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[Catching up on blog posts! Sorry these are quite late!!]

After our great trip back to NZ in October, it was time to head back to the UK, but not before we stopped over in LA for a couple of days. Rob and I had both visited LA as kids, so we’d been to Disneyland and Universal Studios, visited the Hard Rock cafe and walked Hollywood Boulevard. This time, all grown up, we decided to try some of the local food and drinks and visit some of the museums in town. There was no high-end meals here, I assure you! But it was (mostly) pretty great.

First foodie item – Amazing soft shell tacos from Loteria Grill at the Farmers Market. Shredded beef with guacamole and a little spiciness. The soft tacos made these really easy to eat too!

LA Tacos

On the cheaper side, burgers from In’n’Out Burger (more customers in drive thru than inside) – toasted soft soft buns compressed to almost nothing, but the patties and sauces were pretty tasty! We also had to try an American-Italian dinner, so had some delicious woodfired pizzas from Jones’ in West Hollywood.

LA Burgers LA Pizza

We accidentally found an American-British pub which served a great range of craft beers – the Village Idiot in West Hollywood. But the mega bonus was having a giant smore for dessert. So yum!

LA Giant Smore

We drank many many delicious craft beers while we were in LA, but of course we had to try some Budweiser – the most popular beer in the US. It tasted like watered down lager, but is an easy drink.

We had plenty of other great meals and drinks while in LA (waffles, super-food salads, and more), but we just didn’t photograph them. There are other things to see in LA! 🙂

LA Budweisers

Here’s a random bit of sightseeing in LA – when we were in Australia, we used to watch this TV show called LA Ink about a tattoo studio. It turns out the apartment we were staying at was just around the corner! No, we didn’t get tattoos, but we checked out the place. Looks exactly the same as on the show. 🙂

LA Ink

LA Ink

LA Ink

So, we did do some of the normal touristy stuff while we were in LA – we visited Hollywood Boulevard. And I was determined to find as many Star Trek stars as possible. We did pretty well too!

Hollywood Boulevard

Hollywood Boulevard

Hollywood Boulevard

Hollywood Boulevard Hollywood Boulevard

Hollywood Boulevard

Hollywood Boulevard Hollywood Boulevard

Hollywood Boulevard

We didn’t find all the Star Trek ones on the stretch, but it’s actually a really long road and not very clean. Some of the stars were vandalized (missing their logo or some tiles) and others were covered in gum. Gross. But Rob found one he liked.

Hollywood Boulevard

So, that’s all our stereotypes out of the way – now onto the more interesting things! Our next posts will be about touring JPL (were they make all the Mars rovers) and visiting La Brea Tar Pits (where 100,000s of skeletons have been found – including mammoths!). Really interesting stuff, I assure you!

Until next time…

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