Nothing beats the dreariness of Vancouver November rains like a weekend in Los Angeles. So it comes with much anticipation (and rarely any disappointment) to travel to the City of Angels every year at this time. I have to admit that of all the travelling I do, this weekend is still one of my favorite things in the “Life of Susy”. Sunshine, great food with a little bit of shopping in between. It’s hard to beat that!
I must admit that “the usual” changed a bit this year because of expensive flight options and the fact that Ben’s business partner’s wife was not coming down this year. Ben and I ended up in LA a day earlier than usual and had the whole day to wander. I also lucked into a couple of nights at the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills. We hadn’t stayed there in years and it was lovely to be back.
The first time I’d stayed at this hotel was 12 years ago, back when I was Ben’s girlfriend. I remember showing up and being woo’d at its luxury and star factor. I remember that trip as being the first time I went out to eat at a nice restaurant (Matsuhisa) alone. That was back before I was food focussed, although I did know what good food was. I laugh now that, although I was totally nervous back then to go into the fancy stores because I thought that they’d know I didn’t belong, I never had the same feelings of inadequacy when it came to food and going into fancy restaurants.
Of course, as my (bad) weather luck would have it, LA was experiencing unseasonably warm weather in the days leading up to and following our visit, but we were to experience a dip in temperatures and intermittent cloudiness. But sunshine in the low 20’s is better than rain in the 10’s at home! Wanting to take advantage of some pool time, we decided on having a quick lunch. First thing that popped into my mind? Pink’s!
The line-up was the shortest I’d ever seen it and we had our food within 15 minutes.
I’m not sure that meal was condusive to putting on a bathing suit right afterwards, but what the heck. I was determined to get as much pool time in as I could.
For years now, I’ve been reading about an amazing Thai restaurant in Hollywood, but making the trek out to East Hollywood was never in the plans. Well that, and I’ve never wanted to “waste a nice meal” on a Thai restaurant. But knowing we had many fancier meals ahead of us on the trip, we thought we’d go on an adventure to check out Jitlada.
From everything I’ve read, the Southern menu at the back is the place to order from. Knowing that there was only so much the 2 of us could eat, I did my research and narrowed our choices down to 3 dishes.
It was late, but I was in the mood for a sweet treat. I knew just the place that would satisfy my craving.
Pinks Hot Dog: 709 N La Brea Ave, LA
Jitlada: 5322 W Sunset Blvd, LA
Sprinkles Cupcakes: 9635 S Santa Monica Blvd, LA