Spent a whole week in LA this time, so this post is a lot longer than the previous LA one.
It's mainly about food, sorry not sorry.
It's like 3 o' clock in the morning. I'm back in Abuja. I couldn't sleep the night before last because jet-lag so I decided to stay up all night and all day to try and reset my body clock. Went to bed at 9pm and woke up at 3am so this post might be weird.
Btw the hotel we stayed at was sooo pretty
Fun fact, I was watching Love and Hip Hop Hollywood last week (Cuz Mira loves the ratchets) and they filmed two scenes in said hotel. One in this pretty flowery restaurant and the other one by the pool.
The picture above is by the pool, so I think we can conclude that their foliage brings all the manz to their yard
Also Jamie Chung had a lovely photoshoot there while we were having breakfast in our pyjamas. Delightful.
Look at me sittin' pretty and lookin' all gangsta and shit.
Lol so anyway...
If you've never heard about them, they literally started as a street-side hot dog cart in New York city. Busy Manhattanites would come and grab a quick lunch from them during their breaks. They realised that they were popular with a lot of Muslim cab drivers, so they added rice and chicken to their menu. And the rest, as they say is history. Now, they have 2 restaurants in New York and one in California and they are still expanding.
This is LITERALLY the American Dream. I'm getting emotional thinking about how far they've come ... might be the lack of sleep sha. I Loveee the fact that they stuck to their roots, and they are doing sooo well. Even with all the Anti-Muslim propaganda in America, they're unapologetically Muslim and Halal. You can find out more about them in the link above.
The food was really good, I got the combo sandwich and my sister got the combo platter. When I was ordering my food, I asked for the famous white sauce and hot sauce and the guy asked me if I'd ever tried the hot sauce before. I was like nah, so he gave me a sample to try. In my mind I was like, Yoruba girl like me .. abeg abeg, common hot sauce.
LOOOOOL That shit was FIRE! I was literally this guy for a few seconds.
I had been craving sushi since like Ramadan, and all the sushi places in Abuja use cooked fish I think. Which is fair, because nobody is trying to be poisoned outchea. But cooked fish is not what I wanted. So I carried myself and my family members to Sushi Roku the first chance I got. The funny thing about this lunch is that we were so hungry that we ended up eating more non-sushi items than the actual sushi that I wanted. The food was ahmaaazingg though.
Orange County Fair
Americans are insane. I've seen county fairs on TV and on Buzzfeed and stuff but nah Americans are insane. Some of the creations were wildddd. Like how and why? We tried so many things for the culture, but it was a case of buy, taste and bin (God forgive me for all the waste, but I couldn't). The deep fried oreos were amazing though, it was the only thing we finished. But people were really sitting down to eat some of these monstrosities.
The fair was so much fun, we played a few games and won a couple rainbow shitheads and a massive pikachu. OmG they also had these massiveeeeee scary ass animals that they claimed were natural and had not been fed hormones #suspect 🤔. That bull was so scary. If the thing just decides to vex one day they are in serious trouble.
Shitheaaaddddd [pronounced shuh-theed]
I HAD to go to Universal Studios for the culture obvvvv. I hadn't been to the new Harry Potter bit so duhhh. It was everything and more! I mean the HP Studio tour in London was fab but this was just so much better. Felt like I was legit in Hogsmeade (apart from the unbearable LA heat) and there was this 4D ride where you go on an adventure with the trio and it was just emotional and eurgh dis teww much. Loved every single second of it.
Also they had different butterbeer. There was the regular one which I'm guessing was like the one in London and a frozen one which was kinda like slush.
We did other stuff in Universal, but it's not that important.
Tao recently opened in LA, I had been to the NY one clubbing but hadn't eaten there so I wasn't sure what to expect. I'm not 100% sure but I don't think the LA one becomes a club, which is a shame. We saw 2 rappers there, like D-list people that I would never have recognised if my brother hadn't. One was the 'it goes down in the DM' guy and I can't remember who the other guy was, his name had Rich in it.
Cheeky pic of bebz being a babe
It's a really nice space, some kind of converted warehouse I think and the food was sooo good. I had a lot of Poke this trip and the Poke at Tao was 100% my fave. I'm actually annoyed that I don't have better photos of the restaurant and the food, it was amazing trust me. Go to Tao.
Santa Monica Pier
Americans are weird man, I dno. There was so much weird shit going on around me on this day.
Apart from the Muslim guy, there was also a 'give me money, I need to buy weed' guy. But by the time I realised I should've taken a photo he was already smoking .. so I guess he made enough money to buy. There was also a random guy staring into his crack pipe for a really long time. Also saw a guy get arrested. Yeah.. that day was weird.
Oh we ate at Del Frisco's Grille; average. Del Frisco's is fantastic, the grille is just okay.
Smorgasburg is this amazing Sunday food market thing. Things my mouth enjoyed best - plantain canoe, Puerto Rican guava + cheese pastry thing, malted milk + ube ice cream. Btw if you're ever in LA make sure you look for wanderlust creamery. Their flavours are inspired by different countries that they have travelled to. So for example they had sticky rice and mango from Thailand (which tasted so much like the popular Thai dessert), Ube malted crunch which was filipino, Malaysian white coffee, earl grey from England etc.. Their flavours are very different and very cool. There was even a Game of Thrones inspired flavour on that day, but I didn't try it.
I reallllyy wanted to try this soup dumpling thing, that I always see on the gram but unfortunately they only had one option for the broth and it had pork in it. Sad times. I also really wanted and acai bowl but I was too full/the queue was too long.
This was the queue for one lobster place .. never
We went for Yakiniku!!! Yakiniku is Japanese BBQ. Lately I've been really into Japanese TV shows, and for some reason (I know the reason) the ones I've been watching have been centred around food. So I was very excited for this. They bring you these amazing thinly cut slices of beef and you grill them yourself at the table. Sooo delicious.
When you walk into a Chinese/Japanese/Indian/whatever restaurant and 95% of the customers are from that country, you know its gonna be good. Not 100% sure if the customers were all Japanese, but they were Asian sha. We were the only black people in the restaurant and the only other not fully Asian table had a mix of white, Asian and mixed kids. My body was ready. Shoutout to Yelp for helping me find this gem.
Also they had the best bibimbap and the beef tongue was good and the kobe prime rib, omGahhhh literally melt in the mouth.
We took our own chilli oil, don't judge.
On our last day we went down to Balboa Pier/beach for the culture. Here's a fun gif of me at the beach
Had to throw in a cheeky pic. Oh we saw dolphins, but I didn't manage to get a good shot.
There was also the cookie dough place. We tried a few flavours, but honestly I don't get the hype. Like it was nice but I can't see myself ever eating a whole cup of cookie dough like it's ice cream.
And that brings us to the end of my super fun, super fat week :D. More pictures below
P.S. Why doesn't Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter have a star on the Hollywood walk of fame? And who do I need to speak to about rectifying this oversight?