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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!

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{travel} shieh sibs in LA: the 626 and koreatown

June 13, 2017

After we hung out in downtown Los Angeles for a bit, we wanted to get our grub on in the 626 area (mainly to get boba)! There really is no better place to get good Asian food than San Gabriel Valley because they have the highest percentage of Asian-Americans of any city in the United States. There’s a high number of Koreans (Cerritos, Hacienda Heights, and Fullerton), Chinese (Alhambra), and Taiwanese (San Marino, Arcadia, Diamond Bar, and Rowland Heights) people! Ah, feels like home. πŸ™‚

For lunch, we stopped by Savoy KitchenΒ in Alhambra for someΒ ζ΅·ε—ι›žι£― (Hainanese chicken rice). This place has over three thousand glowing reviews of their chicken. To be fair, I was kind of intrigued by this place at first not because of their famous chicken dish, but because they’re categorized as “pizza and hainan” on Yelp. Weird combo? I think so! But although they served pizza, none of the Asians were ordering that at the restaurant.

The restaurant itself is tiny (fitting about 5-6 small tables), so I’m glad they provide outdoor seating. The weather was nice and toasty, so it must’ve been nice to sit outside!

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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.

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{travel} shieh sibs in LA: little tokyo and the broad

June 6, 2017

After we checked out The Last Bookstore, we walked over to Little Tokyo so we could make it to our lunch reservations at Sushi Gen. Pro tip: they only have reservations at 11:15am – if you don’t have reservations, you’ll just have to wait in line like everyone else. We mistakenly thought our reservations were at 11:30am, so since we missed it, we got placed on the list of people waiting to dine here. The wait isn’t over an hour, but it definitely isn’t great if you are getting hangry!

Sushi Gen has a lunch special sashimi platter that most people order. Three years ago, it was only $15. Now it’s $17… in my opinion, still a steal! After you get seated, service is pretty quick.

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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 nightsΒ 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.

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