Weekend Trip to LA!

Our next adventure took us over to Los Angeles, California! Who knew that you could go around the city for a weekend. Of course, you’ll be exhausted after getting home so after the trip, make sure you request a day off work so you’re not like a zombie! Don’t be like me. Haha! If you’re thinking about doing a weekend trip to LA, here are my recommendations!



We flew out of SLC around 10:00 PM with Delta which got us to LAX at 10:40 CA time (11:40 SLC). We were surprised how cool and breezy it was when we got in. It definitely reminded us of our trip to San Diego. Thankfully, day weather was excellent putting us around 79 to 80 degrees during our trip. After the airport, we decided to meet up with my cousin and he showed us around. First place he took us to was the Urban Lights in LACMA. Best time to go would be later on the night since it can get packed! We went a bit past 11:30 PM and there were some people, but it was good enough that we can still take pictures. We then had some Korean food for dinner and let me tell ya, it was sooo good! We went to BCD Tofu House in Koreatown and I definitely would recommend it for its price and taste!

If you’re into hookah and bubble tea, there’s this place in Koreatown that serves both! Let me tell you, it is such a good hang out place. Music can be loud, but they play good music! Bubble tea was superb! We had the strawberry and loved it. Prices for hookah were in good range depending on what kind you’d like. Basic ones were $15.99 per hookah and we did their Starbuzz for $17.99. Give them a go and you might just love them like we did!

DAY 1!

Our official day one, we decided to keep it down low to explore and see more of downtown LA. We started off by taking the train to Pershing Square to see some sights. Right out of Pershing Square about a block up is the Angel’s Flight Railway. If this is not on your list and you’re a train/railway fan, check this out. It’s a simple railway, but its history makes it more special. Believe it or not, this funicular has been here since 1901! Rides are $1 each and $0.50 if you have the Metro TAP Card. We didn’t take a ride, but here’s a simple look of the railway.


We then walked another block and we saw one of the places they used for 500 Days of Summer and Blade Runner! It’s no other than the Bradbury Building! If you’re a Justin Timberlake fan, go here and make sure to listen to his music “Say Something” because this is the building they shot the music video at! Anyway, this building was originally built in 1893 and was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1977! The interior of the building was remarkably incredible. Dan and I were blown away by how beautiful it was! Also, to know that JT has set foot in this building?! Seriously amazed!

Right across the street from the Bradbury is the Million Dollar Theater. This theater opened back in February 1918 and was one of the first movie palaces in the US! How cool is that?! We didn’t check it out even more, but the building is still so beautiful no matter how many years have passed by. Unfortunately, this isn’t a functioning theater anymore. Instead, they’re turning it into a retail space to fashion startup CoBird. What a bummer, but I hope that they keep the building just the same.



If you’re an architectural buff or simply just love old buildings, LA has a ton for you! I also love the hints of murals everywhere on the sides of buildings. You wouldn’t even know where to look first! Next stop brought us to The Last Bookstore. This bookstore was founded in 2005 and it’s about 22,000 square feet! Imagine how many books this store contains because it is known to be the biggest library in California. They have all their genres separated and it’s very nice to see their collection. They have new and old! Oldest book we probably saw was written in 1866! You don’t have to buy a book even though it’s hard to resist the urge, but stop by and have a look. They also have the “book bridge” that you might’ve seen everywhere online.

We went ahead and explored some more through walking. We then decided to get some midday drinks from a local brewery. It’s 5 o’clock somewhere right?! We went to Modern Times Brewery and it’s crazy unbelievable how cheap their beers are! We tried a flight of 5 oz beers and it only cost us $10.50.



After having some brewskis, we headed up north and went to Union Station which is the main railway station in LA and the largest passenger terminal in the West! Who would’ve thought?! This is such an amazing building! We were both in awe of its beauty. Just look at the pictures, then again, pictures won’t do it justice.

After the Union Station, we went and visited BSweet which is a Filipino owned dessert shop. We tried their Halo Ube and it was amazing! It’s an ice cream sandwich stuffed with Ube (Taro) ice cream. We hit this dessert shop on our way to Santa Monica Beach! 



You know how many times I’ve seen this beach in the movies?! Of course, we had to go there and lay out in the sun! The weather wasn’t too warm while we were day so it was such a bummer to not have been able to go into the water. It was not beach season! Anyway, we hit up the Santa Monica Pier and rode their Ferris wheel for a romantic touch. We also saw the end of Route 66. We ended our day with a short trip to the Korean store and called it a night.

Day 2:

Main reason for our trip was to hit up Universal Studios. Can you guys believe that Daniel has never been to Universal!? Like at all. I know, it’s pretty crazy, but as my treat for him.. we went and it was incredible. When you go, please don’t forget to do the Universal tour and Harry Potter! You’ll miss out if you don’t do those. Seriously.


After we spent our day in Universal, we took an Uber to the Griffith Observatory to see the telescopes as well as the Hollywood sign. If you head up there, please check out one of their shows as they are very cool and educating. It might make you a bit dizzy, but it is super worth it. Plus the price of it, it can’t be beat.


This is how we concluded our weekend trip to LA. It was short, but very worthwhile. Hope this helps you guys with planning your trip. Anything amazing we missed during our trip? Comment below.

‘Till next adventure,

Dan & Rein

San Diego: Day 2 & 3!

After posting about our first day in San Diego, I think it’s just about time to post our other adventures. Cold front has definitely made a dent to our beach days, but nothing stopped us from falling in love with this city! Day 2 was a full day of activities while day 3 is a short day as we flew back to Salt Lake that afternoon, such a bummer!

We started our day by having brunch at Shorehouse Kitchen in La Jolla. This quaint breakfast place is definitely worth the wait. The warm weather made waiting much easier, but I’d recommend getting there early as this place gets packed. We loved the open space this place had to offer and breakfast was super good too. Check them out on Yelp!

Once we got fueled for the day, we then headed out to La Jolla Kayak in hopes that we can rent some snorkeling gear as well as paddle boards. Unfortunately, during our stay, the water didn’t offer good visibility so we opted out from snorkeling and chose to do kayaking instead. This shop is filled with very nice people. They talked to us about what we wanted to do and gave recommendations to save some money. They offer a wide variety of activities and the prices are very affordable. I’d definitely recommend them to everybody! We rented a double kayak for 2 hours for $40! They offer tours which I wish we had time for, but it is still within reasonable prices.

Visit their site La Jolla Kayak to browse their services as well as make reservations!

After spending some time out in the water, we then decided to get changed and head out to try something that’s been on our bucket list. We grabbed an Uber and we then headed off to Torrey Pines Gliderport! Even if you’re not into hang gliding or paragliding, still check this place out as they give some amazing views! Daniel and I are adventurous and we decided to hang glide. You guys, the rush we had was amazing! Definitely worth it! We definitely enjoyed hovering over the Pacific Ocean and seeing the sun start to set. What. an. amazing. experience!

Torrey Pines offer both hang gliding and paragliding. Prices are available on their site: Torrey Pines. I’d recommend reserving your flight time as they tend to get busy depending on the season. Our instructor was very knowledgeable as he’s been doing this for years!! After the quick tutorial, we were on our way and we jumped what felt like to our own deaths, by jumping off a cliff. Seriously, what a thrill!

After our experience, we took an Uber and went to a place that’s well known for their Mexican food. We all know that San Diego has a ton of them, but have you heard of The Taco Stand? Go there and feast your eyes on their menu! We settled for their Mar y tierra burrito and it was absolutely amazing! When we were done eating, even though we were stuffed, we were still craving for some seafood. We walked and right across the street is the El Pescador Market. Another dining place to try when in San Diego! They house different kinds of fishes and seafood that you can pick your own and have it cooked just how you like it. What more can a seafood lover ask for!

Day 3:

Our day three was the end of our vacation, so we decided to see the other thing I saw while searching for places to do in San Diego: see the seals and sea lions! We headed out to La Jolla Cove after walking on the beach for a while. If you’re an animal lover, go ahead and check these wild animals as they lay out in the sun. This cove is also a spot that’s good for snorkeling as well as just swimming. I got to warn you though, these animals sure have a distinct scent! I won’t even try to describe it, you have to experience it for yourself, but don’t tell me you’ve not been warned. Haha! 😉

After this short detour, we grabbed some mango shakes for the road and headed out to the airport. Our trip might’ve been short, but it definitely won’t be the last time San Diego will be seeing us!

‘Till next post,

Dan & Rein


Three Days in Sunny San Diego: Day 1

After planning and thinking of places to go, Dan and I decided on San Diego. What a better getaway from the cold weather we’re currently having in Utah, right?! Both of us have never been to San Diego, so after booking our flights, I went straight to searching for things to do and places to see. We decided to focus on La Jolla since they have some nice beaches as well as our interests! There’s so much tale to tell, so I’ll start breaking down what we did while we were there.

Our original plan was to hit the beach. I mean, that’s just ideal, right?! Unfortunately, San Diego had a colder weather during our first day, so our plan didn’t pan out the way we wanted, but here’s what we did to make up for the day.

  • Breakfast at Brick & Bell Cafe. This cute shop was filled with some goodies. We grabbed one of their White Mocha and Coffee to drink. For food, we got a Blueberry Scone, Granola and Sunrise sandwich. Give them a go and you won’t be disappointed!

*Tip: try getting there early as there could be a huge line if you go later on the day.*

Address: 2216 Avenida De La Playa, La Jolla, CA 92037

  • Balboa Park (website) – National Historic Landmark that you can’t miss when you visit San Diego. This place is huge! There are so many museums and gardens you can go to. Some of them are free of charge and others have small fees. Since this is a huge park, I would encourage you to visit their site and plan your day before going as you will be overwhelmed with choices once you get there. Now, if you have the entire day, then you will have better luck of going around more gardens, museums and attractions.

As art lovers, we decided to hit up the San Diego Museum of Art and we loved it! They have different exhibits and it took us approximately two hours to go and see them all. Their exhibits are so informative and well detailed. Photography is allowed, just no flash. They have Coat Check that would require you to leave your belongings while you explore. Who would want to carry around heavy bags anyway?

Tip: Visit their website to check out any new events going on.

Website: San Diego Museum of Art

Fee: Adults – $15; College students with ID – $8; Youth 17 & under – Free.

After that, we went to their Botanical Building & Lily PondOh my gosh! This building is gorgeous! If you love flowers especially orchids, you’ve got to go in! Believe it or not, this is one of the most photographed scenes in Balboa Park and a “must-see” destination. Dan and I were in awe walking up to it. Unfortunately, there weren’t a lot of lilies while we were there, but still an amazing sight to be in. Seriously, visit this garden!

Hours: Friday through Wednesday from 10 am to 4 pm. Closed on Thursdays.

Fee: Free!

Are you a huge fan of Japanese gardens? If you are, you can’t miss their Japanese Friendship Garden. The feel of it definitely gives you that Japanese vibe, it’s incredible. I’ve seen quite a few Japanese gardens, but none of them can compare to this one. They have events going on so always check on that. While we were there, they were having Art in Bloom Floral Art of Japan. I believe they cost extra, so just be aware of that.

Website: Japanese Friendship Garden

Hours: Monday to Sunday 10 am to 7 pm

Fee: Adults – $10; Students – $8; Children (6 and under) – Free.

There are so much to see at Balboa Park. If you visit, make sure you have the whole day! If you are traveling with kids, make sure to visit San Diego ZooBalboa Park Miniature Train, and Balboa Park Carousel. They also have performing arts around the park, so don’t miss that! I have the link to their website above to check them out. 🙂

  • Old Town San Diego (website) – known as the “Birthplace of California.” Yup, you read that right. This was where the first settlement was in California being built in 1769 with only a mission and a fort. Stepping in to this place definitely brings you back in time. While strolling around, make sure not to miss La Casa de Estudillo as it is one of the historic buildings in the area. If you’ve also heard of the Whaley House, it’s a couple of blocks (I believe two blocks) from here. Go ahead and enter and see if you’ll agree that it’s a haunted house. Good thing about the buildings here are they’re free. We went to see some of their shops here and I wanted to buy from almost all of them! Here are some shops that we went to.

Toby’s Candle and Soap Shop – What a cute little shop! They have so many goodies and how I wish I could’ve brought some home. They all smell heavenly! From bath fizzies, sea salts for the bath, and candles, they have it. Prices can’t be beat as well. I believe their bath fizzies cost 3 for $12. You can also dip your candles for a personal touch. Perfect as gifts for those back home. 😉

The American House of Coffee, Tea, and Spices – If you are in love with coffee as much as I am or tea like Dan, this is the place for you! Coffee and tea selections are amazing! They have brews that you might’ve never even heard of like Hawaiian Hazelnut, Blueberry, and Macadamia Nut coffee. I brought back a bag of the Hawaiian Hazelnut and I’m loving it! How I wish I brought home some more! Tea selections are also great. Did I mention that they also carry spices? Yup. They have Curry Powder Blend, Himalayan Pink Salt, and Chili Powder as an example. If you visit this and didn’t get to buy anything because of TSA restrictions, they sell them online as well!

Website: American House Coffee & Tea

*Tip: Keep your eye out for food carts around. We were lucky enough to get some Tamales for $3 per piece and trust me.. They were amaaaaazinggg!*

Lastly, we’ve never been in a tasting room. I saw online that they had one in Old Town. Being in California and knowing that they make wines, we gave it a shot. Rose’s Tasting Room is located inside Fiesta De Reyes. Their wine and beer selection is something California exclusive. They offer a flight of beer for $12. We tried something that spoke to both of us. Have you ever had Peanut Butter beer, as well as Mango flavored beer?! It’s a must-try!

*Novo Brazil Mango IPA is brewed from Chula Vista, CA. It’s ABV is 6.5%. It’s so refreshing and the mango taste it has is incredible!

*Native Trails Latitude 33 is an American Porter that’s brewed somewhere in California. It’s ABV is 6.5%. If you’re a Peanut Butter lover, this is a must-try! Once you take a whiff, it’s love at first sight. It goes down smooth and finishes with coffee notes. My boyfriend (Dan) loved it!

This is how we ended our trip to Old Town. A wine & beer tasting at Rose’s at 4 pm. Hey! It’s 5 o’clock somewhere, right? 😉

Dinner time rolled around and we were craving some sushi! We took an Uber a couple of blocks away from Old Town to the sushi joint known as Sushi Takodoro. Upon getting there, the place was small. It consisted of 10 sushi bar seating and a couple of tables. We called ahead and reserved a table. We were seated right away and it was quite an experience! We started with an order of their oysters on half shell. You guys have to try it! It was pretty awesome! After that, we ordered a couple of rolls, nigiri and sashimi. We split them and we were overly stuffed. I’d recommend this spot for those craving fresh seafood! By the way, have you tried Uni (Sea Urchin)? Try it! So yummy!

That’s how we capped off our night. We stayed out in La Jolla so Uber costed about $15 from Old Town to our AirBnB. For a first time experience, it was pretty incredible! I can’t wait to share our day 2 & 3! So stay tuned! 🙂

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Rein & Dan