626 Night Market
Concluding Dan and Carolina's wedding weekend with a fancy Sunday champagne brunch at The Grill at St. Mark golf course down the road from the hotel.
They did a great job with brunch-- no item was truly extraordinary, but many things were excellent, including the generous cocktail shrimp and the roast beef. Omelettes were pretty damned good as well, ditto for the mashed potatoes. French toast, smoked salmon, bacon, and sausage were all generous in size but not nearly as good in flavor.
And of course, the real reason we were there was to watch Dan and Caro sign up the paperwork making them officially married. =D
Tben it was off to the last day of the last 626 Night Market of the year at Santa Anita Racetrack, just in time for their 4pm opening.
Braving the afternoon heat means you get an hour or ninety minutes to beat the crazy crowds that show up later in the day, although you may face a 20 minute wait for the stinky tofu to be boiled (nom nom!) at Green Cube Tofu and you may find the sea urchin booth already pretty fishy smelling (gross). Wei's Scallion Pancakes were pretty decent, as was Hotato Potato. Ming Court for lamb was also decent, although none are ever going to win any awards. CoCo did a decent job with passionfruit tea, too.
There was a pretty good adobo place near the sea urchin place that I forget the name, and Ophelia picked up a crazy loaded french fries somewhere. Sadly most of the rest were forgettable-- The Milk Tea Company's milk teas tasted very seasoned (weird...?!), Pokelicious had truly inedible salmon poke (shoyu "flavor" was terrible and the salmon itself was pretty flavorless/textureless), and the Chicken Shack's chicken hearts tasted a little gritty.
Going early definitely helps to beat the crowds, tho, although after witnessing a truly terrible parking job on the way out, we made it over to Half and Half for some much, much better milk tea than what we had at night market.