Right next to the LA Arts District was the Little Tokyo neighborhood. It was convenient how close everything was in downtown LA! As a result, eating good sushi for lunch (our last meal in California!) was a must.
After lunch, we had a bit of time to explore Little Tokyo. It was very small – practically a town square – so we finished looking around rather quickly. There were gift shops selling the cutest Japanese things (like bento boxes in the shapes of houses, which I ended up impule-buying), clothing stores, bakeries, and restaurants.
Before leaving – one final treat at Ice Cream Lab. To be honest, I only wanted to go in here because it looked cool. Image matters, people!
I had blue velvet ice cream, which was a blue velvet cupcake churned with other ingredients to form ice cream. How was it made? Using liquid nitrogen of course!
I’ve been to a liquid nitrogen ice cream parlor in St. Louis as well. The one in St. Louis had more flavors, so in opinion it was better, but I noticed that all ice cream chilled by liquid nitrogen have a similar creamy consistency.
And that concludes our California road trip. I’m so proud of us for making it there and back again alive, haha! I felt like such an adult planning and traveling with just my friends. It was definitely a beautiful, epic senior year road trip. I’d recommend the Highway 1 route to everyone and would do it again in a heartbeat if given the chance.
Have you ever been to California? Where were your favorite vacations?
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P.S. Thanks Jiwon and Lisa for taking pics of me throughout the trip! Y’all helped make this trip a memorable one!