Going Back to Cali

Vegas is hot and brown but riding down the street at dusk is beautiful. This was without a filter.

Had a fantastic time eating my way around Vegas. Since Dao lives here and I used to visit Vegas a lot, there was no need to go on the strip, even tho I almost did on my way out of town for a pastry but didn’t need it so didn’t stop.

I met this wonderful Korean family that are friends of Dao. She had already been invited to their house prior to me telling Dao a few days ago that I was going to be in town. Luckily, they were more than happy to let me tag along. I lived in Korea for 2 years when I was in the Army so we were sharing stories. The dad grew up watching AFKN (Armed Forces Korea Network), it helped him with his English. He was tickled to meet someone who had worked there. I let him know I was back in the bowels of the building, hidden away from all people.

IMG_8934The food was amazing and ready when we arrived, even more exciting! I had to take a photo before we dug in. There was japchae with shrimp, bulgogi, sauteed mushrooms, cucumbers in a pesto and bbq chicken. I ate until I could eat no more and then they brought out fresh fruit so I ate more. It was great fun meeting new people, sitting around laughing and sharing stories while I ate and ate and ate.

Last time I was in Vegas, Dao took me to Hot and Juicy, a delicious crawfish place. Unfortunately, they are not everywhere, although they have one in Orlando, which I’ve already been to. It’s my favorite seasoning for crawfish, I’m not a big fan of old bay. We also got crab, shrimp, andouille sausage, corn and potatoes. Oh and some oysters and fried calamari. I ate so much (there’s a theme going on). My nose was running, medium spicy was still spicy, my lips were burning and my belly was happy!

IMG_8931We also got pedis and Dao gave me a mani, she even put a rhinestone on my fingernail. I was leery, I’m a traditionalist and don’t like decorations with my polish but I have to say, I’m enjoying the bling on my fingers (I only did two, wanted to be subtle, next time I’ll go for the full Liberace!).

Getting ready for the road. I have to sit that close, I'm short!
Getting ready for the road. I have to sit that close, I’m short!

The hardest part for me is making time for everyone. Rosie wanted her time too, and who can blame her so we met up for breakfast before I hit the road. It was so much fun catching up with her. I hadn’t been back to Vegas in a while. When I lived in Los Angeles, I used to go stay with Rosie about once a month. So much has happened since this days. Was a blast catching up and I got to eat a bagel with lox which I had been craving since I hit the road (usually I have one at the airport before I fly so it’s traveling food for me).

According to my map, it was only a 3 1/2 hour drive to my next destination. So I gave myself 4 hours, won’t need to make many stops and I’m full. What I did not factor in was the traffic jam! I knew Monday would be bad because of the holiday but I was driving on Wednesday. Should have been fine. Driving into CA there’s an agricultural stop. They waved everyone thru but still caused bumper to bumper traffic for well over a half an hour. Of course, I had to pee. I was trying to make it to Barstow and I would have except for the traffic so pulled over as soon as I found civilization. Everyone else had the same idea and I felt like I waited in the bathroom line for a half an hour.

It was hot on the drive. I had to boost the AC to 3 and I’m the one who is always cold. According to my car at one point it was 106 degrees outside. Thank goodness for AC!

I stopped in Fontana to see my friend Elizabeth. We worked together for 9 years at the Museum of TV and Radio. Back when we worked there her English wasn’t that good but due to her kids, she’s learned to speak it wonderfully. Her kids were little when I knew them so they didn’t remember me. I had so much fun catching up with them. I spent more time talking with her kids than Elizabeth (and why I stayed longer than planned, LOL). OK the carne asada fresh off of the grill also kept me there.

I was supposed to stop at my Aunt’s on my way in but I was running late so went directly to Nora’s. Well, as directly as I can in rush hour traffic. Thank goodness for audiobooks!

I pulled in just after Nora, so it was timed perfectly. All of her girls ran over to give me a hug, I love them! The youngest cried when she found out that my trip overlapped her Girl Scout sleepover so I promised to spend today with her. We’ve been watching tv and napping, she’s my peeps!

For dinner at Nora’s she brought home some chicken from her favorite Lebanese restaurant and made fresh rice cooked in chicken broth with vermicelli, yum and a salad and we also had hummus, baba ganoush and garlic spread. I ate myself silly and I wasn’t even hungry!

Being at Nora’s is so comfortable, the girls doing homework while we catch up. When Nora asked if I would mind if she went to bed I was like, are you kidding? I’m always ready for bed! She’s my peeps.

One thing I love about CA is the fruit trees. I love fruit trees! Elizabeth pulled plums and nectarines off of her tree for me. The plums were so sweet and bursting with juice and it was my first nectarine tree so you know I was excited! Nora has a grapefruit tree, she says it’s very sour but I’m going to still pick some because I can’t resist!
And for those who asked about the phone holder I talked about in my last post, here it is. I love it. I had a vent one but it didn’t fit well because of the way my vent was built so I never used it. Just be aware, if it goes any length of time without being used, you’ll need to tighten up the screw, it seems to loosen but not while in use. According to the pics on Amazon, a lot of people attach this to their mirror. I like having it on my dash because it seems closer and with my poor vision, I need that. I used to always pick up my phone to look at the directions and would have to orient myself. With it on my dashboard, I know the entire trip, where my next turn is and how far away I am. It’s great on the freeway and in the city. Also, easier to see my playlists and audiobooks, win/win!  You can click here to order it for $8.99.IMG_8975I like to keep my phone plugged in so that whenever I get where I need to be, my phone is fully charged. I go into withdrawals when I can’t use my phone.



I like to eat, sleep and experience the world, one meal at a time.

6 thoughts on “Going Back to Cali

  • June 3, 2016 at 7:17 am

    I so enjoy reading your adventure blog……I have actually been to some of the places around Vegas, etc. your photos are incredible, got to find out what camera you use!!!! Thanks for more smiles, for making me hungry and sharing your trip with us. Safe journey, my friend.❤️⛰

    • June 3, 2016 at 10:17 am

      Peggy, I take most of the pics on my iPhone and then use the instaeditor app to make the food look extra pretty. 🙂

  • June 3, 2016 at 7:23 am

    I’m always hungry after reading your posts! 🙂

    • June 3, 2016 at 10:17 am

      And I’m always hungry!

  • June 3, 2016 at 7:34 am

    You’re right in that everyone wants their own ‘Leiha time’ with you.
    Those fruit trees are amazing. Who knew I could have tree envy? Hehehe.
    I love all the pictures of everything, especially the food! ;o)
    Be safe and keep blogging!

    • June 3, 2016 at 10:20 am

      I always get excited when I see fruit trees. When I first moved to LA, I was so happy that my neighbor had a pomegranate tree. You are allowed to pick fruit off of a tree if the branch is hanging over on the sidewalk. Unfortunately, his pomegranates weren’t, LOL.


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