Fooding all day
Had a Groupon for poke at Big Daddy's Poke Shack in Venice. Aside from parking always being a nightmare and the poke itself only being so-so to average, well, yeah, the friendly staff helped, but aside from that... meh.
Dinner at Chengdu Taste with Andrew and his friends, plus Sue, Ophelia, and Chris. Bit of a wait as expected, but the very, very spicy Sichuan food was worth the wait. Beef, the fish soup, and the toothpick lamb were all excellent. Dan dan mein had a great, delayed, slow burn if you could handle the spice, while the two other noodles were also pretty good-- mung bean noodle was also fairly spicy. If you like Sichuan-style it's definitely recommended, as they have just enough variety to be worth the trouble.
Mouths on fire, we went to Ice Que afterwards to cool things off. Excellent, innovative shaved snow as always-- the blueberry pie was very popular, the horchata is always good (plain shaved ice is a nice contrast to the sweet!), and the Orange is the new Black is surprisingly tasty.