|Letter from Los Angeles
||Monday | 9 February 2015
LA for Foodies Tour
Los Angeles, California: The fridge repair
will just have to wait - we had a lunch date in Los Angeles. The RV fridge is
completely empty, cleaned, and the doors are propped-open.
I'll think about that tomorrow.
Kris and Steve packed their bags and we drove west to LA to meet Lisa and
the kids at the fabulous newly-rejuvenated
Market downtown. One of the oldest markets (opened in 1917) in Los Angeles,
the building is once-again an active gathering place due to hip new vendors.
Lisa had not yet visited the new space (something about having a
newborn?), so we agreed to meet after Leo's half-day preschool to explore
the food market. I wanted to have
the OG sandwich from Wexler's
Deli - a traditional-styled Jewish deli that chef/owner Micah Wexler calls
"Jewish Soul Food". All meats and fish are smoked in-house daily.
The OG is made with house-cured pastrami and mustard and
is served on rye. That is it. $11. DT and I split the
monster and I can truly say this was the best pastrami I
have ever eaten. (So far. The smoked pastrami short rib
Fred 62 still holds a
warm spot in my culinary-clogged heart.)
But who could think about food when this delightful face
was smiling at me? Nearly six months now! Lucy is trying
to sit-up and can roll-over like it's her job. Mostly
she just smiles, babbles and wiggles. There is nothing
like a baby girl!
It seemed everyone in our group went on their own food
quest and returned to the
table with something different. Steve and Leo had pizza,
Kris tried a Thai stir fry, Lisa had a Cobb salad, Dave
and I split the pastrami sandwich from Wexler.
After lunch, Uncle 'Teve' bought Leo an ice
cream cone from
McConnell's Fine Ice Cream. Steve, experienced
father of two, knew to also ask for a paper cup and
spoon. It did lessen the mess and clever Leo chomped
down on the end of the cone first.
Cutest. Boy. Ever.
Great neon signs - old and new - decorate the Grand
Slut has a cult following with their innovative egg
sandwich creations, and
Belcampo butcher is all about the meat. Organic.
Grass-fed. (Yep. $34 per pound for a New York steak.)
Grand Central Market has fresh fruit, vegetables,
bakers, butchers, florists, cheese mongers, wine, beer,
dry grocers, ice cream and anything else you could need
to prepare a gourmet meal at home. If you don't like to
cook, you can find something delicious at the many food
purveyors/restaurants in the market. Next time you are
in Los Angeles, take a few hours to visit this lively
After our lunch/food fest/market tour (I want to go back with a
cooler and working refrigerator to bring my purchases to) (insert sad face
here), we took a bit of a hike up to
Grand Park - a park for
"everyone" - in Los Angeles that stretches above City Hall for several blocks.
Leo loves this park because they have a spray fountain for tykes to play in and
it was such a lovely warm day.
Los Angeles City Hall
Boy and Bubbe in Fountain: boy may be in his his underwear and may have his
hair in a top-knot.
After an hour in the fountain, Uncle Teve wrapped Leo in a flowing
we all headed back to our cars parked at the Grand Central Market.
The Lovely Lisa (with Lucy), Kris, Bubba (with Leo)
Leo had a play-date, so we had a few hours to kill in Los
Angeles before meeting the kids for dinner. Since it was Steve's birthday
week and he just loves brew pubs, we took him to a Los Angeles brewpub -
Golden Road Brewery
- so he could sample the local beer.
We sampled beers and we may have also sampled their appetizer-portion of
fried avocado tacos... only because we could not figure out how anyone could
fry an avocado and put it in a taco.
Seems the avocado slices are battered and deep fried, placed
into a mini flour tortilla with corn, red pepper, napa cabbage, cilantro and
a drizzle of chipotle crema. Wow. $9.
Next in our full-day of Los Angeles excitement, we checked-into a hotel near
the Burbank airport, had a good rest, and later, met the kids (adult kids;
grandkids had a sitter) at
for dinner. (We used Uber
towncar service tonight... the Goddess is so hip... and so safe.)
Recently opened by the same geniuses running
barbrix, All'Acqua is
an Italian restaurant in Atwater Village. (All'Acqua roughly translates to
"at water" in Italian... so clever!) We were so happy to learn they have a
super-high-temperature wood-burning pizza oven and all the pastas are made
in-house. With six people (Lisa, Lenny, Kris, Steve, me and DT) at the
table, we were able to order a wide selection of pizzas, salads, appetizers
and pasta dishes. Everything was just over-the-top. So excited this little
gem has opened in Atwater Village.
Pizza with an egg in the middle
Until my next update, I remain, your "I am walking 5,000 miles
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