we started with labor day weekend in LA.
got back monday night and then i hopped on a plane again on wednesday night to go to denver for a conference.
got back on friday night and then one week later hopped on a plane again to go to korea haha.
so yes, a lot of flying in september and i was done by the time october came around.
thankfully no flying involved in october and just one more trip planned for the last quarter of the year haha.
i like going to different places but flying can be so tiring.
so since i went to so many places in september i think i'll divide up my blogging haha.
shall blog about our labor day weekend/other september happenings and then dedicate a whole other blog post (or two) to korea since i love korea so much haha.
so we found cheap tickets to LA over labor day weekend in like june and so we decided why not. esp since we hadn't taken a LA trip all year (pretty crazy considering how often we usually go there).
since we always go to LA, i decided to try to plan a somewhat different itinerary for this time and we actually did quite a few new things so it was fun!
landed in LA like SUPER early (7 a.m.) and so we headed over to paris baguette for some breakfast.
took our time to eat our breakfast since we had like all the time in the world and couldn't check into our hotel yet anyway.
headed over to the newport beach temple after for a little morning temple walk.
love temple walks! it just feels so peaceful and quiet.
went and did some shopping at the irvine spectrum center before getting some lunch.
also cause sam wanted to get macarons from honey and butter.
they have character macarons which are so so cute!
so cute right? and they were delicious too
lunch was at this small little taiwanese place called A&J.
super small place but the food was really good and we totally over-ordered as usual haha.
we were totally having a food coma while we drove to newport beach haha.
but the sea was a beautiful sight although the sun could have turned it down a notch.
we started with a whale watching cruise.
we had to head out pretty far in order to find some whales to watch and so sam and i were totally like falling asleep on the boat ride haha.
but it was so worth it!
we saw lots and lots of dolphins and even huge whales!
it was hard to video but it was a great sight to behold.
the dolphins! there were so many of them and the water was so clear you could see them swimming underwater
went on this sunset cruise following our whale tour and so yeah, lots of boat time haha.
it started with a tour of the different houses in the area and omg, all those houses are so big they looked like resorts!
this is someone's house. so crazy.
the skies were really pretty
gotta love those california palm trees
unfortunately, the sunset wasn't as spectacular as i thought it was going to be.
but we were happy to finally get off a boat and head over to grab dinner haha.
had dinner at this place called two birds where they're famous for their fried chicken and shared this massive burger.
it was yummy but all i can remember is that we were so so so tired and ready for bed haha.
it was a long long day with very little sleep haha.
day two started with kbbq first thing in the morning at gen bbq just like we did in san jose.
there were only two of us this time though so i felt like we couldn't eat as much and got full a lot faster.
also cause we had had salad all week before coming on this trip so i'm pretty sure our stomachs shrank haha.
anyway, we were like rolling out of there haha.
and then we headed next door to stock up on 85 degrees bread hahaha oh the irony.
but just look at that. so good!
drove to downtown LA after so it would be a good amount of time before we consumed dessert haha.
headed over to try salt & straw because bryan kept raving about it and insisted we try haha.
took FOREVER to find parking and we were seriously about to give up haha.
we tried the strawberry coconut as recommended by bryan and it was actually really good.
we also got the avocado strawberry jam sherbet and i loved that one!
overall, it turned out to be really good ice-cream and i was pretty impressed even if the strawberry coconut flavor was vegan haha.
the weather was so hot so ice cream was perfect
brought sam to third street promenade and santa monica pier after since she had never been before
and omg the amount of people that were there. absolutely crazy.
and omg, as i'm writing this, i just realized how much ice cream we ate that trip haha.
we headed over to somi somi in ktown after because we really wanted to try the ice cream in 봉어빵 haha.
i loved that they had ube flavor!
i got the ube-milk swirl and sam got the black sesame. the soft serve melted pretty fast though so eating it was a messy messy process haha. but still yummy haha
headed over to the LACMA after to see the urban lights.
when we got there it was still light out so we sat and waited for awhile for the lights to come on.
and i regretted just sitting and waiting!
we should have taken photos when the lights were not on yet because i felt the urban lights structure looked so much nicer without the lights.
but oh well.
once the lights came on, it was soooo crowded and you could barely take a photo without a million people in your background so that was kind of annoying.
we tried forever to take a good photo and gave up after awhile cause we just wanted to move on to our night market haha.
sam just so done waiting for people to move hahahaha
the lights were a lot smaller than i expected but still kind of cool
all lighted up
sam tried really hard to get a shot without random people in the background and did a good job in my opinion haha
headed over to our last destination for the night: 626 night market where there was a bunch of asian food and really, a bunch of asian people haha.
i wish we had more stuff like that in utah.
finally got to try shrimp daddy, which tasted very similar to the shrimp trucks in hawaii which was amazing!
and then also tried the baby bottle drink sam wanted to try - fruit juice with fruit balls served in a baby bottle haha.
there were so many things to try but the lines were so long so we spent forever in line!
shrimp with rice served in an actual pineapple // the baby bottle drink haha - it was so huge we took FOREVER to finish it haha
day three was our last day and so we took it easy before our flight.
headed to ktown first thing in the morning for our jajangmyun jjampong fix - so so so so good!
i wished we had good jajangmyun here.
and then we ended out trip with our main highlight of the trip - the museum of ice cream!
i was so excited when i heard they were selling more tickets to the museum and waited online forever to get the tickets when they went on sale.
it was worth the experience though cause it was just a fun interactive experience and we got to eat ice cream all throughout the museum (see, seriously ate so much ice cream the whole trip haha).
everything was so colorful and happy!
and so that was our LA trip.
chill and fun and lots of asian food haha, just the way we like it.
and then we got back to our apartment and our carbon monoxide alarms were all going off.
so we went to walmart to get some batteries to try to fix the issue and it still didn't work.
and so we had to call the fire department.
they came they checked and it was just one carbon monoxide alarm that was faulty and so it triggered all of them and the apartment was really fine.
so grateful for them for working on the holiday and helping us unplug the alarm so we could finally wash up and go to bed.
okay didn't realize that would be such a long blog post haha.
following that trip i spent a couple of days in denver for a conference and it was fun to just relax and be away from my hectic work schedule.
i even got to go to the gym each day after my conference sessions so that was nice to get that back into my routine.
i also managed to meet up with charles and kim for dinner and ice cream so that was quite a treat.
dinner at Root Down, a popular restaurant in denver. the food was really good but the service was super slow.
ice cream at little man ice cream after where my ice cream cone was hugeeee haha. i loved how charles was like 'okay should we take a photo' before we left because 'charlotte always takes a photo.' charles, you know me too well haha.
early morning from my hotel room window // evening walks down 16th st
other september happenings:
successful RS BBQ opening social
hipster avocado toast by bryan
visiting cutie kalia
tosh ramen plus korean drama discussions with morgan
that was what i was up to half of september.
and the other half involved exploring and eating my way through korea.
stay tuned for my korea adventures update, whenever i get to it haha.