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{travel} shieh sibs in LA: grand central market and the last bookstore

June 3, 2017

The last time my siblings and I went down to Los Angeles to do touristy things and to see our grandparents was when they just graduated high school (3 years ago!). We decided to take advantage of the Memorial Day long weekend and planned another visit. After we all finished work on Thursday, we grabbed some In N Out and headed down to LA. We stayed in Koreatown for the first three nights so we could explore downtown LA and the surrounding area. Then we stayed in Cerritos the last night so we could be closer to our grandparents’ place.

We woke up early the next morning and headed to Grand Central Market. This place is a one stop shop for all the foodies out there… especially the foodies/Instagrammers that go straight for Eggslut. Really, even with so many different food stands, Eggslut was the only one that had a line. Good thing we came early because by the time we left, the line was wrapped around out the door.

With tons of food vendors, we wanted to try everything. Luckily, when the four of us dine together, we can!

While Steph waited in the Eggslut line for us and Clay ordered pupusas, Neil and I headed over to Cafe Beantage for some coffee. This cute little shop is run by super friendly Korean people, and they’re known for their iced strawberry latte. A cool tidbit – they’re also known as a place around town that has sold many, many winning lotto tickets.

The first half of the strawberry latte tasted pretty artificial to me, but the second half tasted a lot better since it had that strawberry milkshake taste. Maybe it just blended better later? The banana latte had more of a well rounded taste throughout.

Finally time to eat! We ordered the Bacon/Egg/Cheese, Sausage/Egg/Cheese, and the Fairfax, and they were really as good as everyone claims! The brioche bun is nice and fluffy that went well with the runny egg inside. The Fairfax (soft scrambled eggs and chives, cheddar cheese, caramelized onions and sriracha mayo) was divine. The scrambled eggs were so fluffy… almost as fluffy as the scrambled eggs we ate in Hong Kong. Definitely need to figure out how restaurants make their eggs like this!

Besides Eggslut, we also ordered tacos from Villa Morelianas. As you’re viewing the menu, they will pass out free samples for you to try. The meats they put in the tacos are made to order so everything is fresh and juicy! Tacos are about $3, but totally worth it since the meat spills out like crazy. This place serves one of the best tacos I’ve ever had!

We also ordered pupusas to share. (Pictured is just half a pupusa cause we all dug in too quickly.)

Because we needed to walk off all the food we just ate, we headed over to The Last Bookstore.

With books lined up downstairs and upstairs, it’s nice to get lost a bit here. They also have a bunch of sofas so you can sit and relax for a bit. They do have signs that say the seats are limited to an hour and you can’t sleep there.

Our first meal in LA, and it was awesome! Grand Central Market was definitely really fun to check out, and it was cool to finally see the book arch that everyone takes a picture of!

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