|Letter from Los Angeles
||Wednesday | 9 July 2014
Los Angeles, California: I'm pretty sure I
want to be a toddler again. Leo went to school today in a bathing suit because
Wednesday is "Water Day" all summer at his preschool. They set up a kiddie pool
at the bottom of the slide. How fun is that? Sprinklers, misters, several
blow-up pools - even a Slip-N-Slide.
After exercising, and while Leo was at school (and Lenn was at work), Dave, Lisa and I went on a
little adventure. Our Nester is planning to reupholster her (8 year) old dining
chairs, so we went downtown to the "Fashion District" to visit the
Not only does the shop have a zillion and two bolts of
fabric for sale by the foot, they also have a zillion and three sample
books where fabric can be ordered. Michael Levine is a needlepointer's
dream - every conceivable fabric choice to finish your needlework
creations into pillows. I found the perfect fabric to finish my current
canvas into a pillow. It rang up at $2.04.
Lisa found two good choices to reupholster their dining chairs, and
brought home fabric swatches to discuss with Lenny. I can't wait to
learn their decision, as both choices are very untraditional.
Our Girl has a good eye.
Instead of a planned stop to Costco, we made a last-minute
we-just-passed-the-exit decision to have lunch at a place I have
been wanting to visit in the Highland Park neighborhood of Los Angeles -
Good Girl Dinette
- "American Diner Meets Vietnamese Comfort Food". During the
week, the Good Girl Dinette is a Vietnamese restaurant and on the
weekends they add old-school American pies to the mix. Quite a concept.
Apparently it is some sort of hipster hang-out and according to Lisa
there were rock stars in the restaurant this afternoon.
News to me.
Fried Chicken Imperial Rolls
Fresh Spring Rolls with Tofu
Fresh Spring Rolls with Tofu
Galangal Chicken Banh Mi - Vietnamese Chicken Sandwich
I was fairly impressed with the short menu at Good Girl Dinette and
thought the quality of the food was top-notch and the prices were
ridiculously low - even for Los Angeles. (We did not try pie, so cannot
comment on dessert.) Our server was very professional and knew the menu
upside down and backwards. Their fish sauce is made with anchovies (not
shellfish), making our options nearly limitless. Yeah!
Next we fetched Leo from his soggy preschool, where he was
pretty-much worn-out from all the water play. His lunchbox was empty - another
good sign of a busy and active morning at school.
Pop Goes the Weasel (or Curious George... whatever...).
Leo created some sort of vehicle (I can not for sure
tell you this was a car, boat, plane, space ship or metaphysical
transport system) to carry critters to Oregon.
Every time Leo says Oregon, he breaks-out into the Duck
Leo wasn't the only person in the family building
amazing structures with the Magna-Tiles.
DT constructed a hotel for animals.
Our Little Dude took a nap - with his stick pony - on the
floor of his playroom. Too sweet.
Dave and I watched Leo this evening while Lisa and Lenny went on a tour
of the hospital where Baby Girl will be born next month. When they
returned, we shared an easy dinner - leftovers from the party last night
- before Leo had a bath and bed.
Another Big Day tomorrow.
Until my next update, I remain, your busy correspondent.
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