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{travel} christine and phillip in LA: disneyland

July 18, 2017

On Monday, July 3rd, we were off to Disneyland! The last time I went to Disneyland was junior year of college… so about 8 years ago! I don’t remember much of it besides waiting in hella lines. (That’s probably why I’m not a huge fan of Disneyland…) Phil just went last year, so he knew how to navigate both DisneylandΒ and California Adventure.

Before heading to the amusement park, we had a quick breakfast downstairs at our hotel. The steak was definitely not as good as the steak we had for dinner the night before, lols!

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{travel} christine and phillip in LA: downtown and bestia

July 15, 2017

Wanting to get out of the heat, we headed downtown for happy hour. We looked up a few places, and Ed said he wanted to check out a whiskey bar called Seven Grand. They have happy hour every day from 4pm – 7pm… sweet! I hope we didn’t look like alcoholics because we were waiting at the door when they opened. πŸ™‚

The decor is classy, bartenders are knowledgeable, and there are two pool tables.

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{travel} christine and phillip in LA: grand central market and smorgasburg

July 11, 2017

My original plan was for us to dine at Grand Central MarketΒ for breakfast, walk around The Broad, and then have lunch at Smorgasburg. However, since we weren’t able to make it to Grand Central Market pre-museum, we went afterwards. It was close to lunch time, so the place was cracking already! I instantly went to wait in line for EggslutΒ so the rest of them could walk around and check out the other food stands.

The line for Eggslut (if you’re on the left side of the entrance or the third wall of the line) ended up being 50 minutes to an hour… with another 10 minutes to wait for the food to be ready. My legs were about to fall off from standing that long!

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{travel} christine and phillip in LA: universal studios and the broad museum

July 8, 2017

After our trip to DC, Phillip and I were looking forward to our next trip… Orange County and Los Angeles! Originally, the trip was just for the two of us, but then Phil invited his mom and brothers because they haven’t been back to Los Angeles in years. (They lived there for ten years before moving to the bay area.) I was in charge of putting together the itinerary, but it wasn’t too hard since two out of the four days was spent at amusement parks! Phil’s mom and two brothers, Ed and Will, arrived in Los Angeles earlier in the day, while Phil and I flew out of San Jose after work. Unfortunately for us (and the other people flying to the John Wayne airport in Santa Ana), a small plane holding two people crashed near the airport on the 405 earlier that morning. This caused a ripple effect of delays. Since our flight was the latest at 8:10pm, we got delayed not once but twice. When we actually got to the airport and inquired about the delay, the lady at the counter told us if they couldn’t find us a plane before 9:50pm, they would have to cancel our flight. For those that don’t know, the John Wayne airport has a curfew that prohibits departures from 10pm – 7am every day except Sundays (10pm – 8am). The Orange County Board of Supervisors extended this curfew all the way through 2035! You might have to fact check me on this, but the curfew is because all the rich people who live around the area don’t like the noise too late in the night or too early in the day.

If you know me, I hate hate hate being late. So when we got the first notification of our delayed flight, I started freaking out because that meant me and Phil would be a little late to our reservations at The Blind Rabbit. This speakeasy-like bar is located in Anaheim Packing District, and is so hidden that they don’t even have a phone number. (I freaked out even more because I didn’t want to get penalized for being late, and I really wanted to communicate with them about us running late.) I ended up sending them a really apologetic email telling them about the situation. Thankfully, I received a reply when we go to the airport. When we found out our flight was delayed even more, my heart sunk because we would only be able to hang out at the bar for 30 minutes before they closed. I was pretty sad because I wanted Phil to check it out. Phil’s mom and brothers ended up going first and enjoyed it very much! After we landed, Phil and I darted out of the airport and jumped into our Uber. Our Uber rider knew we were in a rush to get drinks (hah), so he hella stepped on it. πŸ™‚ We were able to get a drink or two, and I’m glad Phil’s family really liked this bar!

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{travel} shieh sibs in LA: visiting the grandparents

June 17, 2017

One of my favorite things about visiting Los Angeles is seeing my grandparents. My siblings and I are closer to our maternal grandparents because they live in California (versus in Taiwan) so we’re able to see them more frequently. Our grandma also raised me and Steph when my mom used to work, so there’s a strong bond there. πŸ™‚ My grandma is everything I strive for – she’s outgoing with tons of friends, very caring and giving, is super clean, and cooks really bomb food. Also, she hosts a lot of fun mahjong parties. #goals

When we visit our grandparents, we usually do the same thing: KBBQ at Kariya Shabu Shabu and BBQ and shaved ice at Class 302.

Surprisingly, this shaved ice dish was larger and cheaper than the shaved snow. :O

At my grandparents’ house… we always play mahjong. Clay and Neil got to learn from my grandma, and now that they got a hang of it, they always want to play too! Having three other siblings is pretty awesome cause we fill a whole mahjong table… perfect.

Family! <3

After we left our grandparents’ place in Cerritos, we headed north… but not to go home yet! We wanted to hit up a few more places before we officially ended our Los Angeles trip. First stop: Salt & Straw. Although we have one in San Francisco now, we thought it was more convenient for all of us to try since we were in the Los Angeles area anyways. The ice cream is as bomb as it was in Portland. πŸ™‚

Steph and Neil went to pick up Half and Half, while Clay and I went to get in line for lunch at Mama Lu’s Dumpling House. Teamwork makes the dream work! This restaurant is also on the smaller side, so there’s always a line. The food was good and comforting, but the service is the worst! What did we expect? It’s a Chinese restaurant… If the service was good, the food probably wasn’t.

The meat of their xlbs were bomb, but the skin was definitely too thin.

And with that, we ended up our Shieh Sibs trip in Los Angeles. It’s always fun to travel with my siblings because we eat a lot, drink a lot, and just have a lot of fun together. Although hanging out with each other 24/7 may not be the ideal at certain times, it definitely gives us nice bonding time with each other as a group. Cheers to more adventures!