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{travel} shieh sibs in LA: blu jam cafe and cathedral of our lady of the angels

June 10, 2017

On Saturday morning, we headed over to Blu Jam Cafe for breakfast before our 10:30am ticket time at The Broad. Just like San Francisco, there’s always a wait for breakfast/brunch. We ended up waiting longer than their estimated 30 minutes, so I made sure everyone knew what they wanted to eat so we could order right when we sit down.

For people who got to the restaurant 20 minutes after us, their estimated wait times started at 1 hour. Yikes… Not only was their wait time to get into the restaurant long, the time for the food to get from their kitchen to the table was also very long.

I had noticed that people who got into the restaurant long before we did were still waiting for their food. Were we going to be able to make it to The Broad at 10:30am? Sergeant Christine (as my siblings called me) thinks so! I gave my siblings a schedule: 15 minutes for the food to come out, 2 minutes to take photos/snaps, and 18 minutes to eat. (18 minutes may seem long, but we were scarfing down food like we haven’t been fed for weeks.)

They’re well known for their crispy French toast, which was pretty yummy! The rest of the food, although good, was definitely not worth the wait. My brothers actually thought it tasted more like diner food. (Are they secretly foodies?)

After we filled out bellies, we headed over to The Broad and got to skip the horrendous line. Since we already saw all the art pieces the day before, we went straight for the Infinity Room ticket line. We got to The Broad 10-15 minutes after it opened, and the wait for the Infinity Room was already a 3 hour wait. What… Since we had so much time to kill, we decided to explore elsewhere!

We walked through a nearby park called Grand Park, which wasn’t very grand or spectacular.

Then we went to explore the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. I don’t know much about cathedrals and all, so here are some photos of the place:

We were all feeling a little sleepy, so we headed over to this little hipster coffee shop called GiorgiPorgi. There’s no sign so you might miss it! Just look for an open door with a few benches outside. Giorgi is the barista, and she makes your drink based on your preferences. No menu whatsoever! Hipster level 1000.

There’s also this huge moss covered wall at the entrance where I’m sure everyone’s Instagrammed before. (I, of course, had to get a picture with it!)

And like that, 3 hours passed! We went back to The Broad and got to step into the famous Infinity Room. On one hand, it was a pretty stressful 45 seconds. On the other hand, it was kind of underwhelming. But hey, it’s free. And I did it for the gram. So we’re all dandy!

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2 Comments

  • Reply Jasmine June 10, 2017 at 10:14 am

    Lol! I love your timeline to eat…and the Infinity Room was definitely a crazy wait time!! Ours was like 5 hours and 23 minutes or something ridiculous like that..we went after lunch. Sighhh sad day. Glad you got your gram! πŸ˜‰

  • Reply Starr June 11, 2017 at 7:13 pm

    That’s an amazing timeline, girl, your sibs are lucky to have you πŸ˜‰

    A whole 45 seconds, that’s luxurious! (We only got 20 in the DC exhibit @____@)

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