Weekend in LA
March 2nd, 2011
I flew down to LAX on Fri. 2/11 for a work retreat at our LA campus and decided to stick around for the weekend to see some family! My mom and her boyfriend Steve came to pick me up in Alhambra and we went straight to one of my favorite restaurants out that way: Noodle World.
I spent most of my time with Mom and Steve out in San Pedro. We took a 2 mile walk down Paseo Del Mar and when we were looking out over Royal Palms beach, we happened to spot a mermaid!
But then we realized she wasn’t alone. Alas, she and her three friends were with a full crew taking photos.
We then enjoyed breakfast at the Lighthouse Deli (yummy batter-of-the-day pancakes!) That afternoon me and my mom went to visit my aunt in her new digs in Garden Grove. For those of you that know my family well, I’m happy to report that Tina is doing GREAT! 🙂
Lots of incredible desserts like these fudgy, red velvet cake pops dipped in chocolate. AMAZING!!
Then we zipped on over to Busy Bee (a famous sandwich shop that I had heard so many good things about but had never tried before) to buy a boatload of sandwiches to enjoy with Brianne & Brian and my brother Derek who were coming over to Steve’s for dinner and games!
We spent a good few hours laughing our rears off playing a game called The Game of Things (highly recommend this game for groups, so much fun!) Kevin even joined in on the fun in SF via Skype! He was my partner during a few rounds and it was great to have him join in on the game for a bit. 🙂
The next morning we were up bright and early for some yummy breakfast (egg, muenster cheese and honey mustard paninis with cottage cheese/oranges and a piping hot cup of joe).
Then we drove down to Long Beach and I spent a whopping 2 hours in LB the entire weekend. I went to visit with my in-laws, Dorothy and George, and we had a great little visit. George cooked up some yummy and slightly spicy chicken salad sandwiches for us to enjoy too. Yummy!
After the short visit with the Edmonds family (and an even shorter appearance of my bro-in-law Thomas) we drove down to pick up my brother Derek to get some lunch at Portillo’s Hot Dogs in Buena Park and then made another visit to my aunt Tina.
Derek, a huge fan of the Chicago Cubs, made a visit to the windy city last year and found out that Portillo’s (a Chicago-based restaurant) had a chain out in Buena Park. Here he is enjoying a dog covered in goodness (as you can see, he’s not the biggest fan of the Lisa blog paparazzi).
We then made our way back up to San Pedro to make a visit with Steve’s grandson Christian who is an adorable kindergartner. We spent a good amount of time drawing mutant animals…
And then as the sun was setting, Christian insisted on taking me on a flashlight tour of Steve’s backyard where he showed me, amongst other things, the place where his cat is buried. Haha!
After that we rushed off to LAX and I was home around 10:15pm on Sunday. I had a really fantastic whirlwind of a trip and can’t thank my mom and Steve enough for the hospitality! 🙂