Category Archives: Places

Weekly Adorations – 6.28.13

Since yesterday was my living in LA anniversary, I thought I would share some of my favorite prints of the lovely state!
California by Mick Bailey
Los Angeles City Poster by Conception Studios
Los Angeles Illustration by little low studio
This one made me giggle… Genuine Los Angeles Smog!

Happy Anniversary, Los Angeles!!

Today marks a year since I’ve been living in Los Angeles! It went by so quickly. I thought I would share some images I’ve taken throughout the past year with you. A little yearbook, per se.
I loved my apartment when I first moved in. Exposed brick walls, most exquisite views of Downtown LA and the Hollywood sign… but crumbly walls, bad management, and busy streets of Koreatown made it less than ideal. It was a cute little first place, though, but brick buildings are meant for the East coast, not the west.
Living in Los Angeles also means outdoor screenings at places such as Cinespia (where they show movies at the cemetery in Hollywood) and the Academy’s Oscars Outdoors summer series.
The landscape and terrain is so incredibly different here than that of New England/New York. While the hustle and bustle of NYC caused me to feel claustrophobic frequently, Los Angeles is quite spread out, and laid back.
One of my favorite moments was when my mum visited for my birthday. It had been nearly 9 months since I had seen her, and I had so much fun showing her around LA.
As you can see, we’re happy to not be in a long distance relationship anymore!
There’s even foliage here! Even though it happens more around Christmastime. Culver City is also one of my favorite places (where we currently live), vastly different than Koreatown, and so neighborly, you forget you live in a large city.
I’m so thankful for the new people I’ve met too. I already had a rather nice selection of friends from when I lived here previously, and now I’m meeting more amazing people that I definitely want to keep in my life forever. It also helps with homesickness I may occasionally have.
I love my new neighborhood in Culver City. We’re nestled between Kenneth Hahn Park, and the Culver City Stairs in a little tucked in residential area. Perfect for the puppies, and for staying active. It’s also an easy and fast commute to our workplaces in Santa Monica, whether we drive or bike.
Elly the elephant also loves California!
I can never get enough of palm trees, the beach, or the sunshine. I love you, California! I look forward to many more years of adventure!

Places to Eat & Drink – The York

The York is a gastropub located in Highland Park on York Blvd, and when you walk in, you receive this eclectic feeling of being in an older industrial building mixed with a British pub. Exposed brick walls, high ceilings, wooden beams, hanging bulbs, chalkboard menu, large windows, and a well stocked bar greet you upon entering.

The beer list is endless, and you’ll have a selection of typical pub foods such as fish n chips, pulled pork, salads, and burgers. They also have a nice brunch selection on weekends.

Places to Eat – Father’s Office

Recently, Aubrey and I headed over to Helms Bakery District to have lunch at Father’s Office. It is a nationally acclaimed gastropub in Los Angeles (there are two locations; Culver City and Santa Monica) that was founded in 1953.
Their main priority is to offer a wide selection of craft beer (and wine) on tap and pair your chosen beverage with delicious food. Their staple is the Office Burger, which is what I had, and it was probably one of the most amazing burgers I’ve had in my entire life. It consisted of a beef patty with caramelized onions, gruyere and maytag cheeses, apple-wood smoked bacon, and arugula served on a soft roll. If you’re going all out, get the sweet potato fries, and save room for dessert! You can get a ice-cream cookie sandwich that’s made by the bakery (there is usually a food truck with bakeries close by)!
The setting is casual, and it’s the perfect place to go to hangout with a few friends, or for a nice little date. Most of the seating is outside, which allows you to enjoy the lovely and sunny California weather.

Places to Hike – Griffith Park

One of my favorite places to hike (or walk) here in Los Angeles is at Griffith Park. I like to go in the Ferndell entrance (drive North on Western until it ends, in the Los Feliz area). I can take the pups there, and we all get a good bit of cardio. You can walk up all the way to the observatory and receive the most stunning views of Los Angeles and the Hollywood sign.
It’s a beautiful hike that goes straight up, so bring lots of water, wear a hat and don’t neglect the sunscreen! You’ll want a nice hearty breakfast afterward!
First image courtesy of Aubrey, and other three all taken by me. Here are a bunch of other images from around the web if you’d like a further look.

Places to Shop – Monsieur Marcel

Monsieur Marcel Gourmet Market is one of those places where I could probably spend thousands of dollars (just on groceries alone). The marketplace holds all the wonderful items you would find in a real french or European market. Actually, while browsing the aisles, I’m reminded of when I was in France, wandering about the plethora of markets full of delectable foods, spices, herbs, condiments, and teas that were always readably available.

There are a few restaurants scattered around Los Angeles, but the market is located at The Farmers Market next to The Grove in LA between Beverly and 3rd Street, just off Fairfax. If you’re looking for palatable European foods, fancy wines, fine cheese, or an array of herbs and spices, this is the place to go.

A very appealing Easter display for adults.

Lavender infused dark chocolate and an abundance of flavored sugars.

Toast catered just for cheese! And an endless stock of jams.

Of course, the market would be incomplete without a cheese shop!

Places to Eat – The Edison

This past weekend, Aubrey took me to The Edison for our Valentine’s Day date. This was my second time there, and I can definitely affirm that it’s one of my favorite places to go for dinner (or drinks!). It’s a lovely atmosphere for a date night, or to have a little get together with friends (I wouldn’t mind having a birthday bash here).

Architecturally, it’s exquisite. It was downton Los Angeles’ first private power plant (the sub-floor of the Higgins Building, built in 1910), and has been faithfully restored into a splendid, three-story restaurant/speakeasy. Its style is a combination of Art Nouveau to Industrial Gothic, celebrating invention and imagination. There are wonderful silent films projected on the large walls, and screens scattered throughout, including an array of George Melies films and shorts, and occasionally a cabaret show!

Remember to dress up, too! Wear your favorite fancy clothes, or if you’re feeling especially daring, dress as a flapper!

Below is a sample of what The Edison offers in terms of drink and food. They have a full bar but specialize in their signature drinks (my favorite is ‘The Mistress’). Also, you better leave room for dessert and order The Elvis. You’ll thank me later.