Since my parents live in China, my sister lives in LA, and I live in New York, it's hard for us to come together in one place and spend time together as a family. We try to meet up in LA at least once a year to catch up and eat a crazy amount of Korean food.
I was able to spend a couple weeks in LA in late May/early June. After my Memorial weekend trip to Seattle with my sis, we returned to LA and were immediately greeted by my grandparents on my mom's side, who had arrived from Korea a few days prior. My grandparents on my dad's side live in LA and have been there well before I was born. It was the first time that my four grandparents were together in one place.
We celebrated this reunion by barbecuing right on the sandy beach next to crashing waves in Malibu. We filled up on Korean galbi and steak (all with a side of many various types of kimchi, of course). Soon after my parents and I went for a short hike while my grandparents relaxed and soaked in the view of the ocean. It's so crazy to me that natural beauties like Malibu exist just a quick 1-hour drive away from LA.
ECHO PARK This place has gotten a serious facelift from when I first visited a couple years ago. This once grungy park has a beautiful lake full of lily pads. It's also great to spend an afternoon here paddle boating.
CGV CINEMA The best Korean American cinema. This place shows both Korean and American movies, and the American movies all have Korean subtitles. My dad is obsessed with this place.
MALIBU There are many beaches and hikes that you can find, they're like hidden gems all over. The beaches are more pristine, better for surfing, and the hikes provide awesome mountain and sea views.
PEDDLER'S CREAMERY A yummy ice cream place with cool decor, next to a lot of the fun places in downtown LA.