Amy and I came in earliest, and our uncle picked us up. Since he had business in Long Beach, he took us to eat at the famous Parkers' Lighthouse for lunch. I ordered a delicious Kobe burger with sweet potato fries that he recommended... it was perfect! I asked Uncle requested a table with a view, and we weren't disappointed. My sister had a club sandwich, my uncle a salad, and everything was fresh and delicious.
The location is in a very touristy location, so I imagined it was mostly popular with out-of-towners... but that weekend there were definitely private parties for graduation happening, so its long history in the area definitely makes it a destination for a little bit of everyone.
After lunch, Sissy and I had a few hours to explore the many shops, enjoy the scenery, and just relax! We ended up finding a sunny spot in the grass, overlooking the Queen Mary and a cruise ship that was docked at port.
We were excited to see our Korean family for dinner that night, and knowing I am a bit of a carnivore they decided to take us to Man Soo Korean BBQ. It wasn't the typical Korean BBQ I'd been to; the meats were marinated. Instead, we cooked them at the table with onions, sprouts, garlic, and other sauces. Uncle even gave out shot of soju. It was a great meal, with lots of small plates that everyone shared.
It was so good to see my grandparents and my cousins. I don't get to see them enough.
Not a bad way to spend a half-day in California! :)