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Thanksgiving Weekend

This year I did not spend Thanksgiving with my family in L.A. Instead, my bf came to visit and we spent the Holiday in Sacramento with one of our friends and his family. It was pretty far but it was nice to see the transition from city to nature.

Thanksgiving day marked the first of many meal feasts that we would have through out the week.

On Friday we headed over to San Tung on Irving Street (between 11th and 12th Ave). We were recommended to order the boneless dried fried chicken. We also ordered the kung pao shrimp which was okay. We were more excited to try the fried chicken but unfortunately they gave us the wrong order and instead gave us chicken wings which were still really good.

Above are images of the complimentary tea and kimchee as well as the Kung Pao Chicken

Before and After- Wrong order of the chicken wings.

On Friday night we went out to Club 6 to watch Digable Planets, Wise Intelligent from Poor Righteous Teachers, Casual from the Hieroglyphics, and Killah Priest from the Wu-Tang Clan.

My favorite was probably Killah Priest but I think it might have something to do with the fact that he covered a lot of ODB songs. Casual was also really good! He was my bf's favorite.

On Saturday we were excited to try out Sushi Zone but apparently you have to get there as soon as they open because their seating accommodations are VERY limited. When we got there, the first batch of people were there and so we would have to wait an hour and a half (or however long the first batch of people decided to stay). I am sure it's a really good place but since both my bf and I were starving we opted to go give San Tung a chance to redeem itself from Friday's mistake. This time, they got our order right and the dried fried chicken was what my bf called "life changing."

We spent the remainder of the week (Saturday & Sunday) being very lazy since it was raining outside. We continued our junk food feast by having Ben & Jerry's "Willie Nelson's Country Peach Cobbler"....I didn't expect it to be that good...BUT IT WAS.

OH and how can I forget to mention Philz Coffee!! My bf is a huge coffee drinker and had recently made the transition from Starbucks coffee to Peets but I assured him that he still didn't know what coffee was until he had Philz and Blue Bottle Coffee. We never made it to Blue Bottle because my BF instantly became addicted and loyal to Philz Coffee. We both had the Ether on Friday. It was a bit too strong for me but it was perfect for him. On Saturday I had Jacobs Wonder, which was perfect because it has hints of chocolate in the coffee without it being too sweet. It's perfect. He had Julies Ultimate and on Sunday he decided that he would mix both the Ether and the Julies which was a successful combination.

[above: Richard Serra's "Ballast," Cor-Ten steel. The sky looked gorgeous after Saturday's rain.]

Spending time with my boyfriend was really nice and I loved every moment of it. But now it's back to reality and the truth is that it's the week before finals which means I have to have my game face on! It'll probably be a few days or even weeks 'till I post anything on this blog. Until then Happy Holidays!