The view from our room at The Ritz-Carlton Marina del Rey
After a loooong flight (SG to HK, HK to LA, almost a whole day including layovers, gah!) we got to LA and our hotel at about 3:30 in the afternoon. Turns out we didn't have a room ready yet, so we had to wait at the Lobby Lounge where they fed us with truffle potato chips and gave us 2 complimentary cocktails, although we ended up just asking for soda, hahaha.
While Dada was bugging the front desk to get our room ready, all I could think of was dinner at In-N-Out Burger. I told my sister Trina and her SIL Belle that we had to pay homage to In-N-Out, because Dada's Dada had been raving about it for years, but I had never never even stepped foot inside an In-N-Out. All my California based friends seemed to speak of their burgers with much pride, and so awesome, that they claim families and friends back home would even request visiting Californians to hand carry these burgers. In a nutshell, I thought of In-N-Out as something almost mythical, and I was looking forward to taking a bite of that legend.
I even tweeted about it on Twitter and @franrgh told me to get the Double Double! Two beef patties! Double Trouble!
When Trina got off from work, she and husband Jun picked us up and we went straight to the nearest In-N-Out from our hotel. I was so hungry and so excited that we made a beeline straight to the counter! Here's what we got:
A cheeseburger for me and upon @franrgh's reco, Double Doubles for Dada & Jun...
Fries and the secret menu staple - "Animal style fries" made with grilled onions, cheese and spread (something like a thousand island dressing actually)
Thank so much Trina & Jun for the yummy burger dinner! It was what I expected, the burger patties, although thin, had a unique crisp quality to it. However, my personal fave, Five Guys, is still #1! East Coast for the win! Just kidding! Hehehe! (Incidentally, there's a Five Guys now in Seattle, Bellingham, WA, North Vancouver and in Surrey BC - yay West Coast!)
Finally saw Trina after 7 months! And yes, Berry still remembers her =)
The following day, we made plans to do a bit of shopping so I could stock up on Kiehl's for Berry (ridiculously overpriced in Singapore) a replacement apothecary jar for the one Berry broke from Crate & Barrel, and a couple more items I couldn't find in SG.