Birthday.

Since I “became an adult,” I’ve been utterly obsessed with Disneyland. Not so much Disney movies, characters or memorabilia, but specifically the theme parks. This obsession hit me late, but hard, and if you recall, David and I last visited the Disney park in Hong Kong. Their park is unique in its own way, and while you can find classic rides like “It’s a Small World” and a mystical take on “Haunted Mansion,” it just made me long for the Disneyland. This year for my Birthday, we took a theme park focused trip down to LA and even stopped by Universal Studios! I don’t want to overtly declare how old I turned, but let’s just say it was a great way to welcome the last year of my 20s..

Take me back!

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Guadalajara eats.

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Chorizo omelet and tacos from La Chata, a local favorite. There are typically lines out the door, so I recommend visiting in between normal meal hours.

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An assortment of fried tacos. My favorite was the potato taco… CARBS.

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Pretty fruit plate at Chai for breakfast.

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The complimentary bread for a table of six.

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Waffles and huevos rancheros sin queso.

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Pollo in a curry-like sauce at La Gorda, a local chain restaurant.

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Fresh corn tortillas. 

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A quick American bite at the hotel before the wedding.

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The bride and groom hosted a breakfast at the hotel the morning after the wedding. After dancing and drinking all night, and partially into the morning, this was a much-anticipated event. Thank you, Karla y Gerardo for having us!

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Just outside of the historical district of the city, we discovered an amazingly authentic and delicious Italian restaurant in the more “hip” part of town (streets full of American-style bar and grill restaurants). Restaurant Italia Mia had the most delicious pasta and most hospitable staff. If you have a chance to visit the area, I highly recommend this restaurant. 

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The most beautiful spaghetti marinara in all the land.

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Last, but not least, after finding Restaurant Italia Mia the night before, I felt inspired. Without expecting much, I started my search for Korean food in Guadalajara, and to my surprise, we found a pretty authentic little restaurant, Gami, about a mile and a half outside of the central historical district. I ordered my beloved Soon DuBu and though I wasn’t blown away, I was still impressed that I was eating Soon DuBu in Guadalajara. Mexico. 

Colores.

We spent the last week in Guadalajara Mexico celebrating our friends Karla and Gerardo’s wedding. It was not entirely clear to me that we were flying in the day of Hurricane Patricia until we landed in LAX for our layover. By then, it was too late to turn back, and there was no way I was going to miss their wedding because of stormy weather. What kind of Seattleite would I be if I did? After a lot of anticipation, Hurricane Patricia turned out to be uneventful in Guadalajara, and we were able to enjoy multiple sunny days immediately after the storm had passed. 

One of my favorite things about the city is the coloring. How amazing would it be if we could paint our buildings any color we wanted? 

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