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LA Day 3 – More Great Beer, and a Tough Night of Thai Food

In the previous two days of our trip, I was dazzled by the variety of beers available. I was at times paralyzed by choice! A good problem to have, I guess. Today, we scaled it back a bit.

Places visited:

  • Golden Road Brewing (Glendale)
  • Night + Market Song (Silverlake)

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LA Day 1 – Vietnamese Intrigue, The Classic Fast Food Burger, and Dipping my Toes into the LA Beer Scene

Day 1 of our Los Angeles trip, featuring:

  • Summer Rolls “A Nem Nuong Restaurant” (Rosemead)
  • In-n-Out Burger (Rosemead)
  • Stone Company Store (Pasadena)
  • Congregation Ale House (Pasadena)

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Sampling the Sprawl in Los Angeles – April 2015

It was a massive 10-day vacation in Los Angeles around Easter long weekend where we visited ~32 food/beer places. We brought Wicca’s mom there for the annual Qingming Festival (Ching Ming aka Tomb-Sweeping Day) because Wicca’s maternal grandparents are interred in one of the Chinese cemeteries there. We also did a whole lot on our own, so let’s jump into it!

I’ve split this trip report into sections this time (click on the days to view the post). I’ve added stars (*) to places that I felt were the best experiences of the trip:

Day 1:

  • Summer Rolls Nem Nuong (Rosemead)
  • In-n-Out Burger (Rosemead)
  • Stone Company Store (Pasadena)
  • Congregation Ale House (Pasadena)*

Day 2:

  • Yung Ho (Taiwanese Breakfast in San Gabriel)
  • Bhan Kanom Thai (Thai desserts in Thaitown)
  • Father’s Office (Santa Monica)*

Day 3:

  • Golden Road Brewing (Glendale)*
  • Night + Market Song (Silverlake)

Day 4:

  • Quan Ngon Nha Trang (San Gabriel)
  • Fugetsu-do Sweet Shop (Little Tokyo)
  • Far Bar (Little Tokyo)
  • Angel City Brewery (Little Tokyo/DTLA)
  • Wurstkuche (Little Tokyo/DTLA)*
  • Pie Hole (Little Tokyo/DTLA)*
  • Pizzanista (Arts District)

Day 5:

  • Highland Park Brewery / The Hermosillo (Highland Park)*
  • Ruen Pair (Thaitown)*

Day 6:

  • Philippe The Original (Chinatown)
  • Buu Dien Banh Mi (Chinatown)
  • The Bruery (Placentia)*
  • Garden Cafe (Alhambra)

Day 7:

  • Ocean Star Restaurant (Monterey Park)
  • Qingming Festival (aka Ching Ming)
  • Saigon Flavor (San Gabriel)
  • George’s Liquor (San Gabriel)
  • Boba Ave 8090 (San Gabriel)

Day 8

  • Elysian Food + Bar (Glendale)*
  • Phantom Carriage (Carson)
  • Smog City (Torrance)*
  • Hwal Uh Kwang Jang (Koreatown)

Day 9

  • Brodard Chateau (Little Saigon)
  • Thach Che Hien Khanh (Little Saigon)
  • Asian Garden Mall (Little Saigon)*

Day 9/10

  • Beer Belly (Koreatown)*
  • Banh Cuon Hai Nam Saigon (San Gabriel)

If you read from the beginning, it sort of tells a story. But enjoy in any order you want!

Put a Nerd on It: Portland Trip Megapost – August 2012

This was our third wonderful trip to Portland. “Beervana” indeed. Another case of waaaaay too much to do and not enough time. In fact, I got a bit overloaded towards the end. Too much of a good thing is a good problem to have…?

This is another post dug out of my personal Facebook account — too good to be left in the walled garden! AFAIK, all the places I visited are still open, so all this info still applies today if you thinking of planning a trip. The one exception is Amnesia Brewing, whose brewpub location got sold and the brewery moved to Washington State (more details here). Continue reading Put a Nerd on It: Portland Trip Megapost – August 2012

Serendipity in San Francisco – June 2013

Our food & beer adventures in SF! There’s so much to do there, we’ll have to go back soon! This trip was all about having too much on our list to do, but being relaxed and open-minded enough to just let things happen and take chances when they come up! Continue reading Serendipity in San Francisco – June 2013