LA Living, Week 1

LA Living, Week 1

If I were to describe my first full week in LA as far as how things went, I think “pretty chill” would be the correct phrase. It’s definitely been a city living experience so far, but Los Angeles has a more relaxed tone to it.

Monday – biding goodbye to the fam / training for my grad program / walking back home from campus after a too long day

Day1
The view from up here.

Tuesday – really taking the time to realize where I am and the beginning of my “new life” / afternoon workshops / cooking a healthy weeknight dinner for in apartment kitchen for the first time

Day2
(Top to bottom) Realizing I’m living the city life I’ve always wanted to experience ~ a peek of the Metro Rail after walking back after a run ~ keys to the apartment! ~ cooked vegetables with cooked almond meal

Wednesday – No school-related events = time for me / staying @ home / cooking experiments

Day3
Coming up with a good almond bread recipe using minimal ingredients (to save $$). This one came out alright, but gotta do more experimenting! Had this with a crockpot-cooked bowl of veggies.

Thursday – going for a run downtown (too many stoplights!!) / meeting my roommate / socializing

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Fried mozzarella stick, mac n cheese ball, and white cheese pizza with tomatoes—food from an early evening social. All while (attempting) to play pool.

Friday – morning run along a new route finding my roomie’s classes on campus with her + getting lost in the parking garage / grocery shopping + Friday night spent in with another crockpot dinner while doing some pre-reading for a class

Day5
Morning {milk} coffee from my coffee press ~ awkward stoplight while grocery shopping ~ crockpot meal ~ produce haul from Trader Joe’s

On Saturday I woke up and made myself some coffee while contemplating what I should do for the day. Even though I didn’t have anyone to go venture out with me (my roommate went home for the weekend), I decided I should be the city nomad I’ve always wanted to be and just make an adventure of my own! So after a morning of cleaning chores and a workout at my apartment complex’s gym, I put on the perfect sundress, some sandals, and rode the Metro over to Beverly Boulevard.

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It took me about an hour to get to my destination, which at first was Vitamin Shoppe (so I could get a box of cookies and cream Quest bars to last me through the academic craziness that starts next week!!), but after doing some exploring on Google Maps and Yelp, I decided to visit the Currywurst that was next door.

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Despite the awkward construction happening outside, I thought it had a cute appearance from the sidewalk.

 Awkward construction
Awkward construction

I guess I may have had that “deer-in-the-headlights” look when I walked inside because that’s when the cashier asked if I had visited before. After replying no, he broke down their menu items and I decided to go with a Currywurst made with Vegan Apple Sage sausage.

 He also gave me this card---buy 7 times, get the 8th free. I'm only gonna pass because I've got to use my weekend time to explore other LA eats ;)
He also gave me this card—buy 7 times, get the 8th free. I’m only gonna pass because I’ve got to use my weekend time to explore other LA eats 😉

I chose a seat by the window, and stared at the Deutschland-themed collage on the wall as I waited for my food to arrive. The same cashier who took my order also came over to clean off the table when he saw me reach for a napkin to do it myself. I thought that was pretty nice 🙂

Inside Currywurst

I was in amazement when my food was ready 15 minutes later.

 Hoagie roll with fries, and vegan currywurst underneath (tomato curry sauce was made spicy!)
Hoagie roll with fries, and vegan currywurst underneath (tomato curry sauce was made spicy!)

I tackled the currywurst first, and then used the fries and bread roll to soak up any leftover sauce. I was also given an extra sauce with my order so I picked BBQ.

Getting to the Details

After finishing my meal entirely, I walked over to Vitamin Shoppe to pick up my week’s worth of Quest Bars, and then walked eastward to check out The Grove about two blocks away.

 Total demolition of food.
Total demolition of food.

I walked by the LA Holocaust Museum entrance, that was also near a park.

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So glad I was a pedestrian, and not an at-risk-of-road-rage individual.

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The area was full of summer energy, color, and tourists—but the atmosphere was like that of an outdoor carnival.

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Walking through the Farmer’s Market made me wish I had not bought groceries the day before…these are lessons you learn along the way!

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But I didn’t worry about it too much since I had a feeling I would be visiting this place more than a couple of times 😉

After checking out the Whole Foods across the way to get some change for bus fare, I headed back home in the late afternoon.

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Saturday night was again spent indoors, since I had to make sure I didn’t get behind on my pre-readings for my first lecture next week! But at least there was an outdoor concert nearby to keep my ears occupied, and it was fun jammin’ to some tunes from my balcony 😛

Hopefully LA stays this good, cause I’m lovin’ it so far.

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12 thoughts on “LA Living, Week 1

    1. That’s the things I love about LA. Most places that I’ve come across have at least one vegetarian/vegan option because that’s such a big thing here.

  1. Ahhh welcome to LA and solo living! I swear I’m waaay too excited for you haha but I still think this move is great for you. I haven’t been to LA in over a decade and STILL would love to change that. I might have mentioned this already but my best friend just moved out there so I have plenty of excuses to come visit 🙂

    I hope you continue posting about your adventures! Food, dining, running, solo living, and school of course (because I love school and am curious).
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    1. I plan on posting about all of the above you mentioned, since I am just as excited to share about my experiences. And do you even need an excuse to come to LA? Just come on over 😀 !!

  2. Ahhh…you’re settling in so well already! We’ll definitely have to plan a coffee or lunch date soon. 🙂

    PS: I love that you made it to Currywurst already! It has been on my list for a long time…
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