyon (coming up next) and visited East LA and the hipster towns of Silver Lake/Los Felis as well.
Stalking the cast of Vanderpump Rules @ Sur with T. We saw Scheana and Jax!!!! But were too chicken to ask for a picture.
Intelligentsia Coffee, hipster mecca in LA
Alcove, a cute outdoor cafe in Los Felis
Epitome of LA dining
Just a perfect day in LA
Daikokuya, #1 for Ramen on Yelp
Sliders and tacos from the Kogi Truck (Korean fusion), the food truck that started the food truck craze!
I also spent an afternoon at the Getty, a landmark museum for European art in LA. It wasn't as impressive as I expected probably because it was a foggy and cold day, so I didn't get the best experience. The grounds are supposed to be beautiful! Instead it was just cold and damp.
Van Gogh's Irises