Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Our weekend of LA food!

The weekend with my mom involved shopping and LA food... Here's the foodie map of our weekend.
One must fuel up before taking on the antiques. Fuel station: PitFire Pizza. (5211 Lankershim Boulevard, N. Hollywood)
The artsy vibe of the restaurant and neighborhood reminds me of being back in Chicago. We shared a chicken meatball sandwich (tomato sauce & grana cheese) and the best baked mac & cheese (orechiette ‘Little Ear’ Pasta, creamy 5 cheese sauce & buttery bread crumbs). Oh, and of course our box of water. Which I kept to refill and use at home.

We spent way too long antiquing and had a late lunch at a little stand by my neighborhood called Jack's Classic Burgers.We got the standard cheeseburgers, fries and onion rings. It was pretty good but not my favorite. I would still go back though.

For my birthday meal I chose one of my favorite places, Sushi Dan! We frequent the one in Studio City cause it's a little more laid back than the one in West Hollywood. I was a little hesitant since I know mom doesn't do sushi but she ended up getting the chicken teriyaki. I'm not sure if she liked it cause all three of us ended up taking most the meal home because of our late lunch. I had the most delicious sushi I've eaten at Sushi Dan. It was the chef's special, the Paparazzi Roll. Unfortunately, I can not remember what ingredients the roll has but its REALLY good! I usually have the Baked Scallop on California Roll with Dynamite Sauce... it's something to live for... awesome!

To wind down (after a hard day of Rose Bowl flea marketing) we must re-energize again... off to Phillipe's we go!
1001 North Alameda Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
It's supposed to be the home of the original french dip sandwich. It's not a big menu but it's good and the lines are LOOONNNG!!! We sampled the beef but you have a choice of lamb, pork, ham or turkey. The touch of their specialty french hot mustard is supposed to be a great compliment to the sandwich. It was very tender and good but I'm not nostalgic enough to wait in those lines again.
I was intrigued by the story behind the place so here's a little break down:
In 1908 Philipe Mathieu started the restaurant but it wasn't until 1918 that the French dip sandwich was born. Apparently, while making a sandwich for a police patron he dropped the french roll bun into a roasting pan with the juices. The policeman said he would eat it anyway. He returned the next day with friends and requested the sandwich dipped in roast beef juice again. And so the legend was born.

Finally, to top of the weekend we had to make a stop at Pinkberry. I haven't had Pinkberry for a couple of years and always thought is was ok but didn't understand why people crave it. That is until I went back with my mom. They have added new flavors which is good cause I wasn't too crazy about the tartness of the original fro-yo. They had pomegranate and blood orange which I guess changes from time to time. I got the blood orange and to top off my healthy dessert I skipped all the fresh cut fruit and went for the Fruity Pebbles and crushed Oreos. I know sounds disgusting but absolutely awesome. You can top with a variety of items from granola & fruit to brownies & waffle cookies, combinations galore.

We didn't get to Pink's Hot Dogs. Which I have never had and was looking forward to sharing with her. I also wanted to take her to Larchmont Wine & Cheese & The Counter. Delicious. As well as Famous Cupcakes and some of the good gourmet food trucks. EXHALE. Well, I know were we will be eating on her next LA adventure.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Antiquing with mom

I know this post should have been posted last week but my mom came to LA this past weekend to celebrate my birthday and help find flea market finds to decorate my new apartment. Well, I didn't end up buying much, I'm rather particular for those who don't know me. I did find an old porch glider to be my sofa. I need to repaint it and make new cushions along with a lot of other little projects around the home. (Yes, I know, I need to post photos of my apt.. but I am waiting for the before and after... otherwise it's just an empty room)
So, what did we do?... a lot of antiquing!!! Oh, and eating!(but I have a whole other post for that)

First, we got a late start to our weekend. Stupid LA road construction & detours hampered out first attempt to go to The Warehouse. Second, attempt was the store Flea. Which despite it's store hours posted on the door was not open. Finally,
Big Daddy's Antiques
13100 South Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90061
This place was really awesome but a bit more pricey than I had hoped. It's a huge warehouse with salvaged and refinished pieces everywhere. And when I say everywhere I mean EVERY nook and cranny! I really wanted the white drafting table but even though their price was a lot less than most places would ask for it, it was still more than I wanted to shell out for it.

Between our trek to the warehouses to the La Brea neighborhood we stopped in Culver City to tinker through...
Get More House
11276 Washington Place
Culver City, CA 90230
This little shop has a lot of cute things. I really wanted a chandelier from here but maybe that is for another trip... which I will definitely be doing! There is quite a bit of stuff in this small space. Not too much in the way of furniture but lots of kitchen stuff and jewelry. Thanks to my mom's good eye for all things vintage we both walked out with recipe book holders. Well, I think mine is actually a frame easel but it works.

On south La Brea there is a plethora of antique shops. Most of them we didn't even bother to go in either because we had already been to them on her last visit (such as Liz's Antique Hardware, which I highly recommend browsing through)
Or the shops are overpriced cause in LA everyone is trying to make a buck and thinks their stuff is posh vintage. Well, it's not... get over yourself LA.
We browsed a few shops, bought a couple lamps shades and made our way up the street to Nick's Metropolis.
100 South La Brea Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90036
This place has every quirky thing I hadn't even imagined existed. If your looking for a Ronald McDonald statue or booth with seats attached... this is your place. If your looking for a giant light up Hollywood sign sign... this is your place. It your looking for an old x-ray light (which I really wanted by the way)... this is your place. This was my place to find my porch glider.

The prices are reasonable although I did find some things way out of my price range. There's items tucked into every corner of their lot. It's definitely worth the stop.

On Sunday we ventured to the Rose Bowl Flea Market. It is held at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on the 2nd Sunday of every month. As we made our way through the aisles and aisles of booths and people we realized this was more than just a days event. I don't think we even got through half of it before I got overwhelmed around lunch time. I mean this place is BIG! I think we got flea marketed out but it was a good day though. We found a couple of items to buy, found even more I wish I could buy. I bought an antique stool that folds out into a step stool. It reminds me of one my great grandma used to have. So, yet another project of repainting I need to get to!

I had a great birthday! I can't wait until my mom comes to visit again!

Friday, February 4, 2011

Cats, cat & more cats

I found the cat I will buy someday when I am rich. This cat is called a Savannah. It's mixed with the wild African Serval and a domestic cat. So, gorgeous!

Rocky the standing cat is the number one most watched video in France. This cat is in an awesome trance. I have never seen one stand like this before. By the way the music is pretty awesome as well.

And here's a special video to sign off with...


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