Due to my new found (and hopefully relatively short-lived) freedom from the confines of a J.O.B. I decided to make a little trek back California and up to the Portland area. I was having a hard time planning the logistics of the trip because I was trying to coordinate with a variety of other people's schedules, but I bought a ticket on Tuesday and left the next morning (using miles which meant not paying crazy amounts of a last minute ticket). I don't actually have a ticket back yet, but I promise I'll be back.
I'm in Los Angeles now, and wow, I missed this town. Thanks to my wonderful host, In the first 36 hours of being here I manged to get three of the top 5 or so (food) things I've missed. First it was Casa Bianaca for pizza (mmm... sausage). Then Din Tai Fung (at the fancy new location) the next day for dinner, oh how I've missed those little baby dumplings! And Pinkberry, can't forget the Pinkberry (I tried the "seasonal" lychee topping, which was okay, but I think I'll stick to mochi puffs, kiwi and raspberry (or sometimes mango).
Tonight I met up with my two foodie law school friends and we had dinner at Father's Office (yummy burger and sweet potato fries but it was really hot and loud inside). Then we headed to Scoops for dessert; I think I'm in love. After sampling a ton of flavors I had Lychee Jasmin (which was vegan, but very creamy)and Pineapple Hibiscus. Other flavors were Raspberry Balsamic (yummy, but not sure what to mix it with), Salty Chocolate, Salty White Chocolate, Chocolate Jasmin, Maple Oreo, Basil Ricotta, Kola Nut, Coconut Cardamon, Brown Bread (vanilla with grapenuts), Raspberry Orangewater, and so many more (the flavors change everyday). I think I'm in love (whoops, did I say that already).
Food aside, since this is ostensibly a knitting blog, I'll post a few of the FOs I've managed to pull together in the last few weeks. Other than the socks, nothing very noteworthy, but here they are:
Embossed Leaves (aka, My First Socks)
Reverse Bloom (This was knitted years ago, but somehow I never wove in the ends. I actually though I wasn't finished with the knitting, but when I pulled this out to finish it last week it turned the weaving in was all that was left.)
Ball Band Dish Cloth (A quick knit when I was waiting for Knitting Olympics (that I didn't end up doing)).
Fishy! (The knitting has been done for months, but he needed guts and eyes.)
I've also got a few new things on the needles, but I'm not sure about the either's chance for survival, but that's for another post.