Weekend Amora: Lotus Festival in Echo Park
Okay so I am still holding strong to my Coachella pact....to be more in the moment and spending time with my friends while studying for grad school...balance between work and play and though it's still a work in progress this weekend I found a great balance.
This year since I now live in Echo Park I thought it would be fun to check it out as it turns out I live a 15 minute walk away from the park. So, with my Coachella pact in mind....I called up my friend Kathi, we have tried so many times to meet up in the last few months but it didn't work out until Saturday when we got to play in the sun and enjoy the festival and each other.
This year’s festival, which celebrates Asian and Pacific-Asian cultures and traditions, pays tribute to the Republic of Korea. With large numbers of Koreans living in Los Angeles, “we will probably have more people attending this year,” said Leo Pandac, who heads the nonprofit that organizes the festival in partnership with the Department of Parks and Recreation.
While waiting for Kathi and took a walk around Echo Park lake to take in the lotus blossoms which surprisingly were really tall and beautiful with pink and white petals. I don't think I have spent this much time in Echo Park since moving to LA, I realized it's a special little park and will be making it a regular spot to visit.
Oh...let's talk food real quick so the festival is FREE, but the food isn't and we all know that festivals, concerts, etc. food cost three times as much....never understood why...I mean I do but still. Anyway, I have learned a few tips that will help stretch your hard earned dollars this summer festival season.
1. Carry cash
2. Don't grab the first thing you see...walk around take it all in first. Then make your choice.
3. Go later on in the day. If it's a local/community event go later in the day when the sun is not so hot. You will be surprised how may deals you can get as vendors are winding down their day.
4. Always check-out the event website so who, what, where the things you will like will be.
5. Have fun!
I got the Chicken Skewer festival plate with Pad See ew and yum for $10.
Finally, met up with Kathi and her mini me Lily for some girl time on the water. Paddle boat $10 for adults, $5 for kids under 18 years old at the Boathouse.
Good food, great friends and lots of fun. Work/Life balance in action.