Yesterday I met with my old friend and classmate Ehsan. It’s been more than five years since the last time we met, so there was a lot of catching up to do and chatting away about the good old days. Ehsan’s flat is in Hell’s Kitchen and so nice that I’ve suggested several times that we do a life swap. He’s still considering.
Trine and I love Korean food, so when we travel together, we always look for Korean restaurants or, even better, Korean neighborhoods or so-called Koreatowns. Koreatown in Los Angeles is really big. In fact I think it’s one of the biggest K-Towns in the world? In the area, you’ll find a wide range of Korean banks, restaurants and shopping plazas.
In Los Angeles we also spent a day in Chinatown. We found a market-style shopping mall selling everything from fake designer bags to wedding dresses, and we went to a supermarket, where they were selling pig snouts and chicken feet. And it wasn’t just to scare the tourists, a lot of people actually go there to buy their dinner ingredients.
Did I tell you about Fashionphile? It’s a shop selling pre-owned designer bags, right around the corner from Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. It’s the largest store in USA specializing in this kind of business, and they only carry luxury brands.
One of the things I love about USA are the huge outlet malls. They are typically located a bit outside the major cities, but the bargains they offer makes it all worth the drive. Though it’s a good idea to check in advance which labels they keep, as it’s not a lot of fun to drive for hours, only to find out that the outlet mall you’re visiting primarily targets old people and that the most exciting you’ll encounter is a half-empty Levi’s store.
My sister Trine is very well versed in all sorts of gossip concerning A, B and C-list celebrities, and our little excursion around the neighborhood today resulted in several enlightened moments. She found the salon owned by Jessica Simpson’s hair stylist, the place where they eat sushi in The Hills and a lot of other places which certainly would have been mentioned if OK! Magazine was ever to publish a travel guide.
After a wonderful time in Vegas, we’ve now pulled up the stakes and after a long, but smooth drive, we’re now in Los Angeles. We had rented a nice blue Ford Focus (the smallest car they had) from Dollar Rent-a-car for around $ 200 a week.