Weekend Getaway to LA

Hi everyone! As I mentioned in my previous post, I spent this last weekend in LA. I talked about going hiking, kayaking, shopping, and doing the Walk for PKD. As expected, things didn’t always go according to plan… mostly because time didn’t allow for it. But that’s what I love about traveling! You have to be spontaneous and open to trying new things. Here’s what I ended up doing during my weekend getaway to LA.

Weekend Getaway to LA

Weekend Getaway to LA

Friday Night

On Friday night, my sister and I drove towards LA after school and work were over. We waited until traffic hour cleared up and surprisingly, it was a smooth ride the whole way. I’ve always hated driving on the 5 but they’re finally done with construction. We got to my aunt’s house late at night so we couldn’t really go out. Instead, we had a quick dinner while catching up with one another. We then called it a night because we planned on hiking the next morning.

Saturday Morning/Afternoon

We wanted to go hiking but it was way too hot. We would’ve passed out from heat exhaustion. Instead, we went kayaking in Marina Del Rey. It was my first time and it was a very fun experience! I instantly fell in love with kayaking and I can’t wait to do it again.

Weekend Getaway to LA

After kayaking, we got lunch at a really neat sushi place called SUGARFISH. They serve their sushi Tokyo style, meaning you won’t see any fancy rolls on their menu. Instead, you’ll only see sashimi, nigiri, and hand rolls — just what I love! Our server recommended the Nozawa Trust Me combo, which consists of organic edamame, tuna sashimi, albacore sushi, salmon sushi, yellowtail sushi, halibut sushi, toro hand roll, blue crab hand roll, and a “daily special.” The daily special for Saturday was uni, which they ran out of before we got there. Regardless, their sushi was one of the best I’ve ever had. Not to mention, SUGARFISH gets their shipments daily so you know their fish is very fresh. They don’t take reservations but it’s definitely worth the wait!

Weekend Getaway to LA | Sugarfish by Sushi Nozawa

Weekend Getaway to LA | Sugarfish by Sushi Nozawa

Weekend Getaway to LA | Sugarfish by Sushi Nozawa

And then of course, I had to walk down a few shops to get froyo. If you don’t know me, you’ll quickly learn that I only like tart and pomegranate froyo with lots of fruit and mochi on top. It doesn’t matter where I go, that’s how I always get my froyo.

Weekend Getaway to LA | Pinkberry

After lunch, we all went back to the house and napped to reenergize ourselves for the night.

Saturday Night

When we finally refreshed ourselves, my sister and I headed to the Grove. We were starving and needed our parking ticket validated. So we got light appetizers at the farmers market.

Weekend Getaway to LA

We wanted to do some shopping but they only store we went into was Topshop, where we got a few things. We then met up with our aunt and her husband at the Veggie Grill for dinner.

Weekend Getaway to LA | The Veggie Grill

After dinner, we watched Pan at the Grove. It was a brilliant movie! It’s been one of my favorite Disney films since I was a kid and it was great to see the origins of the story come to life. When the movie ended, we parted ways. My aunt and her husband headed back home while my sister and I stopped by LACMA for a quick photo op.

Weekend Getaway to LA | LACMA

Weekend Getaway to LA | LACMA

Sunday Morning

We went to Santa Monica for the PKD Walk. As usual, there weren’t too many people participating but it’s always fun.

Weekend Getaway to LA | Walk for PKD

After the walk, we stopped by Urth Caffé for brunch. My sister and I shared the margherita pizza.

Weekend Getaway to LA | Urth Caffé

That’s about it. After brunch, we headed back to the house and relaxed before driving back home. I love LA so much, I already miss being there! I can’t wait to go back.

What do you have planned for this weekend?

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Valerie Nguyen

Valerie. 28. California girl with insatiable wanderlust. Bookkeeper by day, fangirl by night. Beauty editor for MagickGal. Shameless foodie and retail therapist.

8 thoughts on “Weekend Getaway to LA

  1. Um, all your pictures looks amazing!!!! I’m not a fan of sushi, but in your post it look sooooooo good!! The pizza (my fave food ever) looks fabulous, the froyo too (I love just the pomegranate as well!) I’m so glad you enjoyed your little weekend getaway! It seemed like a lot of fun! I’ve always seen the LACMA in pictures, I’m dying to go, it’s on my bucketlist! If I make it to California next year, I deff want to check i out!



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