A Weekend in L.A.

Yemi and I are in the backseat of her parent’s car listening as they recount wistful memories from living in Los Angeles. “A straight bus down Wilshire is essentially a tour of L.A.” Aunt E. says as we pass by familiar places—the second-story apartment one of her kids jumped down from, LACMA, someone’s old school. Their personal histories of the city are the soundtrack to our ride down Wilshire Boulevard; a nearly 16 mile stretch from downtown L.A. to the City of Santa Monica. 

Over the weekend, we make our way across L.A., living a fraction of our lives in the city. 

Griffith Observatory IMG_0302


The Grove, L.AIMG_0491

Larchmont Village, Central L.A 

Union Station + El Pueblo de Los Angeles 

Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica IMG_0991IMG_1013


Good to Know

Getting to L.A. 

  • From Oakland, it’s a 1hr flight or a 9hr bus ride. 

Where I Stayed

  • With a friend in the Los Feliz area. Thank you, M.

Getting around L.A.

  • The fastest way to get around this city is by car, even with the traffic. Thankfully, our friend M had one and was nice enough to drive. Depending on how far out you want to go, renting a car or making a budget for Uber is smart. 

Where I Ate 

  • Dominique Ansel Bakery, The Grove L.A.: For delicious sweet treats
  • Tu Madre, Larchmont Boulevard: For well-seasoned tacos, it’s difficult to have just one. We came back for seconds.
  • Porto’s, Brand Boulevard  – For stellar savory and sweet treats. 
  • We ate at taco trucks and at M’s house and at a Thai restaurant whose name I don’t remember because they wrote the sign in Thai characters. From the grocery store, we ate concha/pan dulce (Mexican sweet bread). 


  • There’s no fee to visit any of these sights. If you’re driving, you will need to pay for parking. 

I can’t wait to return to L.A. and eat a lot more than I did the first time, but till then, 

thank you for reading.

All photos shot by myself & Yemi on iPhone XR

Same footprints, Different sands