Day trip to Gardena / Torrance CA

I believe the Triple-T Teahouse in Gardena pays for Instagram ads… I think that’s how I encountered them… but I still think it’s impressive that I followed them just because I wanted to see more plates of noodles. OMG the noodles. I couldn’t take it anymore and I planned an entire day trip around these noodles. It was an excellent day trip so I’m doing a blog post about it. Triple-T, your Instagram marketing worked. Good job.

So first, we went to this memorial fountain for JFK which has been in Torrance since just after he died. Is it me or do you think maybe the designer might have had an issue w/ JFK’s politics?


I mean… it’s a giant potty. That’s what my son said, anyway. It’s referred to on the internet as the “JFK Toilet Bowl Memorial.” Worthy of a detour, I must say. It’s at the corner of Cabrillo and Sartori Avenue in Torrance.

Next stop was the Southern California Live Steamers in Charles Wilson Park. I just happened to look up “stuff to do near Gardena” and was lucky enough to find that these teeny trains run on the first Sunday of the month from 11am-3pm (bingo!). They also run the 3rd Saturday of each month from 12-3pm, fyi. The park itself has a ton to do… batting cages and some kind of roller arena… a splash pad, a tree house structure and a pretty epic playground. And then there’s the trains:

It’s not the most comfortable ride in the world. If you have knee or back or balance problems, you should sit this one out. If you’re good on those though, you straddle the trains like they’re horses and enjoy the ride which is a good… 6-8 minutes? They ask for a $1.00 donation per person per ride which makes multiple rides very possible. We rode 3 times total. The crowd was minimal to nil which made the wait time bearable. We waited mostly for the trains to come back since you get such a generous ride. The tracks take you through a tunnel and little miniature houses / scenes in various states of repair and scale (like the tiny bed and breakfast covered in nasturtiums pictured below). The place was filled with wildflowers and butterflies- mostly under the cover of trees so you’re not out in the sun the whole time. It was lovely.


The tracks go out farther into the park even but I guess, on this particular day, the tracks out of the garden had been damaged and weren’t being used.

We were hungry so it was time for noodles.


When you’re short, the angel wings come out of your head… Anyway. The Triple-T Teahouse is in a little strip mall with a very convenient parking lot. The inside is made for Instagrammers (I’d already taken the bait…). We ordered soup (which came in a bowl bigger than my head) and the garlic shrimp noodles. We easily could have shared one of those things… each item was under $10. I got rose-flavored milk tea and let my son go nuts on a milkshake bc I wanted to see it in person. I mean look at that thing:

Epic. This place was worth the drive alone and I’m going back as soon as possible. The Triple-T is located at 15703 Crenshaw Blvd, Gardena, CA 90249.

I couldn’t possibly imagine cramming anything else into my stomach, but we drove to this anyway:


I can’t tell you how the donuts are since we just came for the picture. It’s a jankier-looking version of Randy’s but fun nonetheless. The Donut King II is located at 15032 S Western Ave, Gardena, CA 90249. They’re cash only and they’re basically a stand- drive-thru/walk-up. I might do it if I have more time after noodles next time…

Oh what a fun day!

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