Thursday, December 23, 2010

pastrami at the hat

Acne Beryl cardigan (christmas present!), Acne top

Sup guys, I'm currently enjoying my time in LA until I have to go back up north to begin my job search. Thanks for all of the comments about my graduation! I posted an outfit shot from that day on my Tumblr in case anyone is interested in seeing what I wore. Still getting used to not feeling pressured to finish a paper or study for an exam, it feels so strange! Maybe that's why this trip home feels especially relaxing. Aside from obligatory trips to In-N-Out and pho with my dad, I almost always stop by The Hat for lunch. I've been eating the same thing there since I was a kid: a classic pastrami sandwich and fries (although sometimes, if we're feeling wild, we order chili fries lol). Anyone else from the San Gabriel Valley? No matter how many miles away I am, I'll always consider it home.

world famous pastrami
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Anonymous said...

Haha I grew up in Temple City (the Rosemead branch), so I know all about The Hat. I live in New York now, though, so this is a great blast from the past.

I guess I consider the SGV home still, but if my parents weren't still there, I doubt I would visit at all.


No Alice No said...

Enjoy your stay in LA.
Congrats for your graduation and good luck for your future job search.

Yummy pastrami:)



Erica said...

That looks so delicious! And I hope your trip isnt completely ruined by the rain. Stay dry!

Shannyn said...

The Hat is my favorite, reminds me of high school. Chili cheese fries and a cherry coke!

Merv said...

Heck yes. I usually stop by the one in Glendora or Brea.. but I don't think I've ever gotten anything else except for the classic pastrami. Except I get onion rings :D

kimb said...

I LOVE THE HAT! i usually go the hat in brea hahah but i ordered exactly what you ordered, but still classic lunch :)

Kacey said...

Hacienda Heights! Off the 60 Freeway!

Christina of Profresh Style said...

Ohhh The Hat always has the best pastrami sandwiches and I always get the chili cheese fries. they are fucking huge. yes, i'm a fatty.


Jennifer S. said...

congrats on graduating....the "real world" is pretty awesome, and I must say that you will never have that feeling of missing, studying for a test or pulling an all nighter to finish up a project. Good luck on the job search!


L'Amour et la Paix said...

I am an LA native and have yet to try The Hat! I've heard good things though! xo

Anonymous said...

Hey, just wondering, what restaurant do you go to for pho? I'm from SGV also, but skeptical of pho restaurants

Thanh said...

I've been so curious about that place. I still can't believe I haven't gone before. I love pastrami!

jane said...

i love the hat (i go to the one in pasadena)
yea..can you recommend good pho places in SGV? we always end up @ saigon flavor on valley but when we're lazy we just go to pho hut in glendale..:(

Kacrates said...

Never been to Cali. A ny girl but would love to see it sometime. :D

Marloes | The Style Sandwich said...

Enjoy your time in LA!
Happy holidays ;)

Mandy Koster said...

That sandwich looks so yummy!

Xo Mandy

Enjoy the holidays!

lou said...


Marcella Alyssa said...

I literally live around the corner from The Hat in San Gabriel! My sisters and I go there ALL the time (chili cheese fries & wild cherry soda ftw)

Just Cake Girl said...

Have a happy holiday season :))))

Anonymous said...

happy Christmas! and Enjoy Your Holidays!!

Alina said...

looks tasty! i want that tooo! :P

Anonymous said...

HI !
Congrats for your graduation ;-)
Enjoy your holiday and Merry Christmas !
p.s: I was wondering how does your sandwich taste , it seems soooooooooo delicious :d

Mikey Flashin said...

The Hat eh? Looks like I have another place to hit up when I visit LA next year. Another great post, keep em coming.

Happy Holidays <3

-Mikey Flashin


MELISSA Z. said...

Congrats for your graduation!
That pastrami seems delicious, yummy!

Merry Xmas from

Alexandra said...

I need some food ,that pastrami looks incredible :x I know how it feels losing the pressure you had , but it's sometimes so calming. Try reading something or doing a project for your home , it will make the tranzit a little easier.

Kacey Sam said...

Have you ever tried Tops? I think it's in Pasadena somewhere. I've only been to the Hat in Alhambra :P and I think I'm much more of a fan of the chili cheese fries than the pastrami..

Kathryn {Sweet Tea and Champagne} said...

Had to check out your blog, because ambition just might be my favorite word. :) Lovely pictures! xo


margaret said...

How does your bf know what to get you? Does he just pay attention? lol

margaret said...

are you wearing the triforce ring? needs more pics imo

courtney. said...

that sandwich looks so freaking delicious.
merry christmas!

Anonymous said...

Aw you looked so cute on graduation! Congratulations again. It must be so exciting to finally be done with school, good for you!
Merry Christmas!

Eli said...

my family lives pretty close to the Glendora one, burgers and sandwiches were never the same after! so yum!

AllThingsNails! said...

That's right down the street from some of the best beauty supply stores in LA County! Gotta get down there soon. Thanks for sharing. :)

destroy what bores you said...

hello! congratulations on your graduation and merry christmas! as a Los Angeles native/resident of the San Gabriel Valley I applaud your mention of the Hat, In-N-Out, and pho all in one post. awesome food shots/outfits as always, and have a great time at home!

June said...

i like this post

Anonymous said...

I love your hair!Merry christmas..

hem ljuva hem said...

The Hat was my love <33333
it is one of the best things ever. seriously.

jette said...

Haven't eaten at The Hat since high school! I usually go to the Brea location. Their onion rings = yum. Cute Acne Beryl cardigan too btw! Belated Merry Christmas. :D

mysterymoor said...

man, i love pastrami

Anonymous said...

wow, that's cool! i'm from the san gabriel valley too. although i still live here. the hat i go to is by elac and one in alhambra. merry belated christmas! happy new year :)

Anonymous said...

wooo the hat acroos the street from east los angeles college woooooo

INES said...

looks delicious

Yuri said...

ahhh, good luck on the job search! That's one my list to-do in the new year also. super cute sweater below.

Natalie (NJ in L.A.) said...

Loved The Hat ever since I was a little girl. We lived down the street from it in San Gabriel growing up, and then the Alhambra one when I was at SGHS.

Do you ever go to "The Stuffed Sandwich" - a favorite as well.

Unknown said...

Hat's chilli cheese fries! Your post is a good reminder for me to get some before my winter holiday is over.

josephine said...

agh looks so good. I'm waxing vegetarian lately, but my mom's from Alhambra and she has taken me to the Hat many times! haha

Gina N. said...

haha, i grew up/still live in the SGV and haven't been to the Hat in awhile. After club nights, we'd go there to eat their yummy chili fries.
Just started reading your blog and it's one of my faves!

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