The foodie day
Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles, CA
Today’s tour was tops! Called “LA Sites and Bites”, it started in the delightfully swanky Roosevelt Hotel, built in 1925 and still looking lovely. It was also the home of the first Academy Awards in 1929.
We were lead along some of the Walk of Fame, learning a bit about it – for instance, anyone can nominate someone for a star on the walk of fame, but who actually makes the cut is determined by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce.
Next stop (well, only a step away) was Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, with all its famous handprints and footprints in concrete. It was cool to see some of the newer ones (Harry Potter stars for instance) but great to see some of the old ones – like Deanna Durbin’s handprint from 1938, and Shirley Temple from 1935.
Once the tour began in earnest we went to some great food spots that we would never have normally found as many were tucked away behind the scenes. “Grub” home of bacon so good they call it “crack bacon” was wonderful, as was pizza at Mario Battali’s “Mozza 2go”. And I now understand why people rave about pastrami, having sampled the pastrami on rye at Greenblatt’s Deli.
John Kerry chocolate was all very fancy and hand-made, and of course yummy so we picked up a few pieces for later. Then on to an Iranian-owned ice cream place for delicious Saffron Rosewater ice cream.
All that, and a drive past some of the famous and infamous LA attractions, from the Whisky a go go to the Viper Room. The tour guide was wonderful and there were only three other people on the tour, all of whom were from Australia. So we had a great time, it was much much more enjoyable than yesterday’s tour.
And we (so far) have had a record day in LA – nobody asked us for money. It might be something to do with the fact that the Roosevelt Hotel (where the tour started and ended) is only two streets away from our hotel.
On Thursdays there’s a Farmer’s Market in the car park of the nearby Yamashiro restaurant – we wandered up there for dinner and … It’s lovely! A couple of gourmet food trucks selling wonderful dinners and desserts, farmers selling their own organic produce (at a farmer’s market? Who knew!), and my favourite part – a young lady, with her typewriter, producing poetry on request. How wonderful! (Think I might head off to Byron Bay, get a typewriter, and set up shop :).
All this took place overlooking the LA basin, plenty of people milling around, enjoying the food and the ambience as the sun was slowly setting, accompanied by the clack-clack-clack of an Olivetti portable bringing forth the word on the street.