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Next time you're in Playa, if you want a really locals experience, grab a well drink at the Harbor Room. I believe it has the honor of being the smallest bar in LA County. Throw some music on the jukebox as well... nothing more recent than 1980s on there... but there's some good stuff
I just may do that; if they have Van Morrison's "Brown Eyed Girl" on the jukebox, I'm there! BTW doesn't that song seem to be a standard for a local bar or pool hall?
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Random pics, of dinner out and a walk, Thursday, 4.21.2022.

We had dinner at an esoteric cheese shop that doubles as a restaurant and bar.

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More cheese and crackers and stuff.

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The shop. My partner ended up buying some pâté.

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Oh their cheeses...

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And their wines.

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Then we went for a walk.

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A new Spanish restaurant that opened last month near us. One can never have too much Spanish cuisine. We'll be checking it out soon.

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Random pics...

Today, Sunday, 4.24.2022, we took a little excursion by public rail transit...

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...to the USC campus for the LA Times Festival of Books, which I read somewhere is the largest book festival in the US. In addition to selling books, they also have musical performances, talks/discussions with authors, poetry readings, activities for kids, food trucks...

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Billy Porter was talking about his latest book. We honestly don't know who he is. In past LA Times book festivals, we've seen Barbara Eden, Tippi Hedren, and Billy Idol talk about their books. Billy Idol even gave an impromptu performance as well.

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I ended up getting "Gems of Buddhist Wisdom." My partner bought a book about Nader Shah, an 18th century Persian ruler.

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A chef was giving a cooking demonstration at this tent...

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...it was author and chef Jet Tila.

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Then we walked around a bit. It was quite warm today, though, so we took it slow.

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Then it was back to waiting for the train to go home.

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Tag along with my partner and me to dinner! Thursday, 4.28.2022.

I had a 16 oz. banana margarita.

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To go along with my tamales.

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All within sight of the San Gabriel Mountains.

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We took a walk after dinner, and saw that they were filming for some kind of period movie.

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Fake vegetables/produce in front of a dressed-up storefront.

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A little blip of random photos...

Dinner yesterday evening. There was a large group on the right there, wearing their Dodger blue. I guess there was a game yesterday.

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Stiegl Radler.

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Sausage fest. I mean sausage platter.

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Photos taken today, 4.30.2022.

Kentucky plate, and a late-model (?) Taurus. Both not too common around here. I figure this person lives here, being that the car is really clean.

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Niçoise salad.

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Tarte Tatin with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

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In about an hour or so we were up on Mount Wilson.

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I was hoping for a clear shot of both the downtown LA and Century City skylines, but there was too much spring marine layer haze. Maybe immediately after a windy day. Oh well. You can still see both skylines in the haze...

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Random photos taken today, Sunday, 5.1.2022.


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Just a few randoms pics, taken this weekend.


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Deep-fried whole trout.

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Beef panang curry.

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Random photos taken yesterday, Sunday, 5.22.2022. Out and about and brunch in downtown LA.


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Looked like they were filming another car commercial on Grand Avenue.

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This is some LA shit right here.

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Brunch time. I've never had grass-fed ghee before, not that *I* know of, anyway. And I still haven't---I didn't order any of this.

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I had an albariño.

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My partner had a cocktail called a Leilani.

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Our food.

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I don't know what they're turning the Variety Arts Center into. Back in the early 1990s, I used to go clubbing here. Every floor had a different type of music; they had a hip-hop floor, a techno floor, etc.

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^Nice to see some DTLA! $12 coffee... that's just a step too far. Curious to hear your impressions of the redone Water Court in Bunker Hill. Also, how was the general street life around downtown?
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^Nice to see some DTLA! $12 coffee... that's just a step too far.
Yeah, unless of course if it had booze in it, then I'd be willing to pay 12 bucks. Like maybe some ouzo in it or something? In fact, you can have a coffee with Metaxa and ouzo in it at the Great Greek in Sherman Oaks, and I think it's under 10 bucks.


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Curious to hear your impressions of the redone Water Court in Bunker Hill. Also, how was the general street life around downtown?
I'm not sure if I like the redone Water Court (and I'm not even sure if it's been renamed yet). My partner and I would go there regularly for Grand Performances. Yeah, I understand the cost/trouble with the upkeep of the water feature, and now that the water is gone, people seeing a performance can get closer to the performers... but it somehow cheapens the look of the space, in my opinion. It seemed more grand and monumental when there was water and fountains. Maybe I just need to get used to it.

The street life on Sunday seemed sporadic---busy with people at some spots, empty at others... at least the parts of downtown LA that we went to. We didn't go to the Historic Core Farmers Market like we often do when we go downtown on a Sunday, and we went kind of later in the day, too, like around 1-ish. We mainly went to eat at Cafe Fig (and to see the revamped Water Court). I wanted to ride Angels Flight too, because we hadn't done that since right before the pandemic hit. Grand Central Market seemed kinda busy.
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Guys, these photos are amazing, added some of them to a queue switching my wallpaper
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Thanks, Monmathe!!



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Random photos taken today, Sunday, 5.29.22.


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The Chapman Market, built in 1928-1929, a proto-strip mall, basically. I think by 1915, Los Angeles had the most registered vehicles of any city in the world or something like that. LA had jumped on the automobile bandwagon early on, so by the 1920s, there were already car-oriented developments, and the Chapman Market was one of them. The Chapman Market was constructed with big parking spots in the middle with numerous stores surrounding the lot---in other words, a strip mall. But, this strip mall is also flush with the sidewalk, with entrances off the sidewalk as well as off the parking lot. All built in a wonderful Spanish Revival style.

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Entrance to the parking lot via an arched entrance.

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Just three random photos taken today, Monday, 6.6.2022, on my way to dinner.


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All I had was sopa de mariscos for dinner.

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Thanks!

Random photos taken today, Sunday, 6.19.2022; brunch and then a bit of roaming.


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White sangrias.

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Baked feta.

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Lamaçun.

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Tag along with my partner and me to dinner this evening. Thursday, 6.30.2022. Not very many pictures.


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Pinot grigio.

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Tilapia, Israeli couscous and fruit.

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Carrot cake for dessert.

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Tag along with (whoa, déjàvu!) my partner and me to dinner this evening. Thursday, 7.7.2022.


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Riesling.

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Sampler platter---Hummus, moutabal, sarma, tabbouleh, kofta, and cheese boregs. And pita.

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Dessert, outside, at a fro-yo place.

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And now some very random photos, taken within the last few weeks...


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Transplant, or visitor?

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Mezcal mule.

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Went to a Brazilian cafe, thought of this song, and had...
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...Brigadeiros. Our first time having them. My partner and I had one each. They were very sweet.

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We washed them down with caipirinhas.

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Fantastic. I love these little slice of life shots you take throughout the city.

That IMPHAT plate shot...

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