Home Sweet LA

By AteTinTin

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On my first official meal out, my dad and I headed over to a place he had been dying to try. It's an Italian deli that is a LAPD favorite. The place is a total hole in the wall and is easy to miss. It's known for its hot Italian Meatball sub, but it also has a killer Italian sausage! My dad order the meatball sub but I had the hot plate with meatball and Italian sausage no bread with sautéed green peppers. The food was really good and the place was really low key. True to its reputation, the place has a few policeman and definite regulars. It's rare you see these kind of real lie color local haunts anymore. I'm glad we tried it.

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Behind Mexicans, Filipinos in Los Angeles Aretha next largest ethnic group. One of the things I miss and love when I leave California is my access to amazing Filipino food. I love the fact that you can get almost any Filipino food here, including Filipino Spaghetti which has hot dogs in it.

Nips Hut is the best because they always have a huge selection and it is all yummy. Plus they don't scrimp on portions.

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Our family is I love with pizza. Growing up we had it at least once a week. My mom found this place on Yelp and told me about it a couple months ago. So when I came home o begged to go hear. It was a typical sports bar, which was cool because I saw my beloved Packers play the Raiders and win!

However the biggest winner was the pizza! My mom ordered the White Spinach Pizza. Is pizza had garlic, ricotta, mushrooms, and fresh spinach! It was seriously the best pizza I had. Nothing I've had in Austin even compares!

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Now being in LA is not all sunshine, beaches, and movie stars, especially as a native Angelino. It's a rainy Tuesday and laundry needs to be done. For some reason my parent insists on doing the rugs and such at the coin laundry. So I accompanied my dad at the laundromat with the stipulation that I can get coffee. It was fun and I was tempted to get bouncy call to pass the time. I didn't have a quarter so that ended that stroll down memory lane.

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A couple of weeks before I came to LA, I looked up cool free things to do. One of the things I found out about was the observation deck at City Hall. I had never been inside City Hall and this totally intrigued me.

My friend and I went downtown in hopes of getting in to The Broad Museum. However the lines proved to be against that idea. So I suggested the Observation Deck as an alternative. It was a cool experience and we got to see the Art Deco building up close and personal. I was glad I finally got to do it.

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Men are so lucky to have strong metabolisms. Charles wanted to give me a taste of all the things he loves in LA. I could not help but follow his lead and pay for it later, plus it's ice cream. I can't say no to homemade, uniquely flavored ice cream! It was so awesome, it made me wish we had this place in Austin. We did an ice cream flight where we shared vanilla, freckled woodblock chocolate, salted malted, chocolate cookie dough, and sea salt and caramel ribbons.

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Talk about ambiance! This hotel looks pretty typical for Hollywood, but on the inside it shows the gorgeous Hollywood glamour of the 20s.

We had drinks at one of the three bars I the hotel where the bartender made us special drinks to suit our likes. We had a citrusy like drink with ginger bits to help with digestion. I requested tequila while Charlie had his with gin. I was excited to come here because I have always heard so much about it. So cool! So pretty.

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Now that the family picture session is over we are killing time until our lunch with Kuya Mike and Ate Febs. Of course Katrina and mum asked to be dropped off at the stores while dad and I park. I needed to walk a bit. Way too much sitting. I drag dad to Le Pain Quotidian for a cup of coffee and hot chocolate since it was a cold day. After a bit mum and the rest of the crew join us. I love hanging with dad sometimes, he's real low maintenance.

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So for Christmas I took my parents on a Hop on Hop Off tour of all the sites in Hollywood and LA. My parents wanted to play the tourists and so we did it and I promised to take care of lunch.

My dad enjoyed previous Hop on Hop Off tours and figured it would be a good way to see the city we have lived in from a tourist's perspective. I was excited to learn more about LA and not have to drive.

The tour started on Hollywood and Vine where the Dolby Theater is. I had never actually walked through it and was sad to see that it was just another mall! I swear how many malls do we need?! After we got to check out Chinese Theater and see the hand and foot prints up close. So cool!

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Hollywood has so many interesting things to see. You know me I love street art and funny signage. These pictures capture my interests perfectly. The Chateau Marmont is just really interesting to me because it is talked about all the time. I wanted to go down, but I figured it might not be worth the trouble. It didn't look like you could see too much anyway. Maybe next year.

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So we have been here before, but my dad wanted to do lunch here and he was willing to walk from LACMA! That never ever happens so we took the opportunity fast.

Mum and dad had seafood from one a Seafood stand. Dad had fish and chips and mum fried oysters. I, on the other hand, had a carrot dog from Fritz Hot Dogs. O know it sounds silly, but I wanted something kind of healthy and different. It was okay, I wouldn't have it again but at least now I know.

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You know me. A sucker for a great cup of coffee. I've had Blue Bottle before but I have never been to an actual Blue Bottle Coffee Shop. I didn't know they had them in LA until I was looking up Handsome Coffee Roasters and saw that it was replaced by Blue Bottle on Skid Row. We were going to the mall for mom to look for a dress for Katrina's wedding and it seemed a perfect place to stop for a bit. The place was your typical hipster shops with LA's beautiful people. The coffee was good but not sure if it was worth the drive.

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So I've been in Austin, for less than a week and it's my first weekend in 2016. This year I want to make go on a least one bike ride along Lady Bird. The winter has been pretty mild so doing this has not been too hard. This first bike ride was pretty hard because it is my first one in a long time and the wind was fighting me the whole time. It was a windy and colder and windier than I thought it would be, but the scenery was still nice.

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