On this Memorial Day weekend, Sunday was supposed to be our super awesome and fun day travelling. It was still awesome and fun, but it wasn’t how we pictured it. We’ve been wanting to go to the Getty Villa and after our first attempt to visit the museum, we were determined to go again. We finally had a chance over this weekend since we had more time.
We made our way to Pacific Palisades, knowing exactly where we needed to go. We didn’t want to end up in some random part of LA like last time. This time, we made it! We only had to pay for parking, then we were in! NOPE. We didn’t know that you needed to make reservations to get into the museum. The past times that Mark and I have been there, we didn’t recall having to make reservations, so we just left for the museum. The guy checking the reservations before getting to the booth to pay for parking was pretty mean. Come on dude, be a little nicer. Because of you, I don’t even want to make the effort to go back there again.
Our conversation went a little like this:
Guy: Let me see your reservation.
Me: Uh… we don’t have one.
Guy: Why don’t you have one?
Me: (Thinking: We need a reservation????? Mark, we needed one?) We didn’t know we needed one…
Guy: You didn’t know you needed one? Did you talk to anyone who works here?
Me: Yes, last time when we tried to come here.
Guy: So you’re telling me that someone isn’t doing their job? They didn’t tell you that you needed a reservation?
After that… ;AFJKLF JAKEJ F;AKLEJ F. Let me keyboard smash. Seriously though, we drove about 50 miles just to get there and you have to act like this to me? He basically told us to exit and Mark and I were speechless. Did we really just drive 50 miles here to get turned away, AGAIN? I know we should have looked at the website before we left, but we tend to just go on a whim to places without looking up details. I think we may need to change that from now on.
After that, we were pretty sad, AGAIN. I need to emphasize how this happened to us before. I guess the Getty Villa and us weren’t meant to be. We decided to go to Little Tokyo to eat and to visit the Japanese American National Museum since we weren’t going to let this ruin our day
I decided that since we were in the area and since we wanted to visit a museum, that we make a stop at the JANM. I’ve been here about three other times, but I thought it would be nice to visit with Mark. He had never been here before and he learned a lot. This museum is really interesting to me since I can relate to the exhibits. The other exhibits that were there are the time were a Hapa exhibit and a gallery of artists that focused their art on defying Asian stereotypes.
The main exhibit of JANM shows the history of Japanese Americans during WWII. The majority of the exhibit focuses on the internment camps. As part Japanese American, I have grandparents and great aunts and uncles that were directly affected during WWII, so visiting this museum always makes me think about them and the history in my family.
We spent about an hour walking through the museum and then decided to eat dinner. We walked about the Japanese Village Plaza before going to eat at Daikokuya again. We ate there the last time we visited Little Tokyo and had an amazing time. I felt like this time the ramen was even better than before. The broth was perfect, the noodles were perfect, and the egg, loved it! This time we weren’t sitting under the air conditioner so my noodles stayed warm longer. This whole weekend, Mark and I have been eating amazing food and we couldn’t be happier.
To avoid being charged for parking, we went to a market and bought Japanese candies to get our parking ticket validated. I think my favorite candies are those mushrooms and the choco strawberry candies. Mmmm so good! For some reason, we were still charged $10, even with the validation. Uhh… okay… I’m pretty sure we were ripped off because the maximum you could be charged is $10. The guy’s explanation didn’t make any sense whatsoever! We should have challenged what he was saying, I mean, we were already turned away by the other guy! The only thing is that I’m not a confrontational person. Bye bye $10 :(
Despite the bumps in our day, we still had a lot of fun together and eating great food. It was nice to come home early to be with our kitty and have game night. Game night has basically become a regular event. Mark’s BFF is here almost every day and he always brings the board games with him. Next time we go to LA, we are going to set our sights on visiting other locations because driving that far to only be turned away kind of crushes your spirit.
I hope everyone had a great weekend!
Over the weekend, we went on a double date with Mark’s BFF and his girlfriend. This was the first double date we’ve ever been on and we had a ton of fun! Lots of eating and sighting seeing and more eating. We visited places that both Mark and I have never been to, which was even better because we were looking forward to each location.
Our first stop was the Grove and the Farmer’s Market for lunch. The Grove is a really nice outdoor mall with a ton of nice stores and places to eat. At the end of the Grove is the Farmer’s Market, where you can find a lot of little places go eat.
We decided to try Pampas Grill, a Brazilian place. This place had the longest line, and apparently there’s always a long line for the place. And there’s a reason why… It’s DELICIOUS!
There are about 6 choices of meat and a salad and hot sides buffet. They weight the plate after you choose all the sides and meats you want. It can get a little expensive if you pile your plate with food, but it’s super good. Mark and I shared a plate of chicken, lamb, sausages, and a bunch of sides.
After lunch, we walked around the Grove and went into the shops. If I had more time, I’d definitely go on a window shopping spree.
Our next stop was Milk, an ice cream sandwich place. I’ve been wanting to try this place since forever. I always see my friend’s pictures on Instagram and them raving about how good the place is. We finally got to try and it wasn’t a struggle to find parking!
You can either order ice cream, an ice cream sandwich, or an ice cream bar. The four of us decided to go with different ice cream sandwiches: salty caramel, blueberry, grasshopper (mint chocolate chip), and red velvet. The cookie bread part on mine was a little hard while everyone else’s was super soft. I’m was a little because the red velvet would have been so much better if the cookie bread part was soft. I loved the ice cream though. I couldn’t decide between Thai tea and red velvet, but after I tried the ice cream, I was sold on the red velvet. Next time I will try the Thai tea ice cream. Regardless, all the sandwiches were really tasty. The other three LOVE the grasshopper.
The next stop was Griffith Observatory. I’ve also been wanting to go here for forever again after seeing a ton of pictures. We had to park far away, so we had a mini hike up to the observatory.
They were having some kind of telescope event out on the lawn which was pretty cool. We were able to look through a bunch of big, expensive looking telescopes. We got a good look at the moon and some of the craters on the moon.
In the observatory, there are exhibits about the solar system and great views of
smoggy LA. We stayed there for a while, soaking up the view and waiting in line to view the main telescope. It was pretty interesting listening to the some of the facts the guide was telling us. The view we had was of the Apollo (some number…) landing site. There were two craters we could see and the distance between the two craters is the size of California. It’s pretty crazy to think about how huge the moon really is. Before this, I don’t think I’ve seen the moon in such detail through a telescope
After visiting the observatory, we were super hungry and decided to go to Korean BBQ. Mmmm! It was so good after the long day. With barely any time left, we rushed over to Bottega Louis to try their macarons. SO EXPENSIVE FOR OUR COLLEGE WALLET. Those two macarons costed us $5.45. WAH! Expensive, but it was soooo good. I got vanilla and Mark got earl grey. This was probably one of the best macarons I’ve tasted.
We had such a fun time together that we’re hoping to go on another double date soon! We wanted to go to other museums but we ran out of time. Next time!
We finally made it to LA, partly because we had to and partly because we were determined to do our LA date. I know LA may not be the destination of choice for a lot of people (I’m not that big of a fan of LA either), but I would like to find all the gems, not necessarily what people would call hidden, of Los Angeles. For Mark and I, I think finding these gems would mainly be in the food.
After finding parking (sigh) we walked all over the place to find a bathroom since we had to run a few errands before we got to Little Tokyo. NOTE: there are no public bathrooms except in the restaurants and every restaurant has a sign saying ‘for customers only.’ Either that or a ‘no public restroom’ sign. We ended up going to Four Leaf Cafe, not only for the bathroom (shhh don’t tell anyone!) but I’ve been to this cafe before and I really liked the which was one of the reasons why we stopped by.
They have super awesome crepes.
Since we were in Little Tokyo, we had to of course have some ramen. We have so many obsessions and cravings that need to be satisfied… Anyways! Thanks to our friend Yelp, we ended up at Daikokyua: the highest rated ramen shop in Little Tokyo.
Some guy walked by and yelled, “It’s just ramen people!!!” No it’s not. It’s a way of life yo.
I don’t like pork, but to have the experience of super awesome and amazing ramen, I will have pork broth since most ramen broths are made from pork. This ramen was soooooo delicious. The broth was just right, the noodles were probably the best noodles I’ve ever had, there were a little too many onions and bean sprouts in my opinion but hey! I had some veggies.
This was a very satisfying day and I’m happy we finally made it to Little Tokyo and got to spend some time together exploring the area.
Oh, and I went shopping at this place called Shop Ashiya. Super cute clothes, definitely my style. They also have cats roaming around the place which was an added bonus for me.