6 AM: Breakfast at the hotel. Mom and I devour the mackerel with especial glee. 8 AM: Doing a bit of laundry, taking a brief walk, and repacking. 10 AM: Since we’re here on a church group trip, we begin with a visit to Hongwanji Tsumura Betsuin, a sister temple to the one my family … Continue reading

9 AM: Woke up a little groggy after our marathon sightseeing day yesterday. D and I need some energy, so we head straightaway for a starchy breakfast. We sample the kaya toast at Tong Ah Eating House, this time accompanied by the traditional soft-boiled eggs with soy sauce. The French kaya toast is eggy and … Continue reading

That cat thing is playing a donut guitar: Good eats and gentrification in Highland Park

Highland Park has been called LA’s greatest neighborhood, the U.S.’s hottest up-and-coming market, and “the Brooklyn of the West Coast” (not sure if that’s a good thing…). These days, receiving those types of accolades seems to mean that a neighborhood sits at the intersection of historic preservation, cheap housing, and burgeoning gentrification. Regardless of your … Continue reading That cat thing is playing a donut guitar: Good eats and gentrification in Highland Park