Back Into the Swing of Things

Back Into the Swing of Things

I came back from Spain on a Thursday, but was heavily jet-lagged for a week. My mood and emotions were all over the place, and my sleep schedule definitely took a beating. I remember wanting to take a nap at 5pm on the following Sunday, only to wake up in my pitch dark room and glancing at my phone to see that it was midnight…needless to say, getting back to my routine was a challenge, but I was able to succeed and feel somewhat like myself by the time the next weekend rolled around.

Friday Night Cat-Stalking. That's one way to get used to being back in SaMo lol
Friday Night Cat-Stalking. That’s one way to get used to being back in SaMo lol

My sister was free to meet me on a Saturday, and so we made plans to head to Hollywood and check out the Museum of Broken Relationships. A good excuse to get out of my West LA bubble, and make it to the north central part of the city for once!

Since we were in the area on a Saturday afternoon, it was impossible to escape tourist traffic. We soon found the museum unassumingly positioned at the corner of Hollywood and McCadden. It was actually much smaller than we expected…

Museum of BR
Museum of BR

It was cute though. And surprisingly, there were a ton of couples walking about…weird, haha!

The “Wedding Dress in a Jar” and the minuscule “pay attention to me” note caught my eye…

Wedding Dress in a Jar // "pay attention to me"
Wedding Dress in a Jar // “pay attention to me”

There were also some zany and crazy displays of random objects, paired with some heart-breaking stories as well. Each item was paired with a description of who donated it, when the relationship ended, and the meaning of the item.

The mini love notes were bittersweet. Not sure about that pinata tho...
The mini love notes were bittersweet. Not sure about that pinata tho…

There was a second story to the museum, where we saw this weird sculpture (?), but other than that, the displays were limited:

Not sure about the meaning of this...
Not sure about the meaning of this…

So we were out in about an hour. Our next stop was a late lunch/early dinner at Pink Taco on Sunset. After raving to my sister about it (at least based on the experience I had at Century City years ago before that location closed), she was dying to check it out too.

Finding parking was a nightmare, but we found a street parking in a nearby neighborhood and walked over.

We made it just in time for happy hour, and made ourselves comfy among the already-settled crowds of “basic” folk, haha.

Pink Taco
Pink Taco

We devoured the complimentary chips and salsa as soon as the waiter brought them over.

Lesss eat!
Lesss eat!

I already knew I wanted nachos, especially since they were cheap off the Happy Hour menu. The sis went for the tacos, and was not disappointed.

The nachos were just as magical as I remember them being. The cheese wasn’t queso-like, but there was so much guac and jalapeno peppers so it balanced out in the end.

OMG NACHOS. "Pink Taco "Mini" Nachos. Only way this happy hour $8 plate could have been better is if the cheese had been vegan 😍 but considering my voracious appetite yesterday afternoon, this did just fine 😊👌🏽"
OMG NACHOS. “Pink Taco “Mini” Nachos. Only way this happy hour $8 plate could have been better is if the cheese had been vegan 😍 but considering my voracious appetite yesterday afternoon, this did just fine 😊👌🏽

Our portions were just right, but when my sis suggested we get dessert close to my place before she headed home, I agreed!

So after getting through traffic, we drove down Santa Monica Blvd. until we got to Downtown SaMo. I suggested we check out Creams & Dreams.

Creams & Dreams
Creams & Dreams

I’m not sure why C&D was on my foodie list to begin with, since after stepping inside, nothing struck me as it being unique in any way. There are a number of liquid nitrogen ice cream shops now in So Cal, so I’m not sure why I had bookmarked this place…

Regardless, they had Speculoos and Nutella ice cream, so I caved and went for that (despite their offering of avocado or creamed corn)!

"Yes, there were unique-sounding liquid nitrogen ice cream flavors like avocado 🥑 and creamed corn 🌽, but my mind is pretty much made up whenever Speculoos or Nutella is concerned!"
Yes, there were unique-sounding liquid nitrogen ice cream flavors like avocado 🥑 and creamed corn 🌽, but my mind is pretty much made up whenever Speculoos or Nutella is concerned!

My sis stayed to true to her main love of chocolate, and topped it with fruity pebbles.

No surprise with her, always getting chocolate :P
No surprise with her, always getting chocolate 😛

We walked back to the car with ice cream in hand, feeling sticky from the ocean breeze. This particular weekend helped me get back into the swing of things, and ready to take on October!

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Sweets and Savories

Sweets and Savories

Most people bring back clothing, jewelry, or sandalwood figurines when they return from a trip to India. I bring back packaged food.

Why? Because when is the next time I’m going to be able to have masala-flavored Lay’s chips or pineapple-cream Britannia biscuits? Might as well play it safe and bring it all back home 😉 .

Despite digging into my stash while still on my trip, I still had quite a bit to feast on when I returned home. My jet-lagged self could not go back to bed around 5AM the day following our return flight, so instead, I had Cadbury’s 5star bars for “breakfast” (or should I say “dinner”, in regards to my time-zone-confused-brain)?

5star
5star

Since I was a big fan of the regular 5star, I assumed that these three flavors wouldn’t fall below in standard. I found Crunchy to be my most favorite and Chomp to be my least favorite. Fruit & Nut was perfectly in-between. All bars had the consistent nougat filling, and differed in the second ingredient (crunchy had some crisp wafer pieces I think, fruit & nut had raisins/dried fruit pieces, and chomp had peanut pieces).

I also managed to save and bring home a regular Cadbury’s Dairy Milk bar.

 Chocolate at perfection.
Chocolate at perfection.

Nestle’s competition against Cadbury’s Perk is the Munch 4×4..I still prefer Perk…

Nestle Munch 4x4

One cool thing about the packaging though is that there is a dashed line on the wrapper where it suggests that you break the bar at the line and share with a friend. So cute!

On the savories side, I had many bags of chips/flavors to try! I was crafty when it came to two flavors.

Lay's India's Magic Masala
Lay’s India’s Magic Masala
Lay's Spanish Tomato Tango
Lay’s Spanish Tomato Tango

The masala was expressed greatly in the flavoring of the magic masala chips, but I loved the tangy tomato flavor from the two flavors the most! Both chips however made superb additions to salads I had.

Baked Potato Salad with Lay's Spanish Tomato Chips topping
Baked Potato Salad with Lay’s Spanish Tomato Chips topping

^ I think this salad tasted much better. 😉

Broc Slaw and Radish Salad with chips topping
Broc Slaw and Radish Salad with chips topping

For the remaining chips, I had them on their own.

Lay’s West Indies’ Hot ‘n’ Sweet Chilli was spicy and sweet, just like the title implies. It had the same orange hue as masala/tomato chip flavors.

Lay's West Indies' Hot 'n' Sweet Chilli
Lay’s West Indies’ Hot ‘n’ Sweet Chilli

Kurkure Hyderbadi Hungama was HOT! HOT! HOT! Don’t let the smiling lady on the front fool you…this bag is PACKED with spice and flavor.

Kurkure Hyderbadi Hungama
Kurkure Hyderbadi Hungama

The Cheetos Tangy Loops reminded me of Spaghetti-O’s…perhaps more like dehydrated Spaghetti-O’s…hmmm

Cheetos Tangy Loops
Cheetos Tangy Loops

Cheetos Masala Balls were nothing to write home about. They could have been a good addition to a salad though…

Cheetos Masala Balls
Cheetos Masala Balls

What are your favorite international packaged food products (sweet or savory)?

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