LA Is My Lady

Another vacation well spent in the sunny and smoggy city of Los Angeles. The weather was amazing (when is it not?) and I had the privilege to be with family.

I had an amazing time staying with my cousin and her boyfriend this time; their apartment being minutes away from Venice and Santa Monica. It’s a dream come true (without my financial commitment. Hah!)

I put on a a few KMs on the Guru and still, such a blast to ride. The only change was a shorter 80mm stem as opposed to the original 110mm 3T stem. I still love this bike.

Any way, on to the juicy stuff you’ve been waiting for!

Home time! (The evening flight to LA is a dream. So quiet and no crazy people.)
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My vacation read – Jack Kerouac’s “Big Sur.” Thanks, Armilda for this.
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Mandatory coffee break
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My ride – 2012 Guru Flite w/SRAM Rival
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A flat white
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With the help of my cousins, we made Sheppard’s pie for dinner (I did not make the kale salad.) Sadly, it tasted much better overnight with Tapatio than fresh.
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Lunch with my cousin and her boyfriend (TLT Food in Westwood/UCLA)
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Wow, avoid this shit hole, IMC Coffee. LA’s best coffee my ass! Stupid ass Yelp review, comparing it to Starbucks. I walk in and the coffee is made using a superautomatic? Please. And don’t get me started on the washroom. It has a sign on it – “Employees Only.” What? Am I supposed to piss my pants here?
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I had to struggle with this for the two weeks I stayed with my cousin. First world problems. Thanks, Jonathan for the hockey avatar on my user profile.
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Chicken torta and beef brisket sandwich @ Fundamental LA. I love this place. The bread, the cultural influence, and the quality of ingredients – executed so wonderfully. Highly recommended! Do not get the salmon salad. (Westwood/UCLA)
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Obligatory bike shot @ Deus Ex Machina. Oh, and I randomly ran into my friends Chris and Matt here, who were on their way to Coachella. What a coincidence!
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A Porsche 356 (replica or real – I don’t know.) Living the California dream. (I-10 East, just before the La Brea exit.)
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Pretty California girls. (Creepy, I know but it just happened this way.)
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My new and official hipster hangout in LA
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This is how much I miss Los Angeles (from Intelligentsia – Pasadena)
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*Not pictured: Food from B├Ąco Mercat, Downtown, LA. Food, drinks and service – superb. Highly recommended. A big thank you to my lovely cousins, Jeanie and William for their generosity!

To my wonderful family – you guys are the best as always!

Jessica & Jonathan – Thank you for your hospitality. You two went FAR ABOVE AND BEYOND for me. I really do appreciate it and hope you enjoyed my awful cooking. And sorry for getting the alkaline water. I’ve ruined you both. :)

My little cousin, Abigail. Holding you for the first time was an amazing and life changing experience. Looking forward to seeing you again. And please, when you grow up, I hope you become the surgeon general or supreme court judge so you can buy Uncle Mike the ultimate Alfa Roemo, BMW, and Porsche collection.

My cousin Nancy – I know I may come across as a troll and a sarcastic asshole, but I love you and am very happy for you. Looking forward to your wedding!

Until next time!

P.S. – The gin & tonic at Blue Cow is still the best. Andree – WHERE ART THOU?!