Previous gallery page was outdated and never expanded beyond 1 gallery due to space constraints. Expect the new gallery to be significantly improved once I can prepare additional content.
Some pictures are up in the Friends section, though.
Also, New Year's 2000 pictures are also up!
December 18th and 19th pictures are up. Clubbing and the signs of the up and coming complete assimilation of Barry into the drone that he will be. muhahahahaha....
Christmas Night pictures are now up. Still more in the wings...
New Year's Day 2001 pictures!
Erik's family visits LA... and Helma's cat. I'm afraid Erik's family didn't get too much of a visit to LA, but Helma did get lots of pictures of her kitty, Isabel, and her roommate's kitty, Cruise.
General pics... JUST BECAUSE I CAN! Gotta love it. Enjoy!
First of a new set of pictures from Summer 2001.
Just hanging around pictures are now up... sitting around with Erik, Pete, and Jimmy. Karaoke pictures with Rachel's friends are up too, finally. Only had to wait almost 4 weeks for those... LA Trip: Depeche Mode at Staples Center pictures are finally up too! There's still more to come...
Pre-finals party at Sophia/Carley/Grace's place are here. That was a fun little party, saw a lot of people I hadn't seen in a while as well as some new people.
New Year's 2002 (and New Year's Eve 2001) pictures... lots of fun, although one of the slowest-starting parties I've thrown in ages. Thursday and Friday weekend were to proven sufficiently crazy to end any doubts about the New Year, though. Fun is to be had, if you can find it!
Theresa's Graduation Party up in San Jose... YEP! She graduated and is now looking forward to dental school. Pretty cool. Theresa's Visit- ok, you can get up now- Theresa actually came down to LA to visit everyone!!
Pearl's Birthday is the first event of March posted...
Nothing else too significant between Pearl's Birthday and Spring Break, but you can't forget the Pre-Finals party again at Sophia/Grace/Carley's place and the autocross school I did the next day (in the same gallery)...
Spring Break stuff: Ski Trip pics are up!
Diana's Visit is the first event of April- yeah, do you believe it? She actually came down to visit!
Constant's Graduation Party proves that UC Berkeley people really do know how to party, and they know how to do it well!
Helma's 22nd Birthday is the first event of June... June promises the end of another year for us at UCLA and the end of our UCLA undergraduate careers for many... should be lots of graduation pictures this month! Brian's 22nd Birthday is the next event. Cursed finals week birthdays really sucks for partying, we were barely able to squeeze in dinner! Done with finals at last means party time, but graduations to attend mean just a little bit of fun instead of a big party... Thuy's Graduation Lunch pictures are up.
Vacation pictures are up. Germany, anyone? How about Austria? =)
Birthday pictures- Joel's birthday and May's birthday, respectively.
Birthday pictures are up- Dave and Alan's birthday, plus Alicia's birthday. Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers pictures from the Sony Metreon in San Francisco are up. Thuy's Christmas Potluck pictures are up. IHS c/o `98 meet pictures are up-- talk about flashbacks from the past!
New Year's Eve 2002 pics are up. A nice way to introduce the new year.
Los Angeles at night pictures- in the fog. Wilshire Blvd. is especially neat at night in the fog, although driving sure is dangerous...
Lambda Phi Epsilon hosts Union at Grand Avenue. No pics inside the club, just after-party pics at Garden Cafe. Snow Summit ski trip pictures are up. It's no Lake Tahoe, but it is a lot closer... Abby and Tamy's visit pictures- not much but our usual stomping grounds in LA. Potluck pictures at Sophia/Carley/Grace/Tara's place.
Ski Trip at Heavenly in Lake Tahoe over President's Day weekend.
Party at Pete and Nick's place.
End of First Week and Monterey Park- End of 2nd Week pics. Drinking, partying, dim sum, cell phone shopping... lots of fun stuff! Potluck pictures from 3rd week's potluck at Sophia/Tara/Grace/Carley's place...
SF Giants at LA Dodgers marks the end of 3rd week.
Midnight beach exploring plus some random Los Angeles stuff follow-- BBQ at Alicia's and Barry's new curtains. More pictures, this time of Barry's friend Brandon's birthday. Erik's Visit pictures are up-- mostly from Pete and Nick's place.
Visitors from UVA are here this week... more pics with them at Roscoe's, Muse, and the beach... aKDPhi National Convention 2003 pictures... UVA visitors leave- more specifically, the night of craziness before they left.
Graduation weekend in June: Friday: L&S Grad and party at Dennis'. Saturday: Geography Grad, Engineering Grad, party at Jen's. Sunday: Math Grad, APIG Grad, party at Thomas's t-mobile grand prize day 1 suite on Sunset Blvd!!
Summer 2003 stuff... not the first thing to happen but the first to be posted: Rex's Birthday at Miyagi's. The second thing to be posted: Barry's Birthday at C&O's. The third thing to be posted: Erik's Birthday BBQ. Theresa and Jason's Wedding pictures.
Middle of summer brings potluck at Sophia/Carley/Grace/Tara's...
I have some other summer galleries coming...
October Weekend pics are up. Knott's Scary Farm, UCLA vs. ASU with Dave, and Zuma Beach/fires in SoCal... Halloween @ Apt 306 pictures. Just like old times, only most of us are now working! Halloween, take 2 pictures from a last-minute party by Alicia and her roomies... Over at Viet's-- got to drink with Cheston, Billy, and Viet for the first time in forever. Can't forget the rest of that group of friends-- things continue with Thomas and Umi's Birthday.
New Year's Eve 2003 pictures are up from Sophia's party. Snow Summit pictures are up. The "big" Ski Trip 2004: June Mountain pictures are up. March 2004 pictures from the weekend of the 12-14th are up. June Mountain Take 2 pictures are up.
Vegas pictures with Barry, Brandon, Bernier, Eric, and Jessica are up.
Bej and Sophia's birthday pics are up. Brian's Birthday over a busy June weekend are up. Next up is graduation weekend pics at UCLA. The torrent of birthdays hasn't stopped, Carley and Alexis' birthdays too.
July should be busy, too. Barry's Birthday pics are up. Cafe Bizou, Intercrew, and Roscoe's are the highlights. Grace's birthday pictures are up. Lexus Taste of Luxury event pics are up. Joyce's housewarming party pics are up (ok, apartment warming... same thing!).
Pearl and Jer's Wedding. (yes, Pearl really did get married!) Ride and Drive (aka, abuse a Subaru/BMW/Volvo) event was the day after. Dim Sum with Viet, Maggie, Teresa, Thomas, Kev, etc. Camping pictures from Kings Canyon. Lots of pictures there, particularly inside a cave.
Labor Day Weekend pictures back in the SF Bay Area. Elaine's visit with 2 of her friends as they decide to harass Barry and myself. (ok, Barry got an extra day of harassment in there.) October weekend pictures-- the Bodyworlds exhibit at the California Science Center and then Viet's birthday. Birthdays again-- Billy's Birthday and the UCLA vs. ASU game.
A break from birthdays-- Toyota Put It In Play event at the Rosebowl in Pasadena, then the California International Auto Show-- or at least the little corner that I worked! The few pictures from Halloween at Joycelyn's and Election Night at Sophia and Carley's are here. The break from birthday is over-- Kim and Cheston's birthday dinner. The following weekend is a few pictures from an Ars meet at the Getty. We're back at Buca di Beppo for Thomas and Umi's birthday.
New Year's Eve 2004 pictures from Mike/Chris/Henri's party. Fun times, fun times, just wish I could remember everyone's name! Tara's birthday at Curry House in West LA. Dinner with Sophia and friends. 2005 Los Angeles Auto Show pictures from two separate visits to the show-- yes, it's a crazy amount of pictures. GM Autoshow In Motion and many other things on a very busy weekend in January. An incredible 24"-48" snowpack at Big Bear meant we couldn't resist the urge to go skiing!
Take two of the Autoshow In Motion along with Mike's birthday pics lead off February. The big yearly ski trip this season is to Mammoth, which is in turn followed up by a trip to a wee little hill called Mt. Baldy the next weekend. Instead of sleeping in, dim sum was the next day.
Beginning of March is a rare visit to Hollywood with Joel and his friends, then Nathan's Birthday over in Chinatown, and finally out with Barry the following day, at an Evo meet and then dinner in Hermosa Beach.
April is U2 in Anaheim. A break fron concerts- hiking in La Canada Flintridge to Strawberry Trail. We dive straight back into more U2, this time at Staples Center. Ever heard a concert every 5 days? The third one for April is Garbage! (and now hopefully my ears get a break for a while...). Carley's performance in the Loyola Law School Talent Show follows, then Shing and DeAnne's wedding (!) in Houston.
End of April/start of May is a Saturday hiking at Millard Falls and then the Museum of Contemporary Art, while Sunday is at Coachella. Two Erasure shows end the spring concert madness, Avalon on Saturday and then The Grove on Wednesday.
LONDON! London, Edinburgh, and in-between...
First June event, out with Eileen and her friends. Then the June birthday storm arrives. First up is Sophia, second is Brian, and the third is Carley. Unfortunately, I had to skip Erik's birthday this year. =( A change of pace is UCLA Graduation and then a big change: outdoor rock climbing.
Barry's birthday leads off July. Fourth of July actually came a few days before. Grace's birthday and then Garbage at the Orange County Fair are the next two things, then a return to Stoney Point because Joe's moving away and we just can't get enough rock climbing!
August starts quickly. Bill's birthday, swing dancing at Swingfish, and then Margaret's birthday along with a night out with Barry and his old coworkers. A modest hiking trip up Mt. Baldy turns out to be a brutal one, but we made it! Camelot at the Hollywood Bowl. Jennifer and Steven's wedding in Berkeley. Jen Cruz is a high school friend who I haven't seen in a long time, probably since college. And now she's married. Eeep! More stuff on the final weekend, lots of eating and then hiking Strawberry Peak.
Kim's moving-away dinner. She's leaving us to go to med school! Ahhh! Ars Technica meet of the Northern California group over Labor Day weekend. Mid-Autumn Festival dinner. Thanks to Sophia for organizing! Los Angeles area Ars meet in West Covina. Moving weekend followed by a quick night of minature golf.
October marks the first major party at Constant's new place. Not content to party on Friday and into Saturday, we rock climb at Point Dume the next day. Concert madness, birthdays, and football madness mark the second weekend of October. The third weekend of October is a Stoney Point followed by a massive SoCal Ars meet. Things get busy the last week, with Sudeep's birthday and then Justin's birthday. Halloween gets compressed into a single gallery, somehow!
November is more moving, U2 insanity in Vegas and the second (and final) dose of U2 insanity (for this tour) in Oakland. Daniel and Erick's birthday, hiking up Mt. San Jacinto with the usual suspects, and a Taste of Lexus driving event in Orange County make for a very long weekend. The next weekend isn't quite as full, but dinner with Jianhui and Kean, then Thomas and Umi's birthday ensure it's full of food! November wraps up with Thanksgiving weekend and Joyceyln's birthday.
Snow marks December. Skidazzle on Thursday, then off to Mammoth the next day, then the next weekend is Big Bear. Jian-hui's going-away party and then Alicia's birthday follow. Christmas weekend beings with rock climbing at Stoney and then a very large collection of pictures over Christmas.
New Year's Eve 2005 pictures from Mike/Chris/Henri's party. Yes, we love it so much, we keep going back! Two days later is dim sum and the shooting range, then back to Northern California to go to Tahoe. Swing dancing at Sugarfoot Stomp follows after Tahoe does-- clearly not the best idea, but who needs sleep! Tara and Chris' birthdays start off the next weekend. Adriana's birthday follows the next day. The weekend afterwards is almost as busy with dinners (Chili's and Rambutan Thai) and clubbing (Zanzibar). Dinner at Ragin' Cajun' with Barry and friends.
The completion of scuba lessons (PADI Open Water) off of Catalina marks the start of February. Not too many February birthdays-- just Amy's and Mike's. President's Day weekend is in Lake Tahoe, then the following weekend's meals.
Malaysia marks the beginning of April. Then... April is a trip to Venice Beach. Then the usual favorite activity for exercise: indoor climbing at UCLA followed by outdoor climbing at Echo Cliffs. Plus, at least around here, the almost-forgotten swing dancing for Angela's birthday.
May begins with a barrage of Erasure concerts and then visit from Joe and a return to Stoney Point. As though two straight nights of concerts and a follow-up day of climbing aren't enough, partying and climbing continues with Nick's birthday and climbing at Tick Rock that weekend. Five straight days of going out gets a break til the next Friday for Bej's birthday in k-town. The weekend madness continues as I hop back on an airplane for Gina's graduation from Cal. May finally wraps up with Alan's graduation and Memorial Day weekend at Barry's place.
June starts with Nick and Emily's engagement party, plus dim sum with Maria. Birthdays continue with Brian's birthday and hiking, then surviving large amounts of alcohol for a trip to Stoney Point the next day. We finish birthdays with a triple birthday at the end of June.
Fireworks and other fun mark 4th of July. Massive amounts of hot weather and alcohol mark Barry's birthday in Vegas. Then some semi-random pictures from, well, random places in Los Angeles Not-random-at all is pictures from Leif-Eric's dinner in Westwood.
September is rock climbing at Stoney Point and the UCLA vs. Rice game, then hiking Mt. Wilson. Follow it up with dim sum and rock climbing at Malibu Creek. Hiking Calabasas Peak and the Dodger game where Thomas sang the national anthem was also lots of fun. Dinner pictures with old coworkers. September finishes off with Viet's Birthday and UCLA vs. Stanford football.
October begins with a trip to LACMA, then smack in the middle of the month is Billy and Amy's wedding! Random food with Korean BBQ and Oktoberfest. The end of the month is hiking San Gorgonio and Halloween that Saturday, with a visit to West Hollywood on Halloween itself.
November starts quietly. Bej's bachelor party, followed up with Pet Shop Boys at The Wiltern LG. Football continues with UCLA vs. OSU and the Taste of Lexus event the same weekend. Then some birthdays at work. Wine tasting part 1, followed by part 2 for good measure just a day later. Then... Thanksgiving weekend! November ends out with grad students again.
December starts with Tick Rock/Doug's birthday/Kean's visit in the same gallery, then Frances and Jenn's birthday. Bej and Weixian's wedding in Las Vegas. Birthdays! Alicia's birthday, at least. Pictures from West LA including Rockreation and Sawtelle Blvd with the Tsais. And the last for 2006-- Christmas, including the Emerald Bowl: FSU. vs. UCLA.
New Year's Eve 2006 in Tahoe. Hanging around with Viet/Billy/Cheston/etc. plus an Ars meet. Off to the freezing land of Chicago just hours before Keezer's bachelor party. Dinner with Leif in K-town, then Nick Keezer and Emily's wedding a few days later. Dinner again with friends, this time in the Bay Area.
Concerts open March. At least one, anyway: Snow Patrol at Gibson Ampitheater. Skiing at Big Bear-- well Snow Summit to be specific. Pearl's housewarming party at her new place. Leif-Eric and Eun-Young's dinner at Versailles. The theme is food, Pinnacle Peak Steakhouse, then Sushi Masu. China and Hong Kong trip concludes March.
The NCAA Basketball Tournament leads off April, with UCLA vs. Florida in the Final Four. Random stuff hanging out with Pearl, including UCLA Football's Spring Scrimmage. Some rock climbing at Echo Cliffs the next day. Dim sum twice the next weekend, then helping Pearl move. A mid-week trip to UCSB follows. April concludes with a busy weekend: a visit from Erik and scuba diving off Anacapa Island.
May begins with Mike's Birthday and then lots of food: tofu and dim sum, with rock climbing and helping Pearl move in-between! The third weekend of May is Carley's graduation and the UCLA Run/Walk, May 24 is a UCLA dinner, while the last weekend of May is camping at Lassen Volcanic National Park. Shen's birthday concludes May.
June is lead off with birthdays: Bej/Sophia's the first weekend, then Brian's the second weekend. Leif-Eric and Eun-Young plan dinner again, this time at Flame in Westwood, followed by cake. Out on Sunset Blvd with Peter and his UCLA Medicine residents. More food weekends- with Korean tofu, pastrami at The Hat, and Hakata Ramen.
July starts with Kwik-E-Mart! Then dinner at Pearl's, followed by Fourth of July the next day! Sherry and David's wedding on 7/7/07. Hiking the next day to San Gabriel Peak/Mt. Disappointment proved to be a nice little morning jaunt. On the other hand, Smith Mountain was definitely not a nice morning jaunt. Seeing Wicked is next. Mickey's visit combined with Annie and Bill's birthday conclude July.
August starts off with a barbeque at Barry's and a ton of random pictures from UCLA/Westwood mixed in with a trip to the Ahmanson. Trip to the East Coast finishes off August-- New York and Pennsylvania.
Labor Day weekend in September is spent in Yosemite, camping and hiking. Playing with Sam's camera and a new Canon 24/1.4L on Friday before the weekend. The weekend-- Saturday is UCLA vs. Washington with tailgating beforehand, partying, and Sam's visit, while Sunday is at Huntington Gardens with Sam and Sophia, then Underworld and Paul Oakenfold at Hollywood Bowl. Sam's visit days 3 and 4 highlight rock climbing at Stoney Point, Santa Monica and the beach. Sam's visit day 4 is wandering Japantown and downtown LA with cameras. *grins* Day 8 is MOCA, Grand Central Market, and Nextfest; plus some random Korean BBQ pictures thrown in. A trip to the Bay Area for an Ars meet follows, then Cecile's birthday. Rock climbing at Mystery Science Theater finishes off a very busy September.
October is just as busy, with Justin visiting for the Japanese Classic Car Show on Saturday (and then the UCLA game...). Friday was spent wandering Los Angeles, and Sunday had some wandering plus the Ferraris at the Petersen Automotive Museum before he left. Alpine Village's little Oktoberfest, plus Billy and Simon's birthdays fill up the following weekend. Two weeks in South Korea and China finish off October and the first day of November (for Leif and Eun-young's wedding in Seoul, John and Weixian's wedding in Nanjing).
November starts off with a visit to Pink's Hotdog Stand in Hollywood, then wine tasting, take 2 at Irina's. The second Saturday in November is UCLA vs. ASU, plus Billy and Amy's housewarming party. The next weekend is throughly food related with dim sum and a birthday dinner (old time Maxima club members, then Heather C.'s birthday). Thanksgiving weekend includes cousin Jason's wedding. Birthday dinner for the Hacketts followed up by Joycelyn's birthday wrap up November.
December starts off with the SSC Holiday Party. Rock climbing at Malibu Creek, followed by Alicia's birthday and a work lunch, then two dinners, one with Leif-Eric and Eun-young, the other for Jenn's birthday. Back to Northern California for Christmas.
Going-away party for Ulrich at Westwood BrewCo, Francis and Camille's engagement party plus Superbowl Sunday playing Rock Band, then a quick Ars meet at Barney's Beanery in Hollywood. Follow it up with more outings with Pearl: Ruth Chris' Steakhouse for DineLA Restaurant week, plus Magic Mountain. Rock climbing at Echo Cliffs, take 3, then more climbing (UCLA Dangling Bruin) combined with Amy's visit. President's Day weekend in Mammoth. February ends with visiting Keith and the new Chipotle in Westwood.
March leads off with take 4 of rock climbing at Echo Cliffs, then the Star Trek Tour in Long Beach. Pearl's birthday follows. Cheston and Angie's wedding in the middle of the month. Hiking Devil's Chair makes for a fun day trip. A walking tour of Los Angeles' historic core wraps up March.
April's first gallery is an Ars meet and a UCLA Final Four party. One very busy weekend consists of: Will Foster's birthday + UCLA Run/Walk 5K + dim sum. Exploring the Petersen automotive museum again. Days full of food: pictures at Gyu-kaku, Spoon House, and with Kean at Bonchon. Leif-Eric's dinner at Hodori on Friday. Stoney Point bouldering on Saturday. The weekend finishes off with Movie night and dim sum on Saturday night and Sunday morning, respectively.
May starts off with UCLA Staff Assembly's Casino Night, then the weekend following is JPL Open House, the Santa Monica Classic, and lunch at Newport Seafood in San Gabriel. Hanging out with Maria and then dinner at Sushi Masu occupy Thursday. Bouldering in Bishop is the second weekend in May, followed up by dinner with Maria and friends. Busy Saturday: hiking Mt. Baden-Powell in the morning followed by Bej and Yuan's birthday in the afternoon. Wrapping up May with Memorial Day at Kevin's.
June leads off with dim sum at New Capital Seafood. Double party day on Friday: UCLA Rock Wall and UCLA Geography. Mike and Emily's wedding is the following Saturday. Brian's birthday, then watching a movie at Del Amo the next day. Weekend back in the Bay Area for Katie's graduation party and a company picnic. Kim's visit the following weekend.
Kicking off July with another visit back to the Bay Area, then Independence Day at Billy and Amy's. Chris and Bettina's wedding followed the next day. Dim sum at Elite Restaurant with Frances, Patrick, and Dan. Leif-Eric's potluck for BECKS-NG.
August is helping Pearl move and Frances' going-away barbeque. Trip to New York follows. No Broadway shows this year, but lots of fun was still had! August wraps up with: food, waterfight, and dim sum. Lots of random pictures wrap up August: dinner by Bill and Annie, pre-Disneyland Half Marathon, dinner at El Gringo, and Century City mall pictures.
September opens up with UCLA vs. Tennessee on Labor Day. Dim sum at Capital Seafood, then more college football: UCLA vs. Arizona at the Rose Bowl. Throw in more random pictures throughout September: dinner at Sushi Masu, lunch at Pho Vie, and a BBQ. The month concludes with Vegas for the weekend.
October is UCLA vs. Washington State at the Rose Bowl, one of our few wins this season. Fooding: Thai and Korean noodles commences. Five days in Oregon are next, including UCLA vs. Oregon football! Viet and Maggie's wedding finally happened! Second-to-last gallery in October is fairly random: Lucas' going-away party and lots other random shots. Cheston and Angie's Halloween party at That 70's House.
The SkirtChaser 5k marks the start of November. Follow it up with an IDSA-LA event on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and some protest pictures the next day. Watched UCLA vs. Oregon State and had Korean tofu the two days later, then ran the UCLA Tri-team's Bruin 5k the following weekend. Camille and Francis' wedding the weekend before Thanksgiving. Lunch at Hide Sushi the day before Thanksgiving.
Joycelyn's birthday is Max Karaoke and Shojin for dinner, the 26th Annual California International Marathon (CIM), and then Bill plans Korean BBQ. 888 Seafood for dim sum, then Tara and Heather's Christmas potluck, followed up with a Mongolian hot pot lunch at Little Fat Sheep in Monterey Park. Then Alicia's birthday and Kim's visit. Brunch at Amandine with Dave/Amit/Alan and UCLA vs. Mercer basketball at Pauley Pavillion. More dim sum and then game night at USC. Home for the holidays. Pictures from New Year's Eve at Kathy's place.
Leading off January with ice skating and sushi (from Roll House) in Santa Monica. Follow it up with Five Guys Burgers and more fooding. Then a random collection of pictures from San Diego, plus a UCLA Geography colloquium, pita, and pho. Tara's birthday and dim sum. Szechuan food at Chung King in San Gabriel and a hot chocolate party. A day at The Griddle and The Grove for breakfast and the Farmers' Market, respectively, followed the next day by the search for pocky and ramen (and okonomiyaki, but that failed). Taking advantage of a beautiful day in Orange County. #jpltweetup in Pasadena (at JPL, naturally!). The Los Angeles Conservancy's Spring and Main tour plus dinner with Kim and friends. Dim sum at Capital Seafood with Pearl and coworkers. Kyochon fried chicken a few nights later.
dineLA Restaurant Week at Tengu (sushi) in Westwood. Gone skiing. The Kogi BBQ taco truck! Dinner at Royal Kabob. Presidents' Day weekend at Mammoth. Some more "skiing", then karaoke with Ulrich at Brass Monkey, and then Mike's birthday at Lucky Strike. A busy day: dim sum with Bill, the BMW Art Cars at LACMA, Kevin's Oscar night party, and a random rabbit sighting. Then another crazy day with hiking Parker Mesa Overlook, then into Pearl's birthday.
Massive food: Din Tai Fung, Galco's Soda Pop Stop, and Scoops! More food in Westwood. UCLA vs. Oregon basketball plus a Geography grads potluck and Park's Korean BBQ. Dim sum at Capital Seafood along with Grace and Kevin's engagement dinner at El Cholo. UCLA in the Pac-10 Tournament at Staples (plus Carnitas Michoacan for lunch!). Hiking Temescal Canyon and karaoke. The president's motorcade while on my way to work. Random photos from Pho Show, St. Patrick's Day, and Sawtelle. Climbing at Stoney Point plus Matt's party. Lunch at Sushi Central. Korean BBQ at Soot Bull Gui Rim 2 in K-town.
April is the usual theme, food: Umemura Ramen and Naja's (latter for Matt's moving-away party take 2), then the UCLA Run/Walk 5k and lunch at Shanghai Palace. Back to the Kogi truck, then poker night at Bethany's. Chris and Bettina's housewarming at the beach. More food: cupcakes and pho, then dim sum, followed by boardgames (and pizza), and finally, Korean BBQ at Tahoe Galbi.
May is the Santa Monica Classic, mixed with JPL Open House and an art show: Chase Langford: morphic. Mixed in Rutts' Hawaiian Cafe and Marisco's Gullein La Playita for food, too. Europe 2009 is... Days 1 and 2: London. Day 3: sleeping in, and more London. Day 4: Windsor in the morning, the Thames at night. Day 5: London to Athens. Day 6: Athens. Day 7: Hania, day 1. Day 8: Hania, day 2. Day 9: Hania, day 3. Day 10: Hania, day 4. Day 11: Hania, day 5. Day 12: Samaria Gorge. Day 13: Hania, day 6. Day 14: Heraklion (Iraklio) and Knossos (and a trip to the movies in Hania). Day 15: Rethymno and the surrounding area. Day 16: Hania to Copenhagen (via Athens). Day 17: Malmo. Day 18: Copenhagen. Day 19: Return to the USA, CPH-LHR-IAD-LAX. Back in the USA: Memorial Day BBQ at Kevin's, BEJ's birthday, Frances' summer BBQ, and fooding at Seafood Town and Hurry Curry.
June, amazingly, does not involve traveling anywhere crazy. Dim sum for Sophia's birthday and then off to Dee's birthday starts off June. A quick stop at Attari Sandwich Shop for dinner. A low-key evening at Sasaya Izakaya and Saints and Sinner's. Dinner with Patrick and Sonya at Ye Olde Kings Head. Brian's birthday at Mu Dung San (Korean BBQ). Random photos including Marisco's for lunch. Walking UCLA. A Streetcar Named Desire at the Los Angeles Theater. Unexpected craziness with Michael Jackon's passing at UCLA. Billy and Amy's baby shower for mini-Lowe.
July begins with banh xeo at Van's Restaurant in Garden Grove. Independence Day in Seal Beach follows. Back to the Bay Area to visit family: day 1, day 2, day 3/Gigamon Summer Picnic, and day 4. Time for Grace's birthday, then a visit to Hole in the Wall Burger Joint. Charity party at Isshin in Westwood. Rani's birthday at The Edison. Shen has her moving away dinner at Mu Dung San. Wandering Century City, then back to The Edison with Vena and her friends.
August means random photos wandering Redondo Beach. Semi-random hanging out with Frances and Patrick. Mickey's return from Japan. California Roll Factory for sushi with Gina. Pink's Hot Dogs with Booker. Joel's temporary return to Los Angeles, day 1, day 2, and day 3. Dinner at Bangkok West. Superman's going-away dinner. Karen and Mike's wedding at CalTech. Kyochon for an Ars Technica meet. Hiking Mt. Baldy again (more smoke and fire!). Meeting Baby Miles Doughtery!
Wandering UCLA, dinner at Pann's Diner, and dinner at Terried Sake House lead off September. Sam's visit, day 1. Day 2 is... well, Bill and Annie's wedding over Labor Day weekend in Laguna Beach. Hanging out with Bill and Annie: Good Stuff restaurant, Shin Sen Gumi Hakata Ramen, and later Simpang Asia with Sophia and Justin. Hiking Dan's mystery trail at Temescal Canyon. Sunday is Yelp Sweet September Elite event and then Camille's birthday at Cafe Bizou. Random MINI E sighting. The LA County Fair. Lots of food and a visit to Riverside. Jason and Joanna's wedding. Brunch at Din Tai Fung plus running around. Happy Hour at Palomino. Dinner at Shin Sen Gumi Yakitori. Korean BBQ at Road to Seoul in Koreatown.
Janet's birthday leads off October. A packed Saturday: dim sum at New Capital Seafood, hiking Abalone Cove with Rani, and checking out Alicia's new place + dinner at Open Sesame. Sinister Pointe haunted maze and Brazillian BBQ with Konami geeks, then Heather's birthday at C&O Cucina. Food at nineThirty @ The W and Jongewaard's Bake n Broil. A mystery meal, then dinner at Pho 79. Vegas for U2's 360 tour! Post-U2 Vegas and then a corn maze in Hollister. Amy and Nik's wedding. The Ford Fiesta Movement makes an unexpected appearance. Pre-Halloween and then Halloween at Cheston and Angie's.
Seeing The Bravery and dinner at Thai Tangerine starts November. Mariscos Chente and Angel Maid Bakery for lunch, then UCLA vs. Washington football and Compton's birthday. Hennessy's for steak sandwiches. Peru 2009 is... Days 1 and 2: Cusco. Day 3: Tipon and Pikillacta. Day 4: Saqsayhuaman, Q'enqo, Puca Pucara, Tambomachay. Day 5: Cusco (again). Day 6: Sacred Valley, Pisac, and Ollantaytambo. Day 7: Inca Trail, day 1. Day 8: Inca Trail, day 2. Day 9: Inca Trail, day 3. Day 10: Machu Picchu/Inca Trail, day 4. Day 11: From Cusco to Lima. Day 12: Lima-- and the end of the trip to Peru! Lots of food: Fat Dogs and O Dae San Korean BBQ. November wraps up with Thanksgiving, day 1, day 2, and day 4.
December is the Nom Nom Truck, then the SSC Holiday Party, followed by Mickey's visit and Farhana's birthday. Work-related food follows: Geography Holiday lunch at Westside Tavern and Helen's departure dinner at Santouka. The Konami Holiday Party follows. Tara/Heather/Cari's Christmas potluck, then steak n s'mores at Union Cattle and after, then pile on a quick visit to San Francisco. Lunch at Mr. Noodle followed by more food at Le Saigon and CPK. Mammoth: December 2009: day 1, day 2, day 3. Lunch at Philippe's French Dip, then Christmas Eve dessert at the Melins'. Christmas day, Yoshi and Peter's wedding, random blue skies, then an Ars meet at Stuffed Sandwich. The year wraps up with dim sum in the morning and New Year's Eve that night!
January 2010 begins with Cacao for coffee. Caroline and Bee's wedding. Gastrobus and Bool BBQ food trucks for lunch, then Yum Yum Bowls (and non-truck Samuari Sam's). Albert's birthday at Skybar. Tara and Chris' birthday plus Valentino's Pizza. Mammoth: January 2010: Trip 1, day 1, day 2, day 3, and day 4. A day of food: dim sum and sushi (plus Marina del Rey). Climbing at Stoney Point and lunch at The Counter. Food trucks galore take 1. All about food: dim sum at Lunasia + food trucks at T-Lofts ("for Haiti"). Food trucks galore take 2. Hit the Fishlips (sushi truck) and Palomino's happy hour. Mammoth: January 2010: Trip 2, day 1 and day 2. Kevin and Grace's wedding in Pasadena.
February leads off with food: Bool BBQ and Frysmith trucks, dinner at Cayenne and Susina for dessert, and the Fishlips sushi truck. Dim sum at ABC Seafood with Yelp, hiking at Paradise Cove in Malibu, dual happy hours (BrewCo and Isshin) in one day, and Star BBQ for Korean BBQ. President's Day trip to Mammoth: day 1, day 2, day 3, and day 4. Lunar New Year dinner at Phoenix Inn. The Kogi truck (and then pho). Out in South Bay for Hakata Ramen and drinks. Back in the SF Bay Area, day 1 and day 2. Isshin Sushi for lunch and (again!) lunch. Food trucks (mini) galore, take 3. The last meal at Isshin. Helping Pearl move means more food (The Loft and pizza). Dim sum at Capital Seafood to finish off the month.
March is Volcano Tea and Pearl's birthday at Casa Sanchez and Max Karaoke. New Capital Seafood for dim sum is followed by a visit to The Den in Hollywood. More fun in South Bay: Leo's Mexican and Tony's On The Pier. Lunch at The Loft in Gardena. More Bay Area, day 1 and day 2. The Phamish truck and Sophia's successful PhD dissertation defense dinner, followed by Umami Burger on St. Patrick's Day. The India Jones Chow Truck. The following Saturday: LA Marathon Expo, Original Pantry Cafe, Hubble 3D at California Science Center, and Constant's birthday. Seeing Metric at the Palladium. UCLA Geography faculty retirement party at the Beverly Hills Hotel. Dinner at Dan's and lunch at LA Smokehouse BBQ wrap things up.
Mammoth: day 1, day 2, and day 3 leads off April. Food: Flying Pig Truck, Hawaiian at King's Hawaiian and Back Home in Lahaina (also Mexican at Cafe Rio), and Elite for dim sum. Yuri's Night. The Frysmith truck. Geography lunch at Acapulco's and a tour of the new UCPD station. More food: Yamato, Wild Thai, and food trucks.GueriLA at the LA Festival Of Books. Visiting the Rosebowl for UCLA Football Select-A-Seat. Margarita Mondays at Acapulco, followed by dinner at Sunnin. Finishing April: X-Prize Tweetup, OC Marathon Expo, and dim sum.
May begins with: OC Marathon and Pho 79. Calbi and Border Grill food trucks. UCLA Staff Assembly Casino Night. The Revlon Run/Walk 5k. UCLA Pauley Pavilion renovation groundbreaking. Blowfish for dinner at Dae Bok (we didn't die!). UCLA Geography stuff: Abbie's PhD and football (soccer) tournament. Sophia's graduation from USC + the Kogi truck. More stuff with Sophia, including JPL Open House and Din Tai Fung. Santa Monica Classic plus lunch at The Local Yolk. A Greek food truck: Louks-to-Go. In El Segundo: farmers' market and Good Stuff restaurant. Erik's graduation from University of Oregon Law: day 1, day 2, and day 3. UCLA Geography's annual von Humboldt colloquium and dinner. Memorial Day weekend is: rock climbing at Malibu Creek's Power Wall + burgers at The Counter, dim sum + hiking Sandstone Peak, and Venice Beach + BBQ at Simon's.
June beings with Professor Entrikin's retirement, then food at Vesuvio and Chego, followed by Patrick's graduation from UCLA School of Medicine, and finally Sophia's birthday. Coconut Bay for Dian's birthday/graduation. Leonardo da Vinci at the Getty along with Cafe 50's and then BECKS, then going to Sawtelle Blvd. for Curry House and the Dumpling Station truck. Friday is Korean BBQ at Furusato (plus Menchie's Frozen Yogurt!) with Pearl and the Konami crew. Saturday is packed with lunch at the ESPN World Cup Truck, hiking Malaga Cove/Flat Rock Point, and a dumpling party. Sunday finishes an overloaded weekend with paintball and dinner at Benihana's. Tons of food trucks-- Komodo, plus six more on Sawtelle. Vince's graduation celebration at Barney's Beanery. Saturday is King's Hawaiian, hiking at Del Cerro Park/Palos Verdes Nature Preserve/SMC Celebrate America (food trucks, including The Dim Sum Truck!), while Sunday is rock climbing at Echo Cliffs plus Korean cold noodles at Corner Place. Chase's retirement from UCLA. More food trucks: Flying Pig and South Philly Experience.
July is Breadbar for ramen, New Capital for dim sum, and Independence Day at June's. Trip to Alaska and Vancouver: 11 days including Richmond, Vancouver, Icy Strait Point/Hoonah, Hubbard Glacier, Juneau, Ketchikan, and the Inside Passage. Exploring UCLA, Fatburger and more airports, hiking Mission Peak and dinner at Cooking Papa, and finally back to the airport. Joycelyn's housewarming wraps up the month.
August starts with kayaking at Anacapa Island. UCLA All-staff picnic, dinner at Gui Rim Korean BBQ, the Mitsuwa summer festival, and finally random stuff: Pho Show, JR Cafe, and Ray and Molly's wedding invitiation. More food trucks: Krazy BBQ and Canter's, then Fishlips Sushi (plus a beautiful sunset). Erik's visit, day 1 (Hurry Curry + Kogi), day 2 (Langer's Deli + Versailles + bar-hopping), day 3 (dim sum at Elite + Parker Mesa Overlook + Roscoe's + Yuko's birthday at Q's Billards), and day 4 (Westminster and Huntington Beach). Wrapping up a month of eating with more eating at Super Pho and Chego.
The Fish Happens truck leads off September, followed by Nick B.'s going-away party. Game night at Simon's, followed by Rebecca and Johnny's wedding and then Labor Day barbeque at Camille and Francis'. Dinner at Pho 21. Random trip to Irvine (including Kula Sushi). UCLA vs. Stanford football! Lots of food: Bool BBQ, Coconut Bay and Class 302 (Taiwanese shaved ice!), then happy hour at Soi 56 and drinks at Citizen Smith. UCLA vs. Houston football (plus Phamish and Pho Consomme). The Counter and Volcano for Jocelyn's going-away lunch, followed by Daikokuya for ramen. UCLA Geography new grad orientation. Visiting the LA County Fair. Ending the weekend: Muse at Staples and King's Hawaiian. Andi visits: Father's Office, Ortega 120, Brock Yates Jr., Hollywood, and The Place LA truck.
October beings with UCLA vs. WSU and Cecile's birthday, followed by the LA Triathlon and Rutt's Hawaiian Cafe. Food galore: Gourmet Genie, a rainstorm and Morton's for dineLA, Vizzi Truck, and Manilla Machine w/Sky Gourmet Tacos. A busy Saturday: hiking Temescal Canyon, bibigo bibimbap, and Heather C.'s birthday at C&O Trattoria. More hiking: Temescal Canyon (again) to Will Rogers State Park. Massive food: Ahn-joo (Ahnjoo) (korean) truck, Chego, then Fogo de Chao and Flying Pig. Saturday: Long Beach Marathon Expo, UCLA Geography BBQ, and Simon's birthday. Sunday is the Long Beach Marathon (well half marathon for me!). Off to Hawaii for Ray and Molly's wedding. Kate's birthday bonfire (and lunch at Pho 79!), followed by UCLA vs. WSU and halloween at Bethany's. Wrapping up October with a Halloween potluck at Amy's.
Vegas to Kansas roadtrip! (including SEMA in Las Vegas) Returning to food: Feng Mao 2 (Korean mutton kebab) and Chego. Dim sum at Sea Harbour, pearl tea at Half and Half, then off to Santa Barbara for scuba (and Rusty's pizza!). More food trucks: Happy Cup Ramen and Ludo Truck, followed by Phamish and Leif's PhD potluck, hosted by Sophia. Ten days in China with the family.
December begins immediately with the SSC holiday party, then UCLA vs. usc, lunch at Lulu's Cafe, and food trucks (Sky Gourmet Tacos and Frysmith). Following Friday is TastyMeat!, Chego, Scoops, and V Lounge in Santa Monica. Triple-booked: Carlitos' birthday, Tara/Heather/Cari's holiday potluck, and Jen's birthday. Dim sum and pearl tea at Empress Harbor and Half and Half. Geography holiday lunch at Rock Sugar, then AYCE Korean BBQ with SSC at Hae Jang Chon (and Boba Bear). Experiments with the Panasonic LX5. SSC secret santa. Three birthdays in a row: Virgil's (plus lunch at Yamato), Leif-Eric's (and dim sum at NBC + Jim's Bakery), and Alicia's. More fooding: Ming Wok, Sky's Gourmet Tacos, and Orochon. More dim sum (NBC + Half and Half, again!), then breakfast at Rutt's Hawaiian Cafe. Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and post-Christmas day 1, day 2, and day 3. Or in short: dessert at the Melin's, Christmas with family, more family, friends (and Pho Garden!), and back to LA. 2010 wraps up with New Year's Eve at Pearl and Simon's place!
January 2011: the Onolicious Hawaiian BBQ truck, Bethany's birthday at Manna Korean BBQ in Culver City, and the first of the season's trips to Mammoth: day 1, day 2, and day 3. Lots of food: Canters Truck, Britt's BBQ, The Stand, then Nom Nom. Virgil's birthday at The Room. Tara's birthday at C&O Cucina. Hiking Topanga Canyon and dinner at The Counter. Lots of random, very ordinary food: Outback, ceviche, Chego, and El Torito (!). Miki's visit. Second trip to Mammoth: day 1, day 2, day 3, day 4, and day 5. Amy and Nik's visit at Gulfstream in Century City.
February starts off with Lunar New Year, then wandering Manhattan Beach including Uncle Bill's Pancake House and The Counter (yum!). Dinner at Curry House, then insanity at Mr. Pizza. A day of dim sum, movies, and french toast. Dinner at Hwang's Korean BBQ. A day of food with Alex (visiting from NYC!) and then with Jen (Hurry Curry and Santouka). Mammoth over Presidents' Day weekend: day 1, day 2, day 3, and day 4. Jesse's wedding: day 1, day 2, day 3, and day 4 (+ dinner at Kotosh in LA), not to mention a side jaunt while in Houston for 24 Hours of Lemons day 1 and day 2.
March is new furniture and then Korean BBQ at Honey Pig. Dan's birthday: hiking Temescal Canyon, the Counter, and Thai Patio. Back to New Capital for dim sum, then the Kings vs. Stars hockey game at Staples. More Nom Nom Truck! Pac-10 Tournament: UCLA vs. Oregon quarter-finals at Staples. Visiting K-town for Boiling Crab and karaoke at Brass Monkey. Pi Day! Packed Saturday: LA Marathon Expo + 5k, Griddle Cafe, and Pearl's birthday at Fogo de Chao. Sunday: post-LA Marathon and Daikokuya Ramen. Staples Center for Sharks vs. Kings (plus the optometrist' office). Typical Monterey Park visit: NBC Seafood and Half n Half (dim sum + pearl tea). Wine cruise fail. More food: Phamish and Barney's Beanery (w/ Andi B.). Finishing off the month with dinner at A-Frame.
April is dinner at Apple Pan, followed by LRO poker night, food on Sawtelle: Wakasaya and SushiStop, Korean BBQ at Man Soo, and finally Sky's Gourmet Tacos. More Mammoth: day 1, day 2, and day 3. Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of human spaceflight: Yuri's Night, followed by the Grilled Cheese Truck. Happy Hour at Gyu-kaku. Busy Saturday: New Capital for dim sum, Getty Villa, and Duke's Malibu. Dinner at Ramen Jinya, then dinner at Kyochon. Ophelia's birthday at Animal (plus lunch at Tofuya). Evening food trucks at UCLA, dinner at Nanbankan and Scoops, and hiking the Hollywood sign. Next, Easter Sunday fooding. Korean BBQ at Moodaepo II (and karaoke!). Food plus OC Marathon Expo. Then dim sum at Elite and pearl tea at Half n Half.
An ambitious start to May: post-OC Marathon lunch at Brodard Restaurant, then Chase Langford: Chaos and Control studio show. UCLA Staff Assembly Casino Night, followed by Acapulco's for lunch, Life Rolls On celebrity poker tournament, then a wine cruise with Corksaway. Food trucks on Gayley Ave at UCLA, dinner at Ajisen Ramen, of food trucks and rabbits, the day in San Francisco, and the 100th Anniversary Bay to Breakers. UCLA Geography Denis Cosgrove von Humboldt football tournament, day 1 and day 2. Busy Friday: Waffle Chix, then Kylie Mingoe at Hollywood Bowl. Dinner at Pacific Dining Car. Breakfast at Good Stuff. UCLA Geography von Humboldt awards dinner. Memorial Day weekend at Mammoth: day 1, day 2, and day 3.
Patrick's birthday at Red Lion Tavern. Dinner at Ma Dang Gook Soo. Second JPL tweetup. SOFIA at NASA Dryden. Post-E3 dinner at Mr. Pizza and Sojutown. Dinner at Azuma and then at Lukshon. Full of food: Ocean Star and Golden State Cafe. U2 360 Tour leg 7 (final leg), Anaheim 1 (Friday) and 2 (Saturday). Carley's birthday. Keith and Carrie's wedding. Ryan's farewell lunch at UCLA Faculty Center, then his farewell dinner at Star BBQ. Six Flags Magic Mountain.
Independence Day: day 1, day 2, and day 3 (Independence Day!). Peruvian food at Picca, then dinner at California Chicken Cafe. Florida for the last Space Shuttle launch: day 1, day 2 (STS-135 launch!), day 3 (Gulf Coast), day 4 (Miami), day 5 (Universal Studios), and day 6. Dim sum and pizza on Carmageddon weekend (New Capital and Pedone's). Breakfast at FOOD. Seeing Owl City at Club Nokia. BBQ time! (Frances and Patrick's, then Alan and Judy's housewarming) Dim sum at Empress Harbor followed up by board games! (Agricola!) UCLA All-Staff picnic. Korean BBQ at Oo-kook, then a day of food: dim sum and ramen!
Food leads off August: Tsujita LA, the OG Tempura and The Boba Truck, and then Hurry Curry and Volcano Tea. Nom! More food: Border Grill Truck and Hae Jang Chon Korean BBQ. Irina's last day. Dinner at Glorias Mexican and Salvadorean restaurant. Visiting June (including Oak Tree Gun Club), then Maria's visit. Okonomiyaki for dinner at Gottsui and then Death Cab for Cutie at The Greek. Climbing at Malibu Creek. Dim sum and Fantasia at Hollywood Bowl. Taylor Swift at Staples Center. Shin Sen Gumi Hakata Ramen. On a boat! (Newport Beach) Yuko's birthday at Busby's. Shin Sen Gumi Hakata Ramen's very first opening day of their new Japantown location. Watching Dodgers vs. Padres at Dodger Stadium. The Lexus GS350 (and Chego).
September starts with Will's PhD defense party. Majed and Randa's wedding, plus Labor Day weekend. Watching UCLA vs. SJSU at the Rose Bowl, then hiking Mt. Baldy (and Boston Cafe!). Massive food: Michael's Cajun, Class 302, and Chego. PhD Comics: The Movie + Father's Office. Dim sum and UCLA vs. Texas, then Taiwanese breakfast at Huge Tree Pastry. Finally a return visit to New York: Long Island, Manhattan, Buffalo, and Niagara Falls (Canada). Happy hour at Westwood Brewing Company.
Hollywood for Erasure at the Palladium and Papaya King, then brunch at Jack n' Jill's in Santa Monica. Red Lion Taven for Oktoberfest. A packed Saturday: Simon and Issei's birthdays plus UCLA vs. Washington State at the Rose Bowl. Sunday: Long Beach Half Marathon and Heather C.'s birthday at Ugo. Two weeks in Latin America: Guatemala, Belize, and Mexico. Dim sum at 888 Seafood followed by dinner with Ulrich (and other Geography dorks) at Nine-Thirty at The W. Halloween at Bethany and Dylan's. Dim sum at Capital Seafood, then Amy's 2nd annual Halloween potluck.
November madness! Joel and Jessica's wedding weekend: rehearsal dinner, wedding morning, and the wedding itself. Lunch at Tanino in Westwood, and at Ramen Kiraku. Zengo for brunch (plus Frances' Thanksgiving dinner), followed by dim sum at NBC Seafood. Caroline's baby shower. Dinner at Ramen Yamadaya. Ryan and Caroline's birthdays at Napa Valley Grill. Thanksgiving weekend: day 1, day 2 (Thanksgiving!), day 3, day 4 (more turkey!), and day 5 (Teresa's birthday).
A chilly December leads off with ramen at Yamadaya. Two birthdays: Frances and Joycelyn, then a third birthday: Karen's. Korean BBQ for dinner at Hae Jang Chon, then Peruvian for dinner at Inka Express. Breakfast at Huge Tree Pastry. SSC Secret Santa plus a visit to Ramen Yamadaya's new Westwood location, then a packed day: Ramen Yamadaya again, Leif and Eun-young's moving-away party, and Julie's birthday. Dinner at Gaam. UCLA Geography holiday lunch at Bottega Louie. Lunch at Hole in the Wall burger joint. The much-anticipated Secret Santa Underwear Exchange. Lots of food: Boiling Point, Bonjour Bakery, and Qdoba. Christmas Eve and Christmas dinner at the Melin's. Post-Christmas socializing. Frances does more turkey. New Year's Eve!
Welcoming 2012 with dim sum and ramen on New Year's Day. Walking around UCLA, brunch at Grub, then Tara's birthday at Rush Street. Pearl, Simon, and Chris do Deep Fry 2: Fry Harder. Korean BBQ at Don Day. First trip to Mammoth for the season: day 2, day 3, and day 4. Dinner at Outback. dineLA Restaurant Week at Fogo de Chao.
First of February's trips to Mammoth: day 1, day 2, and day 3. Sushi burritos at the Jogasaki truck. Brazilian BBQ (again) at M Grill. Hanging out with Pearl, Amy, and Nik: SushiStop, Valentino's, and cats. Hot pot at Seoul Garden, then dinner at Curry House. Visiting Hawaii for Kristen and Dave's wedding. Pho from Pho Ever and later from Saigon Dish. Inbetween, the second of February's trips to Mammoth: day 1, day 2, and day 3.
March involves lots of eating. A night in k-town: kbbq at Honey Pig (Korean BBQ) + Soju Town/Wine Bbar. Chicken ramen at Ramen Jinya. Retirement party for Professor Scott and Professor Trimble at Luxe. Pearl's birthday at Metro Cafe. A day of eating: dim sum and kbbq (Monterey Palace and Hae Jang Chon). Food on Overland Ave: Lobsta Truck, Chego, and Scoops Westside. House of Pies for Pi Day, and then pho at Huong Vi. LA Marathon expo. Wandering (er, eating) through LA (Juicy Burger, John Kelly Chocolates, Wako Donkatsu). Dinner on Sawtelle, take one (Furaibo + Blockheads Shavery) and two (Spaghetti House and shaved ice). 24 hours of donuts. Brunch at John O'Groats. Curry for dinner at Coco Ichibanya, then dim sum at Top Island.
Europe: Barcelona and Rome. Not a bad way to start April. Dim sum at 888 Seafood and Ocean Star. Celebrating human spaceflight at Yuri's Night. The first 626 Night Market in Pasadena along with Smokehouse (dinner) and Phoenix Dessert. CicLAvia, the Jogasaki truck, and Mara's birthday at Mapo and Max Karaoke. Saturday night at Sion's Mexican, Library Bar, Seven Grand, and Hodori. Curry for dinner. Korean BBQ at Oo-Kook, then tapas, Korean-style, at LaOn. Pearl and Simon's wedding. On the road back home.
May leads off with dinner at BCD Tofu and then Kiriko for sushi. UCLA Staff Casino Night. Shanghai No 1 Seafood Village for dim sum plus Half n Half and The Counter. Busy Sunday: Rose Bowl, Green Street, basketball, and meeting Baby Apollo. Doritos shell tacos and the Canon EOS C500. More Korean BBQ at Oo-Kook. Susie and Michael's wedding. Lunch at Tasty Garden (and dinner at The Counter). Canon Live Learning: 5D Mark III and 1D X (event #3). At home take on the strawberry festival, then a partial solar eclipse. UCLA Geography Denis Cosgrove von Humboldt football tournament, day 1 and day 2 (plus Bethany's going-away party). Teresa's one last Fuller party starts the weekend. Saturday: Wurstkuche, alcohol run, Happy Caturday, and Dodgers vs. Astros. Sunday: dim sum at NBC plus Frances and Patrick's wedding! Monday: dim sum at 888 plus Amy's Memorial Day BBQ. Lunch at Tanino and dinner at the Ludo Truck.
June's first midnight snack at Tatsu Ramen. Day of food: dim sum at Elite plus BCD Tofu House. Cherry picking at Cherry House. Venus transit. Jinya Ramen and E3. Handmade noodles at JTYH. Busy Saturday: Din Tai Fung plus Van and Marin's wedding. June birthdays, take one. Korean BBQ at Don Day and a last meal with foie gras at Animal. UCLA Anderson class of 2012 commencement. Geography grad student party. Dinner at Sweethome Grill and at Il Chicanti. Carley's birthday at Don Dae Gam and June's birthday at Quality Seafood.
July 1st: Taiwanese food (Yung Ho, Pa Pa Walk), Dodgers vs. Mets, and pho. Celebrating Independence Day. Time to geek out: NASA's Capturing the Final Frontier, plus Hello Kitty at Yogurtland. Dinner at Shaka Shack. Meeting up with Leif-eric and friends at Nong La Vietnamese Cafe and Volcano Tea. Visiting Reno, day 1 and day 2. Lunch at Fat Sal's in Westwood. Grace's birthday at Moodaepo II (AYCE kbbq!) and Bethany's baby shower. dineLA Restaurant week at Fogo de Chao. Dinner at Dumpling House. A very Asian day: King Hua (dim sum), Half n Half, and 626 Night Market. Visiting City Target in Westwood. More AYCE kbbq at Oo-kook (plus a visit to Sea Launch).
August begins with dinner: sushi at Kabuki in Pasadena, Italian at Vito, and FEAST at Rieber (UCLA dorm food!). Ryan and Lisa's engagement lunch at Sunnin (plus Asa Ramen!). UCLA All-Staff picnic and dorm breakfast at Covel. The OC Fair plus pho and the Perseids meteor shower. Dim sum at 888 Seafood and Fosselman's Ice Cream. UCLA SSC China program barbeque. Dinner: burgers at Rustic Canyon, sushi at Hide Sushi (plus Blockheads Shavery), and ramen at Menji Miyata. Ramen at Umemura in Gardena. Rock climbing at Stoney Point plus lunch at The Counter and dinner at Tara's Himalayan Cusine. Dinner at Anatolia Mediterranean Cusine (Turkish food!). More Yogurtland. Shabu Shabu at Shin Sen Gumi Horumon in Gardena. Yuko's birthday at Will Rogers State Beach. Food: Rex's Cafe, Chabuya, and Pho 87. Dinner at Curry House.
Matt and Michelle's engagement (plus the Awesome 80's Fun Run and dim sum at NBC Seafood). Camille's birthday. Michelle's birthday plus grilling on Labor Day. UCLA SSC Summer picnic at Wilson Park in Torrance, then UCLA vs. Nebraska at the Rose Bowl. Dinner at Lee's Grill. UCLA vs. Houston at the Rose Bowl. Visiting San Francisco (and the rabbits!), then Sonoma for Cindy and Ken's wedding at Viansa Winery. Food: Cooking Papa and more food: Onkei Ramen and Boiling Crab. Arrival of Space Shuttle Endeavour in Los Angeles! UCLA vs. Oregon State plus Loretta and George's moving party. Dim sum at Elite in Monterey Park. Owl City at The Fonda (plus Papaya King). UCLA Geography welcomes new grad students (plus shabu shabu at Shin Sen Gumi Horumon). UCLA YRL/East Asian Studies Mid-Autumn Festival followed by dinner at Shaherzad. Cecile's birthday on the beach and Alicia's moving-away dinner at Oo-kook. Backyard grilling.
Garbage at the Palladium (and Roscoe's Chicken and Waffles). Saturday: Urth Caffe and Long Beach Marathon expo. Sunday: post-Long Beach Half Marathon brunch at Grand World Buffet plus New Order at The Greek Theater (and Mr. Pizza!). Fresh soba at Yabu. Transporting Space Shuttle Endeavour across Los Angeles: day 1, day 2. Additional activities: Uncle Bill's Pancake House, UCLA vs. Utah, Half and Half, and BCD Tofu House. SGV-area fooding: 888 Seafood for dim sum, more Half and Half, and 101 Noodle Express. Jogasaki for sushi burritos. UCLA Geography's annual von Humboldt awards dinner. Sue's birthday at Curry House. New Capital for dim sum and 626 Night Market, take 3. Lunch at Enterprise Fish Co. in Santa Monica. Hiking Mt. Baldy (take 4). All-you-can-eat Korean BBQ at Jinju. Reopening of the new Pauley Pavilion at UCLA.
Ramen at Asahi on Sawtelle. Din Tai Fung, Half and Half, and UCLA vs. Arizona at the Rose Bowl. Handel's ice cream. Ye Olde Kings Head for afternoon tea. We Run The City 5k and Frances' Thanksgiving dinner. King Shabu, Handel's (again), and UCLA vs. usc. Shin Sen Gumi Hakata Ramen. Lunch at Westside Tavern. Thanksgiving, day 1 and day 2 (including singlebarrel in downtown San Jose). UCLA vs. Stanford at the Rose Bowl. Dinner at Malibu Fish Grill and then Shin Sen Gumi Horumon (more AYCE shabu shabu).
December leads off with dim sum at Sea Harbour and dinner at Souplantation. Out with Mickey, Matt, Kim, and Bao in West LA (Hide Sushi, Beachy Cream, Gottsui). Waffle Chix and The Boba Truck. Frances' birthday at Monkish Brewery. Jen's birthday. Dim sum at Ocean Star. Lots of holiday parties. Packed Sunday: Holiday Half, dim sum at Empress Harbour, TLT Food. U-Mini for lunch. Alicia's birthday at Disneyland and C&O Trattoria (and Frosted Cupcakery). Lots of food and celebration: Heather and Justin's engagement party, The Grilled Cheese Truck, and dim sum at New Capital (Five Star Seafood). Saturday dim sum (Capital Seafood), Fosselman's Ice Cream, Max Karaoke, and Pacific Dining Car. Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and post-Christmas. UCLA vs. Baylor in the Holiday Bowl. Holiday food: Larchmont Bungalow, Oo-kook, and Iota Coffee and Bakery. New Year's Eve.
Starting off the new year with UCLA Men's Basketball vs. Cal and Stanford (plus a trip to California Science Center to see Space Shuttle Endeavour). Dinner at Pho Citi. Dim sum at Lunasia followed by Fosselman's Ice Cream, then Tara's birthday at The Stinking Rose. Santouka for lunch (ramen!). Shin Sen Gumi Hakata Ramen in Fountain Valley. Lunch at Sepi's. Dinner at Sushi Masu. Beijing duck (Peking duck) at Duck City. Home cooking. NBC Seafood for dim sum. Hangin' at UCLA: Professor Jared Diamond talk and 800 Degrees Pizza in Westwood. Muse at Staples Center. Mammoth, January 2013: day 1, day 2, and day 3 (plus Hurry Curry). dineLA Restaurant week at Scarpetta and Fig and Olive.
AYCE KBBQ lunch at Hae Jang Chon. Japanese hot pot for dinner at Morinoya. Ramayani for lunch and Super Bowl Sunday. Lunch at Pho Mai. Locks of Love and UCLA vs. Washington men's basketball at UCLA. Ocean View Cafe for brunch. Tsukumen at Tsujita LA. Valentine's Day group dinner. Grad student adventures (Soo Rak San and Bar Lubitsch). Saturday fooding (Sea Empress for dim sum and AKA An American Bistro). Visiting the San Diego Zoo (and Taste of the Himalayas). More dim sum at Capital Seafood. Dinner at Musha. Saturday food: Tsujita LA and Ashley's birthday at Wurstkuche. Sunday: dim sum at 888 Seafood and Oscars mini-party. Lunch at Pho Show. Lunch at Palomino in Westwood.
March kicks off with three days in Houston (day 1, day 2, and day 3) for the rodeo, and four days in Mammoth (day 1, day 2, day 3, and day 4). Callendar's for Pi Day. LA Marathon expo. All food: dim sum at 888, Pho Citi, Niko Niko Sushi. Happy hour at Sepi's. Lunch at Palomino. Seoul Sausage and Little Hong Kong Cafe. Friday fun: sandwich party and dinner at Vito. Saturday: Pi Day part 2, Feng Mao, and Constant's birthday. Sunday: Uncle Darrow's (Cajun) and Manna (Korean BBQ). Dinner at SushiStop. Mike's birthday (hot pot at Lu Gi). Last days of Chego in Palms. Crazy Saturday: post-Carley's briday shower. Sunday: dim sum at 888 Seafood plus Game of Thrones party.
April starts with AYCE shabu shabu at Shin Sen Gumi Horumon. Dinner at Lula Cocina Mexicana. Busy Sunday: dim sum at Sea Empress in Gardena, hiking Temescal Canyon, dinner at Patrick's Roadhouse. Association of American Geographers (AAG) Annual Meeting and associated UCLA Party. Yuri's Night + AAG part two (AAG, Mendocino Farms, California Science Center). Ars Technica mini-meet at Feng Mao. Music Box at The Fonda for Orchestral Manoeuvers in the Dark (OMD). Impromptu dinner at BCD Tofu House plus dessert at Ice Kiss. Pre-Coachella dinner at Tasty Kitchen (Gardena). Coachella 2013 Weekend 2: day 1, day 2, and day 3. Highlights included Postal Service, New Ordrer, OMD, Metric, Blur, Grinderman, and Phoenix. Post-Coachella: dim sum at NBC Seafood, Half and Half, Kotosh, and Handel's Ice Cream. Mammoth: day 1, day 2, and day 3 (plus Tsujita LA ANNEX for ramen!).
May begins with dumplings at Myung In in Koreatown. UCLA Staff Assembly Casino Night. Random Saturday: OC Marathon Expo, UCLA Football Select-A-Seat, and Rita's Ice (ice blasts!). Carley and Sonho's wedding. More fooding: Hwang's Korean BBQ and Phoenix Dessert. Dinner at Curry House (anniversary special!). Visiting RRE (Road Race Engineering). Flavor Garden for dumplings. Tokyo. Julie and Travis' wedding. Sacramento, day 1 and day 2. AYCE Korean BBQ at O Dae San, then OC for fooding at Mustard's and Katella Deli. Memorial Day weekend: Saturday: dim sum at Atlantic Seafood plus Pearl and Simon's Memorial Day BBQ. Sunday: more BBQ! Monday: dinner at Gatten Sushi. More food: Roscoe's Chicken and Waffles plus Scoops Westside. Wandering Westwood: The Internship premier plus dinner at Yamato. Dinner at The Hungry Cat in Santa Monica. Wandering west LA with Sam and Parveen (3rd Street Promenade, Culver City, Sawtelle).
Barry and Kim's wedding. Brunch at Din Tai Fung. Random stop at In-n-Out and then 5i Indochine Cusine (pho and Chinese food). Sophia's birthday (plus dim sum at Ocean Star). Shin Sen Gumi for Shabu Shabu (all you can eat late nights!) and for Hakata Ramen. E3, Day 1 and Day 3. Dinner at Spice Table. San Diego County Fair. Tribute to Sally Ride at Griffith Observatory plus ramen at Tsujita LA ANNEX. June's birthday along with dim sum at Atlantic Seafood. Carley's birthday at C&O Trattoria (plus another visit to Din Tai Fung). Clover Ave. food trucks (Joe's Pizza, Cousins Maine Lobster, Meat the Greek, Trailer Park Truck, King Kone). Lots of Asian food: Mama Lu's and Hannosuke. Ramen Yamadaya and Rita's Ice.
July leads off with TLT Food for a Yelp Elite event. Independence Day. Primo's Donuts and Korean BBQ at Kang Ho Dong Baekjeong. 626 Night Market take 5. Food at phorage and Hamburger Habit. Hiking Mt. Baldy (take 5) and eating in Hacienda Heights. dineLA Restaurant Week at Fogo de Chao. Dinner at The Room Sushi, then Kotoya Ramen (plus Churros Calientes truck). Dim sum at Mission 261. Ramen at Daikokuya's new Sawtelle location. Postal Service at The Greek Theater in Los Angeles, night 1 and night 2. dineLA Restaurant Week at NIGHT+MARKET. SF Bay Area trip: day 1, day 2 part 1 (dim sum), and part 2 (Postal Service). Jogasaki Sushi Burrito truck, take 4.
Hiking Mt. Whitney: day 0 (Lone Pine), day 1 (Trail Camp), and day 2 (summit). Dinner at Curry House. Dim sum at Elite. Random food: Wurstkuche (Venice) along with Rita's Ice Custard's new Santa Monica location. AYCE Korean BBQ at Oo-kook with Teresa and Shug. Palms and Sepulveda food trucks (Jogasaki, The Boba Truck, George's Greek). Ramen at Chabuya. Very full Saturday: Awesome 80's 5k Fun Run (Pasadena), dim sum at Ocean Star, Taylor Swift at Staples Center, and BCD Tofu House. Visiting UCSB. UCLA All-Staff picnic (plus Clover Ave food trucks: Sweet Arleen's, Juicebox, Ludo Truck, The Greasy Weiner, and Canvas Truck). Another busy Saturday: UCLA vs. Nevada football at the Rose Bowl plus 626 Night Market (take 6).
September leads off with Labor Day weekend: Sunday at Huntington Beach (and Pho 79), then Saturday: Camille's birthday (pig roast!). Visiting New York (Manhattan, US Open, Sarah's wedding). Heather and Justin's wedding. Port of Los Angeles Lobster Festival. Lunch at Shaanxi Gourmet. Torrance for Ramen Yokocho Festival (mmmmm ramen!). Gyu-kaku and Love and Dumplings. Pho and mooncake for Mid-Autumn Festival. UCLA SSC Summer picnic and UCLA vs. New Mexico State at the Rose Bowl. Omar's Xinjiang Halal and Fosselman's Ice Cream for lunch. UCLA Geography grad student reception and dinner at Daikokuya. Matt's birthday. Busy Sunday: dim sum at Sea Harbour, Fosselman's, and Depeche Mode at Staples Center.
Kicking off October: Frances' moving-away party (plus Curry House and Blaze Pizza). Seafood-packed Sunday: dim sum at Sea Empress and dinner at Boiling Crab. Dinner at Sage (organic vegan food) and Ramen Hayatemaru. Very full Saturday: Santouka Ramen, Long Beach Marathon Expo, and UCLA vs. Cal at the Rose Bowl. LA Japan Fair at the OC Fair. Fooding at Water Grill and Wolfgang Puck Express. Dinner at Yamato. UCLA Geography annual von Humboldt colloquium and awards dinner. Niko Niko sushi. San Francisco: Day 1 and Day 2 (Nike Women's (Half) Marathon). Noodle World, Kula Sushi, and Brian's Shaved Ice-- aka Sue's birthday. The return of the McRib. Dinner at Curry House.
Nom'ing at Cucina Rustica. Rani and Kevin's wedding. More food: dim sum at NBC Seafood, dinner at Wurstkuche. Food trucks: The Boba Truck and Steamy Bun Truck. Lunch at Skylight Gardens and dinner at Pho Show. Saturday: dim sum at Elite and dinner at Fritto Misto. Lunch at Mifune (Mitsuwa Marketplace). Cards Against Humanity: The bigger, blacker box. The Rose Bowl for UCLA vs. Washington. Brunch at MB Post (Manhattan Beach Post) and dinner at Road to Seoul (AYCE KBBQ). Dinner at Matt and Michelle's. UCLA vs. Arizona State at the Rose Bowl. Amy and Nik's visit. Thanksgiving: day 1, day 2 (dim sum + Thanksgiving #2), and day 3 (more dim sum + meeting Baby Mira).
December begins with Jida's PhD celebration. AYCE Korean BBQ at Oo-kook. Dinner at Mr. Noodle (and CAH: Holiday BS: Day 1). Houston. Visiting Europe: Portugal, Spain, and Andorra. UCLA SSC holiday party. Ramen at Shin Sen Gumi's new Sawtelle location. Curry House for Tiffany's secret santa gift exchange. More food: dim sum at Sea Harbour and shabu shabu at King Shabu Shabu. Christmas: family, friends, Pieology, and more ramen. Christine's birthday. Dim sum at 888 Seafood. Pearl and Simon host New Year's Eve.
Starting off 2014 with dim sum at Capital Seafood and NBC Seafood (plus another trip to Shin Sen Gumi on Sawtelle!). Time for food trucks: Jogasaki and The Boba Truck. Taiwanese food: Bull Demon King and Sinbala for beef noodle soup and shaved ice. Meeting up with the Easleys at La Grande Orange Cafe (plus shabu shabu with Mike). Persian food for dinner at Javan and Vietnamese food at Ha Tien Quan. Brazilian BBQ for dineLA Restaurant Week: Fogo de Chao and M Grill. More food: Nong La Cafe and Gonpachi. Dinner at SushiStop Izakaya and ramen at Jidaiya.
Tanzania: hiking Mt. Kilimanjaro plus mini-safari (Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater, Tarangire National Park). Pre- and post-Tanzania in Houston (including the Magna Carta). Umami Burger for dinner. Lots of Chinese food: dim sum at Ocean Seafood and hot pot at New Kingswood Teppan Steakhouse. Ramen at Shin Sen Gumi Hakata Ramen. Vegas: day 1.
Vegas: day 2. LA Marathon expo. Lots of birthday's: Pearl's, Sonho's, and Constant's (ramen then Park's BBQ; potluck and LA Marathon; and house party). Bruxie for waffle sandwiches. Saturday adventures: 888 Seafood (dim sum) and Grimaldi's (pizza). Pho at phorage (plus Volcano Tea). Japanese food: tonkotsu at Kimukatsu plus ramen at Chabuya. The National at Shrine Auditorium (plus Levitated Mass at LACMA). Clover Ave food trucks (take 3). POT at Line Hotel. Amy and Nik's visit (BBQ and board games).
April beings with happy hour at The Glendon. Matt and Michelle's for dinner. King's Hawaiian for brunch. Celebrating Yuri's Night at California Science Center. Mara's birthday (Buca di Beppo and karaoke). Maria's visit. First total lunar eclipse of 2014. Visiting Dubai and Doha. Matt and Miki's wedding. All you can eat Korean BBQ (AYCE KBBQ) at Road to Seoul.
Indian food at Mayura. Fun at Universal Studios (Hollywood). NBC Seafood for dim sum (and OZERO for pearl tea). Korean BBQ at Soowon Galbi with Maria and friends. Visiting Sacramento (Bon Mua for Vietnamese, Hong Kong Islander and ABC Bakery for dim sum). UCLA Geography von Humboldt football tournament, day 2. Matt and Michelle's wedding weekend: rehearsal and wedding. Sushi at sugarFISH, dinner at Galbi King. San Gabriel Valley fooding, day 1.
San Gabriel Valley fooding, day 2. (Luscious Dumplings, Fosselman's, BBQ at June's; JTYH Heavy Noodle II and more Fosselman's). Ramen week: Men Oh (chicken ramen, tan tan men) and Jidaiya (garlic tan tan men; plus dessert at The Local Place.) Friday: Tony's birthday at The Record Parlour, Berlin Currywurst, and Bruin Plate (UCLA dorm food). Elaine and Jeff's wedding. UCLA Chancellor's Society at Pauley Pavilion. Dinner at Kula Sushi. Pearl tea at The Boba Truck. Time for E3. UCLA Geography grad student barbecue. Sophia's birthday. SGV fooding: Gottsui, Sinbala, and birthday cake. More fooding: The Griddle Cafe and The Backhouse. Jeff and Joycelyn's BBQ. Dinner at Souplantation and at Curry House. Carley's birthday at Din Tai Fung. Pearl's baby shower. Lunch at Palomino.
July kicks off with Independence Day: Fireworks, grilling, dim sum at Arcadia Capital Seafood, J. J. Bakery, and Half and Half! Moe Deli and Japadog at the Westwood Lot. Dinner at Curry House (plus CoCo for pearl tea). Visiting Sacramento again. New Order at The Greek Theater. Union Buffet for gross Chinese food. dineLA Restaurant Week at M Grill. Dim sum at Capital Seafood. AYCE KBBQ at Choi Ga Nae. San Francisco Marathon: day 1 (expo), day 2 (marathon), day 3 (post-race). Clover Ave. food trucks, take 4.
August begins with dinner at Boiling Point. Busy Saturday: Guisados tacos and OC Fair (Orange County Fair). UCLA flood wrap-up. Dinner at The Apple Pan. Meeting with Leif-Eric and friends for dinner at Carley's. Fooding Saturday: Granville Cafe and MJ Cafe Express; Sunday: Blaze Pizza, Rita's Ice Custard, Ugly Roll Sushi. UCLA All-Staff picnic. Kaitlyn's third birthday. Pizza at Grimaldi's. Lunch with Justin at Shin Sen Gumi Hakata Ramen. Sacramento: day 1, day 2, day 3, and day 4. Starting Labor Day weekend: meeting Baby Mason and mini-BBQ (plus dim sum at Empress Harbour and a visit to Half and Half).
Labor Day proper with dim sum at King Hua. Westwood Lot for sushi burritos at Kimborex. Michelle's birthday at Kabuki and Yogurtland. UCLA vs. Memphis football plus dim sum at China Red. Dinner at Kula Sushi. Visiting Singapore and Hong Kong. Following up Tim Ho Wan in Hong Kong is tough, but Shi Hai wasn't bad. UCLA Geography new grad student welcome reception.
October starts off with UCLA vs. Utah football, Matt and Michelle's birthday at Umami Burger, and fruit trees. Long Beach Marathon Expo (plus Cambodian food for lunch at Monorom). Sonia's birthday and UCLA vs. Oregon football at the Rose Bowl. Food-filled Sunday: Half and Half plus Sue's birthday at M Grill and Hwa Sun Ji teahouse. UCLA Geography annual von Humboldt colloquium, awards dinner, and after-party (at the Gaslite). Sandwiches at Ike's Place. Dim sum and dessert with the Lai family and friends (Sea Empress and Phoenix Dessert with Baby Mason!). Space Shuttle Endeavour (with cargo bay doors open!) at California Science Center. More fruit trees. Gen Korean BBQ, Sue's birthday at Niko Niko and Rita's, and Garlo's Aussie Pie Shop. Partial solar eclipse. Hello Kitty Hungry Hunt (Lollicup, Daikokuya, Seoul Sausage). Trevor's birthday and Erasure at The Palladium. Sunday: dim sum at Shi Hai and hanging out at Hermosa Beach. Food trucks: Jogasaki Sushi Burrito, Poke 2 Go and The Boba Truck (Westwood Lot), and Mighty Boba Truck (Clover Ave).
November marks the annual return of the McRib (and the McRugget!). Fooding in Gardena: Shin Sen Gumi Horumon and 85C Bakery. Korean food all-day: Country Touch Cafe and Oo-kook Korean BBQ. Fruit trees. Clover Ave food trucks: Canvas Truck and Dreamy Creations. Shin Sen Gumi Hakata Ramen. Mama Hong's for pho. Jogasaki sushi burritos. Thanksgiving: day 1, day 2 (Thanksgiving proper), and day 3 (UCLA vs. Stanford plus Friendsgiving).
December leads off with Vena's birthday at Steingarten LA. Florida for NASA Orion EFT-1. More fruit trees and Souplantation. Dim sum at Lunasia and NBC Seafood (plus Big Brother food truck and Cards Against Humanity: Holiday Bulls***). Holiday lunch at The Factory Kitchen. UCLA SSC holiday potluck, Shin Sen Gumi for ramen, busy Saturday (Westwood with Petula + Jenn's birthday), dinner at Wildcraft and at Gulp, then Christmas: day 1, day 2, day 3 (dim sum at Fu Lam Mum), and day 4 (Mason's red egg and ginger party at Empress of China). New Year's Eve.
January opens with Savoy Kitchen and Tea Barrel, then dim sum at Sea Empress and milk tea at Tea Station. Double dinner: King Shabu Shabu and Pacific Dining Car. Dinner at Wurstkuche. Disney Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend: Friday (expo + SushiStop), Saturday (10K + Rutt's Hawaiian + CoCo Ichibanya), and Sunday (half marathon/Rebel Challenge complete + dim sum at Capital Seafood). Sushi at Shunji. dineLA Restaurant Week at Connie and Ted's, L'Assiette Steak Frites, and Fogo de Chao. Weekend in Taipei. Pho at Pho So 1. Lunch at Kula Sushi. Weekend in Hong Kong.
February means dinner at Flores and the Ladies Gunboat Society on Sawtelle. Saturday: dim sum at King Hua plus Cousin Kristen's cooking. Dumplings at Hui Tou Xiang and dessert at Factory Tea Bar. Pork belly at Don Day Korean BBQ. Soft opening of Boiling Crab in Westwood. Weekend in Istanbul. Lunar New Year's Eve at Garden Cafe. Mammoth: day 1, day 2, and day 3. Mexican food at E K Valley restaurant. More Mammoth: day 1, day 2...
And day 3. AYCE Korean BBQ at Hong Dae Ip Gu plus dessert at Chilly Ribbons. Rani and Kevin's baby shower (plus Pho 45). Yelp Gold Elite event at B Sweet. Dinner at Ox & Son. An extensive Pi Day: Beijing Pie House, Green Zone, Oh My Pan, and Honeyboba. St. Patrick's Day at ROC and Atticus Creamery. Lunch at Angelini Osteria. The Photography Show (aka, visiting London). UCLA and Boiling Crab. Happy Hour at Public School 310 in Culver City. Shaved snow at Ice Que (plus dinner at Curry House). AYCE Korean BBQ at Bak Kung in k-town.
April begins with Sawtelle: Shin Sen Gumi Hakata Ramen and Blockheads Shavery. More fooding: dim sum at Lunasia, Taiwanese shaved snow at Ice Que, The Grove, and Kiraku Ramen. All-day food: Lucky Noodle King, Yoma Myanmar, and Addiction Bistro. Pho at Pho Show. Yuri's Night, celebration of the first manned spaceflight at California Science Center/Space Shuttle Endeavour. Happy hour at Napa Valley Grille. Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim (including Morton's and Barcelona on the Go). Ophelia's birthday at Della Terra. Chicago: day 1, day 2, and day 3 (fun stuff on day 2: dim sum at Minghin, deep dish pizza at Lou Malnati's, AAG plus UCLA AAG Party). Lots of seafood: Fishing with Dynamite plus visiting the Lai family. Fooding: Tsujita LA, Volcano Tea, Diddy Riese. Clover Ave food trucks: The Greasy Weiner and Sweet E's Bake Shop.
May starts with the Planes of Fame Air Show preview day, plus food (Ocean Prime and Honey Badger Noodle Shop). OC Marathon Expo, MaDang 621, and OK Go at The Wiltern. Post-OC Marathon in Irvine: dim sum at Capital Seafood and Meet Fresh. Dinner at Nem Nuong Khanh Hoa and dessert at Ice Que. Washington, D.C: day 1 (Smithsonian Air and Space Museum Udvar-Hazy Center) and day 2 (Cousin Matt's graduation from American University). Tacos at Don Antonio's. Kotohira for udon. UCLA Geography annual von Humboldt football tournament. Memorial Day weekend dim sum at Elite and Atlantic Seafood (plus hot pot at Little Fat Sheep). ShopHouse Southeast Asian Kitchen. U2 iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE tour, 3rd and 4th shows at The Forum in Inglewood.
U2's 5th and last concert of this leg at The Forum. UCLA Geography BBQ. Making dan tat (egg custard tarts). Vena's graduation dinner at True Food Kitchen. UCLA School of Nursing MECN Blue and Gold ceremony. Sushi at Niko Niko. Sophia's birthday/Ophelia's graduation plus steak. Jeff's bachelor party (including Original Pantry Cafe). Fooding: Big Daddy's Poke Shack, Chengdu Taste, and Ice Que. Empanadas at Rincon Chileno followed by lunch at Bachi Burger. G.J.'s retirement party. Dinner at Sushi Ken. Jeff and Joycelyn's wedding: ceremony and reception. Lunch at Top Round and then at Open Oven.
July starts with dinner at Qin West. Umemura Ramen and fun at the Lai household. Independence Day weekend. Denver: day 1 and day 2. Hollywood Bowl for Death Cab for Cutie (plus Lemonade, helping the Lai's pack, etc.). Fooding with the Udompanyanan family: Rita's and Daikokuya. dineLA Restaurant week at Lukshon. Sacramento: day 1 and day 2. Mass fooding: Richeeze truck, A-Frame (for dineLA), and dim sum at New School Kitchen. Last dineLA Restaurant Week stop for summer 2015: M Grill Brazilian BBQ. Filipino for dinner at Ateh's Kitchen.
August begins with Mike and Lan Lan's wedding at San Diego Zoo Safari Park. Mike and Lan Lan's afterparty plus dinner at Ekkamai Thai. Scandinavian food at Gravlax. Summer evening at LACMA. Off to Monterey Park for Tasty Garden and Half and Half. Matt and Michelle's housewarming plus brunch at Haus in k-town. Erik's visit: Canter's Deli, El Chato taco truck, Dina's Cafe, Five Star Seafood, and Volcano Tea. SF Bay Area for Mason's first birthday: day 1 and day 2. Packed Saturday: dim sum at Capital Seafood, Kaitlyn's 4th birthday, Brick Fest, Luscious Dumplings. UCLA Social Sciences Computing summer picnic at Wilson Park in Torrance. Island Hopping (Hawaii, Micronesia, Marshall Islands, Guam) via the United Island Hopper. Korean BBQ at Galbi King.
Dan and Carolina's wedding at Lakehouse Hotel and Resort in San Marcos. Sunday: wrapping up Dan and Caro's wedding with brunch at St. Marks Grill, plus 626 Night Market. Yelp Elite: Modern Mingling at Room and Board. Saturday fooding: Okamoto Kitchen and Kai Kai Dumplings at Santa Monica Well Being Expo, Rae's Restaurant, Borneo Kalimantan Cuisine, and M Juicery and Creamery. Sunday fooding: dim sum at Sea Empress, hot pot at Lu Gi, Half and Half, plus a race: Santa Monica Classic. James' moving-away dinner at Soba Sojibo. Pho Shop and UCLA vs. BYU at the Rose Bowl. Sunday is dim sum at Sea Harbour and Exploding Kittens. Saturday: Feng Mao with Ars Technica forum geeks, then Death Cab for Cutie at Santa Barbara Bowl. Supermoon (well, supermoon, harvest moon, and total lunar eclipse).
October starts off with food: Lenny's Deli and Barbacoa Mexican Grill. Sunday is dim sum at NBC Seafood, board games, and Slicetruck. Sushi at Hamasaku. Indian food at Electric Lotus before Garbage at The Greek Theatre. Long Beach for Phnom Penh Noodle and Long Beach Marathon expo. Sonia's birthday at XLanes. Ritz Carlton Laguna Nigel. Peruvian food at Kotosh. Baby Ella's first birthday. UCLA Disney Imagineering event plus ramen at Shin Sen Gumi. UCLA vs. Cal at the Rose Bowl. Section hiking the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) over Mt. San Jacinto: day 0, day 1, and day 2. House of Blues Anaheim for Owl City. Udon at Musashiya. Kate's birthday at The Daily Pint. Halloween: brunch at Julienne, UCLA vs. Colorado, and potluck at Jeff and Joycelyn's.
Joe's birthday at NBC Seafood and Half and Half. FuturizeX by UCLA and XPRIZE. Saturday: King Shabu Shabu, Smog City Brewing, board games, and won tons. Fooding in 626: Nha Trang, Stone Brewing, Mother Moo. More fooding: Sunny Blue, Hide Sushi, Hook and Plow. Sunday: UCLA vs. Washington State at the Rose Bowl plus dim sum at Ocean Star. NHRA Mello Yellow Drag Racing finals at Auto Club Speedway in Pomona. Dinner at Hole in the Wall Burger. Baby big days: Baby Mara's 1st birthday and Baby Victoria's red egg. Cheap sushi at Tokyo Fast Food and Niko Niko Sushi. Thanksgiving: days 1 and 2 plus days 3 and 4.
December begins in Ohio: day 1, day 2, and day 3. Fooding at Mariscos Guillen La Playita and Ike's Place. Jen's birthday at El Segundo Brewing and Tavern on Main. Dinner at La Grande Orange Cafe and CHRVCHES at The Fonda. UCLA departmental holiday lunches with SSC and Geography. Dinner at Seong Buk Dong in k-town. Busy weekend of board games, Sam Woo BBQ, and Griddle Cafe. Christmas Eve (days 1 and 2) and Christmas Day (days 3, 4, and 5) including lots of dim sum at Koi Palace in Milpitas. Mass fooding (Little Jewel of New Orleans, Mr. Pizza, Huolala, and Sharetea). Mini food crawl (Bowl Thai, Honeymee, It's Boba Time, and Barley Forge). New Year's Eve.
New Year's Day is dim sum, board games, and more Chinese food! (Atlantic Times Square and Lu's Garden). Dessert at Chelo Creamery. Out with the Easley family at Divina Cucina. Hanging out in SGV: board games and food (Yoma Myanmar, Ladybug Tea House, Mama's Lu, and Sam Woo BBQ). Old school Japanese at Aki Restaurant. Tiffany's birthday at Simbal. Ramen for dinner at Shin Sen Gumi Hakata Ramen. Mammoth: day 1 (June Mountain), day 2, day 3, and day 4 (including BCD Tofu House). Dinner at Sushi Chitose and Kuma Seafood Buffet. Busy Saturday: Baby James' 1st birthday and Ophelia's I-got-a-job celebration. Fooding on Saturday: Copenhagen Pastry and Holy Cow BBQ, then Sunday: King Shabu Shabu followed by dineLA Restaurant Week for Fogo de Chao.
February starts off with a Yelp Elite event at Sonoritas Prime Tacos on Sawtelle. Dinner at Shake Ramen. Packed Saturday: kbbq at Bak Kung 2, SK Donuts, and triple birthday. Sunday is Tsujita LA and Sweet Rose Creamery. Dinner at Sushi House followed by another visit to Shake Ramen (and CoCo Fresh Tea and Juice). Dinner at Square Dot and Din Tai Fung (South Coast Plaza). Clover Ave. food trucks, take 7 (Street Kitchen Tacos and Mandoline Grill). Mammoth: day 1, day 2, and day 3. Pho at 9021PHO in Beverly Hills.
Prime rib at The San Franciscan in Torrance. Dinner at Hook Burger in Westlake Village. June's Girl Scout Cookies and wine pairing at Hache LA (plus brunch at Gilbert's El Indio). Fooding: Barney's Beanery (post UCLA Move and Groove 5K), Omar Xinjiang Halal, and Hot Spot Hot Pot. More fooding: Peddlers Ice Cream and Yabu Restaurant. Brunch at Blue Daisy, plus Kula Sushi and some board games (Dead of Winter). Honeyboba in Hawthorne. Visiting Bangkok. St. Patrick's Day, then sushi at Nozomi Restaurant. New Order at Shrine Auditorium. Dinner at Boiling Crab (and first day of spring at Rita's Ice Custard), then at Cava and El Gallito Taco Truck. Mammoth: days 1 and 2, day 3, and day 4. Dinner at Capital Seafood (Diamond Jamboree - Irvine). Sushi at Little Izakaya-ya by Katsu-ya in Sherman Oaks.
Beginning April with section hiking the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) in Mojave: day 1 (plus breakfast at Bru's Wiffle), day 2, and day 3. Dinner at Poke Bar in Westwood. OC fooding: Seasons 52 and I-Tea, then LA fooding: Shabuya and North Italia. Yuri's Night at California Science Center. Maria and Mike's visit: The Corner Place (cold noodles!) and Diddy Riese. Mesa Brazilian Eatery and Noodle World in Westwood. Visiting Saigon. Fooding roundup: Poke Me, Musashiya Udon, Road to Seoul (kbbq), and Lacha Somtum. Planes of Fame Air Show preview day. Couple of days of fooding with Erik and Katie: Leo's Taco Truck, Pono Burger, Yabu (soba), Monja Taiker, Oo-Kook (kbbq), and Diddy Riese.
May leads off with Mike's birthday brunch (Cima Restaurant at Pacific Palms Resort), followed by dinner at O Sushi and the next UCLA/XPRIZE FuturizeX event. The Original Doner Truck. Celebrating Dr. Luis Alvarez at Casa Azul. Random fooding: Taco Plus, Kula Sushi, Blutusk. UCLA Geography annual von Humboldt football tournament and arrival of Space Shuttle External Tank ET-94. Visiting Guantanamo Bay. Dim sum at Capital Seafood plus Jeff's birthday at Celestino. Memorial Day BBQ.
Eating on Sawtelle, part 1 (Pearl and friends at Nanban-kan and B Sweet), part 2 (Javan and Volcano Tea with Frances and Patrick and friends), and part 3 (Shin Sen Gumi Hakata Ramen plus Passage to Mars in Santa Monica). Timothy's retirement party plus Geography grad student BBQ. UCLA Chancellor's Society event plus Souplantion and mall food. Birthday fooding: Le Petite Paris, Little Sheep Hot Pot, Champagne Bakery. Evening fooding: Saffron and Rose, Javan, and Jidaiya. Fooding roundup: Mama's Lu, Noodle World, and Paco's Tacos. Mike and Maria's wedding as well as pre/post wedding activities. Korean and Japanese food: BCD Tofu House, KazuNori, and Palms Ramen Yumeya. Saturday is dim sum at Five Star Seafood and sushi at Kiriko. June's birthday dinner at Saddle Ranch, Universal Citywalk.
July starts off with more Japanese food: Sakura Japanese Restaurant and Kimikatsu. Kim and Michael's wedding in San Francisco plus wandering the day after: Marlowe and the Ferry Building in SF, along with another visit to Sakura Japanese for sushi back in LA. Independence Day grilling. Baja California Fish Tacos for lunch. Ars Technica meet at Bludso's BBQ. Multiple dinners: Northern Cafe and North Italia. Busy weekend: Atlantic Seafood and Dim Sum, Rani's birthday at Plush Karaoke, and Johnnie's Pastrami. Jeff and Joycelyn's pizza party plus lunch at Mien Nghia Noodle Express. Dinner at Terrine during dineLA Restaurant Week. Ramen at Hakata Ikkousha in Torrance. The Greek Theatre Los Angeles for The National, plus House of Pies. Weekend in 626: Saturday: pho at Golden Deli; Sunday: Blitz ZZ-R coilovers on Keezer's G35S sedan (V36) plus Dim Sum Express and Pho Hai Kieu.
August begins with dinner at Boiling Crab. Matt and Michelle's baby shower. Lunch at West. SF Bay Area: day 1 and day 2. Travie and Julie's baby shower. Cadillac Truth and Dare starts a busy Saturday: J & J / Jin Jiang restaurant, Tea Station, High Rooftop Bar at Hotel Erwin in Venice, and Maple Block Meat Co. UCLA Social Sciences Computing summer picnic at Walteria Park in Torrance.
Labor Day Weekend: Saturday (board games and grilling) and Sunday (dim sum at NBC Seafood). Fooding: Necco and all over (Happy Family Restaurant, Half and Half, Porto's Bakery, Sanuki no Sato). Fooding in K-town: BCD Tofu House and Oo-Kook for Korean BBQ. UCLA vs. Stanford at the Rose Bowl plus Ronnie's Diner and Mama's Lu. Albert's moving-on lunch at UCLA Covel Commons.
Kicking off October: Albert's Farewell (part 2) and UCLA vs. Arizona at the Rose Bowl. Kang Ho Dong Baekjeong (Torrance) for lunch. Korean-inspired rice bowls at Kalbis Grill. Busy weekend: potluck with the Tan family plus Long Beach Half Marathon. Fooding: Cafe Gratitude and Sanuki no Sato. UCLA vs. Utah football at the Rose Bowl plus Din Tai Fung and Rutt's Hawaiian Cafe. A day full of croissants (Mr. Holmes Bakeshop and Proof Bakery), then Pet Shop Boys Super Tour plus Lawry's Carvery and Da Kikokiko.
November begins in Hong Kong, followed up by Veterans' Day weekend: backpacking the Gabrielino Trail from Switzer Picnic Area/Switzer Truck Trail to Devore. Fooding at Tsujita LA, Barsha, and Howlin' Ray's. Taiwanese on the westside at Little Fatty. Thanksgiving weekend.
December starts off in Seattle: day 1 and day 2. Visiting the Bay Area (plus Geography holiday lunch). Lunch at Tasty Noodle House. SSC Holiday potluck, then a day of fooding: Eggslut Venice and L Kitchen. Christmas: day 1, day 2 (Christmas Day), day 3 (Museum of Flight), and day 4 (plus dinner at Tangaroa Fish Market and Raw Bar). New Year's Eve at Olivia and Dart's, plus fooding (Lao Tao and L Kitchen).
The New Year starts off with fooding: 800 Degrees Pizza, Lazy Dog, Belwood Bakery Cafe. UCLA vs. Stanford men's basketball at Pauley Pavilion. Dave and Kathy's wedding at Bel Air Bay Club. Myanmar (Burma). Tiff's birthday at McCormick and Schmick's. Dinner with the Lee's and then dinner at Jasmine Market.
February begins with Sidecar Doughnuts in Santa Monica. Fooding means croissants at Frogs Organic Bakery, Roberta's Pizza Pop-Up, and Van Leeuwen Ice Cream, the latter two both at Platform LA in Culver City. Saturday: dim sum at J Zhou (plus Mr. Holmes Bakehouse and Milk Bar at The District at Tustin Legacy), then Manna with the Lai's for Korean BBQ. Sunday: King Shabu Shabu, then Sichuan at Huolala. Poke at Sweetfin Poke in Westwood.
Starting March with Chef Roy Choi at the Locol Truck. Joel's long-awaited visit (SushiStop, Diddy Riese, Gaby's Mediterranean). Bits of Las Vegas: dinner at Beauty and Essex and visiting Valley of Fire. Yelp Gold Elite at Killer Shrimp in Marina del Rey. Friday and Saturday stuff: LA Marathon expo, Pho 2012 Bistro, Voodoo Donuts, and Mayura. Post-LA Marathon food: Santouka Ramen and Curry House. Blue Star donuts. Last day of Pok Pok LA. Visiting Oslo, Norway.
First weekend in April starts off with a fooding roundup: Halal Guys, Belcampo Meat Co., Berlin Currywurst, Sticky Rice, McConnell's Ice Cream, Ichimi Ann Bamboo Garden, Kansha Creamery, and Tenkatori Karaage. Thai food at the Sanook Soi 38 food truck. Breakfast at Astro Doughnuts and Fried Chicken, plus Loqui (tacos) and Ramen Roll. Yuri's Night at California Science Center. Lunch at Messob in Little Ethiopia. Ophelia's birthday including lots of 626 fooding (Luscious Dumplings, Half and Half Good Time, Duck House) and board games. Santa Monica fooding: DK's Donuts, Bareburger, and Three Twins Ice Cream. Cafe Brasil for dinner. BBQ duck at Sun Ha Jang. Dinner at SushiStop and dessert at Churros Calientes. Out with Pearl and friends (Wadatsumi, Kansha Creamery, Nijiya).
May beings with UCLA and Chefs Collaborative: Fin, Foot, or Hoof. Planes of Fame Airshow. Saturday fooding: dim sum at World Seafood plus Half and Half. Andrew and Laura's farewell dinner at Tara's Himalayan. Skiing in Mammoth. Pearl and Simon's visit: U2 (The Joshua Tree Tour at the Rose Bowl), Tsujita LA, dim sum at NBC Seafood, and The Pan. UCLA Geography annual von Humboldt football tournament, day 1 and day 2. Visiting Sydney.
June means fooding: dim sum at Sea Empress, Torrance Certified Farmer's Market, Kogi Taqueria, and Lenzini's Pizza. UCLA Chancellor's Society at Pauley Pavilion. Dinner at Sushi Tsujita. Fooding: Trieu Chau and Newport Seafood. Mike Franks' retirement celebration at Royce Hall. 626 fooding: Henry's Cuisine and dim sum at Sea Harbour. Pho at Pho Saigon Pearl. Mr. Holmes Bakehouse plus house party.
July starts with Diana and Sean's visit: Plan Check, Milk, and Urban Lights. Portland to Cleveland roadtrip: six days on the road including Yellowstone National Park, Mt. Rushmore, and Badlands National Park. Visiting Europe: Switzerland and Liechtenstein. Last Mammoth trip of the season (!). dineLA Restaurant Week at Prospect Gourmand. Visiting with the Easley family.
August begins with food: Lalibela (Ethiopian), 888 Seafood (dim sum), and Curry House (Japanese). Erik and Dawn's wedding weekend: day 1 (bachelor party), day 2 (rehearsal), and day 3 (wedding). SF Bay Area visit (Din Ding Dumpling House, Ice3 Creamery, Millbrae Pancake House). Dinner at Soban. SF Bay Area visit #2: day 1 (Little Hot Pot), day 2 (Mason's 3rd birthday), and day 3 (Country Waffles). Solar eclipse. UCLA Staff Assembly Learn-At-Lunch (with Kylo and UCPD) plus fooding: Spoon and Pork Truck and Pinches Tacos. UCLA Social Sciences Computing summer picnic at Victor Park in Torrance. Tacos in West LA. iLCHA kbbq.
Dinner at The District by Hannah An starts September. UCLA football vs. Texas and Hawaii, plus a trip to Seattle (day 1 and day 2) start off the month-- Sushi Kashiba near Pike Place Market was the highlight. Dim sum at NBC Seafood with 3M. Tententyu Ramen on Sawtelle. Visiting Dublin. U2: The Joshua Tree Tour in San Diego. More San Diego: MCAS Miramar Air Show, Ortiz's Tacos, Extraordinary Desserts, and Coop's West Texas BBQ. Busy Saturday: Wolf's 1st birthday, Canon Burbank Open House, and UCLA vs. Colorado at the Rose Bowl.
October begins with dinner at Taishi Hainan Chicken in Torrance. Celebrating: Mid-Autumn Festival and National Taco Day (Trio House, Northern Cafe, and CREAM). Fooding at Marugame Udon. More fooding: Breakfast Bar and Kagura. Post-Long Beach Half Marathon lunch at Sue's Kitchen. Visiting Iceland. Lunch at The Mighty. Fooding roundup: Ars Technica meet at Great Society Cider and Mead, AYCE kbbq at Bull BBQ, brunch at Lunetta All Day, and UCLA vs. Colorado football at the Rose Bowl. Singapore on United's inaugural LAX-SIN flight.
November begins with weekend fooding: Painters Tape, Sapp Coffee Shop, Mozza2Go, and Barbara Jean. Grand opening of Dominique Ansel Bakery at The Grove in Los Angeles. UCLA vs. ASU football at the Rose Bowl plus fooding: Little Damage, Mikkeller DTLA, and Killer Noodle. Kbbq at Hae Jang Chon with SSC. Tiffany's birthday at Rhythm Room LA. Lunch at Blu Jam Cafe. Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors at The Broad. Thanksgiving.
Hyundai Genesis ride and drive vq30de.net. Section hiking the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) from Palm Springs to Onyx Summit: day 1 (Whitewater Preserve), day 2 (Mission Creek), and day 3 (Onyx Summit, plus dinner at Kuan's in Montebello). UCLA Geography holiday lunch at Del Frisco's Grille in Santa Monica. Star Wars: Episode 8: The Last Jedi opening weekend. UCLA SSC holiday potluck. Up north for Christmas. Dinner at Northern Cafe. Easley family visit hosted by the Hollon's. New Year's Eve at Christine and Stuart's.
New Year's Day: board games, Longo Seafood, and Uniboil. Santa Monica fooding at Sloan's Ice Cream and Cha Cha Chicken. Dinner at Flaming Pot. Visiting Bulgaria. dineLA Restaurant Week: Fogo de Chao and The Mar Vista. Pie at The Pie Hole. Free museum day at the Petersen Automotive Museum.
The Killers Wonderful Wonderful tour at Staples Center. UCLA Geography party. Busy Sunday: Mr. Holmes Bakehouse (cruffins), Ernest Debs park (hiking), Longo Seafood (dim sum), and Tasty Noodle House. Celebrating Lunar New Year with geography grad students and with Dominique Ansel Bakery pastries. UCLA vs. Oregon men's basketball plus the Pho King Awesome food truck. Culver City fooding at Tito's Tacos and Essential Chocolate Desserts. LA Kings vs. Edmonton Oilers at Staples Center. Filipino food at Big Boi. Yelp Black Elite at majordomo.
March starts in Washington, DC. Fooding and board game day in 626: Longo Seafood (dim sum), Half and Half, Garden Cafe. Fooding roundup: Wadatsumi, Ding's Garden, Class 302, Loaded Cafe. Board games and sous vide. Pi Day with Lorde at Staples Center. LA Marathon expo plus lunch at Poppy + Rose. Post-LA Marathon fooding at Santouka. Arts District for Angel City Brewing and Inko Nito. Mammoth: day 1 (Death Valley detour), day 2, day 3, day 4, and day 5 (including James Bay at Belasco Theater in Los Angeles). Din Tai Fung Century City. Preston's 5th birthday.
April begins with fooding and board games (Dominique Ansel Bakery, Kogi, and Boiling Crab). Udompanyanan family visit (including Kopan Ramen). Yuri's Night at California Science Center (party under a Space Shuttle!). Breakfast by Salt's Cure. New Orleans: day 1, day 2 (Honey Island Swamp), day 3, and day 4 (mini-roadtrip to Mississippi and Alabama). Visiting Turks and Caicos. Yelp Elite at Automobile Driving Museum in El Segundo. Korean BBQ at Genwa in Beverly Hills. Weekend full of birthdays: Saturday: Mikeala turns 2, Ophelia's birthday at Alta (plus Sushi Kiyono); Sunday: Diana's (Wildcraft, Ramen Jinya). Mammoth: day 1 and day 2. Sushi by Jin and then Snow Patrol at The Fonda. Trinidad and Tobago: day 1, day 2, and day 3.
May starts with Mike's birthday at Barney's Beanery, then the OC Half Marathon. Visiting New York. U2 eXPERIENCE & iNNOCENCE tour, Los Angeles night 1 at The Forum in Inglewood, followed up with Taylor Swift night 2 at the Rose Bowl. Fooding at The OP Cafe and Jjukku Jjukku kbbq. Visiting Israel. UCLA Geography annual von Humboldt football tournament.
June fooding: Friday (Eataly L.A.), Saturday (Primo's and Sugarfish), Sunday (Painter's Tape and Heek Tea). Alaska: day 1 (Anchorage), day 2 (glaciers for miles), and day 3 (Kenai Fjords National Park cruise). Vancouver: day 1 (Kirin Seafood), day 2 (Shanghai River and hiking Grouse Mountain), and day 3 (downtown Vancouver, including Sushi Itoga). Fooding: Boston Lobster and Hide Sushi, then Boiling Crab. Last days of Finishline Autocraft plus lunch at Pho Hong Long. Visiting Westchester for Ayara Thai and the farmers' market. Section hiking the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) from Mojave into the Southern Sierra: day 0, day 1 (Golden Oak Spring), day 2 (Robin Bird Spring), and day 3 (Landers Meadow). Korean BBQ at Yellow Cow in Gardena.
July beings with Constant's bachelor party in Lake Tahoe. Fooding at Mee and Greet and at Bread and Butter. Fooding in Costa Mesa at Blackmarket Bakery and Capital Noodle Bar. The Balkans: Montenegro and Albania. Japanese beef bowls at Red Rock on Sawtelle. Nighthawk Breakfast Bar for breakfast. Hiking Mt. Baldy with SSC.
UCLA All-Staff Picnic leads off August. Tsukumen at Menya Musashi Niten Ichiryu. More fooding: dim sum at 888 Seafood and dinner at Versailles. SF Bay Area: day 1, day 2, and day 3 (Du Xiao Yue, Mason's birthday, and Hong Kong Flower Lounge/Boba Guys). Fogo de Chao with SSC. Astro Doughnuts food truck and prime rib at The San Franciscan. Atlantic Seafood for dim sum with Erik and Dawn. Constant and Jacqui's wedding. Mongolian BBQ at Big Wok plus random cars. Dinner at Vox Kitchen. Theodore Roosevelt National Park (North Dakota), day 1 and day 2.
Tara and Eugene's long-awaited wedding begins September. Visiting South Africa and Namibia. UCLA SSC summer picnic at Redondo Beach. Fooding at Gyutan Tsukasa and The Pancake Factory, then more fooding at Sky Express and The Crack Shack. Concerts: The National (The Palladium), CHVRCHES (Greek Theatre), and Death Cab for Cutie (Hollywood Forever Cemetery). Dinner at Rutt's Hawaiian Cafe in Culver City.
Leading off October with Owl City at House of Blues Anaheim. Various fooding including National Taco Day: Northern Cafe, The Crack Shack, and Halo Top. Harold's birthday at Jjukku Jjukku Korean BBQ. UCLA vs. Washington football plus fooding (123 Pho and Great Maple) and Long Beach Marathon Expo. SpaceX Falcon 9 launch of SAOCOM 1A out of Vandenberg AFB. Baking and post-Long Beach Half Marathon. NorCal visit, day 1 and day 2. The Observatory OC for Maggie Rogers. Sue's birthday dinner at Sun Nong Dan, then lunch at Broxton Brewery and Public House. Zion National Park: day 1 (flying), day 2 (Zion NP), and day 3 (donuts).
November: contemporary American for lunch at Fellow. Wu-Chen family visit: dim sum at NBC Seafood, Boba Guys, and Bibigo. Fabulous Burgers in Gardena. Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) chasing in Yellowknife, Canada: day 1, day 2, and day 3. Amy's farewell party at SSC. Tiffany's birthday at LA Zoo Lights. Thanksgiving (including Camp Fire aftermath). Post-Thanksgiving fooding: Cluck2Go (Hainan chicken), Half and Half, Leo's Tacos, Coolhaus, and Killer Noodle. Visiting Sacramento.
December beings with lunch at King's Hawaiian. Frances' birthday at Sugarfish. 626 fooding: Atlantic Seafood and Dim Sum, Half and Half, Side Chick (Hainan chicken). UCLA Geography holiday lunch at The Stinking Rose. Fried chicken dinner at Hangry Moon's. Alicia's birthday at Big Wok. UCLA SSC holiday potluck. Dinners at Sichuan Impression. Christmas: day 1, day 2, and day 3 (Christmas Day). Visiting Saipan. Christine's birthday. New Year's Eve with the Moore family: Griddle Cafe, UCLA, and Parker and Steven's party.
The Rose Bowl: Ohio State vs. Washington, plus Messhall Kitchen and Henry's Cuisine. Last day of the Moore family visit at C&O Trattoria. AYCE Korean BBQ at Yerim. Leif's birthday at Five Crowns, plus breakfast at John O'Groats. Shabu shabu for dinner at King Shabu Shabu. Pre-opening of the new United Polaris Lounge at LAX. Pho Ever for dinner. Fooding at Aloha Food Factory and then dineLA Restaurant Week at M Grill. Random hot pot at Meat Your Seoul. Board games at Christine's. New York: day 1, part 1 (shiny new airplane); day 1, part 2 (fooding); day 2 (more fooding). Includes Two Little Red Hens, Torishin, Blue Ribbon Sushi, Katz' Deli, Nougatine, Boba Guys, and Joe's Steamed Rice Roll. dineLA Restaurant Week at Fogo de Chao. First trip of the season to Mammoth: day 1, day 2, and day 3.
February's first meal is at Kaido Sushi. First race of the year (Surf City Half Marathon plus lunch at Plums Cafe and Catering). Fooding at First Szechuan Wok, then at Wadatsumi West LA, and finally at Red Rock (plus board games). Canon and Schneider Optics discussing filters, plus a stop at Bob's Big Boy. Visiting New York and then Hong Kong.
March starts off in Sacramento visiting the Dea-Sanchez family. Pearl's birthday weekend. Visiting Hong Kong. Lunch (Rabbi's Daughter Butcher Shop) and Pi Day. Mammoth: day 1, day 2, day 3, and day 4. LA Marathon weekend. Happy Hour at Khong Ten. Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve for the superbloom. Chen-Wu family visit: Saturday (Rutt's Hawaiian Cafe, K-ZO Sushi) and Sunday (NBC Seafood, Half and Half, board games, and Kura Sushi).
AAG Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, as well as the Washington Auto Show (at vq30de.net). Fooding: Thuan Kieu Noodle and Grill plus BlackBall Taiwanese Dessert. Aborted dinner then brunch at Dim Sum House. Mammoth: day 1 (LAX-MMH), day 2, day 3 (whiteout), and day 4 (MMH-LAX). Visiting Erik and Dawn in Cleveland. Dim sum at Fifty One in Culver City. Board games, including the award-winning Wingspan, plus dinner at Ayara Thai. Mike's birthday at Sushi Sasabune. Checking out Northern Cafe's second location in Westwood for dinner.
May begins with Meat Love Korean BBQ, then fooding at Shekarchi Kebab and Pikoh. Running the OC Half Marathon (plus Pho Hoa Cau and then board games). Visiting Singapore. Pennsylvania for Cousin Christian's graduation: day 1, day 2 (commencement), and day 3. Visiting Melbourne: day 1 and day 2 (including The Twelve Apostles, Great Ocean Road, Supernormal). Memorial Day weekend: Qahhaar's housewarming, dim sum at Longo Seafood and dinner at Lobster and Beer, and stuck in traffic on the way to Bakersfield.
June: Cadillac Truth + Dare at Santa Anita Park, followed by dim sum at Full House and hanging out with Keezer and his Project Boondoogle (Datsun 280Z). The next day is board games. Dinner at Fellow with Yelp Elite. Visiting Prague on United's inaugural EWR-PRG flight. Pre-E3 dinner at HATCH Yakitori + Bar. Omakase at Masakazu. Chen-Wu family visit: days 1 and 2 (House of Meatballs, Ms Chi Cafe) and day 3 (Newport Seafood). University of California Information Security Symposium at UC Davis. Dinner at Kato. Copeland's Cherry Ranch and Ras Noodle on a slow Saturday. Off to Florida for SpaceX Falcony Heavy/USAF STP-2 launch from Kennedy Space Center. Mammoth, day 1 and day 2 (including Mono Lake).
July starts off with a trip to Canada for Banff National Park and Richmond Night Market. Weekend of sunsets: Manhattanhenge (day 1) and Aruba (day 2 and day 3). dineLA Restaurant Week at Providence. Andrew and TiffA's wedding weekend: day 1 (early arrival), day 2 (wedding), and day 3 (dim sum). Mom's birthday. SF (Half) Marathon weekend, day 1 and days 2/3. UCLA Geography staff dinner at Tar and Roses in Santa Monica.
London begins August. Fooding, part 1 (AYCE kbbq at Oo-Kook, Oaxacan at Gish Bac) and part 2 (LaRocco's Pizza, Scoops Westside). Sunday is 888 Seafood for dim sum and then Death Cab for Cutie at Hollywood Bowl. More fooding: Northern Cafe Noodle House, Boba Guys, and Pacific Dining Car for their 98 Cent baseball steak. SF Bay Area: day 1, day 2, and day 3 (Layang Layang and Happy Lemon, Mason's birthday, and Osteria Bella). Dr. Brown's PhD celebration. Mammoth: day 1 (Manazanar), day 2 (Devils Postpile), and day 3 (fishing). AYCE kbbq at Hae Jang Chon and dessert at Somi Somi/Sul and Beans.
Labor Day Weekend in San Marino kicks off September. Massive Attack at Hollywood Palladium. UCLA vs. SDSU football plus Bistro Na's and Meet Fresh. More 626 fooding at Ho Kee Cafe and Half and Half. OC Fooding at Pho 101 and Han Kki. Singapore-style fried chicken at 4 Fingers on Sawtelle. Random fooding: Galbi King (plus poker night), Mid-Autumn Festival, Audrey at The Hammer. UCLA vs. Oklahoma at the Rose Bowl plus Bone Kettle. Tacos at Leo's Tacos Truck. Car geek weekend: Porsche Experience Center after the Japanese Classic Car Show (JCCS), concluded with the Petersen Automotive Museum vault tour (and dim sum at Five Star Seafood). UCLA SSC summer picnic at Victor Park in Torrance.
October begins with food: Sichuan Impression, Redstraw, and cafeteria ramen. Great Pacific Airshow followed by Naugles for tacos. San Pedro fooding at The Chori-Man and Colossus Bread. Long Beach Marathon Expo along with Bo Daddy's BBQ and Uncle Fung Borneo Eatery. Post-Long Beach (Half) Marathon fooding at George's Greek Cafe and Blazin' Hens. Udompanyanan family visit including Shin Sen Gumi and post-visit Dim Sum House. Breakfast at C&M Cafe. Arc'Teryx on La Brea for Ikon Pass plus a stop at Leo's Tacos Truck. Busy day: Danny's last day plus Sue's birthday. UCLA vs. ASU football plus Mr. Dragon Noodle House.
November's first weekend fooding at Hui Tou Xiang and Labobatory. Joe's birthday at Sushi Tsujita. Back to Sawtelle with Matt and friends. Tennessee and Arkansas: day 1 and days 2/3. Lance's birthday plus dinner at Meiji Seimen. Fooding roundup: L'Antica Pizzeria da Michele and CAMP (pho), plus some boardgames and Costco thrown in. Celebrating Thanksgiving in Hong Kong.
December starts at Room and Board for Yelp Helps for the Holidays. Then a fooding roundup: tacos, Boiling Crab, Teddy's Cafe, UCLA HumTech holiday party, and UCLA Geography holiday lunch at Duke's Malibu. Cape Town on United's inaugural EWR-CPT flight. Visiting Brisbane. Lu-Lai family dinner at Brodard Chateau plus Roasting Water. New Year's Eve at Constant and Jacqui's.
New Year's Day: Tang Gong and Emporium Thai. Dim sum again, this time at NBC Seafood. Random fooding: Ramen Josui and The Best Brazilian BBQ cart. More fooding: dim sum (third time o_0) at Five Star Seafood, plus dineLA Restaurant Week at M Grill. Noodle soup at Mr. Rice. Final weekend in January: La Esquina, Boba Guys, and Phantom Carriage Brewery. UCLA Staff Assembly tunnel tour. Korean kalguksu (knife-cut noodles) at Hyesung Noodle House.
Celebrating Lunar New Year. Q's Superbowl BBQ and Surf City Half Marathon. Simon's visit: Otafuku and Tea Station. Visiting Disneyland for Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge. Fooding roundup: Mary and Robb's Westwood Cafe plus hot pot at Mala Town. UCLA Staff Assembly quarterly Breakfast with the Chancellor. The Serving Spoon for breakfast. OC fooding: Kim Su (dim sum) and One Zo. Family dinner at Yang Chow. Visiting New York. Mammoth: day 1, day 2, and day 3.
Last weekend in February/first weekend of March in Amsterdam. Los Angeles Marathon: pre-race (expo and fooding) and race day (race, random medals, dinner at Takao). Visiting Atlanta: day 0, day 1 (Pi Day!), and day 2. Quick trip to Monterey Park for groceries and food (aka life during a pandemic...).
Fine dining does take-out (n/naka, Shunji, Vespertine, Dialogue). Beer and food (Capital Dim Sum and BBQ, Half and Half). Fooding roundup: Baja California Fish Tacos, Smog City Brewing, Vespertine, and Kogi Taqueria. Urasawa does delivery.
May leads off with a Chen-Wu family visit, including n/naka, Sweet Rice, and John O'Groats. Safer At Home continues: Dialogue and Costco. Sushi nom: Hiko Sushi and n/naka. Chef Brandon Kida's Go Go Gyoza/Hinoki & the Bird, plus a return to Shunji for nogoduro chirashi. Wandering Westwood (Ralphs' grocery store, Gushi, and UCLA Blood and Platelet Center). Memorial Day weekend. Drive-thru graduations plus fooding (Dialogue and Shunji) with the Chen-Lu family.
June starts with errands after the previous week's Black Lives Matter protests (National Donut Day, Sweet Rice, Shin Sen Gumi). Matt's weekly visit to Costco. Sushi nom (again!): Hiko Sushi and Shunji. Dim sum to-go from Lucky 1. Erik's visit: day 1 (Maude in Beverly Hills), day 2 (from San Gabriel to Santa Monica), and days 3 and 4 (Langer's Deli and board games). More food: Mogumogu, Hiko Sushi, and Savoy Kitchen, then Dan Modern Chinese Cuisine.
July beings with n/naka's Kaiseki Jubako and then a trip to Sidecar Doughnuts. Independence Day grilling. Michelin 2* take-out from Providence. Random mash-up: happy hour, take-out from Kato (1*), and chasing C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE), aka 2020's most famous astronomomy event, Comet NEOWISE. Sea Stephanie Fish and Kali (live sea urchin FTW!). Primo's Donuts and Shunji (bluefin tuna chirashi!). Random fooding, part 1: Mr. Sate and Gushi.
August and random fooding, part 2: Roberta'a Pizza, Boba Guys, and n/naka. And part 3: Shin Sen Gumi Hakata Ramen and Sushi Tsujita (aka Bento Tsujita). Sushi from Masakazu. More Michelin star take-out by Chef David Schlosser's Shibumi, followed by an equally tasty but-no-stars-yet meal from Chef David Chang's majordomo. Next, a definitely no-Michelin-stars but-still-tasty take-out from Chef Takeshi Tsujita's Killer Noodle. Utah roadtrip: Arches, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, and Bryce Canyon National Parks, plus Grand Staircase-Ecalante National Monument, Goblin Valley State Park, and Manti-La Sal National Forest/Caste Valley.
Labor Day weekend at Glacier National Park in Montana. Southern US roadtrip including Mammoth Cave National Park, Tail of the Dragon, and National Corvette Museum Corvette Experience at Motorsports Park. n/naka and porridge + puffs COLLAB BENTO, take 1 and take 2. Random fooding: Hakata Izakaya HERO and Unknown Vietnamese Kitchen. Weekend lunch bento at Hayato. Project Baseline by Verily plus lunch at Northern Cafe Hot Pot. Santa Maria BBQ for lunch.
October leads off with Chen-Wu family visit: Rustic Canyon, The Serving Spoon, and bringing Kogi to the Chen-Roethle family. n/naka for their California Ekiben. With breweries reopened, Broxton Brewery for dinner. Visiting Ohio. Outdoor dining at Shunji. Udompanyanan family visit. Second trip to Rustic Canyon. New York: day 0 and day 1 (final Delta 777 flight, #DL8777 ).
N for November, N is also for noodles at Mandarin Noodle House. Hayato weekend lunch bento, take 2. Pupusas for lunch at the Westwood Farmers' Market. Sushi Ginza Onodera chirashi to-go for dinner. Yelp Elite Perk: Marugame Udon. n/naka's Autumn Jubako. The newly-opened Citizen Public Market in Culver City, for lunch at WeHo Sausage Co. 626 visit: Chicha San Chen and MIAN. Shunji to-go. Sushi Sasabune to-go. Thanksgiving (The Alley, Chen-Wu family, Steve's Friendsgiving) followed by n/naka Ebiken + Susan Yoon.
December starts off on Sawtelle: Hui Lau Shan and Kiriko. SF Bay Area: day 1, day 2 (visiting the Udompanyanan family), and day 3 (sunrise at the Golden Gate Bridge). Shunji for their chirashi, then, by accident, chirashi again, this time from Shin Sushi (plus dumplings from Go Go Gyoza). Fooding: Koi Palace drop-off, Tripp Burger, My Mango Sticky Rice, and Element 29 Deli (pastrami sandwich!). Various dinners from Bootleg Pizza, Sushi Tsujita (kaisendon premium), Vespertine + Alinea (collab), n/naka (Jubabo with snow crab), and Shunji. Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands: day 1 and day 2. Final fooding for the year at The Golden State and Chubby Rice.
2021 starts off in Hawaii. Lunch at the Gozen Express food truck. Mar Vista farmers' market with the Phakhaothip food truck. Dinner at Kaz The Soba Place on Sawtelle. Chef Junya Yamasaki's YESS AQUATIC food truck. 626 trip for You Kitchen, then to-go for dinner from Sushi Tsujita. Re:Her collaborations at Superfine. Tsujita's newest pop-up, Haru. Mileage run to Tahiti.
Back to the YESS AQUATIC truck for their California spiny lobster. Dinner at Naemo x hanchic. Quick trip to New York. Quick trip to Houston for United's Boeing 737 MAX return to service. Ebiken Japan collaboration for dinner from n/naka. My Mango Sticky Rice and Sugarbloom Bakery (croissants!). Mar Vista Farmers' Market and the Phakhaothip food truck for Thai boat noodles. Fooding roundup: Poke Etc., Anzu, Destroyer, Krispy Kreme (Mars Perseverance rover special donut), and Go Go Gyoza. The Griddle Cafe, temporarily housed at Yamashiro, for brunch. DTLA's Japantown for Sushi Hide inside Japanese Village Plaza. Yifang Taiwan Fruit Tea and Sushi Tsujita, then lunch at JA Jiaozi Dumplings. Mammoth: day 1, day 2, and days 3 and 4.
March: Little Tokyo on Saturday (Sharp Tea, Sushi Enya, and Roll Sushi) and Sunday (Sushi Hide, Slices USA). Back to Poke Etc. in Carson. Winston Pies and Shunji. Chef Niki Nakayama's new restaurant, n/soto. Friday fooding at Artelice Patisserie and n/naka. New York for Pi Day. More pancake insanity at The Griddle Cafe. Bara chirashi at Shunji. Sunday fooding: Phakhaothip and Morhiro. Randy's Donuts for a snack. Mammoth: day 1, day 2, days 3 and 4, and day 5.
April beings with Sichuan-style fried chicken at Chef Mei Lin's Daybird. 626 fooding at Sam Woo BBQ. Special meal at n/naka celebrating their 10th anniversary. Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) chasing in Fairbanks. Santa Monica fooding: Kappo Osen and Philz Coffee. Mammoth: day 1 (plus Sushi Tsujita and Sunright Tea Studio) and days 2/3/4. Visiting The Bahamas via Washington, DC.
Hui Lau Shan and Byul Gobchang (kbbq). Burgers at The Standing Room in Redondo Beach. Hide Sushi on Sawtelle. Lunch bento at Hayato, take 3. New board games: Back to the Future and Wingspan: Oceania Expansion. Fooding: Echigo, Paderia Bakehouse, and Prime Pizza. More fooding: Lady and Larder plus Il Forno. Grand Canyon National Park: day 1 (Hash Kitchen and sunset), day 2 (Grand Canyon), and day 3 (Maverick Helicopters). Lots of noodle soups: Cassia and Menya Tigre, then Chongqing Special Noodles. Visiting Joel and family: day 1 (flying), day 2, and day 3 (flying). Total lunar eclipse, aka super blood moon. Luftgekühlt's Pfaffenhausen Speed Shop, The RUF Gallery, at the Petersen Automotive Museum, part 1. Fooding: Don Don Tei and CoCo King. Board games then Steve's birthday.
June begins with National Donut Day at Sidecar Doughnuts. Utah/Colorado: day 1 at Bonneville Salt Flats, then Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park for day 2 (South Rim), day 3 (North Rim), and day 4 (Gunnison Route). Dinner at Holy Basil and at Dolan's Uyghur. UCLA Commencement Week. Fooding and astrophotography in Mammoth Lakes. First day of California reopening at Urth Caffe and Sunright Tea Studio. Dim sum at NBC Seafood plus board games and The Doughroom. Random fooding: Broxton Brewery, The NeighborHOOD Cafe, and Yen Sushi and Sake Bar. Shin Sen Gumi for ramen plus exploring the nearby Colony Cooks. Pie at Pie Room by Gwen.
July starts with Croatia via United's inaugural EWR-DBV service. Mid-week dim sum at Iron Teapot, then proper weekend dim sum at Atlantic Seafood. Tyler's last day plus s'mores cupcakes at Sprinkles. United's inaugural flight of their new Boeing 737 MAX 8 fleet. Fooding on Sawtelle: Tatsu Ramen and Teaspoon. Weekday meals: Northern Cafe Hot Pot and Sushi Tsujita. Visiting Reno: day 1 (Sacramento), day 2 (driving to Reno), day 3, day 4, day 5, and day 6 (fleeing the smoke). Day of the Ox special unagi (eel) meal at Sushi Tsujita (plus a stop at Gogobop). Time for board games.
August in Arizona: day 1 (Page), day 2 (Monument Valley), day 3 (Antelope Canyon), and day 4 (Horseshoe Bend). Emily's birthday at Park's BBQ and DwitGolMok. Canada reopening: day 1 (reopening!), day 2 (Banff), and day 3 (return). San Francisco Bay Area visit: day 1 (San Ramon), day 2 (Berkeley), day 3 (San Francisco), day 4 (Udom-pan-Lai), and day 5 (Back A Yard). Back the Southwestern USA: day 1, day 2 (Antelope Canyon), day 3 (Buckskin Gulch and Zion National Park), day 4 (Zion and Las Vegas), and day 5 (Vegas). Fooding: Lokal and Kagura. Ending the month in Iceland with the Melins: day 1 (flying), day 2 (Seljialandsfoss, Glufrabui, and Skogafoss), day 3 (Reynisfjara, Svartifoss, Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon, and Diamond Beach), day 4 (Hofn to Seydisfjordur), day 5 (Studagil Canyon, Hverir, and fishing the Laxa i Adaldal), day 6 (Husavik, Godafoss, Akureyri, and more fishing on the Laxa River), day 7 (Akureyri to Reykjavik).
Iceland continues into September: day 8 (Reykjavik, including a Michelin 1* meal at Dill) and day 9 (return). Pie Room by Gwen and board games. Dim sum at Tim Ho Wan in Irvine. Nazzer and Tiffany's baby shower. Disney California Adventure for Oogie Boogie Bash (aka Halloween). Udompanyanan family visit plus fooding: The OP Cafe, Daikokuya, and Kalaveras. Fooding: Headlines Diner and the Supamu food truck.
October starts off in Seattle: day 1 (flying), day 2 (family), and day 3 (final United flight out of Paine Field). The Most Valuable Playa for dinner. Long Beach Half Marathon. Luftgekühlt part 2: Prototype Giants, plus Bond In Motion: The Cars of 007 at the Petersen Automotive Museum. Halloween spirit at Nights of the Jack. Reopening of Shunji at their new spot on Ocean Park in Santa Monica. Fooding: My Mango Sticky Rice, Habayit, and Little Fluffy Head Cafe. Lunch at Hibachi Papi. Sue's birthday at Lawry's Prime Rib. Weekend roundup: board games, Akane Chaya, and Plank 47 (pizza). Dinner at Kanpai Sushi near LAX/Westchester. Weekend in Sint Maarten.
4M's teardown party. Shin Sen Gumi for yakitori. OC Half Marathon post-race fooding: Pam's Place and Matsui. Vietnamese catfish at Bien Hen. Visiting the Middle East: days 1 and 2 (flying), day 3 (Oman), day 4 (Abu Dhabi), day 5 (Dubai), day 6 (part 1: Dubai Airshow), day 6 (part 2: departure), and day 7 (return via Zurich and Newark). Tendon Tempura Carlos Junior for dinner, then La Bamba. Chen-Wu family visit with Auntie June, plus Fat Bernie's Pinball Parlor pop-up in Westwood the next day. Thanksgiving: day 1 (Thanksgiving) and days 2 and 3. Wrapping up the month with bb.q Chicken on Sawtelle.
December's first meal is Wise Sons Jewish Delicatetessen for pastrami. Fooding: Country Style Jamaican Restaurant, then Prince St. Pizza. Rebecca's birthday at Motto Tea Cafe. Frances' birthday at Sushi Tsujita. Dim sum at Lunasia with Dr. Bauch. One last visit for the year to Shunji. New York with Sam and his better half: days 1 and 2 (Brooklyn and Chinatown, including Nom Wah), day 3 (The Vessel/Hudson Yards, New York Public Library, and a subway tour), and day 4. Wrapping up the year with New Year's Eve fooding (Smog City Brewing, Xiaolongkan, SweetHoney Dessert).
Beginning 2022 with fooding: Lonzo's Peruvian, The Serving Spoon, and Ong Ga Nae. Dinners at Chifa and etta. More fooding: dim sum at Enlighten Bistro 168 plus dinner at Spoon & Pork. Noms continue: Gjleina and Surawon Tofu House. Lunch at Taste of Tehran. First trip of the season to Mammoth. Egypt: day 1 (flying via IAH), day 2 (arrival in Cairo via FRA), day 3 (Pyramids), day 4 (Luxor), and day 5 (return via Munich). Hawkins House of Burgers for lunch.
Citizen Public Market fooding: Go Go Bird, The Jolly Oyster, and Bang Bang Noodles. Surf City Half Marathon. Blessed Tropical Jamaican Cuisine and Hide Sushi (lunch and dinner, respectively). Second trip of the season to Mammoth. Lots of noodles: The Ramen Joint plus Good Day Thai Kitchen and Cafe. Presidents' Day weekend roadtrip: day 1 (Yosemite Firefall), day 2 (Mariposa Grove), and day 3 (Death Valley). Fooding round-up: Sushi Tsujita, Sun Nong Dan (galbi jjim), and Oo-kook (AYCE kbbq).
March begins with the third trip of the season to Mammoth: day 1 (Copper Top BBQ), day 2, day 3 (the backside), day 4, and day 5 (including dinner at Crispy Pork Gang). Pi Day plus fooding roundup: Winston Pies, Come to Aunty's and GuYi. More fooding: 123 Pho, Jackson Market, Fujiwara Tofu Cafe, E.A.T. Bistro, and Pop's Bagels. Matt and Bekah's wedding: day 1 (rehearsal) and day 2 (wedding). Bourbon tasting roadtrip: day 1 (Bulleit Bourbon), day 2 (Copper and Kings, Neeley Family Distillery), and day 3 (Starliner Diner). Korean BBQ for dinner at Soowon Galbi.
April's first weekend: Saturday (NBC Seafood, Rustic Canyon, board games) and Sunday (HKC Dim sum and Emilly Grill). Scotland: day 0 (flying), day 1 (Dalwhinnie, Tomatin, Glen Ord), day 2 (Edinburgh), and day 3 (return). Belgium: day 1 (flying), day 2 (Brussels, including Comme Chez Soi), day 3 (Brussels), day 4 (Gent and Brugge), and day 5 (return). Last trip of the season to Mammoth: day 1, day 2 (spring storm), day 3 (bluebird day), day 4, and day 5 (plus ramen back in LA). Sawtelle fooding: dan modern chinese and Brian's Shaved Ice.
May begins/April ends on a shared weekend: OC Half Marathon, board games, Hurry Curry reopening, Eataly, Ginger's Divine Ice Cream, and last but not least, Mike's birthday. Visiting Jordan: day 1 (United's inaugural IAD-AMM flight), day 2 (arrival), day 3 (sunrise/sunset), day 4 (Petra), and day 5 (return). Visiting the Azores: day 1 (United's inaugural EWR-PDL flight), day 2 (arrival), day 3 (Ribeira Grande), day 4 (Sete Cidades), and day 5 (return). Visiting the Faroe Islands: days 0 and 1 (London), day 2 (Traelanipa), day 3 (Mulafossur), day 4 (Vestmanna Sea Cliffs), day 5 (Drangarnir), day 6 (Klaksvik), day 7 (Saksun, Tjornuvik, and Gjogv), day 8, (Mykines), day 9 (Vidoy and Kunoy), and day 10 (return). Haru Omakase Sushi for dinner.
June begins with Jerry's farewell at Jjukku Jjukku Korean BBQ. Quick trip to Johannesburg, South Africa: day 1 (flying), day 2 (arrival), day 3 (mini-safari), day 4 (more flying), and day 5 (still flying). 626 fooding: Nanjing Duck House, Best Noodle House, and Meet Fresh. Visiting the Canary Islands: day 1 (United's inaugural EWR-TFS flight), day 2 (arrival), day 3 (Lanzarote), day 4 (Lanzarote and Gran Canaria), day 5 (Gran Canaria and Tenerife), day 6 (Tenerife), and day 7 (return). Board games (sort of) with 4M. Lunch at Sushi Island. SSCERT happy hour at Barney's Beanery. Visiting Jasper National Park in Canada: day 1 (flying), day 2 (Medicine Lake and Maligine Lake), day 3 (Athabasca Falls, Sunwapata Falls, Athabasca Glacier), and day 4 (return). Kin Craft Ramen for lunch.