The last time Maya visited me, Pon Pon was only four days old. I had just returned home from the hospital after delivering the baby, and I was exhausted, severely sleep deprived, hormonal, stressed, moody, and a hot mess — definitely not a good company. So I’m happy that we got to spend quality time together this time around. She came down from PDX for Pon Pon’s first birthday party and I got to spend a week of quality girl time with my BFF.
After the party, I took off my mommy hat and headed to Mondrian Hotel on Sunset for a baby-free weekend. It was my first time being away from Pon Pon overnight and I have to admit that it was a little tough at first (yes, I have become one of those parents who can’t stay away from their bebe for more than a few hours) … but I knew that Kevin was holding down the fort at home and she was in good hand. By the time Maya and I got on the road, I was no longer a mom but a buck wild party girl (okay, this is totally not true).
Mondrian Hotel was lovely. The room was very tiny but we got the room with an amazing view of West Hollywood. Maya and I are such Asians – as soon as we walked into the room, we started snapping pictures!
I wish there was a bath tub … but the shower had a pretty good water pressure.
Our balcony overlooked the Herringbone restaurant.
Picturesque West Hollywood. You can see Beverly Center and Lawry’s Prime Rib, our wedding venue, from here.
I remember when Sunset Boulevard was the place to hang out on a weekend. It was so much more quiet and tamed this night. I wonder if this famous strip has lost its charm, or I just got older. Things didn’t look as mesmerizing as I once remembered as a wee twenty-something.
After we unpacked and unwind, we headed over to Little Next Door for some late dinner. We weren’t overly hungry, so we decided to eat something light with a glass or two of wine.
Maya and I almost always order fresh oysters when they’re available and we’re usually happy with them. Unfortunately, this was not that time. Each oyster was so tiny that we felt like we got ripped off.
I order this Salad Nicoise almost every time I’m here at the restaurant. It’s not necessarily that it’s the best item on the menu, but because I’m a Salad Nicoise addict and I cannot say no to it when it’s on the menu.
Here’s Maya’s fish dish. We ordered dessert and coffee but we forgot to take pictures.
We were so exhausted by the time we finished dinner, we returned to our hotel room, took off our shoes, and just watched the Olympics. Although we were in the middle of action in a city that doesn’t sleep (okay, that’s not true .. unlike NYC, bars close early in LA), we realized we’d much rather stay in and relax in our comfortable pajamas. I guess you can take a girl out of a home, but you can’t take her hominess out of a girl.