I’m back in LA taking my last class, and this past week I got a chance to explore LA as a tourist with my close friend from high school, Christine. She also graduated early and is enjoying her summer before beginning full-time in New York(!). The spontaneous week-long adventure actually started last Saturday in our hometown when I convinced her to come to San Francisco to see Run River North play at The Chapel — they’re a great indie-folk band that got started at my friend’s church in LA and have quite a following now.
Christine mentioned that she wanted to visit me in LA sometime before she left for New York and then we realized, why not take a road trip in time for the start of my class and tour LA together in the meantime? Plans quickly formed (we realized how much we love to plan and talk about our plans :)) and I picked her up the next day to head down the 5!
Brace yourself: we ate a lot. I didn’t snap pictures of all of our stops throughout the week, but a couple notable LA institutions we crammed into our food-packed schedule included Porto’s in Burbank and Half & Half.
We also made sure to enjoy the balmy Santa Monica beach:
Taking a food-coma induced break at the mall
Other stops included Bottega Louie for dessert and macarons (for later, of course) and Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles. I absolutely loved the open kitchen and modern yet classically French feel of Bottega — the space was absolutely gorgeous! I’m sure the floor to ceiling windows create beautiful lighting during the day; we went late at night for a nightcap (another unexpected youthful aspect of the seemingly traditional restaurant). As for Roscoe’s, I think the Yelp reviews speak for themselves. It’s a Los Angeles institution! The waffle was to die for, soft and fluffy.
The aftermath — we were too full to finish more than half, haha
It was such a relaxing week spent with one of my best friends! I checked off several LA destinations that have been on my list since coming to the city three years ago, and it was fun to see the city from the perspective of a tourist. Except, of course, we were able to navigate rush hour ;)