And it looks like I’m not alone.
I guess I should restate: I hate International travel with a smartphone. I rarely bring it with me, mostly due to fear of it getting lost or stolen and also because I know if I had it I’d have no self-control and would rack up a million dollar data plan bill.
But I love this:
When you’re forced out of your comfort zone, things get interesting. You have to make an attempt, because if you don’t, you’re going to be stuck in your room. Alone.
I rely really heavily on Yelp, Google Maps, Twitter, etc. for domestic travel, but when I go really far it’s nice to just rely on myself, strangers, and my hosts. I’m bringing my phone with me to Hawaii (not international, I know, but it’s far enough) but I’m going to try to keep it tucked away as best I can. Please nobody steal my luggage :\
Big Island —>
Atlanta, GA —>
Somewhere in Alabama —>
Atlanta, GA —>
It’s acceptable to bring a massive rolling bag for this right? My packing list is insane right now.
1. Pi Pizza. Apparently Prez Obama really likes this place (they have a location in DC). It’s Chicago style but obviously it’s not from Chicago, and that’s annoying to me in theory but I have to admit this place is good. I’ve been warned to avoid St. Louis pizza at all costs (one friend told me it’s mostly like eating “hot garbage” - ew.), but this place is legit. The cracker crust is delicious and the salads are awesome.
For reference the place that sells disgusting “St. Louis Style” pizza is called Imo’s. Stay away!!!
2. Bailey’s Chocolate Bar. I had some s’mores drink that nearly killed me (due to how delicious it was and also the fact that it tasted nothing like alcohol, hellooooo). Try it. You will die too.
3. Crepes Etc. Best breakfast, and it’s also in a cute neighborhood.
4. Any place that sells Gooey Butter Cake. It’s everywhere, you won’t have trouble finding it. Pro tip: even if it looks small, share it.
Here’s a list of places I’ve eaten at in the LA area and loved. Yum!
1. Diddy Riese. Yes the line is down the street. Yes, it’s worth it. Two fresh baked cookies + ice cream in the middle? And it’s only $1.75?! Wut. This place is magic.
2. The Pie Hole. Once I had a slice of pie here that had peanut butter, chocolate, and potato chips. It was so good I had to swing by again for Round 2 before leaving LA. It’s a little off the beaten path, but worth the trip.
3. Milk. More cookies and ice cream. There was a line last time I went, but it moved fast and was worth it. It’s kind of close to an Arclight theater, so it’s a good after-movie snack!
4. Porto’s. Cheap, fast, delicious. The sandwiches are good and the bakery items are really good. Another place with a long line that moves fast.
5. Mohawk Bend. This place used to be a movie theater. Now they serve fancy beers and fig pizza (!!!).
Obvious bonus places: The Coffee Bean. Their blended dark chocolate drink is my favorite thing ever, it’s like drinking a milkshake. And, of course, In N Out.
Thanks to Gabby for taking me most of these places!