discovering tamales in East LA or having a crazy unexpected adventure exploring Downtown on foot. But last Saturday I had an even greater appreciation for Los Angeles and how much it has to offer.
My day began in a holiday traffic drive to one of my favorite Los Angeles restaurants in the San Gabriel Valley - Din Tai Fung in Arcadia. Luckily, I wasn't driving. But I will speak on behalf of my friends Melissa and Ian to say the journey was worth it. It's so good my friends and I have created a club. The sole purpose of this club is to gather and make plans to eat delicious soup dumplings (um...and spend time together....). Unlike traditional dumplings, these dumplings contain soup. So you have to be careful to wait the proper amount of time before devouring (patience really is a virtue). Be forewarned that this popular restaurant always has wait times.
JJ Bakery across the plaza. JJ Bakery is worth a trip just to see their beautiful cake displays. My friends and I did that - and piled our trays high with cakes and mochi and other sweets.
My evening was a Downtown experience of a birthday dinner and an Ozomatli concert at Club Nokia. I hopped on the Metro Red Line (no traffic!) and roamed over to Pete's Cafe and Bar in Historic Core Downtown where I met up with friends for my friend Zach's birthday. After a delicious dinner where I ordered a Hellman burger and blue cheese fries, we roamed out to Club Nokia for day two of Ozomatli's two-day gig at Club Nokia. (In between they even had a children's program at The GRAMMY Museum).
Maybe the joy of my LA experience on Saturday was just as much related to the distinct groups of great friends - made over time from different aspects of my life - as it was the events I attended. But with Din Tai Fung, J.J. Bakery, Pete's Cafe, and Ozomatli on the agenda with awesome people - where can you go wrong? I obviously didn't.