Date ideas: dineLA, Chinese New Year Events in LA, LA Events for love & relationships

1st: info on where you'll find some FUN Chinese New Year celebrations!
2nd: Break it down how my sweetheart and I did dineLA as not from LA (with pics below)!

LAST DAY to take advantage of dineLA Restaurant Week deals!
Coincidentally, the last day of dineLA is ALSO Chinese New Year, and LA is celebrating in several ways! Because I'm from Orange County, LA is close enough that you get to enjoy LA events, but you still have to kinda plan your day there if you wanna make the most of it since it's going to take you maybe 1 hr driving there & 1 hr driving back (with no traffic...). Basically, if I'm going to LA, then let's REALLY make it worth it with an adventure!

My darling Physicist and I kinda turn LA trips into a fun, adventurous all day date. 


Here's info on where and when for some Chinese New Year events in LA!
From Chinatownla.com
 CHINATOWN CHINESE NEW YEAR FESTIVAL & GOLDEN DRAGON PARADE
OF COURSE, Chinatown is going to be THE place to be! Chinatown celebrations will be Feb 1 & 2.




From Chinatownla.com
The rest are Chinese New Year celebrations that are going on tomorrow, during dineLA's last day!


WISHING TREE AT THE BEVERLY CENTER


HILTON LOS ANGELES/UNIVERSAL CITY – CAFÉ SIERRA BUFFET (THE VALLEY)


SANTA MONICA PLACE SIX-DAY CELEBRATION



UNIVERSAL STUDIOS HOLLYWOOD LUNAR NEW YEAR 


THE GROVE & THE AMERICANA AT BRAND

Here are some resources to help you plan your Chinese New Year:
Discover LA, the same masterminds behind dineLA
About.com LA Travel
Chinese Chamber of Commerce LA
LA Magazine, talking about a few restaurant special events


BREAK IT DOWN, NOW! How we turned dineLA into a whole day of fun!
We left OC to go have brunch/lunch at one of our new favorite bakery-cafes, Portro's in Downey. You wouldn't believe what a good deal all of these pastries and potato balls are unless you saw them for yourself!
Miam! Blueberry cupcakes! Excuse my double chin haha
Cappuccino was perfectly frothy!


NOW ONTO THE NEXT PART OF LA: THE SPACE SHUTTLE!


I should have worn a navy polka dot dress & Ryan should have worn an orange space suit, then we could be Armageddon haha!
Weee twirling in front of the Endeavour
It's free at the California Science Center in LA, near USC (actually, right next to The Los Angeles Coliseum).


He's an Astrophysicist, so he was super happy to see some love for his field!
Awww look at how happy he is!
Precursor to the Mars Rover:Viking 1. It's so cute!
Among some other things you might see at the California Science Center...


This was a morphing mural (lenticular) that changed as you moved. I ran up and down the hall like a little kid.





We planned on getting an aperitif (before dinner drink) somewhere with Happy Hour close to our dineLA restaurant, but thanks to LA traffic, it took us 2 hours to get from the USC LA area to Downtown Pasadena (about 14 miles). We didn't make it for Happy Hour, but we did make it a bit early for our dinner reservation! Haha when you pack so much fun into a day, even traffic is bearable!
Photobombed by a waiter! Haha funny guys.



Aaaand finally, we ended the wonderful LA experience with yummy dineLA.
You can see pics of what we had for dinner in the post before HERE. :)

All in all, well worth the drive! We joked that had this been our first date, it would have been game over then bc I would have already known that he was absolutely perfect for me! Haha day dates are the best! And another experience to share together! <3
Plus, I got this cool pic taken thanks to having so many perfect backdrops at the Museum! Yay! You're bound to find a perfect photo op when you take the time to explore outside of your destination point.

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