LaLaLand

Population: 2

For the record, these two have been super-excellent roadtrippers. I’m so proud of them. Also, this shot kills me.

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I cannot get enough of the Steamed BBQ Pork Buns from Pingtung on Melrose. My mama is Hawaiian-Chinese and she did a great job exposing me to the food of our culture. And if you’re Hawaiian that means a mish-mash of Asian cuisine, Spam, eggs and macaroni salad. One of my favorite things in the world are Hum Bao or steamed buns, and I think Pingtung’s are amazing. I wonder how they get the outside texture so light—they’re like pillows filled with bbq meat, which is why I have to give this place my compliments.

Pingtung Eat-In Market
7455 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90046
(323) 866-1866

Vintage Leather bag from Melrose Trading Post

Check out this awesome score I found at the Melrose Trading Post, the  flea market held every Sunday in the Fairfax High School parking lot. I love the rush that comes from being on the hunt in flea markets but I absolutely hate the negotiating part. Left to my own devices I would pay full price for everything which isn’t exactly the smartest thrifting strategy. Fortunately, E. Dohrmann loves to bargain which is another reason why he’s my favorite travel partner. I walked by it four times before finally sending my mom (who was visiting from Portland) and E. Dohrmann over there to do my bidding for me. I absolutely love the “Dr.’s bag” feeling and it fits both cameras and my lenses perfectly. Say hello to my new camera bag.

Melrose Trading Post
7850 Melrose Ave  
Los Angeles, California 90046
 

Landed!

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#placewheredogsconstantlybark

I am pleased to announce that we survived our roadtrip and arrived safely to our new home in a lovely pocket of Glassell Park in NE Los Angeles. Our house is actually one mile from my old apartment, and more importantly, a mile from Leo’s Taco Truck. Other things I love about our neighborhood:

1. There is a pool and community center right down the street

2. We are often greeted in Spanish when passing by our neighbors

3. Verdugo Bar is within walking distance

4. The succulents and flowers around here are A-MAZE-ZING! So vibrant and a stark contrast to what we are used to in Portland.

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5. The sunset views cannot be beat

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6. There is an English Bulldog named Dolly who lives directly behind us (her parents/our neighbors Steve and Maya are pretty great, too!)

Dolly!

7. This sign:

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8. The $1 taco stand down the street

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Dear Friends and Family,

Come visit us. What are you waiting for?

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Damn, we live in a pretty country. Check out these shots I got from the passenger’s seat during our drive down from Oregon to California. I’ve made this drive several times and the beauty of the landscape never ceases to amaze me. Many thanks to E. Dohrmann for being my life chauffeur.

#roadtripwarriors