Chinatown in LA

The morning I got back from Sacramento, I went to my niece’s and nephew’s birthday party without coffee. For some odd reason, I was pretty much feeling strong and awake even though I only got four or five hours of sleep. After the party, I tried to rest at home but was eager to just go out. I realized the travel bug was in me and it was real. It was so real that I had to go somewhere to explore.

With a few friends, we grabbed dinner at In-N-Out and then we were off to a spontaneous trip to LA! I’ve been wanting to check out Chinatown in LA to see the Chinese lanterns lit up and simply to explore the area since I always drive by it whenever I’m in the area.

When my friends and I got there, it was pretty dead. It was nice to have the whole town to ourselves!

Chinatown can easily be explored in less than 30 minutes but we took our time taking pictures and enjoying the bright neon lights. Next time, I’m going to have come here in the afternoon when it’s busy and have some dim sum!

Thanks Chinatown for temporarily curing my travel bug!

Since we were near Little Tokyo, we decided to grab some milk tea from one of my favorite boba shops! I got my usual Brown Sugar Milk Tea which was perfect as always!

We hung out at Ozero for a little bit before heading out to our last adventure!


Last Day in Boston

I only had several hours to hang out in Boston before taking off. So I had to hit up my favorite places in Boston rather than checking out new ones. I just had to go back to Gourmet Dumpling House for lunch. We basically ordered the same exact thing as last time. It was still as good as it was the first time I had it.
Gourmet Dumpling House

Next to Gourmet Dumpling House was this store that we saw and I had to take a picture of it…
Caged Chicken
Interesting, huh?

Anyway. We walked a few blocks down to get an icy drink from Thinking Cup. I got my usual iced hazelnut latte with a chocolate macaroon. With our little post-lunch sweets, we headed to the park across the street where they were having a concert. Sat on a shady bench and just enjoyed the breeze and live music.
Coffee & Concert

I left Boston on a perfect time only because the next day, it ended up raining! Thank you God for ending my trip in Boston with perfect weather and perfect company! Thank you Anna for feeding me, providing shelter, showing me around, and for all the good times!

Going to Boston to Start a New Life…

I think I’ll start it over, where no one knows my name. I’ll get out of California, I’m tired of the weather… Just kidding! That’s a song called “Boston” by Augustana. This song was stuck in my head as I was preparing for my trip to Boston! I couldn’t think of another song that talked about Boston except this which was too melodramatic for me. But good song though.

I went to Boston to visit my friend Anna who works at Harvard Medical School! No big deal, really… My first meal was at the Boston Public Library. What, you ate at a library? Vending machine snacks? Nah. There’s actually a fancy restaurant called Courtyard Restaurant. The price range of the food is a tad bit on the higher end for me where you’ll probably spend at least $20.

We started the afternoon with a complimentary appetizer from the chef. It was a tiny dish of breadcrumbs, edamame, mozarella, and cherry tomatoes. For a little dish, it was quite refreshing and flavorful.
Complimentary appetizer

For my actual meal, I got a barbecued chicken burger with a side of soup. The burger was small but somehow filling. The barbecue wasn’t too strong or too lightly flavored. It was just perfect.
Barbecue Chicken Burger with soup

We had a great view of the actual courtyard of people sitting around the fountain relaxing and reading. It was quite peaceful while we were eating and catching up.
Boston Public Library

We explored the massively historical library inside and out. This is definitely a place to check out if you’re in Boston. The library will inspire you to study or at least read a book.
Inside the library

Right across from the library is the main memorial sight of the Boston Marathon. It’s a whole different experience when you’re right there at the actual site compared to when you’re watching it on the news.
As I was walking around the site, I just couldn’t stop hearing the voices of people cheering their friends and families on. There was definitely a deep moment of reflection walking around the site.
Boston Marathon Memorial Site

On my way to Thinking Cup, a coffee shop that Anna suggested, I explored Boston oh so freely. I found a park that wasn’t your neighborhood park with a swing set like in Orange County. This park was huge like Central Park but Boston’s version. It’s called the Public Park. People were laying out on the grass to tan or having a picnic. The park is actually utilized for pure relaxation. It was nice to see a new surrounding compared to Orange County. We have parks here too obviously but the culture of parks here is used and viewed differently.
Public Park

Right across from Public Park was Thinking Cup! I was relieved to have found my destination after walking in the hot and humid weather for a few hours. I ordered an iced hazelnut latte which is one of their popular ones. It was darn refreshing. I wish I had gotten a bigger size because I finished it pretty quickly.
Thinking Cup

For dinner, Anna and I went over to Chinatown. We went to a well known Chinese restaurant that a bunch of celebrities have been to called Gourmet Dumpling House. This is a tiny restaurant that can probably fit about 30 people. It’s so small that you have to share a table with strangers if your party is small. In our case, we shared a table with a man who was eating by himself. We ordered dumpling soup, mixed vegetables, and their most famous sliced fish with szeuchan sauce.
Gourmet Dumpling House

Dumpling soup. I’ve never heard of or tried dumpling soup before until Boston. You need good motor skills to master the technique of eating dumpling soup. You have to poke a hole within the dumpling to drain out the soup and you’ll drain it into a spoon of soy sauce. Then wah-lah you have a spoon of dumpling soup to sip on. The soup and the dumpling itself were both good!
Dumpling Soup

Mixed Vegetables were the usual, greasy and good.
Mixed Vegetables

Ok, now the sliced fish with szeuchan sauce. I will never forget this part of our dinner. It was overall spicy but I couldn’t stop eating it not because of the spiciness but because it was just darn good. The restaurant is very well known for their szeuchan sauce and you would know why once you try it.
Fish with Szeuchan Sauce

Eating at Gourmet Dumpling was the most perfect way to end that night! Thank you Anna for taking me to a glorious Chinese restaurant.

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