Family Time in California!

Hope you all had a wonderful Valentine’s day and got some great gifts!  Cutest thing I saw?  When I boarded my Southwest flight heading to Detroit, there were 3 packs of Valentine’s day cards at the door in case anyone needed a last minute gift, haha, too funny.  My favorite thing about flying is that I can just sit down, upload all my photos on my memory card and edit away with NO distractions, except for turbulence and the flight attendant asking me what I want to drink.  Besides that, there are no twitter, facebook, email distractions and I can just edit away in Lightroom, it’s really quite productive!  And it makes me realize how far behind I am on posting photos, I have so much content I can’t even keep up, and I think that’s a good problem to have.  πŸ˜‰

So today I just wanted to share a few photos I took from my trip to California a few weeks ago.  I spent four days working and four days with family!  On Thursday, my dad picked me up and we went on a little date to Little Tokyo.  First, we had dinner at Sushi Gen… let me just say that sushi on the coasts is so much fresher and yummier than sushi in the middle of the U.S.!  Then we headed to the main drag of Little Tokyo.

I love how it is decorated with lanterns, umbrellas, and bamboo!

Seriously??  This was amazing.  It was gelato inside of mochi, totally genius!!

Nom nom… and my Dad and I shared these amazing desserts, green tea and raspberry mochi-lato and green tea ice cream.  I totally get my sweet tooth from my Dad.  πŸ™‚

That evening, my brother, sister-in-law and I went on a food truck rampage, so fun!!

The best thing I had?  Kimchi and cheese quesadillas, I’m totally going to try and make this at home sometime!

I love the cute design of this truck!

And these Asian tacos were DELISH!!

The next night, I met up with a few cousins from my Dad’s side.  We had Korean BBQ before heading back to my brother’s house for a game night!  My cousin Amy and I couldn’t pass up the chance to pop into Ralph’s to buy this MASSIVE RED VELVET CUPCAKE!!

So so yummy.  I’m linking up this picture to Sweet Shot Tuesdays, oh yes I am.

Sweet Shot Day

One of my favorite parts about my trips to California is spending time with my 2 year old nephew!  Ain’t he just the darndest thing pretending to sleep on the stairs with a pink pillow?  This picture just makes me smile!  πŸ™‚

Hehe, we always have so much fun together!  Stay tuned for a nephew + auntie photo shoot coming next week!! πŸ™‚

And lastly, you can already tell he is very detail-oriented.  He works real hard to pick grapes off stems, like it’s his J.O.B., too cute!

And there’s no coincidence that half of these photos are of food… *sigh*I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, just trying to work towards my dreams of becoming a professional food photographer!  πŸ˜‰  I’m supposed to be going back to California for work in a few weeks and I’m already counting down the days!  Oh, and my parents-in-law are coming up to visit me for dinner (they live two hours away from my client site) tomorrow too, so fun!

What is your favorite thing to do with family?


  1. February 14, 2011 / 10:11 pm

    I haven’t been to Little Tokyo and have always wanted to visit. Your nephew is so cute sleeping on the stairs! πŸ˜‰

    As a family, we don’t do much together. We don’t have dinners together that often nor do we see much of each other. However, when we do gather together, it’s very warming. πŸ™‚

  2. February 14, 2011 / 10:26 pm

    Aw, you look like you had a great time! your pics of food are so good! You’ll laugh when you read my post tonight (tomorrow) about me taking pics of food and my hubs response. πŸ˜‰ I definitely wish I could travel with you and try all that food! It looks so good! Your nephew is so cute and I can’t wait to see the aunty/nephew photoshoot! πŸ˜‰

  3. February 14, 2011 / 10:33 pm

    haha, this is exactly how our family time is too!! it’s always about food. the gelato inside of mochi sounds amazing! they need to bring that to texas! and asian tacos! my mouth is watering already. πŸ™‚

    you have the cutest nephew too!

  4. February 14, 2011 / 10:59 pm

    oh how i miss the downtown little tokyo! hands down the best sushi i’ve had in my life was at sushi-gen in la. mochi-lato?!! that sounds divine!! i love the pics of evan and can’t wait to see your photo shoot with him!

  5. February 14, 2011 / 11:06 pm

    Aww I love seeing your pictures of your adventures with your family! That mochi gelato looks AMAZING. I’m jealous! Your nephew is soooo adorable! I can’t wait to see your photoshoot!

    I love watching kdramas with my family hahaha it’s so much fun when all of us get together around a computer haha

  6. February 14, 2011 / 11:16 pm

    lovelovelove your pictures – and so glad you enjoyed time with family! and oh our family is the same way – lots and lots of food! btw i love mochi but i’ve only eaten the ones from trader joes. id love to go somewhere in LA that sells as many of them as in that one shop you stopped in at!

  7. February 14, 2011 / 11:16 pm

    Your photos are fantastic! And your nephew is way too cute on the stairs haha!

  8. February 14, 2011 / 11:17 pm

    OMG!! I just died and went to red velvet heaven!! That cupcake looks so yummy!

    I love to watch movies with my family πŸ™‚ Looking forward to the photoshoot pics!

  9. February 14, 2011 / 11:50 pm

    Mmmm all the food looks amazing! Glad you had fun family time:-) Hmmm my fave thing to do with family is just sit around and chat without distractions:-)

  10. February 14, 2011 / 11:59 pm

    Oh, now I’m all interested in your editing software. I need some!

    Awesome photos! I am so glad you are a foodie.

  11. February 15, 2011 / 12:04 am

    Aw glad you had a great time! I live so closeto Little Tokyo and have never eaten there. I need to get on that!

    Happy V Day ♥

  12. February 15, 2011 / 12:17 am

    Awww! i work directly across the street from the little tokyo village that you visited! i’m there everyday! aww…next time, let me know you’re here πŸ™‚

  13. February 15, 2011 / 12:53 am

    OMG. Mochi-lato? YUM.

    And that red velvet thing looks delicious too (should not be called a cupcake! it’s HUGE!!) and the asian tacos. YUM. I’m getting so hungry!

    And your nephew is so cute. Do you know where they got that panda bib? It’s freaking adorable. πŸ™‚

  14. February 15, 2011 / 1:06 am

    Great pictures! I went to school in SoCal, and I LOVED going to Little Tokyo.

  15. February 15, 2011 / 1:59 am

    love the photos!! i never saw those photos of evan so what a treat! =) love the one where he’s pretending to sleep on the step~ lol! must’ve been when i was passed out still? you’re such a good auntie & babysitter! wish i hadn’t been so sick so i could’ve done more stuff with you. next time for sure. let’s go get mochi-lato~ yum!

  16. February 15, 2011 / 2:11 am

    i love going out to eat w/ my family, too!

    you ate so much yummy goodness. i would love to try the kimchi quesedilla.

    ps your nephew is too cute !!

  17. February 15, 2011 / 4:32 am

    OMG, your nephew is so darn cute!! Food trucks seem to be all the rage there… I so want to try. Love all your photos Sandy..

  18. February 15, 2011 / 5:09 am

    It looks like you had an amazing time. All of that food looks so good and your nephew is adorable. I think my favorite thing to do with family is chat and enjoy a good drink. XO ~Emily

  19. February 15, 2011 / 5:22 am

    I’ve never been to California, looks like you had a lot of fun! And that food looks amazing, it’s making me so hungry!

  20. February 15, 2011 / 6:37 am

    I want the mochi-lato! looks so yum <3
    great that u have lots of fun =D

  21. February 15, 2011 / 6:56 am

    Sounds like a wonderful trip,sweetie..Your little nephew is sooo adorable! Now Im so hungry and I could totally have one of those cheese quesadillas:) Yum.
    Muah, darling

  22. February 15, 2011 / 7:00 am

    What fun! I love the photos! πŸ™‚ The food looks so delicious, and your nephew is adorable!!

  23. February 15, 2011 / 7:31 am

    I love playing games with my family. I enjoy seeing the friendly competition come out! πŸ™‚

  24. February 15, 2011 / 7:51 am

    Oh my gosh you are making me SO hungry right now!

  25. February 15, 2011 / 7:57 am

    Sandy I’m so glad you had such a good time here in California. You had all that incredible food and spent time with family? I don’t think it gets better. And your nephew is adorable — I just love that photo of him on the stairs.

  26. February 15, 2011 / 8:15 am

    These are great shots! Everything looks so yummy!

  27. February 15, 2011 / 8:24 am

    You are such a wonderful aunt! I bet your nephew squeals at the idea of spending time with you. You’re the cool Aunt Sandy of the family, huh?

  28. February 15, 2011 / 8:29 am

    Isn’t family time the best??? I just love spending time with my niece & nephews too. It’s what life’s about, isn’t it?

    Happy Tuesday, honey! xoxo

  29. February 15, 2011 / 8:29 am

    That picture of the little lovie on the stairs seriously melts my heart! And the cully cake??? Omg!

  30. February 15, 2011 / 8:32 am

    Whew…cuppy cake…this iPad is killing me on the spelling!

  31. February 15, 2011 / 8:51 am

    did you say kimchi quesadillas?!! i’d love to come over when you make those πŸ™‚

  32. February 15, 2011 / 9:04 am

    everything looks so delish!

  33. February 15, 2011 / 9:08 am

    What fun!! I love all those beautiful photos!!

  34. February 15, 2011 / 9:19 am

    haha i love the pix of ur nephew in the couch! too cute!

  35. February 15, 2011 / 9:23 am

    Kimchi quesadillas sounds awesome! you’ll have to share that recipe if you do make it! I seriously wanted to gobble up all your food pictures. lol and your nephew pictures too! he is adorable!

  36. February 15, 2011 / 9:24 am

    Your nephew is tooooo cute!!! Love that sleepy picture! And I have read about The Flying Pig!!! So cool! Haha ! Those mochi-lato’s and green tea ice cream look great! <333

  37. February 15, 2011 / 9:56 am

    I don’t even know where to start with all this cuteness! First, your nephew is a doll. Second, I’m going to charge you for the trip I am now going to be required to take thanks to this post. My kids are all around me asking where their Little Toyko is. What a sad lesson to learn that Mississippi is without one. πŸ˜‰

  38. February 15, 2011 / 9:59 am

    seriously everything looks so delicious!! and I just want to squeeze your adorable nephew’s cheeks…what a cutie!!

  39. February 15, 2011 / 10:06 am

    wow your nephew is adorable and the food looks amazing!!

    i love playing games and eating with family, comfortable and real fun!

  40. February 15, 2011 / 10:40 am

    Fabulous, fabulous pictures! I would love to try that green tea ice cream.

  41. February 15, 2011 / 11:02 am

    looks like a fantastic visit! yay! could i please have come of that dessert, though? mochi + gelato? seriously? that is to die for.

  42. February 15, 2011 / 11:02 am

    Aww, I miss california so much! There’s so much great sushy, and you can find it for not too expensive! Not so in Italy – there are a couple places we go to, but the only sushi that compares to what you can find at my favorite places in California is SUPER expensive.

    Looks like you had a great time!

  43. February 15, 2011 / 11:05 am

    That whole post totally made me hungry. Kimchi and cheese quesadillas, I would love to try.

  44. February 15, 2011 / 11:11 am

    looks like you had an amazing trip! I LOVE the food photos (although they make me hungry). the food carts look like a lot of fun (im hoping to try a few out in portland next month). and that red velvet cupcake…YUM! so glad that you got to spend some quality time with your family (your nephew is indeed adorable!) xoxo jcd

  45. February 15, 2011 / 11:36 am

    How fun! I do miss going to CA! I don’t care about what other people say, I like food trucks!!! πŸ™‚

  46. February 15, 2011 / 11:42 am

    Aww! Gah, I swear you have THE cutest nephew and that coming from an Auntie with 2 nephews of her own!! I love flying, it is one of my favorite things to do.. even though I don’t do it often. haha! Oh my law, that cupcake looks to die for! Yummo!! =Dβ™₯


  47. February 15, 2011 / 12:43 pm

    My fave thing to do? Just about like you! Snuggle and eat! hahah Where in CA were you? I’m heading out there on Thurs and couldn’t be more excited, but am clueless as to where to go! Also, very much looking forward to being disconnected for those few hours on the plane- I love social media, but sometimes I need a forced break!!!! p.s. Is lightroom hard? I just got it but am terrified of the learning curve haha

  48. February 15, 2011 / 2:00 pm

    Yay, family time! I love J-Town! One of my favorite spots to go with my family. I used to go every weekend with my grandparents with I was a kid:) Your nephew is soo adorable. Can’t get over it.

  49. Catherine
    February 15, 2011 / 3:03 pm

    wowwwww!! *drool worthy!!!!

  50. February 15, 2011 / 4:57 pm

    I want to try a food truck so badly!! We don’t have any in Tampa, but next time I go somewhere where there will be one, I’m going to be eating there multiple times…

  51. February 15, 2011 / 5:10 pm

    Oh my gosh it all looks so good! Your nephew is adorable!

    One of these days you should host a California blogger meet up. I’d love to meet you! πŸ™‚

  52. jennifer young
    February 15, 2011 / 5:16 pm

    so fun sandy! so sad i missed out on meeting with you! hope i can make it out to see you when you’re in town next!

    and uhm…your nephew?! he’s getting so big and insanely cute!!! i want to pinch his cheeks!

  53. February 15, 2011 / 6:44 pm

    Aah, I’m dying over all these gorgeous food pictures! Yum! That looks like way too much fun!

  54. February 15, 2011 / 9:32 pm

    Well, it sounds like somebody had a fabulous time out in Cali! Next time you go can I come? I won’t be much trouble… πŸ˜‰

    I know I’ve said it so many times before but your nephew is the cutest little boy ever. I can’t get over how adorable he his. πŸ™‚

  55. j*Tang
    February 15, 2011 / 10:44 pm

    the kimchi quesadillas are fro the calbi truck aren’t they?? they’ve quenched many an afternoon of hunger for me! love it!

  56. February 15, 2011 / 11:00 pm

    I didn’t know California had a Little Tokyo! Sounds fun, I want to take a roadtrip now.
    That cupcake is huge! Looks delish though. πŸ™‚
    Your nephew is a an absolute doll.

  57. miny
    February 16, 2011 / 1:35 am

    isn’t sushi gen soooo good?!
    i got to see evan pick and wash grapes with your mom in your parent’s kitchen…so cute!!

  58. February 16, 2011 / 2:25 am

    Food truck hopping sounded like so much fun! I think they should have a mochi-lato dessert truck – LOL!

  59. February 16, 2011 / 8:58 am

    I love how your nephew was just chillin on the stairs!! πŸ™‚ and those food trucks look awesome!

  60. February 16, 2011 / 9:55 am

    The food truck food looks sooooo good! I’m so sad they’re aren’t any food trucks in Chicago. It’s such a shame!

  61. February 16, 2011 / 10:09 am

    what is it with the food truck obsession? i love them too! looks like you had a great trip to cali– the pictures are beautiful!

  62. February 16, 2011 / 2:26 pm

    Awww…it looks like you had such an amazing time with your family! That red velvet cake looks so yummy!

  63. February 16, 2011 / 4:45 pm

    LOVE that mochi shop! Used to beg my mom to take me there when I was little πŸ™‚ And Oiwakes- Great karaoke and place to hang with a whole bunch of friends. You make me miss home!!

  64. February 16, 2011 / 11:25 pm

    family time is always fun πŸ™‚ & the kimchi-cheese quesadillas look delicious! i got to try the flying pig last time i was in cali too.. πŸ˜€ yumyum

  65. February 16, 2011 / 11:56 pm

    what a fun trip! must be so nice to try out all the food trucks, I wish we had those around here. your nephew is absolutely adorable, by the way!

  66. February 17, 2011 / 3:47 am

    What an amazing trip!!!! You get more out of a single adventure than anyone I know! I’m so glad you share it all here. hugs xo – g

  67. February 17, 2011 / 8:42 am

    Yummo, all of the food looks so delicious!
    And your nephew is super cute! πŸ™‚

  68. February 17, 2011 / 5:01 pm

    So sad that we missed each other. Looks like you had a grand time though, so fun! πŸ™‚ Between you and Lillian, you girls travel more than anyone I know – I’m inspired, I want to travel more! xo.

  69. February 18, 2011 / 8:48 am

    Oh Red Velvet cupcakes πŸ™‚ I had one in Boston at the Southend Buttery–if you ever go to Boston… GO to this place! Seems you’d like it! All of your pictures are great & look like you had a lot of fun!

  70. February 21, 2011 / 2:55 pm

    Kimchi and cheese quesadillas sound interesting. I think I am going to have to try and make it one day.

  71. February 23, 2011 / 12:48 pm

    I want to go to California! & now I am huuuuuuuuungry! Haha. Your nephew is the cutest! It’s too bad you don’t get to see him more often! Thank god for the internet, eh? hehe. πŸ™‚

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