A SWOONY DAY IN DOWNTOWN LA
Growing up, I thought downtown was: at best, corporate; at worst, dangerous. Things have changed drastically since the 90s. It's still a trek from the west side, & its renaissance has not been universally beneficial ( http://bit.ly/1UnZk0B ) but downtown LA has some serious charm. Here's where I visited today:
- •11:00 - Grand Central Market 🍋🍓🍐🍉🍒I parked at the lot on Hill street ($2.00 for the first 90 minutes, $2.00 for every 15 after), and explored this indoor marketplace. Great vendors including Wexler's Deli, McConnell's ice cream, and Sarita's pupuseria
- •11:30 - Eggslut 🍳There are few foods I love more than a bacon, egg, and cheese on a roll/bagel/bun. Eggslut makes a very solid version that feels both luxe and no frills.
- •12:00 - Bradbury Building 💘Built in 1893, the gorgeous Bradbury Building has been the set of many classic shoots (Blade Runner; the music video for the Pointer Sisters song "He's So Shy"). I stopped here to do my swooning. An unspectacular street presence, across from Grand Central Market, gives way to a glowy, sun-drenched atrium. Open cage elevators, marble stairs, layers of balconies with railings of intricate ironwork, it's all here.
- •12:30 - walked to the Last Bookstore, debated stopping at Thrifty's for ice cream, exercised impressive self-control, admired the turquoise Home of the Original Shrimp Place 🍤Dunno about you but I don't fck with imitators
- •12:40 - The Last Bookstore 📚One of those bookstores you need to visit before you die. Snagged a sassy Raymond Chandler paperback and a first edition of Baldwin's The Fire Next Time. Could have stayed here for three more hours but I needed to pee.
- •2:00 - Bar Ama 🍹Stopped in for some reading and a coconut margarita. Respect Margarita Mondays.
- •3:30 - Bottega Louie 🍬🍰🍫Finished the expedition downtown with a purchase of jewel-like macarons (pistachio, rose, salted caramel) at Bottega Louie. Not quite Pierre Hermé, but still tasty.