Saturday, January 22, 2011

The Story Never Ends

I shouldn't be blogging right now. I should be cleaning for my swap meet tomorrow. I should be grocery shopping for dinner with Lori and Heather tonight. I should be sending a couple of very important emails.

But if I don't blog about it, will I know if it ever really happened?

Carla came to town last weekend and I thought I was going to follow the Burt itinerary pretty closely. Boy howdy was I wrong! Turns out, male and female guests want different adventures. Plus, they are fundamentally different people. Go figure.

So, here's what I did with Carla:

1:30 pm Laci takes me to LAX to pick up Carla thinking it won't take more than 30 minutes to get there. We forget that we live in LA and that it is about lunchtime on a Friday.
3pm go to the Eames House

listen to some interesting facts about Charles and Ray. Walk around the grounds a little. Admire the giant crossword puzzle in the garage.
4pm eat prepared salads at Huckleberry
5pm head back to Koreatown like knuckleheads forgetting that it is rushhour on a Friday!
7pm go to Cottage Home, drink some Tecates, admire "art"

8pm go to Silver Lake to see if we can find another gallery. turns out to be a house party with younguns. Decide to go get a drink at Tiki Ti instead. Listen to whole bar chant ooga booga many times.

then we went to Gold Room to meet up with Stacy and then we did not go to a party with her that she just told me recently was awesome.

9a.m. hiking in griffith park turned into a 2 hour kinda nightmare. everything was fine at first when we entered at Trails cafe on the west side of the park, but then in my infinite wisdom I chose the path less travelled for our decent and we ended up at the Greek Theatre on the east side of the park. neither of us had our phones so we tried to find our way back to Trails by instinct and asking everyone along the way. only problem is that Carla had never been there before, I have no sense of direction, and everyone we asked was either a tourist or just as bad as me. The park ranger was the worst! He sent us through this narrow tunnel where we almost got hit by several cars. We ended up going back up to the observatory and heading back down the same path we came up except Deafinitely, Alison's dog, was so exhausted that she kept dramatically plopping herself on the ground making everyone else on the hike think we were these awful animal torturers.
noon finally got back to civilization and had breakfast at Millie's

and did some shopping in Silver Lake with Laci before she got called away to let Lori back into their apartment.

Later that night, Carla and I met up with her old friend Kellany and her husband Joel who both work in the industry doing after effects. K works on the show V and Joel worked on Tron! The restaurant, Road to Seoul, was pretty smokey but the meat was delish.

brunch at Square One
personality tests at the church of Scientology (i will scan in my results someday soon)
exploring hollywood boulevard and Space 1520's pop up flea where Carla bought a skirt and we got magical wish bracelets
We met back up with Laci who drove us over to Rodeo Drive and we perused the Prada store and took touristy pictures in front of Harry Winston. Then Laci took us on an epic scenic route through Laurel Canyon and Mullholland Drive where we ooohed and aahed at the vast expanse of Los Angeles and remarked on how Carla had so far only seen a tiny sliver of it. Let's face it, I have only seen a sliver so far, too.
That night, we went to Pollo ala Brasa, a tiny Peruvian chicken spot very close to where I live. A girl I met through this guy at the LATimes had made plans with me to have sushi that night but seemed cool with the switch in plans (Carla is Peruvian and couldn't NOT go). When the girl arrived, we were digging on COW HEARTS, like the most carnivorous meal possible, and she revealed that she is a vegetarian. Yeesh.

Then we went and saw a band play at the Troubadour. Then we passed out immediately (or I did, at least).

I had to go to Pasadena so dropped Carla off in Old Town so she could shop while I was otherwise engaged. I then picked her up with the car I've been driving and we broke down on the highway. Nikki came to save our lives pick us up and take Carla to the airport. I love Nikki. She swoops in like a guardian angel when I don't even know I need one.
El fin.

Friday, January 14, 2011


so my weekend with burt was a little different than planned. This is how it actually went:

11:30 a.m. Burt lands
noon Gjelina for pressed sandwiches
some strolling down abbot kinney. possibly a coffee at Intelligencia
got another parking ticket. stupid one hour parking.
2pm Beach. photos taken and sent to max to prove how much fun we're already having. watch skater guys and little kid skater. watch surfers. make jokes about burt's obsession with his new phone.
5pm home to drop off bags and freshen up
drink at hms bounty
oaxacan wars (accidental trip to one oaxacan place with the same name as the one jonathan gold wrote about. and then a determined visit to the intended destination which was well worth it.)
9pm game night at Aviva's with Lori. won a green apple card when I played "blacking out" to the "racist" red apple card.

8 a.m. hiking in Griffith. random convo with tourists about my roommate's deaf boxer with one blue eye and one brown eye.
10 a.m. breakfast at Millies. random convo with neighboring table about a strange woman who insisted on petting my roommate's deaf boxer.
noon silverlake exploring

3pm space 1520 for a musical performance and a pop up shop
6pm-8pm JOSHUA CALLAGHAN: ELYSIAN PARKING and architect gallery. randomly run into another dude from brooklyn who was visiting on the same weekend as burt.
8pm dinner at Father's Office
party with alex in culver city...almost fall asleep on alex's old roommate's new apartment's couch

9 am-11am Rosebowl Flea and random estate sale with dexter.
senor fish with nikki
perused 1,000 vintage playboy magazines burt bought at flea
watched freaks/geeks, mean girls + ate tomato soup/grilled cheese that Lori had to make for Le Cordon Bleu homework
TAIX for comedy. standouts were Eric Andre (google him) and Aparna Nancherla

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Hostess with the Mostest time on her hands

burt is coming this weekend and Carla over MLK weekend and here's a tentative itinerary (or a loose picture of what we would do...).

I am insane and built a Google Map based on Jonathan Gold's 99 best restaurants published in LA Weekly. I have only been to 12 of these! Some of them more than twice already. 87 to go. I think I can probably knock that out in 2011.

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Lunch/brunch options for 4 days:
1. Square One (best BLT in the world) in Los Feliz
2. Millie's (best standard breakfast) in Silverlake
3. Greenblatt's (best Jewish) in West Hollywood
4. La Estrella (best fish tacos) in Highland Park
no website, but

5. La Mill (best coffee) in Silverlake
6. Larkin's (best deep fried mac n cheese balls)

Dinner options for 3 nights:
1. Gjelina (best Gnocchi) in Venice
2. Pizzeria Mozza (best pizza) in Hollywood
3. Cobras and Matadors (BYOB) in West Hollywood
4. Fred 62 (best diner scene) in Los Feliz
5. Alegria (best Mexican) in Silverlake
6. Jitlada (I hear best Thai)
7. Night + Market (new friend's Thai place)
8. Hamji Park (best pork bbq) in Koreatown

Dessert options forever:
1. Scoops
2. Menchie's

3. Paris Baguette
4. Milk
5. mashti malone's

Other restaurants I have not tried but have been suggested to me:
1. Village Idiot
2. Taste
3. 3rd Stop
4. Dominick's
5. Larchmont Village
Fu Cabell
Sit Bol jeep
King taco
Pollo a la braso
La casita
Lee's oc
Triumphal palace
Din tai fung

1. HMS Bounty in Koreatown
2. The Griffin in Atwater Village
3. The Prince in Koreatown
4. Good Luck in Silverlake
5. El Cid in Silverlake
6. Dan Sung Sa in Koreatown
7. La Cita downtown
8. Smogcutter
9. The Dark Room

Vintage shopping!
1. Hidden Treasures
2. St. Vincent de Paul
3. Squaresville
4. Urchin
5. Out of the Closet
multiple locations

Walking tours:
1. Chinatown: Central Plaza, etc.
2. Silverlake
3. Venice
4. Olvera Street
5. Fashion district
6. Santa Monica (if it's not cold)
7. Farmers Market

Hiking (bring comfy shoes):
1. Griffith Park (up to the observatory stopping for coffee at Trails)
2. Echo Mountain in Altadena
3. Wilacre (to look for the Rainforest Trail)
4. Runyan Canyon (with the dog)

1. Armory (near train)
3. Human Resources
4. Workspace
5. Machine Project

Movie theatres:
1. Vista
2. Egyptian
3. Arclight

Music Venues:
1. Wilshire
2. El Rey
3. Mayan
4. The Smell

1. LA Weekly
2. Thrillist
3. UrbanDaddy
4. Refinery29
5. My Delicious