Birthday Weekend: Umami Burger and Melrose Trading Post

In addition to showing my parents the Getty Center during their weekend visit, Rich and I knew we'd have to take them to experience the one and only Umami Burger. Let me just start by saying if you've been to LA and never eaten at Umami... you're SERIOUSLY missing out! It's the best burger I've ever eaten, dreamt about, drooled over, etc. And not only are their burgers the best around, but their Cheesy Tots and Onion Rings are game-changers as well. If that wasn't enough to make you loosen your belt, they've got AMAZING desserts too. Like I mentioned earlier, this is the kind of place you'll literally dream about.

Once we finished hanging out at the Getty, we ventured down to the Umami Burger on La Brea. After a little bit of a wait, we got down to business. My dad ordered the Port & Stilton Burger, Rich and my mom got the Umami Burger, and I enjoyed the Truffle Burger. To this day, Rich argues that the Umami is better than my beloved Truffle, but he is just straight up crazy. The Truffle Burger is where it's at!

{Truffle Heaven}
{Cheesy tots and Onion Rings...they couldn't even wait for me to get a picture!}

{The rents}

I wish I had snagged some pics of our dessert too. It was SO yummy! Cherry almond pie, ice cream sandwiches, and red velvet mini cakes. Needless to say, we loosened our belts and rolled ourselves outta there at the end of the night. So worth it!

The next day we got an early start and headed to the Melrose Trading post--one of Rich and my favorite things to do on Sundays. It was a warm, sunny day and we all enjoyed strolling around and checking out all the vendors. I even scored a cheap pair of sunnies!

{my hunny}

{new sunnies}

What a fun weekend, right? It was great spending time with my parents and showing them around town. Rich and I absolutely love having friends and family visit... so dear friends, consider these posts a bribe to come and see us. :)

Come back soon mom and dad!


Birthday Weekend: The Getty Center

Well, why not kick off November with a post about something that happened in September? Business as usual 'round these parts!

At the beginning of September, my parents ventured up to Culver City for a weekend of fun to celebrate my birthday. Rich and I were so excited to play 'tour guide' and show off some of our favorite things to do in LA. Though my parents spend a good amount of time here visiting family (my mom grew up in the valley), we were happy to show them a different side to this crazy city. 

We began our adventure by heading up the 405 to the Getty Center. Surprisingly enough, neither of them had been there before! The Getty is such a great place to spend the day--with it's amazing views, lush garden and vast array of exhibitions--there's something for everyone.

{Momma bear}
{Rich never misses an opportunity to jump in front of the camera}


We had a great time showing my parents the Getty Center. Even after almost 5 hours there, we still hadn't seen everything. Guess that means we'll have to go again soon!

Next up... Umami Burger and Melrose Trading Post.