Trying another Chinese restaurant for dim sum in South Bay, this time Sea Empress in Gardena. Dim sum was just okay, but the cost wasn't too bad, and for those days that trekking to Monterey Park is a few miles too far... this isn't bad. A little MSG burn but not too much, and a decided feeling of "this was okay". Tea Station across the parking lot is overpriced but acceptable as well, and it's always nice to socialize with Pearl, Simon, and their Konami group of friends.
Dinner at AKA An American Bistro with Cousin Kristen and her husband Dave, plus family and friends.
Very nice meal, excellent duck, decent portabello mushroom fries (Bottega Louie's are better), desserts were okay. And always good to see family, however briefly!