Despite being a New Yorker, I have to admit that In-N-Out wins over Shake Shack. It taste just as good and is a better bang for my buck.


One of these days, I’m going to be bi-coastal. This Native New Yorker needs her east coast hustle, but I can really get used to this west coast vibe.

Guess what my first stop was as soon as I got into LA. That’s right. In-N-Out. Animal style. And of course, the next question that comes to mind is: Which is better – Shake Shack or In-N-Out? Here’s my take: Shake Shack wins on taste, but In-N-Out is just as tasty and definitely better bang for my buck.

You know what’s also really good in LA? Mexican food. And it’s so cheap! Everything seems cheaper compared to NYC. I would seriously consider moving to LA if I didn’t have to drive everywhere. I haven’t gotten on the highway yet so the thought of going 90MPH in a 4-lane freeway is just suicidal.

Luckily, my friend drove for most of our stay in LA. We went to Griffith Observatory for a view of the Hollywood sign. Nothing special. It’s just something to check off the tourist list of things to do. Next stop was boba, then to one of the many cafés in LA, rooftop dinner and drinks. What a life.

Monica reflects on her travels by sharing her thoughts on A Cup of Moca. She writes about her journey as she experiences the destination to encourage others to marinate in the moment instead of just checking things off a bucket list.