Wednesday, February 10, 2010

los angeles

Just got back from that wonderful trip to los angeles.

It was rained a lot, but was fun nonetheless.

We stayed at the Chamberlain West Hollywood, which was exceptional. They are working on refurbishing the rooms, which we got a sneak peek into, and it appears good things are happening.

We had some really great food, one of my favourites... Loteria. We went to the one in the Grove, and I ate the chicken enchiladas with the green tomatillo sauce two days in row, while Paul had a couple different burritos, and the nachos - one day with beef, the other with chicken. It was delicious. I am salivating just thinking about it. I am almost glad we don't have this in Toronto as it would be the only thing I would eat. All day. Every day.

Aside from that, we had a delicious dinner at Cobras and Matadors. There is no booze on the menu, you bring your own wine or beer. The place is packed, like sardines as they say. Tapas style. The staff were ultra friendly, and the food was satisfying. Get the custard, it comes in a little jar and is "to die for." The next morning... go to breakfast next door. Same owners, possibly even more satisfying food. Good music as well, here we were introduced to Cotton Jones. Listen to them because they are good.

Our next dinner was at a chacuterie place called Lou's. It's in a mini strip mall next to a laundry mat. The speck was amazing. The owner, drunk.

The only other meal we had that I can remember off the top of my head is at BLD. It was another fantastic breakfast. Everything just right.

Oh! Cafe Stella, first breakfast of the trip. How could I forget. It looked great, and the food more than lived up to our expectations. Which are high, I might add.

And then there was shopping...

Lets do a list with my short thoughts.

Driftwood - perfect. nice stuff. nice prices. nice owner. the shop is beautiful. so are the goods. only open 6 weeks i think he said. i got a nice pair of shoes. you'd be jealous.

Reform School - so much fun stuff!!

craft - if youre a dude, or have one to buy for... here's your first choice.

Lake - that one ring. if only i knew what it was or bothered to look at the price...

- so good. mens and womens.

wait. im tired. so im ending this here. back to my book.

and back to my wine.

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