Happy traveling szn everyone! Is anyone planning on visiting lovely SoCal soon? If you are, I am very glad you stumbled (maybe) upon this blog 🙂
I had the opportunity to work with Discover Torrance over Thanksgiving weekend to explore the city. I never had the chance to really explore the city in the past and through this weekend I was able to discover so many great eateries that they offered!
Visit there website!! https://discovertorrance.com/
Torrance has a heavy Japanese culture influence and it is one of the best places to find Japanese dining. That’s the reason why my blog will showcase many different Japanese dining experience! Also, I got my palette ready for Japan, since I will be traveling to Japan this upcoming Christmas break!
Friday, November 29, 2019.
Second stop was Mitsuwa Marketplace. Mitsuwa is a Japanese market where you can find snack to eateries with their large food court. One of the most famous ramen place is in here so make sure you take a pit stop if you are near the area!
For lunch we stopped at Miyabi Uni. If you are a Uni lover, this is heaven for you. Anything from Uni topped oysters to Uni pasta… anything you can think of this restaurant has it all. I think we had more than enough uni that day I think I was all set for the year…!
Fourth pit stop at King’s Hawaiian! You are probably familiar with King’s Hawaiian bread that you can purchase at the market, but this restaurant carries a full bakery with a restaurant attached to it! Only in Torrance, it is a must place to visit in SoCal!
Alright, alright, I know all we do is eat… We made a stop at the South Coast Botanic Garden. After a heavy rain the night before the flowers and trees looked more beautiful this day. A lot of it was being renovated since it is winter, but you can still find peaceful nature within this garden and get great photo-ops! Just make sure you do respect those that are there to enjoy the nature with you as well 🙂
Foundation Members: FREE
Seniors (62 and over): $6
Students (with ID): $6
Children (5 – 12): $4
Children (4 and under): FREE
More walking needed… We stopped by Del Amo Fashion Center. It was Black Friday so it was super crowded! I know people like to shop online now, but Del Amo Fashion Center is always poppin’ regardless of holiday season or not! This indoor & outdoor mall has great restaurants along with its stores. Check out what stores are available here.
Torrance is also known for their breweries. There were so many to choose from but with Irene’s recommendation we decided to check out Smog City Brewing (just opened up this September!). At Smog City we ordered the flight where you can choose your own. You can also order cans where you choose your own beer and the friendly staff will fill it up for you and bottle it up for you to enjoy there or to take home! This space is family friendly (I saw some young ones there!) and gives a warm and fuzzy feeling from all the barrels!
Last but not least, our dinner stop at Wadatsumi. Saved the best for last tbh. I’ve always heard about this place but I had no idea what the hype was all about! Thankfully we didn’t wait too long because it was Thanksgiving break! Wadatsumi offers amazing quality sushi with other Japanese dishes to go along with your meal. I highly encourage for you to sit at the sushi bar so that you can get to know their sushi chefs! They might even make you a dish to your preference! 😉
Wadatsumi is now my favorite sushi spot – I think it is better than what Little Tokyo has to offer…! I am definitely coming back here real soon.
Saturday, November 30, 2019.
Checked out of Redac Gateway Hotel and we headed straight to a brunch spot. I personally wanted to try an authentic noodle place so we searched for one of course! At Ichimi Ann Bamboo Garden you can customize your soba or udon noodles. This restaurant gave a huge “home-y” type of feel when we walked in, we knew it was going to be good. I ordered hot soba noodle with yuzu & sour plum. I can confidently say that I downed my whole bowl of soba!
Thanks to #DiscoverTorrance I was able to experience so much of this city. It is so fortunate that Torrance is only 40 minutes away from home and I can always come back here to experience everything once more. If you are visiting SoCal for the holidays I highly recommend for you to take a pit stop at Torrance. There is so much to discover, and let my blog and this website to be a guide for you 🙂
Don’t forget to check out my Torrance highlight on my Instagram!
That’s all for now!
Locations (All locations available with free parking):
- Offset Coffee: 24416 Crenshaw Blvd, Unit 1, Torrance, CA 90505
- Mitsuwa Marketplace: 21515 Western Ave, Torrance, CA 90501
- Miyabi Uni: 1231 Cabrillo Ave, Torrance, CA 90501
- King’s Hawaiian: 2808 Sepulveda Blvd, Torrance, CA 90505
- South Coast Botanic Garden: 26300 Crenshaw Blvd, Palos Verdes Penninsula, CA 90274
- Del Amo Fashion Center: 3525 Carson St, Torrance, CA 90503
- Smog City Brewing: 1901 Del Amo Blvd, Torrance, CA 90501
- Wadatsumi: 1757 W Carson St, Torrance, CA 90501
- Ichimi Ann Bamboo Garden: 1618 Cravens Ave, Torrance, CA 90501