**** I’m at a local Coffee Bean right now to use their internet. Internet service at home should be set up today, but with all the glitches that took place, I’ve still got my fingers crossed.
I also just sent off my family at the LAX Airport. I feel like crying. Damn, I am crying. ****
To sum up this week, I can only think of one word: Love.
That’s the biggest feeling I received, and the biggest feeling I felt. This week has been hectic and busy and laborious, but nothing felt tiring because it was just so full of love and happiness.
I was at first really guilty about making my family work so hard in helping me move, and all the money we’re spending left and right on everything from furniture to groceries to door hangers, but after a day, I stopped feeling guilty because I realized that they were doing it out of love. And nobody should feel guilty for enjoying family love. So I just accepted their love, and basically just basked in it all week.
Anyway, I’m tracking back to Wednesday. I called it our Target and Grove day because that’s the two places we visited.
Because my family is always so slow, we end up having a late lunch. And because our tastes are all so different, I had to throw out the list of restaurants I wanted to visit with my family. In the end, I decided to go to the Original Farmers Market for lunch since there would be a wide variety of food options, and I wanted my brother to take a look around the Grove.
Indeed, we all ordered from a different food stall. My dad ordered a shrimp tostada salad at the Tusquellas Fish & Oyster Bar:
Yeah, my dad ordered the most boring dish of all, but at least he enjoyed it.
My brother, missing Singaporean food, ordered from Singapore’s Banana Leaf. I’d visited this place before (and didn’t like it) but my brother ordered a better dish, the Chicken Rendang:
Rendang is an Indonesian “dry” meat curry. It’s spicy and really really good. The one here was okay, not as great as the one you get in Malaysia or Singapore, but satisfactory.
My brother also ordered roti parathas on the side:
I told you the boy can eat! The parathas were truly good. Nice and crispy with enough chewiness and grease.
I think my mom ordered the best dish from Moishe’s:
She got a kebab combo dish which came with grilled meat, tabbouleh, hummus and a pita bread.
I ordered from The Gumbo Pot:
I got a blackened cat fish with cornbread and sweet potato salad on the side:
Surprisingly, the sweet potato was raw! It was just raw shredded sweet potato dressed in some kind of creamy dressing, with bits of raisins, apples and walnuts. Quite good, but it was different from what I expected.
The cornbread was also really yummy. Slightly burnt (I LOVE that!) with dices of jalapeno and sweet corn nibs in it.
The catfish was just okay. I chugged a lot of hot sauce on top. Love that The Gumbo Pot offers an amazing array of hot sauces:
I’m going to have to return to The Gumbo Pot. I’ve heard so many good things about this place.
After our lunch we walked around The Grove for a bit.
It’s a really touristy place, but I love it. It’s beautiful and you kind of really feel like you’re in glitzy Los Angeles when you’re here. A must-visit if you’re ever in Los Angeles.
We cooled off with caramel ice-cream from Haagen Daaz:
And some iced tea and coffee. Of course I made sure to take lots of pictures.
La la la. Fa la la la la.
I’m pretty sure we looked really really touristy with all the pictures we took. I love this one:
The expressions on my dad’s face. Priceless!! Hahahahaha!
After the Grove, we went to Target and spent another obscene amount of money. Thank god for the gift card. Why is it that Target robs you of hours before you even know it? Target is super dangerous.
By the time we had shopped, loaded and unloaded and unpacked, it was way past 9 p.m. The only place open was this 24 hour Korean restaurant right by my apartment called Hodori:
Dinner isn’t really even worth mentioning because it kind of sucked. But since I took the pictures, I’m just going to blabber away.
Tip #1: Do not go to a Korean restaurant that opens 24 hours.
Tip #2: Do not visit a Korean restaurant that has a HUGE-ASS menu.
Tip #3: But if you’re famished and it’s late, it’s still worth it because the prices are cheap. Just eat a lot of ban-chan and order something spicy.
Their kimchi wasn’t all that great, but I did like the potato salad. The acorn jelly was okay, too:
My brother ordered the best dish that night, a spicy calamari rice dish in hot pot:
I liked it because it was hot and the rice was crunchy and spicy, but the calamari was way too chewy.
But at least the portion was big, and the ingredients stayed steaming hot for a long time.
My dad ordered the Yook Gae Jang, which is a spicy shredded beef stew:
It sucked. Way too greasy. My dad had to skim the top off.
My mom ordered the dumpling soup with rice cakes:
It was okay. I could have made a better dish at home. This bowl is my portion that my mom dished out for me:
Embarrassingly, I ordered the suckiest dish of the night:
It’s abalone porridge. I love abalone porridge, but this one tasted like…grub for the orphans. There was barely any abalone taste in there, just a ton of sesame oil, which I dislike.
I put a lot of soy sauce and kimchi juice in my porridge, and it still sucked.Boo!! So unhappy.
But by that point, we were all so famished we didn’t really care. My dad gave a big tip (he’s always been a generous tipper) and we called it a night.
Okay. I have to run out because my parking time limit is almost up.
Yup, parking! I got a car!!!!!!!!!! A 2000 Civic EX. Just enough for me, since I’m famous for my atrocious driving and my parents don’t dare to buy me a good car. But dare I say it, I think my driving ain’t that bad.
Besides, if my driving is bad, I’ll fit right into Angeleno traffic, since Los Angeles drivers are horrible drivers.
Question of the Day: Random question. What kind of car do you drive? What car do you wish you drove?