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Weekend trip to LA, 3/09

Posted on | March 10, 2009 | No Comments

March is quite the busy month for me. There are multiple birthdays to celebrate, AND my wedding anniversary is in this month. So being in LA this weekend worked out well, as I was able to celebrate a few birthdays!

For my dad and brother’s joint birthday dinner, we went to a Korean BBQ buffet, Koji’s. The food was quite good, and for $19.99 a person, all you can eat, it was a pretty good deal too! The restaurant is pretty large inside, and each table is set up with at least one grill. The service was extremely helpful, especially if you look completely lost at cooking your own food, as my dad apparently did!

The buffet was set up for you to pick your own (raw) meats to cook at the table, as well as salads, banchans (sides), rice and soups. We loaded up on bulgogi, kalbi, and banchans. I also tried the teriyaki chicken, brisket, and beef heart, which wasn’t exactly my favorite…

Meat station:


One of our table’s grills, hard at work:


A plate of banchans:


Some sweet and cool Shikhye to finish things off:


Cost: $$

1725 W Carson Street, Torrance, CA 90501
Phone: 310 787-1820

Koji BBQ Buffet on Urbanspoon

The next morning we were off to the Torrance Farmer’s market, but of course, breakfast first. I do have my priorities! I craved Hawaiian food, so we headed to T N T Aloha Cafe, which is somehow related to my family’s favorite hole-in-the-wall Hawaiian spot, Gardena Bowl. It’s similar in atmosphere, but smaller and comfier than Gardena Bowl. I went for my favorite, bacon fried rice (bacon well cooked) with eggs over medium. The fried rice was quite good, and I was quite happy! It was accompanied by a somewhat sweet tsukemono. No spam for me, thank you very much…

Bacon fried rice and eggs:




Cost: $

24032 Vista Montana, Torrance, CA 90505
Phone: 310 375-4553

T n T's Aloha Cafe on Urbanspoon

After loading up on veggies, herbs, and some gorgeous strawberries at the farmer’s market, we headed to the Grove to do some shopping. Afterwards we hit Canter’s Deli, since I was craving a good corned beef sandwich, and I hadn’t been there in YEARS. But guess what? It looked exactly as I remembered it, even down to the staff!

The food here was awesome, as usual. The corned beef was on par with my favorite deli out here in Vegas, the Bagel Cafe. Tender and tasty, yet surprisingly lean. I don’t know what they put into those pickles, but they are completely addictive! We split the sandwich, knowing that they are usually quite generous with the meat, plus I wanted to hit an ice cream spot on the way home…

Corned Beef on Rye (*drool*):


Canter’s pickles:


Cost: $

419 N Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90036
Phone: 323 651-2030

Canter's on Urbanspoon

After going to Sweet Republic in Scottsdale last month, I figured LA HAD to have a similar artisan ice cream shop. Sure enough, a bit of research uncovered a place called Scoops off of Melrose. I’d hoped to try their Chocolate Wasabi, but it wasn’t meant to be that day. I opted for the Salty Dark Chocolate and Coconut Mint. Of the two I preferred the Salty Dark Chocolate, but both of them were to die for! I also tried the Salty White Chocolate and Chocolate Pepper. When I saw Chocolate Pepper, I figured it’d be laced with red chilis, but I was wrong! It was laced with cracked black pepper, and was outstanding!


Coconut Mint, and Salty Dark Chocolate ice cream:


Cost: $

712 N Heliotrope Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90029
Phone: 323 906-2649

Scoops on Urbanspoon

The next morning, after our walk in Santa Monica, Amy (my BFF) treated the team to breakfast at the Omelette Parlor. The place was packed, but we didn’t have to wait more than a few minutes to be seated in the patio outside, which was nice since it was a gorgeous sunny CA day! I ordered the Greek Omelette, and surprisingly was able to finish most of it. It contained feta cheese, basil, olives, and tons of diced tomatoes, which made it a bit watery, but it had a nice flavor. It was accompanied by hash browns, fruit, and an english muffin with some yummy apple butter.


On our way out we saw Larry Flynt waiting to get in. I thought of asking for a photo, but got nervous and changed my mind…

Cost: $$

2732 Main Street, Santa Monica, CA 90405
Phone: 310 399-7892

Omelette Parlor on Urbanspoon


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