Posts tagged ‘los angeles’

September 21, 2012

Big announcement

Hello dear readers, I have an announcement to make – I have relocated to India!!
This was the reason why the blog was pretty inactive off late – was busy winding down stuff in sunny LA. After a brief 6 years in Los Angeles, we decided to return home.
As a tribute, this post is about a place that has intrigued me a lot, a place I feel wasn’t able to fully explore – the Los Angeles Downtown.

The first set is pictures from Union Station and Olvera Street.
Union St

The second set is of the Toy district followed by my favorite – the Arts district. It was my first time to Toy District, which is also officially Skid Row. For folks who don’t know Skid Row, it’s the largest population of homeless in North America. There were stories of Skid Row that prevented me from exploring this place in 6 years. This time my curiosity got the better of me. With a dear friend for company, I set out for one last tour of LA downtown.
Toy District

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July 13, 2012

Santa Monica Farmers Market

We spent most part of 4th of July in Santa Monica. We dragged ourselves out of our cozy beds for a suprisingly cold July morning in LA and headed to our first stop – the Santa Monica Farmers Market. The market is open thrice a week – on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays. The produce was fresh and beautiful. We had a great time sampling the summer bounty of sweet fruits and berries. I have never seen so many different varieties of strawberries before. We finished a basket of ‘Gaviota’ strawberries while walking through the market. They were the juiciest, sweetest strawberries I have ever tasted.
We walked around for a while and then headed to Huckleberry Cafe for lunch and coffee at Cafe Luxxe.

SM Farmers Market

June 12, 2012

Abbot Kinney through the iPhone

Last Saturday we spent an afternoon in Venice. The first stop was at Gjelina for lunch. After seeing the wait time at 45 minutes, we put in our names and went exploring. We saw the Kogi truck – the very truck that started the whole food truck revolution. We had the Kogi Dog, short rib and the chicken tacos.

At Gjelina, we had beet-avocado salad, steak sandwich and mushroom pizza. Then we walked up and down Abbot Kinney, did some window shopping, ogled at some of the stuff in Jack Spade. We finished this episode of Abbot Kinney with coffee from Intelligentsia.

All pictures are taken on the iPhone and processed using Instagram and CrossProcess (not at the same time). I did not like the HDR option in the iPhone. Messes up the skin tones. I am on Instagram under mycaptureotime.

Check out my previous posts on Abbot Kinney and Gjelina here and here

iPhone AbbotKinney

February 2, 2012

A good cup of joe..

There is coffee and then there is coffee.

I realized that coffee when made the way it should will not taste burnt and won’t give you heart burns. I admire Starbucks for what they do, but this new breed of ‘artisanal cafes’ elevate your cafe experience to a whole different level. The drinks are good (maybe because its not made in a factory) and the ambience is also lot more polished.
Going off a list published by LA Weekly, we decided to check out the best cafes in LA.
Featured here is Cafe Luxxe.

December 28, 2011

Back to Abbot Kinney and Gjelina

Last weekend I rented the Zeiss 35mm F/1.4 Distagon T* Lens through Borrowlenses. Gave myself a challenge to use just this lens for the next 3 days…it was fun trying out a ‘non Canon’, heavy, manual lens with an aperture as wide as 1.4. Loved the lens for its f1.4. Not good to photograph kids jumping around..

Sunday we were back at Abbot Kinney. One of the reasons that keeps taking us back to Abbot Kinney is Gjelina.
The folks at Gjelina create some pretty good stuff in their kitchens..I wouldn’t mind going back till we try all the items on their menu. I am sure it will be worth it. Check out my previous posts on Abbot Kinney and Gjelina here and here.

Our find at Gjelina this time was Calimocho which is Red Wine, Coca-Cola & Citrus and Bloody Beer which is Tecate, Tomato Juice, Spices & Citrus. For dessert, one of the gelato flavors of the day was vanilla with olive oil. Sounds weird? Trust me it tastes good 🙂
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Sights from Abbot Kinney
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Right next to Gjelina is GTA. GTA aka Gjelina Take Away is for people who wish to skip the Gjelina lines. Their menu has items from Gjelina’s ( not all..some of them). I stopped to get a coffee for the drive back to sunny and warm Woodland Hills.
Here are some photographs from GTA
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November 13, 2011

Salt’s Cure

Salt’s Cure gets featured in all the ‘best breakfast/brunch’ lists in Los Angeles. We decided to check out this place on Saturday. It was really good and definitely deserves its spot on all those lists!

We had the ‘potted pig’. It’s pork cooked in its own fat served with crackers, herbs and pickled onions – not to be missed. We also had the 2 X 2 X 2 – that’s 2 eggs, 2 bacon strips & 2 sausages with biscuit and jam. The jam is fresh (it will be a crime to waste it). If you think you don’t need the jam, just try dipping the bacon in it.
And yes, the 2 X 2 X 2 tastes as beautiful as it looks 🙂

Slideshow version here.
Salt's cure

October 24, 2011

Pizzeria Mozza

Lunch on Sunday was at Pizzeria Mozza. This restaurant is owned by Nancy Silverton , Mario Batali, and Joseph Bastianich.

On Sundays they open at noon. There was already a line when we reached at 11:45. There were totally booked, but we managed to get seats at the pizza bar. It turned out to be better than getting a table. It was so much fun to see the pizza making action going on.

After eating pizza from here, I realized there are pizzas and then, there are pizzas. This one is the latter.

After Salumi and Eataly, this is our third experience with an establishment chef Mario Batali is involved with. The man’s a genius!! Enough said.

Mozza

September 27, 2011

LA County Fair

Check out slideshow version here.

County Fair

August 7, 2011

Lazy OX Canteen

Lunch last saturday was at the Lazy Ox Canteen with PC and Ambily. Lunch was followed by a good uphill walk to the Walt Disney Concert Hall after which we cooled off at the Urth Cafe in Artist District.
Here is the blown up version of the burger at Lazy OX (its a crime if you miss it 🙂 )

July 10, 2011

Abbot Kinney – Venice

For more about Abbot Kinney check out this website.

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