The other day Julia and I decided to take our mom to downtown Santa Ana for a quick bite. As you can tell from one of Julia’s most recent posts, we ate at Lola Gaspar and had a damn good time stuffing our faces with their delicious food.

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With time to kill and calories to burn, we decided to take a brisk walk around the area.
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Walking around downtown Santa Ana is great because the stores are more compact than the vast amount of emptiness you often encounter in most parts of Orange County. With old historical buildings surrounding you and quaint little bistros on every corner, there’s always something interesting that captures your attention, thus making walking seem more like an adventure rather than a tedious task in hot weather.

We had a great time soaking in the sun while checking out the stores. Most of the window displays seemed like a mini rainbow had exploded inside, or Cinderella’s Fairy God Mother got too carried away; with dresses as far as the eye can see stacked, stuffed and stored inside. Julia informed us that the unusual amount of ballroom dresses we were encountering was for QuinceaƱera - the celebration, in Latin American culture, of a girl’s fifteenth birthday, marking the transition from childhood to young womanhood. This only made me inquire our mom which birthday Chinese kids were to look forward to since we never got a Bat Mitsvah, a QuinceaƱera or a Sweet Sixteen… her answer was a shrug and a cute smile that allows her to get away with anything. I decided not to pursue the issue, put my arm around her and continued sauntering down the street.

Overall it was a day well spent with Julia and Momma Vaughn, getting to bond more over our taste palates and have our girly gossip. I definitely plan on making more frequent trips as I hope to familiarize myself more with the area; there are still a ton more restaurants that are waiting for me to sink my teeth into. Until then…

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