Olvera Street – Colorful Mexican Marketplace

Olvera Street – Colorful Mexican Marketplace

Tweet I’m sorry we’ve been a bit absent. It’s exam time here at my college, so I was pretty preoccupied with that. However, I’ve found a new, totally awesome place for you to check out! It’s Olvera Street, a Mexican marketplace that has been there for 75 years. You can find anything from Mexican Restaurants, sweets, dresses and other colorful things. Olvera Street is hidden in a tiny side-street right next to the Mexican consulate, which is across the street from Union Station. I didn’t think anything this nice would be around there but once we stumbled upon it we were quite impressed by the rainbow-colored booths nestled beneath luscious greens. The hand-made ceramics and embroidered Mexican dresses are a sight of their own. SoCal has a lot of Mexican influence, but nothing really ever felt as authentic to me than this place. Another thing you should check out when you visit Olvera Street is LA’s oldest house. You can walk through it and check out the inside, including the furniture. It’s an interesting insight into the history of LA, and it’s free. If you want to check it out, I would recommend getting there by subway because I can’t tell you about parking, but the train takes you right there. Check out some more photos below, and as usual, let me know if you’ve been there and what you think! 🙂 125 Paseo de la Plaza Los Angeles, CA 90012 Hours of Operation: Mo-Sun 7 am – 10... read more
Discovery Science Center – Be a Mythbuster with this Explosive Exhibit

Discovery Science Center – Be a Mythbuster with this Explosive Exhibit

Tweet Mythbusters has always been a favorite TV show of mine. And quite frankly, I’m upset that they’re letting go of Kari and the other two guys. But at the Discovery Science Center in Santa Ana, Ca. you can still explore the old Mythbusters’ glory in their summer exhibition. Once you enter the Mythbusters part of the Discovery Science Center, the first thing you see is the an array of blueprints and gadgets used in their previous shows. Generally, most of the props on display come directly from the show.  As you can see above, they have a little fashion-like exhibit where you can see the cast members’ clothes. But then comes the fun part! Once you walk a little further into the museum, the experiments start. And everything is hands on! Let’s take the 3 little piggy experiment for example, where you get to build a house in the middle of a small wind channel. Try and see what material holds up best against the wind.   You can look at the different kind of explosions in their slow-motion explosion cam or take a closer look at the mechanical shark. Which is super awesome by the way! Or try your hand at card toss to get them to stick to a target. I’ll admit, I wasn’t very good at that but Justin got a couple of them to stick.     If you feel like getting wet, try and answer the following question with your friends: How do you get wetter in the rain? By walking or by running. The water is infused with invisible, edible dye that you can... read more
Culver City Fiesta La Ballona – Party in the Park!

Culver City Fiesta La Ballona – Party in the Park!

TweetIt’s the weekend again! (Well, technically it’s almost over.) But we actually got out of the house quite a bit. I will be recapping that during the week. So first off, I’d like to tell you about the Culver City Fiesta La Ballona which was held at Veteran’s Park in Culver City (duh!). Fiesta La Ballona is essentially a carnival/fair in the middle of the city. We thought parking was going to be a nightmare but surprisingly it was pretty easy because we were allowed to park on the Sony lot. How cool is that? And they had a shuttle ready that would take you to the event. As soon as we got there, dark clouds started rolling in. But that’s just our luck. Thank goodness it didn’t actually rain. Coming onto the ground, they had set up a beer & wine garden and across from it was a tent with live entertainment. The high school band was playing and, let me tell you, they were really good! We were supposed to meet friends there but since we got there early, we decided to go for a snack. And there was plenty of food with food trucks and booths serving anything from weird things like shark on a stick to more normal food like corn on the cob. Since you might have already read a couple of my stories, you know my taste in food is pretty eccentric. So naturally, I settled for the peking duck fries. They were absolutely delicious. The hoisin sauce and scallions over peking duck on crunchy french fries. Who knew something like this existed?... read more
5 Food Items You Should Try in Austria

5 Food Items You Should Try in Austria

Tweet  We recently took a trip to Austria. Even though people think that Austrian food and German food seem similar, they are actually quite different. And not just because they use totally different words for their food items. Seriously. Nevertheless, their food is to die for and should you find yourself in Austria you should definitely head over to a restaurant and order one of these 5 dishes below. 1)  Wiener Schnitzel – Viennese Fried Veal Cutlets Yes, Wiener Schnitzel is a fried veal cutlet outside of the U.S. and has nothing to do with hot dogs. It baffles me every time how the “Wienerschnitzel” hot dog chain got their name as they are so far off the real thing. Sometimes you will even find it made from pork but the real deal is made of veal. It’s usually served with french fries or potato salad. 2)  Sacher Torte The first of many desserts on this list, Sacher Torte is a chocolate sponge cake with apricot jam and dark chocolate icing topped with whipped cream. It’s perfect for chocolate lovers. If you’re ever in Vienna, try and get the original at the Hotel & Café Sacher near the Vienna state opera. 3)  Kaiserschmarrn Yes, it’s technically pancakes chopped up and it’s named after the Austrian emperor, because it literally translates to the “emperor’s folly.” It’s usually served with caramelized raisins and apples. But you can get it with any kind of jam, apple sauce and sometimes, although very rare with chocolate sauce. It all depends on the cook. 4)  Apfelstrudel – Apple Strudel I think everyone has heard of this one. Apple... read more
5 Food Items You Should Try in Bavaria, Germany

5 Food Items You Should Try in Bavaria, Germany

Tweet  A lot of you might now that besides traveling, I also like to eat. Restaurant, street food, home cooked meals I’ll try it all the more exotic the better. Growing up in Bavaria, the heart of food in Germany, I was allowed to experience many different food items and now I’d like to share them with you, in case you ever end up there. If you’re a big chicken or turkey fan, I’m going to have to disappoint you. These two types of meat are not very popular, although you might encounter them every once in a while. Our main protein is pork in every kind of way; sausage, roasted, grilled – you name it! And since we found that many ways to cook pork, it never gets boring. Our main vegetables are potatoes and cabbage, although you will usually find a free house salad to go with your meal. These are the 5 food items anyone should try if they ever stop by Bavaria: 1)  Bratwurst and Sauerkraut   Americans are usually semi-familiar with Bratwurst, although in Germany they are usually significantly smaller than the American counterpart. Bavarians usually like to eat their sausages with Sauerkraut or on bun, accompanied by medium-spicy or spicy yellow mustard. If you want to taste the best Bratwursts, try getting the Nuremberger Bratwursts. 2)  “Schweinshaxe mit Knödel” – Roasted ham hock with dumplings Roasted ham hock with crispy skin, potato dumplings and dark sauce is another Bavarian delicacy. It’s usually enjoyed in winter due to its heaviness, but you can get it year-round. The dark sauce usually contains beer and on occasion caraway seeds.... read more