Might be the BEST taco truck ever. So delicious and so cheap. The phrase "post-coital bliss" might have been thrown around in the car after stuffing face with tacos arizas.
Taco BLT is a must-try: bucha, lengua, tripas! And al pastor!
I'm starting to break out as I write this review, so this will be a review of both praise and longing.
If you've always had problem skin and are at your wits end trying to find a solution, you should probably give Nora dela Rosa a try.
Nora dela Rosa started in the Philippines. This US branch is run by Nora's daughter, Pearl. I started going to treatments 3 months before my college graduation, and my face was cleared up by the time I walked up the stage to get my diploma.
Your first visit to Nora will cost $300, no exceptions. This includes 2 treatments (the second one 2 weeks after the first) and the full set of skin care products (liquid soap, toner, freckle lotion, day cream, and night cream). After that, you can continue your treatments whenever you like. Sounds like a hefty price, but worth it if you need it.
But be forewarned! The treatment is painful. Never has the adage "Pain is beauty" been more true than when I'm lying down at Nora dela Rosa with my fists clenched and teeth gritted. The good news is that Pearl is very good at what she does, and will make it quick so you don't have to suffer for very long. Also, after the treatment, depending on how severe your acne, you will probably be indisposed for at least 3 days. You will have scars and your face will peel. But man, after that period is over, your face will be so clean and smooth, ready to face the world.
It's all about the maintenance afterwards. I try to come in once every few months and always have the skin care products in stock, especially the freckle lotion. I recently moved to LA and have been busy working, so I haven't had the 3 days off that I would need post-treatment. Boo. My face hates it.
Basically, I love NdR, and more people should know about it!
If you have any questions, feel free to leave me a message!
It's hard to put into words my deep love for Stories.
I guess we can start with one word: curate.
I love Stories because they know how to curate their collection. You won't find every book ever published in this store, but you will probably find the best ones. The shelves at Stories have high standards, and you can't just stick any book up there.
I'm very familiar with the frustration of going into a used bookstore and finding nothing of interest to you. Stories is the exact opposite of this! My first visit probably lasted over 2 hours, because I had to ogle EVERYTHING. It was like visiting the library of a well-read friend with the same taste in books. Maaagicaaaal.
I did find a copy of 50 Shades of Grey there, which I choose to take as a joke.
P.S. Iced dirty chai from the cafe!
This is the first used bookstore I've been to that actually made me feel like I could cut back on all my Amazon book orders.
The store is huge and clean and surprisingly laid out like a chain bookstore. Selection is limited in terms of very recently published books, as expected, but otherwise they have a very good range of books. Everything is very cheap! Most of the books I was interested in were $2-$5. I couldn't believe it. When I saw the name of the store, I thought for sure most things would be around $8-$9, just under the $10 mark. I've never been so happy to be proven wrong.
I spent about an hour at $10 or Less without even realizing it and left with a stack of books that I had been wanting to read forever. Good times. I'm planning on throwing my money at this store because I need it to stay open!
It's bigger on the inside!
Camelot looks like nothing too special from the outside, but inside it is packed with tons of cheap books spilling out of their towering shelves and piling up on the floor.
Their mass market paperbacks are very cheap, most of them ranging from $1-$3. The other side of the store has the bigger, newer books that cost around $4-$6. They also have a children's books section with many sets of popular series, if you're into that. They have a great selection, and the woman (possibly owner?) at the register is very helpful and knowledgeable about their stock.
Camelot is one of those used bookstores that you just can't leave empty-handed.
Happened upon the Discussion Truck while visiting LACMA. I could be wrong, but I believe it's at LACMA pretty regularly around lunchtime.
Their oxtail fries are SO. FREAKIN. DELICIOUS. I also got to try my friend's sisig hotdog (with egg!) and it was a revelation. Fries and hotdogs! Such a good way to showcase Filipino flavors.
And they have Sarsi in the glass bottles! Heaven, pretty much.
Also love the design and typography of the truck. Good concept, great delivery. The Discussion Truck just makes me so happy.
Every single flavor they offer is a taste sensation! The saffron pistachio is so so good, so creamy. If you're into florals, they have rose, lavender, jasmine--all great! This is the perfect place for a cool, refreshing dessert after a meal in Westwood.
They have so many interesting and unique flavors that choosing a few is actually a challenge. But they are usually very nice and let you try a lot of the flavors. The smallest cup with 2 flavors is only a little bit over $3, very inexpensive for the amount and quality that you get.
Parking is relatively easy (for west LA) to find in the nearby residential areas.
Mmm, such good curry. Their katsus are better than... everyone else's katsu. The portions are quite large, so I always get to take half home for another meal and enjoy the curry all over again. Staff is very friendly and service is pretty fast even during the dinnertime rush.
If you park in the underground lot and get a parking slip (sometimes there's no parking attendant and you can just drive right in), the cashier will validate for you.
"Put an egg on it!"
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