Lynn – From Bolivia to Thailand

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Once a month, Walt Disney Concert Hall holds World City, a free music event for children. We met up with Emily, Thad, and their son Lincoln outside the stunning architectural wonder Saturday morning, where there was already a long line forming.

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Once you get your tickets, you stand on another line upstairs, to get into the small outdoor amphitheatre.

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After about an hour waiting, you choose your seats. This was our second time coming to one of these, so we were in the know – sit stage right and you’ll avoid the sun.

The program featured the dance troupe Bolivian Corazon de America:

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Lincoln was NOT a fan of the masks.

I felt bad for this dude, who had to keep one hand on his hat the entire time because it was slipping off.

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Outside the hall they have craft booths set up.

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It’s really a lot of fun – not only for kiddies but for adults too! We packed a picnic lunch and sat outside, with a view of the beautiful rose fountain:

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I brought some goodies to share with the group. A bag of Whale Tails tortilla chips – Lincoln was obsessed with these – I had a large handful dipped in Trader Joe’s peach salsa…

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Tierra Farm Organic Chocolate Covered Almonds (about 6 or 7 of these)…

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…veggies with ranch dressing and strawberries that Emily/Thad brought – I had a few of each.

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For myself, I made a salad. I kept the greens on top so they wouldn’t get all soggy – underneath were shredded cucumber, carrots, black eyed peas, and grape tomatoes marinated overnight in Mike’s Special Flax Seed Oil.

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All mixed up, with a dollop of peach salsa:

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After a trip to the terrific gift store, we said our goodbyes, drove back home, and took Julius for a little walk; when I got back I was quite warm and craving a soda, so I made myself one with the Sodastream:

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Diet Cola two days in a row! Wonder if I’ll have another craving tomorrow…

Around 5pm I snacked on an organic navel orange and a caramel tootsie pop.

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We tried to see a movie, but the computer screwed up our tickets and we wound up on the phone with our credit card company/the movie theater trying to straighten things out. By the time we were done with that it was too late, so we decided to go out for dinner. I wanted to try someplace new, so I did a bunch of research on some places in Thai Town.

The first restaurant we tried was closed for renovations. The next one wasn’t open past 8 pm. We finally wound up at our old standby, Ruen Pair – cheap and authentic.  We’re not afraid of the B-rating, either.  We got there just in time – Abe just made it into the packed valet lot and I snagged the last two-seater before the long lines started.

Since the weather’s warming up, I figured it might be a while before I’ll be craving soup again so I ordered that.

Egg noodles with BBQ pork and bok choy:

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Abe and I also split the Morning Glory (I may have taken more than my share):

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We always order this when we come here – it’s super duper garlic-y.

I also had a bite of Abe’s Pad See Ew with tofu:

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Everything was delicious, as usual, but I wasn’t wowed by my noodle soup. It was bland in comparison to everything else, and what I’ve eaten here before.

I wound up eating half the noodles/meat in my dish, and all the broth and veggies, making it easier to bring home and make something new with leftovers:

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We finished dinner at around 9 pm. I felt like this was late, but the place seemed like it was going to be busy for another couple hours.  When we got home I was too full for dessert <—that’s crazy.

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  • http://thehappinessinhealth.com Jessie

    Look at that long line! :O

    I’m glad you had fun at dinner, although bummer about the bland noodle soup. Too full for dessert?! That never happens here, either! ;)

  • http://www.speak2docs.com Wendy Lee

    What a fun event to do with your friends’ son! And a wonderful “picnic” too….

  • http://simplylifeblog.blogspot.com/ Simply Life

    Oh what a great time! I LOVE those chocolate covered almonds!

  • http://theemptynutjar.wordpress.com theemptynutjar

    nice fun.

  • http://www.andreaswellnessnotes.com Andrea@WellnessNotes

    Sounds like a fun day! I keep seeing the sodastream everywhere, and now I really want one…

    Have a great Sunday!

  • http://www.cksmetalart.blogspot.com/ Cindy

    Looks like a fun day. Pad See Ew is one of my favorite dishes! I think the Soda Stream might be a b-day gift to myself in a couple of months. Very jealous.

  • http://livelistencook.blogspot.com Alison

    Wow…that food looks delicious. Especially the soup. Chocolate covered almonds sound really tasty. I once bought chocolate covered brazil nuts – to die for.
    The Disney Concert Hall event sounds like lots of fun. It seems like there are so many interesting things to do in L.A. I don’t know that I’d want to live in L.A. b/c there are so many downsides…but there are lots of upsides, like interesting cultural events. Sort of like living in NYC, I suppose.

  • http://goodiesgalore.wordpress.com lpskins

    first a banana pop, now caramel?

    what a nice cultural event for children to attend!

    • http://theactorsdiet.wordpress.com Lynn at The Actors Diet

      i found the caramel pops at the 99-cent store! i guess tootsie doesn’t really carry them and it’s overstocked

  • greensandjeans

    I have to say, you guys do an awesome job taking advantage of living in LA!

  • http://canyoustayfordinner.com Can You Stay for Dinner

    You’re so right- the Walt Disney Concert Hall is stunning architecturally! And what a great idea to have a picnic lunch. SOunds like a perfect way to spend the day with friends!

  • http://fancythatfancythis.wordpress.com Ameena

    I can easily eat the TJ’s Peach Salsa straight from the jar. That stuff is amazing!

  • http://tangerinesandmarmalade.wordpress.com Susan

    What a fun day! Mmm chips and salsa make me think of summer!

  • http://weitou.wordpress.com Light Delight with Tou Tou

    That concert hall looks so cool :-D glad you have a chance to see it in person!
    The food is very Asian, haha I love that bowl of noodles with BBQ pork , my favorite noodle topping!

  • http://www.pantrybites.com Janet (Pantry Bites)

    Great idea on layering the salads. I find that if I put a layer of grated carrots on the bottom and then add the dressing, the carrots absorb the dressing and will not get on the salad greens. That means you don’t need to take a separate container for the dressing.

  • http://breadplusbutter.blogspot.com/ jenn

    Hi Lynn… Thanks for visiting my blog.

    I love visiting the concert hall every once in a while. It’s actually been a while since I’ve been there. I think it’s time for me to plan a trip. I do want some of that egg boodle soup though. Perfect for those slightly chilly nights. Yum!

  • http://damnthefreshman15.blogspot.com/ Mimi (Damn the Freshman 15)

    -sigh- I’d love to be a publicist for Disney some day.

    Hehe, I love that TJ’s peach salsa. Sooo tasty and refreshing.

  • http://luvtoeat.wordpress.com luvtoeat

    i’m intrigued by that peach salsa…sounds yummy.

    had to show my hubby the picture of that concert hall, he works with structures and designs a lot. what a beautiful building, thanx for sharing. sounds like you guys had a good time.

  • http://newlywednewlyveg.wordpress.com Anna

    Aww, that looks like a fun event! I love stuff like that :-)

  • http://whydeprive.wordpress.com whydeprive

    That is some good looking food!!

  • http://liawrites.wordpress.com liawrites

    The line is just crazy. The food looks amazing. Love your posts. Just subscribed, I’m hooked. ;)

  • http://mealsandmoves.wordpress.com janetha

    tootsie pops will always make me think of you. from here on out.

  • http://lowandbhold.wordpress.com lowandbhold

    The idea to keep greens on top of a packed salad is so smart! Never thought of that!

  • http://www.sinosoul.com SinoSoul

    Ruen Pair is more than a-ok, but if you want to try something new, skip across the parking lot to Ganda (but never to Red Corner Asia). Afraid of the B-rating? “B” means better yo.