Road Trip to San Gabriel Valley


A couple months ago, we decided to go on a little road trip down to Southern California, visiting San Gabriel Valley, Joshua Tree, and Venice. Of course the theme of the trip for SGV was eating. We tried various forms of mostly Asian food takeout and we found parks to walk around. See some of the delicious adventures below!

Sunset driving down the 5.

Dinner on the right and bubble tea on the left. All very streamlined and convenient! They even had a robot check-in system for all the pickups at Mian.

Must eat Taiwanese breakfast when in town. This is from Huge Tree in Alhambra. Soy milk, shao bing (not sure the translation), and a fantuan rice roll, which has a fried dough stick inside purple rice with egg and pickles.

We tried our first Peloton Outdoor workout (prompts for walking at different speeds) at Arroyo Seco in Pasadena.

Thanksgiving meal: roast duck takeout from Jiang Nan Spring. 

Hotpot from Boiling Point for dinner. It was inexplicably spicy even though I ordered mild.

Treats from the Yaus: Dots cupcakes and a homemade loaf of bread by Kev!

Another park to walk around: Arlington Garden in Pasadena. And Thanksgiving leftovers: turkey porridge with fried onions, over at the Yauhaus.

A little foray into Downtown LA.

Walking around the Los Angeles State Historic Park and eating our Wexler’s Deli MacArthur Park sandwich over at Silver Lake.

Rambunctious videochat with four kids who were very excited to show off their skills and toys to me.

Taiwanese food from Golden Leaf and boba from Tea-maru.

Another breakfast from Huge Tree, en route to Joshua Tree.

And upon our return, a backyard socially distanced gathering with Young and the Yaus over Hainan chicken & rice from Savoy.

Lunch from Konbi, known for their very photogenic sandos. I highly recommend the crab sando.

More Tea Maru, and a Chivichanga (highly recommend) from Sonoratown, as we crossed over to the west side for part two.

That’s it for our east side adventures in LA! Stay tuned for the Joshua Tree & Venice portions of the road trip.

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