Best family on earth...

Trip Start Nov 21, 2010
Trip End Nov 01, 2014

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Thursday, December 9, 2010

Got to LA (Northridge, which as I was told, is the most un-cool place to live in LA).

Got a tour of the Hollywood hills, Beverley hills, Sunset Blvd, and Muholland Drive on our first night, after enjoying some DELICIOUS Thai food. Basically, to sum up the trip, I can explain all the places we went to eat. In no particular order, we got:
  • Grilled Cheese Truck: In a sketchy place of town, a truck stops by a local, less-than-year-old brewery. They have great, interesting beers, so that must be why the truck picks this location. You wait in line for food items like mac & cheese grilled cheese, and their special, which is mac & cheese with bbq ribs in grilled cheese sandwich form. I got a smoked turkey and brie grilled cheese that had honey and pears, on cranberry walnut bread. It was delicious. And perfectly crispy tots, and delicious tomato soup. They even have inverted Home Depot buckets for chairs and tables, that is, if you aren't able to get a seat inside at the brewery. Awesome experience.
  • Ethiopian Food: Eat with your hands only. I won't remember the names of what we got, but I found it was similar to Indian food...without, as Vicki put it, leaving a restaurant feeling like you smell of curry. Injera, the tangy, thin, crepe-like bread, is used to pick up piles of food on a communal plate. We had lentils, veggies, salad, a chicken dish and a beef dish, and all were delicious. They have honey tea, which I tried. It's very sweet but was tasty.
  • Chili Addiction: A relatively new place that Gavin and Vicki found because it's a few doors down from Largo, their favorite venue for seeing live music. Back to the chili...OMG. Awesome, awesome chili. They make a few different kinds, and have a rotating menu. I had the prime rib chili. It even sounded good on the menu, but it was better than it sounded. Doug tried a chipotle chili which was equally as delicious. They serve you homemade flour tortilla chips to go with your chili and had awesome local sodas; I had a ginger beer that was incredible. Anyway, this place is awesome. They use a lot of local stuff, they make EVERYTHING homemade, and they're all around friendly people. We sat outside and they even brought water for the pooch. :)
  • Tony's: This place might have more of a name, but it's all I remember. It's your place to go for homemade sausages, with pork, beef, chicken and vegan options. Oh, and they have lots of awesome beers on tap; one menu page devoted to IPAs and one menu page devoted to non-IPAs. I was in heaven. The homemade potato chips and onion strings didn't hurt either. Sausages are served a la carte, so you pick a sausage, pick a few toppings and you get to mix and match a masterpiece. They had one TV playing the Sunday night football game, and a huge bookcase with board games (yes, board games) in the back corner. They're that kind of bar / restaurant.
  • Thai: Certainly the best Thai food I've ever had. Doug got the panang curry, and was incredibly creamy and delicious. I got drunken noodles, which were to die for. Add in a Thai iced tea and you just can't go wrong.
  • Chinese: Went to Chi's in Northridge. Delicious food for our last night.
  • Brent's (Famous) Deli: I think they are famous, actually. Wow, can they make a corned beef reuben. Doug got a pastrami reuben which was equally, if not more delicious. They have homemade sweet potato fries which were perfectly crispy and tender, of which there were far too many. The sandwiches were too thick to bite into, basically. Each of us only managed a half, so Doug and I enjoyed ruebens for breakfast the next morning! They bring you pickles when you sit down, which were incredible. Reminded me of Weintraub's in Worcester, MA...only with LA flair and volume. They had these chocolate eclairs that were about the size of Doug's forearm, but we didn't go there. Would have needed to be a separate meal in itself, one of those meals where you go get dessert for lunch.
So we also saw the Hollywood stars, Grommin's Chinese Theater, Venice beach, the Hollywood sign, the world premiere of Tron and a glimpse of Jeff Bridges (from across the street), and lots of other stuff. We even had mini Christmas! It was kind of a whirlwind trip, but we did a lot of relaxing too. Watched the whole first season of Arrested Development (an awesome show), and played some Mario Bros. 3 on the Wii. Ate way to much (obviously), but it was all worth it. Drove THE 405 aaand THE 101, and survived it all.

Oh, and did I say that it was awesome not to live in a hotel for a few days?! Thank you Gavin and Vicki so much for letting us crash, driving us all around town to show us the sights, letting us do laundry, feeding us, using us as an excuse to eat all the best food in town, and being awesome family. We had a blast.
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