Joy and I are working on getting our kitchen redone, so we’ve cleared out all the cabinets and are in the process of clearing out the fridge so we’re not really setup to do any cooking. We did manage to paint our living room, but other than that we didn’t have any plans, so i’ll just talk about all the places we went to eat at instead.
For dinner we did a mini tour of east downtown LA, starting off with the Pie Hole. We shared a very tasty Chicken & Cornbread potpie, and a lemon meringue tart. Both were really good, and really made me want to learn how to make a proper pie crust.
As we were eating it joy looked acros the street and said we should get a sausage afterwards at Wurstkuche. I’ve tried my share of their exotic sausages and know that i just like the regular ones best so we shared a kielbasa with spicy peppers and sauerkraut, along with an order of fries and buttermilk rance.
For second dessert we walked down the street to Little Toyko and Mitsuru Cafe. There was a long line but we didn’t have anything better to do so we waited and got ourselves two fresh hot Red Bean cakes. We thought about going to Flying Pig, or the Spice Table for more food, but thought best not to being full already.
For lunch Joy and i picked up my mom and went to South Coast Plaza to eat at Lawry’s Carvery for some prime rib sandwiches and to do a little shopping. I also got their French onion soup which was very good.
In the afternoon i asked my mom to show Joy how to make Thai Peanut Sauce so that we could make it for our friends eventually. I held strong for the most part but at some point the smell of the peanuts got to be overwhelming and i thought my breathe starting to tighten up so i had to go to the backyard to air out for a bit. Stupid Peanuts.
For dinner we headed to Pasadena for a boiling crab picnic at Jen & Jeremy’s house. They’ve both never had it before so it was a fun experience to spread out the paper and go at the pound of shrimp, a pound of mussels, and fried catfish.
Joy had to work in the morning so for lunch we went to Monora Thai for some Boat Noodle Soup, and Chinese Broccoli & Fried Pork. The main reason we went here was that a new Class 302 opened up next door and we really wanted some shaved snow. Its like a cross between shaved ice and frozen yogurt, topped with a bunch of mango, huge pieces of mochi, and condensed milk (really don’t need that).
We could smell everyone BBQ in the neighborhood when we were home, but didn’t want to fuss about cooking at this point so we did the next best thing and we to Lucille’s BBQ at the Del Amo mall. I guess we weren’t the only ones too lazy to cook because there a bunch of people waiting for their togo orders as well as waiting for a table. We got the full rack of baby back ribs, and tri-tip sandwich just so we could save some for dinner the next day.
Saturday morning I was up early because of the two hour time difference with PST and the kid was up with me. We hung out and watched a little Lilo and Stitch until the sun rose.
Once the sun peaked up over Haleakala all the early risers headed out the small beach just a few feet from our house. Kaylee wasn’t so happy about the loud crashing waves, but the adults had fun in the cold sand and had a little fun with some stop action photography.
For breakfast we always have to go get some McDonald’s Local Breakfast, and we made it worth it by running the 1.8 miles to the nearest McDonald’s in Lahaina. Some people had a little trouble but we made it there in under 20 minutes. This is the first time where the weather has been comfortable enough to actually last that long because normally its too muggy and i have to stop five minutes into it.
I was happy about the spam, eggs, and rice, but what really puts a smile on my face is the fried apple pie, and for this trip they had a fried haupia (coconut) pie as well! We walked off the food walking around Lahaina doing a little shopping before getting heading over to Kaanapali, a few miles north of Lahaina.
For the past two weeks, every time i’ve passed by a McDonalds i’ve looked to see if the McRib was back yet. Sunday late morning Joy and I drove-thru a McDonald to pick up some coffee, and right before i ordered Joy said, hey look McRib was back, and my mind did a complete flip inside out. Immediately i ordered three (1 for me, 1 for joy, and 1 for jonathan) and forgot about the coffee.
Today must have been the first advertising push by McDonalds because my cousin texted me letting me know, and Tbang let it be known on twitter. I have the best friends in the world.
Too bad summer is over, and by the time Joy and I go out for our evening run, its more like a midnight run. The 1.7 mile run from Manhattan Beach pier to Hermosa Beach pier is still a pretty nice route because when the sun goes down, the houses light up, and now the residents that live by the beach let everyone into the living rooms. Most of the houses open up their windows and turn on the lights and you get a peek on how they live. Lets just say they all live a pretty nice life with the amount of furniture and wine glasses most of these houses have. With my Monday night basketball back in full swing and the additional beach runs i feel my endurance coming back, and just in time too with winter coming up real fast and of course with the surprise return of the McRib!
I was really tempted to get one after basketball on Monday but held off to eat the home cooked food. Yesterday i didn’t have a chance to pack a lunch, i casually mentioned that i wanted to get a McRib, and Jonathan actually got excited and wanted one too. The rest of the office was pretty disgusted by the thought of it, so of course jonathan and i walked down the street to get the delicious pork nugget drenched in bbq sauce and its still good as ever.
I am starting a new section on my website dedicated to all that is bad from fast food. Bad as in good to get from these havens of fat and grease. I’ll be covering any place that you have to order at the counter and have the option at eating in or taking it to go as the normal options. I personally believe that if someone is just bringing your food, but not actually taking your food order at the table you can’t really consider it a sit down restaurant. This list is going to cover everything from Arby’s to siZzler and basically point out what’s good there to eat.