week-long wandering pt.2 (+a playlist)

Here's part two of our NorCal trip. Pictured above is Fratelli Cafe along Melrose Avenue. As usual, we found this place through Yelp and so far we've made really good decisions based on Yelp reviews! Breakfast food is my favorite so I can eat it any time of day, everyday. I'm glad we hit the jackpot with this place. One of the owners told us that their menu was revamped so a lot of the things are new. I had The Jacksons omelet (eggs, chicken breast, avocado, spinach, tomatoes, monterey jack cheese) and Carlo had the breakfast burrito. I lost the photo I took of our breakfast, but check out their gallery to get an idea of the portions and quality. For drinks, we ordered iced caramel and almond lattes. We highly recommend Fratelli Cafe if you're in LA.


After a hefty and delicious breakfast, we drove close to the Museum of the Holocaust, which is not that far from Fratelli's but still too far for walking all the way. We spent the rest of the morning at the museum.  There are many areas in the museum that don't have accompanying text so I recommend using the iPods they provide for the audio guide.


There's plenty of details about the Holocaust that I'm not aware of, but a trip to the museum sparked a greater interest in its history.

After MOTH, we made sure to stop at The Last Bookstore in LA, the largest book and record store in California. We couldn't stay for too long because we had to drive down to see my uncle who lives in a Navy housing in San Pedro. I WILL come back armed with my wishlist (no service in my phone while inside the store so I couldn't access Amazon) and a longer time allowance. For now, I'm just happy I finally found a cheap copy of Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch. I got a large hard copy for less than five bucks.

Book mecca!
In the afternoon, we just drove to San Pedro to beat the traffic and decided to watch Star Trek to kill time until dinner. Star Trek was a let-down for us; we had higher expectations for character development, and it had its moments, but overall it fell flat. Later that afternoon we met with my uncle and cousin, ate at Lucille's Smokehouse BBQ, drove back to LA and called it a day.

Wednesday was our last day in LA. For breakfast, we went to Berry Que Cafe. Coffee and smoothies are their specialties so I think it could be a hit or miss with the food. In my case, the homemade pancakes with bananas and blueberries was a miss. The batter was a little bland but at least the fruit made it more exciting. Carlo's Ultimate Breakfast sandwich, however, was a hit; it had avos, spinach, and other stuff I can't remember but it was flavorful and filling. His smoothie was also yummy! For my drink, I tried their iced rose desert (which is basically a latte but with rose water). The drink was also just okay for me. It's one of those instances when I like Carlo's order better than mine :))


The rest of the day was devoted to driving to Lathrop (where on earth is that, you may ask). It's a city 1.5 hours east of San Francisco. Carlo's dad lives in Lathrop so we visited him and his family. It was the perfect pit stop before going into the Bay Area.

It is HOT in the valley

Driving along the 5. Not much to see for over a hundred miles :))

The highlight of our trip was hiking and seeing sequoias in Calaveras Big Trees Park, a state park a couple of hours from Lathrop.

With Carlo's half bro MC

Our drive from Lathrop to SF took just over an hour. Bay Area highlights coming your way in the next week-long wandering installment! Let me end this post by sharing part of our travel playlist, consisting mostly of old school hip hop to keep us awake while on the I-5.

  1. Michael Jackson's Greatest Hits
  2. Shura. Think 80s inspired music for the 21st century.
  3. 90s-2000s hip-hop including (but not limited to) Snoop Dogg, Nate Dogg, Notorious B.I.G., Busta Rhymes, Ja Rule (and Ashanti!), Jay-Z, Blackalicious (Alphabet Aerobics is a classic), Will Smith...you get the idea.
  4. St. Vincent
  5. Erase Errata. All-girl post-punk band.
  6. Pete Yorn
  7. Hillsong Young & Free
  8. HAIM
  9. The 1975
  10. M83
  11. More hip-hop

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