Saturday, February 25, 2012

You can visit Chinatown, Olvera Street and Union Station all at once. #LosAngeles

Union Station in Los Angeles is located off Alameda Street and East Cesar Chavez. It is a busy location with lots of things to do and many cultures within blocks. There is the Olvera Street Plaza directly across the street from Union Station. Here you can taste the Mexican culture with some delicious taquitos. There are also lots of Mexican made items for sale in the plaza. If you decided that you want authentic Chinese food or culture then walk a few more blocks to and you will find Chinatown. The first thing you will see when you enter is the dragon symbols next to the senior citizen apartment building. 


This is on the corner of Sunset Blvd aka E.Cesar Chavez Blvd. and Broadway. Go to the plaza located at the end of Chinatown. It is a great place to see Chinese inspired architecture with a lucky fountain. You will be able to see and hear amazing things in a short period of time. I hope that you take an adventure and visit these hidden treasures that have been in Los Angeles for decades. Olvera Street has been opened since 1911 and Union Station has been running since 1939. Rich history is captured in a few short blocks of Los Angeles. You may also want to know that Sunset and Alameda is where the famous Hollywood street “Sunset” begins or ends. It depends how you see it. Either way you won’t be disappointed if you take a field trip to Sunset and Alameda or E.Cesar Chavez and Alameda (it is the same corner). 



The dragons are facing Broadway and Sunset Blvd. and right next to the dragons is a Senior Citizen building that marks the entrance of Chinatown. Walk down on Broadway and you will see the heart of Chinatown. To get to the pond you will have to walk a distance, but if you take the bus it will be easier. They have short distance buses that have short routes such as the LA DASH. The bus system is really easy, so just hop on and ask the bus driver how to get to your destination. 


Union Station off Alameda



Inside the Union Station



Shops in Chinatown give you a glimpse into their fun loving culture. Love all the bright colors.




Lucky Fountain in Chinatown.




This the entrance to DSR Design who is the designer to the building below. It is located inside the plaza with the lucky fountain. DSR design, inc. 951 North Broadway Los Angeles, CA 90012


The DSR Design, Inc door is located inside the lucky fountain plaza. There you will see how beautiful and incredible the art and architecture is so much party of the culture.


I loved the colors!!!



You will find many hidden treasures inside Olvera Street Plaza.



The famous Taquito stand is located on the corner of Sunset and Alameda.



The taquitos are filled with beef and rolled in a corn tortilla. Once they are rolled they are ready to be fried for a crunchy shell. While still hot they pour a green sauce over them. The sauce is made up of green tomatillos, jalapenos and onions. The sauce is spicy, but very delicious. I am sure they have other secret ingredients in the sauce, because I absolutely love it. These are the best taquitos in all of Los Angeles.

Have a great weekend!!! 

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Thrifty's Ice Cream



A long time ago when I was little, in a very far-away place I call Los Angeles, I enjoyed Thrifty's Ice Cream. I still remember being small and reaching up for the Vanilla Ice Cream Cone at the Thrifty’s counter. Often when my parents could not pick me up from school, they would send my uncle to rescue me. We would jump on the bus going into Downtown Los Angeles to get lost in the city, or as my uncle would say, to pay bills and run errands.  I would be his translator and he would pay me in Thrifty’s Ice Cream.  I would get one scoop of Vanilla and my uncle would get one scoop of Strawberry.   We would then walk outside with our ice cream in one hand and a napkin in another.


Outside of the drugstore there were thousands of people walking fast going from one place to another.  Who knows where they were going? But we didn't care because we had our ice cream and for us we would wait for the bus to return home. Standing on the sidewalk at the bus stop, we would talk about what had happen during the day.  I don’t remember our exact conversations; I just remember secretly hoping that the next week he would bring me back again, and sometimes he did.  Those are some of the fun memories I have of my childhood that I still cherish forever.  These memories have helped guide me as a parent.  My uncle made me feel loved and valued as a child through simple and small acts of kindness.  Those are the memories that have helped me to become an understanding parent.  My uncle is older now living far away with his family, but I still remember what he taught me.  Most importantly, he taught me to be kind, to be gentle, to be understanding and to have ice cream during the week to help bond the family.  The most important lesson is to talk to my kids over ice cream and to do it often.

Today, we went for a few scoops of ice cream and catch-up on what is happening in school. I am continuing the tradition that my uncle started so many years ago although some of the flavors have changed and the name of the drugstore has as well.  My kids love Birthday Cake and Black Cherry Ice Cream not my childhood favorite, Vanilla.   The drugstores' name has changed from Thrifty’s to Rite Aid.  Today, you can get a discount card which tracks how many purchases you make allowing you to receive discounts.  Things have changed as time moves on, however I am thankful that Thrifty’s ice cream is still around.  Every time I eat it, it brings me back to amazing and happy memories.  Going today, I can make new memories with Thrifty’s Ice Cream and my children.  Hopefully my children will have Thrifty’s Ice Cream around to make memories with their children too.
I want to wish you a Happy Thursday and may all your dreams come true. 
 






Sunday, February 12, 2012

Time is moving too fast for me....

 
The thing about time is that it does not wait. It does not wait for you to decide to forgive someone or to show them you love them. Time does not care about whom you are or where you are in your life. Time just marches on. Time does not take consideration that you are not rich or not healthy. Time does not care if you are old or young, it just continues on and on. As I sit here and see pictures of the loves of my life. I remember how little they were and how fast time is marching on to make them into grown-ups.  I see how young my husband and I look in the pictures and all the love we have for our family. Time is captured in our family pictures. The time we spent on the San Diego beaches when the kids still had diapers or the day my son had to patch his eye. Time does heal wounds. Like the time the little man opened his head on the stairs. Or the time he opened his lip open. Time healed those wounds.  But time is going too fast for me. My kids are growing so fast that I can barely carry them. I can sit and give them hugs, but not pick them up very much. They are too tall and too heavy for me to carry like a baby. The older little boy is now almost as tall as I am. I think I am shrinking?  I can tell time is moving fast, because their clothes don’t fit them anymore. The kids are growing too fast for me.  I can see it in the photos that time won’t wait for me to be the perfect mom. I have to be the perfect mom now!





This time, like all times, is a very good one, if we but know what to do with it.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Monday, February 6, 2012

My best friend...




I am having a hard week. I am having trouble dealing with the bad news I received last week. Last week I got some really bad news that will change how I do things.  I have been crying and avoiding friends.  But today my best friend called and I told her my situation. Immediately we got together for coffee and prayers. I don't know what I would  do without her and her support. I realized today that everyone needs a good friend to share the good and the bad. I have been very lucky to have a best friend who has been there for me these past 20 twenty years.

These past years have been filled with lots of memories. Together, my friend and I have weathered being single, bad break-ups, weddings, births, buying a house, moving away, losing family, laughing at one another, crying together and just being human. She thinks I am funny and crazy like Lucille Ball. I think she is the best cook in the world and super brave just like Rachel Ray.  When we get together we talk about retiring together and traveling with other friends. Every time we get together we plan on how to spend our lottery winnings and the trips we will take around the world. We are like two little girls daydreaming.

Most important about our friendship is that we understand each other and support one another. It is a wonderful feeling to know that your friend will catch you when you fall down. It is great to know that someone is in your corner cheering you on and praying that you make it through the bad patches. But the best part of it all is that she cares enough to give me her honest opinion. I wish everyone had a best friend like I do.




Prayer to help you get through hard times:
 
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love.
Where there is injury, pardon.
Where there is doubt, faith.
Where there is despair, hope.
Where there is darkness, light.
Where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master,
grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled, as to console;
to be understood, as to understand;
to be loved, as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive.
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life.
Amen.