Friday, September 29, 2017

Los Angeles 4th of July Weekend and 626 Night Market

Over the 4th of July weekend, we took a great trip to LA to see a couple of friends, play in the ocean, get out of the heat, and overall, had a fun time with the kids.

626 Night Market

We drove to LA during the day on Saturday of the long weekend, and made a stop on the way to Santa Monica to check out the 626 Night Market in the late afternoon.

One of the nostalgic things about past trips to Taipei are the night markets, where you can get snacks like stinky tofu. I'm not personally a fan of it (they don't call it stinky for nothing), but you know the 626 Night Market is legit when they have a stall selling stinky tofu.

While at the 626 Night Market, we had strawberry lemonade in a donut-shaped drink floatie from Lucky Ball Korean BBQ:

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I had boba in a mason jar from Boba Bear:

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We shared a snack of fried chicken and churro from Naughty Churro:

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Introduced the kids to okonomiyaki:

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And since it was a tad hot, we had some sorbet-filled fruit from Gelati Celesti:

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Shadi, Bru's Wiffle, and Santa Monica Pier

On Sunday, we met our friend, Shadi, for brunch at Bru's Wiffle, along with her then-boyfriend, now-fiance, Sam. When she told me the name, at first I thought she made a typo and it was "Waffle," but no, it was indeed "Wiffle".

Before brunch, we had some time to kill, and so we walked around Westwood Village. We had donuts from Stan's Doughnuts, and I also took a picture of the historic Fox Theater across the street:

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At Bru's Wiffle, we ordered Parker a side of hash browns while I had a red velvet waffle:

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Los Angeles 4th of July Weekend and 626 Night Market | shirley shirley bo birley Blog

After brunch, we visited Santa Monica Pier, where we rode the Ferris wheel at Pacific Park, as well as had some ice cream at the Soda Jerks in the Carousel Building.

Downtown Disney, Dana Point Harbor, and Anh

On Monday, we tried to check out the Jewelry District in downtown LA, but we hadn't considered that many places would be closed because of the holiday, so we kind of struck out. We then headed to Orange County and walked around Downtown Disney for a bit before heading to see our friend, Anh, and her family.

For dinner, we went to Baby Beach at Dana Point Harbor with our friends, where the kids were able to play on the beach (not something we can easily do in Phoenix!).

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Los Angeles 4th of July Weekend and 626 Night Market | shirley shirley bo birley Blog

Original Pancake House and Cabazon Outlets

We headed back to Phoenix on Tuesday, but had breakfast at Original Pancake House with our friends before starting the drive back. We also made a stop at the Cabazon Outlets to poke around since we were expected holiday weekend sales. It was crowded at the outlets, though not as crowded as when we passed by driving to LA the Friday before (there were people parked on the street!).

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