SoCal Surprise

I keep meaning to write a post, but then I get distracted. I’m enjoying it here more than I thought I would. Obviously, I knew LA in January would make a nice break from the winter back in Minnesota, but I wasn’t prepared for how right it would feel. Maybe it’s just an overdose of vitamin D, but I feel almost uncontrollably happy. In much the same way as I suddenly realized I’m a camping person when I finally tried it, I feel like I’ve secretly been a SoCal person this whole time — just never had the opportunity to learn that.
Let’s consider. An abundance of interesting, healthy, vegetarian food, both at restaurants and in supermarkets. Warm, sunny days. Huge expanses of wilderness, in the form of state and national parks, with technical and beautiful terrain for hiking. An OCEAN just off to the side, there, with a flat path for running. I understand now why people live here, despite the threat of earthquakes (and, as my mom keeps reminding me, the fact that it’s going to break off and sink into the ocean, like, next week).

I really should have been posting every day, to tell you what I’ve been up to, but there have been many restaurants visited (I’ll have to do a round-up post when I get back). One of my favorite outings has been to Kinokuniya in Little Tokyo. It’s a Japanese bookstore, and it’s basically everything I love in the world all in one place. We went on Tuesday, but I had the feeling I was taking too long for my friends, so I went back today on my own.
There’s a Japanese supermarket on the floor below, and that’s where I got a slice of the cake pictured above (pretty, but bland). When I stopped in today, I got some nice little raisin biscuits and a package of maple Caloriemate, since I see it on Ai’s blog so often. I haven’t tried it yet, so I’m interested to see what’s it like — similar to SoyJoy? More like shortbread? Only one way to find out!

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5 Responses to SoCal Surprise

  1. Glad to hear you’re enjoying “Sunny SoCal” ;) Sorry – I had to say that! Really, though, I feel like we’re all destined to be in certain cities – and it sounds like you’ve found yours!
    I’ve always wanted to be in a place with a plethora of funky restaurants and cafes, limitless farmers markets and walking distance to everywhere – but then I KNOW I’d miss my beautiful country side.

  2. Jana says:

    You are here at the perfect time! We are having some amazing weather. Enjoy your stay.
    Jana

  3. Crystal says:

    I’m so glad you’re enjoying California! I’ve also always wondered about Ai’s CalorieMate, so I’ll be interested to see what you think of it. :)

  4. Emily says:

    Sounds like Seattle.. except for the weather… But I went to our Kinokuniya just last week, and had a ‘coconut cream bun’ which tasted like a dinner roll with butter. :P

  5. Shelly says:

    I just got back from LA last week and your post is everything I’ve been thinking…including the silly notions that it will break off into the ocean. ;)
    I SO want to move to California. It gets in your blood and after dealing with snow and ice for so long that ocean and sunshine can really put you in a trance!

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