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LA Day 9/10 – A Last Hurrah at Possibly the Most Decadent Beer Place in LA, Plus a Final Taste of LA Vietnamese Food

After the big Vietnamese blowout during Day 9, we headed to Koreatown for one last evening of decadent beer food.

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

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LA Day 7 – Paying Respects and Chilling Out

It was a day for family-type stuff and hanging back. We got some much-needed rest in our hotel room in the evening but still had some pretty good eats.

  • Ocean Star Restaurant (Monterey Park)
  • Qingming Festival at some cemetery
  • Saigon Flavor (San Gabriel)
  • Boba Ave 8090 (San Gabriel)
  • George’s Liquor (San Gabriel)

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LA Day 6 – A Legendary Sandwich, A Vietnamese Sandwich, Beer Geek Heaven, and Hong Kong-Style Chinese

After learning how to navigate the city with a combination of Google Maps, transit, and Uber/Lyft, we decided to head to Chinatown and take a train towards the southeast.

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

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LA Day 4 – A Cross-Cultural Mash-Up of Epic Proportions

After shaking off the emotional crap from the previous night, we headed out and did an epic day:

  • 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)

So in this one day, we were able to pack in Vietnamese noodles, Japanese sweets, German sausages with Belgian fries, American pie, and New York(ish) pizza. We could’ve easily added in Mexican food (of which there are a ton of regional styles available in LA) but surprisingly we didn’t have a drop of during our entire trip because we just couldn’t fit it in.

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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!

Trying to do something a bit different: Mui Ngo Gai Vietnamese

The owners at Mui Ngo Gai on Kinsgway near Victoria Dr. really have their heart in the right place. The menu is varied, but not in an unfocussed, sprawling sort of way, but more of an adventurous, curious way. On paper this would be the kind of place that I’d die for, but unfortunately it’s held back a bit by spotty execution.

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Fresh & Fantastic Northern Vietnamese Food at Mr. Red Cafe

“It’s the Quintessence of Vietnamese cuisine, Jerry, THE QUINTESSENCE!”, is how I imagine a scene from Seinfeld playing out. It’s an alternative version of Seinfeld, of course, with food bloggers playing all the main characters. Alexandra Gill would play Elaine. Yup.

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