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Yeah, the helicopter ride was pretty epic. But what else did I get up to for more than eight days of visiting my dad in LA? Plenty! But with no guests to entertain and no new residents to settle in, it was a very low key one — one almost like a local might live.

Los Angeles Travel Blog
Los Angeles Travel Blog

We did a whole lot of just kicking around my dad’s Koreatown house, oohing and aahing over our dog Tucker and discussing in extreme detail the various home improvement projects they were considering undertaking together.

What a pair.

Los Angeles Travel Blog

Los Angeles Travel Blog

I also caught up on plenty of work. My dad always feels so guilty pulling long office hours when I’m in town, but it’s actually a blessing. I always get tons of blogging done when I’m in LA — with frequent breaks to swim laps and walk Tucker around the neighborhood, of course.

Meihoukai in Wanderland Mug

Los Angeles Travel Blog

Los Angeles Travel Blog

Los Angeles Travel Blog
Los Angeles Travel Blog

Driving in Los Angeles

I also got to take in a few fun Meihoukai in Wanderland meetings. One day, I drove to Santa Monica for a dog-friendly meeting with the lovely Zoe from Jucy Campers, while another, I made my way all the way down to Rancho Santa Margarita to meet with my friends at PADI.

So much of my business is conducted online, it’s a joy to get to do some of it face to face (and with my pup in tow).

Santa Monica Cafe
Dog in Santa Monica

PADI Offices California

And of course, my dad and I did some spontaneous enjoying of all the weird and wonderful things that make up Los Angeles. One day we stopped at the Taschen Gallery, which caught my attention with an eye-popping homage to one of my favorite sea creatures.

Sharks at Taschen Gallery Los Angeles

Sharks at Taschen Gallery Los Angeles

Sharks at Taschen Gallery Los Angeles
Sharks at Taschen Gallery Los Angeles

Sharks at Taschen Gallery Los Angeles

Another, we popped over to Los Feliz for a movie at . I didn’t love The Lobster, but I fell pretty crazy in love with this new close-by neighborhood to explore! Vintage theatre hopping has become my absolute favorite Los Angeles activity — after hanging out with Tucker, of course. (Believe it or not, we’ve even managed to scope out some dog-friendly ones I’ll cover in the future!)

Los Feliz Movie Theater

Tacos Tu Madre
Tacos Tu Madre

I also joined some of my dad’s meetings and events — one night, drinks on a roofdeck with coworkers in Silverlake, and another, an awards event for the local medical association in Malibu. I always love getting a little peek into my smarty pants dad’s life!

Downtown Los Angeles Skyline

Malibu Coastline

I also got to hang out with some of my local LA friends, though I took… absolutely zero photos of these activities. I swear they happened though — blogger pinky promise! (Ha ha).

One night I got to check out Soho House in West Hollywood with my friends and and Asher, who are members — followed by a wild night of watching Zootopia at their house, because that’s just how we roll sometimes. And on my very last night in town, I went out for dinner with my friends Amy and Jordan, who had just moved to the West Coast (hot travel tip: get tipsy on margaritas before hopping on a red eye flight — you’ll sleep great!)

Mostly though I hung out with my BFF Tucker, who gives some serious side-eye to selfies, as I learned.

Disapproving Dog Selfie
Disapproving Dog Selfie

Cute Cocker Spaniel

Cute Cocker Spaniel
Cute Cocker Spaniel

Cute Cocker Spaniel

He also gives me a veeeery clear signal when he’s done with my enthusiastic puppy-shoots. Such a doggie diva!

Cute Cocker Spaniel

Now I know what you’re thinking. Was this entire post an excuse to post cute pictures of my dog? Well yes, yes indeed it is.

I might not have done much for an eight day trip, but it really was a great one. As LA starts to feel less like an overwhelming new city and more like a West Coast HQ, I’m finding myself enjoying it more and more.

And good thing… because I still have two more trips to visit Tucker — er, back to LA  — to recap!

Cute Cocker Spaniel
Cute Cocker Spaniel

See you next time, Los Angeles!

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37 Comments...
  • Cate
    May 23 2017

    Aw, your puppy is so cute! I have always wanted to explore the west coast more, and your posts are so lovely. Thanks, Meihoukai!
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  • Victoria
    May 23 2017

    OMG, that dog!! He is ssssoooo CUTE!!! The note was adorable too ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Meihoukai
      May 31 2017

      Ha! He LOVES to trick us. That dog has had sooooo many double meals.

  • Lili
    May 23 2017

    Ah I love Tucker posts. So cute!

    • Meihoukai
      May 31 2017

      Me too! I wish I had more coming up — I miss that dog!

  • Marni
    May 23 2017

    Tucker is so adorable. While LA doesn’t pull at me the way other California cities do, I’m still intrigued by your coverage of it. It’s great to see more of an insider look at it. My only real desire to visit is so I can go to Disneyland (and that’s more of a check-off-all-Disney-parks bucket list item than an LA one). I do love how dog-friendly California seems to be!
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    • Meihoukai
      May 31 2017

      Oh man, I love Disneyland! It’s the best! I really want to get back there — my one visit was short but super brief.

  • Joella
    May 23 2017

    Los Feliz is lovely. It was on my list of potential neighbourhoods when we were supposed to move to LA (maybe a tad expensive though in reality!) but then we ended up in Newport Beach. There is also an old theatre here. So cute.
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    • Meihoukai
      May 31 2017

      Well, being closer to the ocean doesn’t sound like too raw a deal! But yes, Los Feliz would be on my list too if I was moving to LA!

  • Joanne the crazy lady
    May 23 2017

    Such a cute puppy, just so you know……………..
    Sounds like a great eight days…………….
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    • Meihoukai
      May 31 2017

      It really was! Need to book a flight back soon!

  • Rick
    May 23 2017

    Welcome to tinsel town!

    As you are discovering there is ‘everything’ here including really great people and perfect weather all year long. Your father looks quite content sitting by his pool as does your pooch.
    Of course you know there are miles and miles of beaches but no drinks served in buckets ๐Ÿ™

    Once you can get deal with getting around, since there is no handy public transit, you are set. Uber and Lyft seem to be changing LA since you can also avoid parking hassles when getting about.

    • Meihoukai
      May 31 2017

      Yes! I would much rather Uber than deal with parking in LA — have done it many times, though for longer drives I prefer my own company so do drive. It has taken me a while to get used to the driving but you’re right, you just have to accept it!

  • Dominique
    May 24 2017

    Hahaha the photo of Tucker’s face when you’re holding the letter is priceless. It’s like he knows he’s been found out ๐Ÿ™‚
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  • Francesca
    May 24 2017

    I am so okay with posts that are nothing more than a smoke screen for puppy pictures!
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  • Rachel Clarke
    May 24 2017

    omg Tucker might just be the cutest dog I’ve ever seen – that side eye though! Great insider view of LA aswell, very jealous you got to go to Soho House!!
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    • Meihoukai
      May 31 2017

      Oh my gosh it was so cool — loved the views but you know it KILLED me not to take photos!

  • Tucker said he’s actually dying to come to Tennessee with you in June and if you would please book him on the next Southwest flight out, he’ll meet you there.
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    • Meihoukai
      May 31 2017

      Oh my gosh don’t get me started. Nothing would make me happier. Still gutted I didn’t set him up to fly a few years ago… insert sob emoji here.

  • Ijana Loss
    May 25 2017

    Don’t worry, nobody minds lots of pictures of Tucker ๐Ÿ˜‰ Also, LA seems like a cool place to spend a little time! I tend to dislike large cities, but staying with a local always makes the experience better

    • Meihoukai
      May 31 2017

      Indeed it does! That’s how I see most of the USA (visiting family and friends) and I adore it!

  • Pilot Mark
    May 25 2017

    I love California – theres always something interesting around the corner. I loved exploring the Yosemite national park – being surrounded by such raw, imposing nature was truly an unforgettable experience. Iยดm glad you’ve made the most of your time with your dad – and Tucker too!

    • Meihoukai
      May 31 2017

      Ah yes! I went to Yosemite when I was about 12 but I’d love to go back now as an adult. So many state and national parks to explore.

  • Addie
    May 26 2017

    OK, Tucker is just too cute. I am always ok with posts that are mainly about Tucker.
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    • Meihoukai
      May 31 2017

      I love to hear it — because there are plenty of them whenever he is around. Ha ha!

  • Julia Nix
    May 28 2017

    love tucker so much. xx

  • Tucker is an absolute darling. That’s all I have to say!
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  • Dad
    May 29 2017

    Meihoukai, Tucker wishes to inform you he counted 32 photos in this post. His image appear in only 12. That is a less than a 50% ratio. He wants to speak with about this glaring oversight before agreeing to appear in a future posts.

    I appear only 4 times which means Tucker has a 3 to1 favorability ratio over your own father, not that I jealous or anything……I am just say in’

    Love

    Dad

    • Meihoukai
      June 1 2017

      Well, Tucker is hard negotiator but I accept. Sounds like I will have to fly out there again soon because I am running low on new photos of BOTH of you.

    • Julia Nix
      June 2 2017

      Mr Baackes chimes in :)….Love it. Hello Sir, hope u r well! love TUCKER so MUCH!

  • Sharon Wagner
    May 30 2017

    Nice swan! And dog of course.