I Could Live in LA…

“I could live in LA” kept coming out of my mouth last weekend when we were in town for a wedding. I’ve since retracted the statement (my heart belongs to the Bay), but really, LA kind of seduced me. Sunny skies, Korean food even better than what you can get in Korea, my sister, good friends, and interesting neighborhoods like Echo Park: LA’s got me hankering for the next visit.

We kicked off the trip with Korean BBQ at Kang Hodong Bakejeong in Korea Town. OMG Legit. photo 1IMG_4324

We rented a house in Echo Park. Air BNB never disappoints. Our place was conveniently and centrally located, sun-filled, and eccentrically designed. Our host was very responsive and easy to work with. All for an unbeatable price. I’d highly recommend this listing.  IMG_4338IMG_4327 IMG_4328 IMG_4329 IMG_4332

The house had a copy of a Chronicle book proudly on display: DANCING WITH CATS. It’s exactly what it sounds like.


I enjoyed exploring the Echo Park area. We walked through the park to get to brunch at Red Hill. And it felt like we were in one of those city advertisements, where the skies are blue, people are smiling and doing all sorts of recreational activities like painting and Tai Chi. IMG_4340 IMG_4345 IMG_4346 IMG_4347 IMG_4349

The next day we checked out the Silver Lake area and had breakfast at Millie’s. IMG_4385 IMG_4384IMG_4380

Then we drove to Glendale to try a Cuban bakery called Porto’s, thanks to a friend’s recommendation. How had I never heard of this place before??  The cheese rolls were sinfully good. We bought a lot. IMG_4388 IMG_4390 IMG_4392  IMG_4394 IMG_4396

See what I mean? LA is tempting.

Next up, the real reason we were in LA: Helen’s wedding!



19 thoughts on “I Could Live in LA…

  1. Haha! Edward kept saying all weekend, “let’s move to LA!” and then I reminded him that we’re on day 0 of a 30-yr mortgage haha

  2. Having grown up and lived in New Jersey all my life, I’ve always had a warm spot in my heart for LA. It’s especially enticing right now given the frozen tundra-like view out my study window. Thanks so much for sharing your recent trip there . . . made me think it’s time to cash in some frequent flier miles and get back. I’ve been all over southern California, but never to Echo Park. Looks really nice.

  3. When I win the lotto, I will pay to have all of you guys move here! Haha. I’m just as shocked that you’ve never been to Portos! It’s my fave!! Glad you finally tried it. And I’m ashamed to say that I’ve never checked out Echo Park.. must do that before baby comes. =) Loved Kirby’s comment btw.. haha. Miss you guys already!!

  4. I have been living in Korea almost 3 years come this March. I am sooooo happy to see that there are legit places to get some Korean food if and when we go back to the states. Thank you for sharing! Where in Korea did you stay when you were here?

    • Hi! I’m so excited to follow along on your adventures in Korea. I studied there in 2003-2004 at Yonsei University in Shinchon. I was only 19 at the time and consider that time as sacred and truly life-shaping. I haven’t been back since, so I’ll have to follow your blog to live a little vicariously until I make it back some day.

      • That is wonderful! Things change so quickly here so I am sure that in 2003-2004 it’s changed so much that you will need to get back here and visit again! Thanks! I am looking forward to following along on your blog as well 🙂 LA too!!!

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