Monday, March 2, 2015

LA Bound: Mini Trip Day 3

LA Bound: Mini Trip Day 3
It was such a nice day to head to the beaches today.

We stopped by Coco Ichibanya to grab some lunch. They serve Japanese style curry.

Coco Ichibanya
Large logo
Interior decoration
I ordered the pork cutlet for $8.99 and a garlic nan for $1.50 as appetizer. The pork cutlet was moist and tender. The cutlets does get a bit dry if you eat it plain without the curry sauce. To me, the curry sauce tasted like something you can buy from a curry box, nothing out of the ordinary. The plate comes with enough rice to full you up and extras. I couldn't finish the rice at all but I managed to eat all of the cutlets and most of the curry sauce.

If you want a hearty lunch or something like a comfort meal, this is the dish.

Pork Cutlet
This is my first time trying out a Japanese nan, I never knew such thing exists. This is rather disappointing, not crispy or flavorful. The nan fits as a side more than an appetizer.

Garlic Nan
Garlic Nan
We took a strove along Venice Beach. There were lots of street vendors selling their talented art work and even street performers tempting their audiences for a few change $. Let's not forget about the ocean view which was very mesmerizing. I could stare at it all day if I had the time.

Venice Beach
Arriving at the scene
No LA smog!
Tropical Parrots
Tropical talking parrots
Picture with the snake...costs too much
Finger Painting Street Art
You need talent for this! Finger painting street art
Santa Monica Beach
Along the shoreline
Santa Monica Beach
Lovely view
Sea Lion
Hi there, stranger
Next destination was the Santa Monica Beach. It was even more entertaining. A group of street performers gathered up quite a crowd asking for different ethics of people for volunteers and in the end it was a long jump that the audiences was waiting for. I didn't stick around too long to see it to the end. I'm pretty sure it was quite a scene to see.

We headed toward the beach for a bit of quiet reading and napping. I doze off after that and it was the best nap ever.

Beach Time
Beach time
Sunset over the horizon
Sunset over the horizon
We planned to head to Milk for some ice cream macaron but passed by Lemonade. We decided to head in since it was one of the places we wanted to try out.

Their food is served similar to a salad bar. Portion size and the number of items you want per container determines the cost.

I had the 4 portion for $9.50. I got the Israeli couscous that comes with wild mushroom, lemon truffle, and parmesan. My next choice was the red quinoa with argula, fuji apple, sunflower  and pistachio seeds. My last two choices was the kale, mushroom, kumquat and the arugla with asian pear topped with blue cheese drizzled in sherry vinaigrette.

If I had to describe this meal, it was light, flavorful, and healthy. This is perfect for those that are on a diet or aiming for lower calories. Some of my favorites were the red quinoa entree and the blood orange lemonade.

Bon Appetit
Milk was located at Beverly blvd. by the corner. Milk is an American cafe but known for their dessert of ice cream, cakes, and shakes.

I came here for the crave of ice cream macaron. These are already pre-made freezed in their refrigerator. They had an array of flavors: thai tea, coffee toffee, red velvet, salted caramel, vanilla, blueberry, cookies and cream, banana dulce de leche, pistachio, and grasshopper (mint/chocolate). If I could, I would buy a dozen of these.

Milk Cafe

Macaron Ice Cream: Pistachio and Coffee Toffee
Left to right: Pistachio and coffee toffee
The day ended with all-you-can-eat Korean BBQ for dinner. If you were wondering, yes, we did eat dessert before we ate dinner.

It took longer than expected to eat dinner since most restaurants were closing up. We ended up at Road to Seoul which closes at midnight. I believe the buffet styled selection was around $20 a person. Any items that you want to eat are selected on the all-you-can-eat menu.The waiter was attentive and even helped cook our meat while we munch on.

Korean BBQ
Brisket and pork belly
Korean BBQ
Our veggies
Next stop: the bright lights of LACMA. While we were busy taking some pictures, an engaged couple was taking their wedding shots. I was quite surprise at how small the area was but it was beautiful when photographed.

LACMA - Los Angeles County Museum of Art
LACMA area

Highlights of Day 3:
  • Coco Ichibanya
  • Venice Beach
  • Santa Monica Beach
  • Lemonade
  • Milk
  • Road to Seoul
  • LACMA 

Check out:
LA Bound: Mini Trip Day 1
LA Bound: Mini Trip Day 2
LA Bound: Mini Trip Day 4

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