Little Tokyo, Los Angeles

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A craving for ramen brought me to Little Tokyo in Downtown Los Angeles. Had an authentic one at Men Oh Tokushima on 2nd St.. The umami-rich broth of the Tokushima special was so delicious it was worth walking three blocks away from the Japanese Village Plaza where Sanrio and good mochi are.

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Discovered ube getting global through the Blue Nova food truck parked on 1st St.. The specialty of this ice cream truck is organic ice cream rolled into pretty creations. Really got excited with my Ube Crunch, which turned out yummy.

I couldn’t leave the Sanrio store without anything My Melody or Hello Kitty. Oh, and before I forget, Twinkle Brown Sugar Tea (in the collage below) was a fine discovery.

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The Japanese American National Museum

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Enjoy your weekend, friends!

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The Los Angeles Flower District and Poppy + Rose

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Monday morning is my time to shine and wander about town. Downtown LA’s Wholesale District is always enjoyable. Looking for shoes? You can build an Imeldific collection for the fraction of the cost anywhere else. Nothing to wear to an event? The Fashion District answers all your fashion head-to-toe needs. Find real or fashion jewelry, toys, fabric, luggage, packing materials, virtually anything, retail or wholesale. Even if I’m not buying anything, a walk around the Flower District is something I love doing. It’s the biggest flower market in the US and delivers to all states from here, everything, from fresh cut blooms, to wedding and party planning needs. Also faux flowers.

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Tucked in one of the flower markets on Hall Street is the charming Poppy + Rose, a breakfast and lunch place that opens early at 6AM and closes at 3PM, except on Sundays (an 8AM opening time). A fave find, quintessential American food done so good. I’ll eat fried chicken if it’s the chicken and waffles here. I always get the same thing.

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