This weekend my sister Jennifer and I took a whirlwind trip (leaving Friday morning, and returning Sunday afternoon) to Los Angeles to visit our other sister, our nephew, and his wonderful girlfriend.

Friday evening after we arrived we ate dinner at a really delicious local restaurant in Northridge called Lum-ka-naad Noodle and Thai Cuisines.

We all shared a very delicious and ever so slightly spicy coconut soup called Tom-Kah-Kai.

coconut soup

And I ate half of a large plate of very delicious Pad Thai that I later finished as a late midnight snack on Saturday.

pad thai

After dinner we shared a second Christmas at my nephew’s home (we didn’t get to visit with them in December) and had some tequila shots out of small bowls as they didn’t have any shot-glasses.
Clearly this was the fanciest way to shoot tequila.



Saturday was a very long day, but we started it off the right way by getting brunch together at a well known and popular spot Myke’s Cafe in Pacoima.

The food was as delicious as the art on the walls was interesting.

I got really tasty plate of french toast with raspberries and lemon curd and a side of sausage. I consumed it all and it kept me fueled for the rest of the day.

french toast

They took us to the Getty Museum which was beautiful beyond belief, and very busy because it was a family activity day.


We spent hours with the European paintings, antique and opulent furniture, and walking the garden.


We spent that evening at the El Capitan Theater watching the new live action Cinderella experience (eating theater food for dinner), and then walking Hollywood Boulevard taking in the sights.

We headed back for the bay area shortly after waking the next day, but the family and food and whole trip was just wonderful.

What delicious spots have you eaten at on your travels recently?



Brie is a fair-weather foodie. She wouldn’t go as far as to say she has a love/hate relationship with food, because she loves food and food clearly loves her; it loves her so much that it holds on as tight as it can and never lets go; mostly in the middle region. Her cooking style involves a lot of butter or garlic or onions, things that have “creamy” or “cheesy” in the title, also anything that you could add bacon to. She’s been making the noms since she was tall enough to reach the counter, and has been eating for even longer*. Brie’s passion for cooking-slash-baking will fluctuate however, usually correlating with how sick she is of doing dishes. Never-the-less, her passion for eating (sushi, take out Chinese, hole in the wall diner-y type foods) is as constant as the sun, the moon, death, and taxes. She also sometimes talks in the third person; don’t worry, you’ll get used to it.
*Fun Fact: When she was 10-13ish, only 1 out of every 5 batches of sugar cookie dough would make it past the butter/sugar stage and end up in the oven instead of Brie’s stomach. #ThisIsWhyI’mFat
P.S. She also set the microwave on fire during the same era while making home-made microwavable popcorn. Pro tip: Alton Brown is WRONG and you cannot put a paper bag with staples into the microwave; things will go badly.
P.P.S Happy ending. Even though to put out the fire she threw a bowl of water onto it and shorted all the circuits, the microwave started working after a week and her mom was non-the-wiser.
P.P.P.S But, I guess not any longer…

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