Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Saturday Night Fun

We were sooooo busy last week.  By Saturday night we were exhausted.  We just wanted to sit in a happy, relatively quiet restaurant and have a comforting, delicious meal.  Of course, we drove over to Pann's for dinner. 

The "Googie" architecture of this 1958 gem always brings us in.  Of course, the food is beautifully prepared and delicious.  I just love sitting inside, all cozy, looking through the big windows at the cars speeding by on La Tijera and La Cienega.  The sight-lines inside the restaurant are open, the colors are warm and inviting. Everyone there is nice, including the customers.  Pann's puts me in a good mood.

Thank you, Panagopoulos family for hanging on and preserving this wonderful Los Angeles place.

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Cook's County

On Saturday, we celebrated Beth's birthday with brunch at Cook's County on Beverly Boulevard, between Crescent Hts. and Fairfax, WeHo.  I've been here before and always enjoy the food.  The kitchen is open, so you can watch the action as the food appears.  

It's a clattering, noisy place, but the menu is interesting and the food is prepared beautifully.
Cedar-smoked Idaho trout, Cooks County bagel, cream cheese, red onion & capers

Braised grass-fed beef hash, roasted potatoes & sunny-side up egg

Pacific crab quiche, gem lettuce & avocado salad

Poached eggs, summer squash, bacon, roasted tomato, spinach & parmesan

After brunch we car-pooled back to our house for presents, cake and crochet!  It was a lovely afternoon.





Beth and the White Wine Cake
Carol, Ellen, Julie, Natalie, Beth

 Natalie recently colored her hair BLUE.  I thought she would look smart standing in front of my Tony de Carlo "Capitol Records" cut-out painting.  What a Capitol hat!!
Nat in the Hat

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Monday, September 29, 2014

The Music of the Canyon

Photo by Henry Diltz.  Barry McGuire.  I just might knit Larry a sweater like this and pair it with some flower-power jeans!

Last week, Larry and I visited The Grammy Museum, DTLA, especially to view the exhibit, "California Dreamin': The Sounds of Laurel Canyon, 1965-1977."  Of course, before we hit the second floor where this traveling exhibit was housed, we viewed a few other floors to soak up the grammy vibe.  We were especially enchanted by the "Blue Notes Records: The Finest in Jazz" exhibit.  The vintage Blue Note record cover art was fantastic.  Reid Miles designed most of the Blue Note covers in the 1950s and 1960s.  Knockout design!

The Laurel Canyon exhibit was good, mostly photographs by Henry Diltz, graphic timelines, advertisements of the various folk clubs in the L.A. area, short films, memorabilia, clothing and artifacts owned by some of the performers.
The original auto radiator bag for Jackson Browne's album

Timeline for the Laurel Canyon Music Days

 The clubs in West Hollywood associated with the Laurel Canyon Sound

I frequented the folk and roots club, The Ash Grove most often

This was MY era of music.  I was listening, buying and participating in the music of this time in Los Angeles.  My brother was actively involved in the folk and roots community and I was lucky enough to tag along and soak it up.  Later, when I was in high school, this folk-rock sound was in full force.

Photo by Henry Diltz.  Joni Mitchell.  Check out that cool knitted dress!

It was a very nostalgic exhibit.  I wanted more.

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Friday, September 26, 2014

Vintage Photo Friday - Rosh Hashonah

It is customary during Rosh Hashonah, the Jewish New Year, to start fresh and cast your sins into the water.  This is called the tradition of Tashlikh.  Here is a group of women on the Williamsburg Bridge in New York, 1910, performing this rite.

New York, 1910NYC Vintage Images
Another group of people, reading the traditional prayer while throwing bread into the water.  1909, New York.

Tashlikh.  1909.  New York.  NYC Vintage Images

This weekend, Larry and I will travel to the closet body of water to our house, The Ballona Creek flood channel, and cast our sins off!

Ballona Creek after a 2010 Rainstorm

Ballona Creek During our Recent Drought, 2014
Hope you have a reflective weekend, my friends.

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

License to Snap

It's been awhile since I posted vanity license plates seen in the Southland.  Many thanks to my reporter in the field, Brenda, who has been super busy, snapping plates.
Brenda saw this one in Palm Springs.  I find it amusing that Mr. Exciting is only good for one hour!
Photo by Brenda

Photo by Brenda

I saw this Italian salutation on the freeway just last week!  Bye Bye!
Translation:  Arrivederci!

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

The Proof is in the Pudding, or Custard!

Egg Custard Lulu is back!

We were very sad when the final Hamburger Hamlet restaurant closed during the summer.  This was the one on Van Nuys Boulevard, just north of Ventura in Sherman Oaks.  Although we don't get out to that part of the Valley too often, it was comforting to know that at least one remnant of my youth was still around.  We went to the West Hollywood Hamlet on Sunset Boulevard when it closed in 2011.  True, the Lewis family hadn't run the restaurant in decades and the food quality had suffered greatly, but the physical restaurant was still there with those red leather booths and comfy chairs.
A few weeks ago, the Valley Hamlet re-opened under new ownership.  The new owners have brought back old favorites that had faded from the menu during the corporate days.  Yippee!!!
We were in the northern regions of L.A. on Saturday, so we decided to take a trip across the Valley and have an early dinner at the resurrected HH.  The interior and exterior are the same.  We were told that much of the same staff has returned.  The menu is FABOO!
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We started our meal by sharing a bowl of Lobster Bisque.  Sublime.  There were even chunks of lobster in the soup, garlic toast on the side.  
Lobster Bisque

Larry ordered the Marilyn Burger with cheese, avocado, lettuce and tomato.  I ordered the Mushroom Burger with sauteed mushrooms, onions, swiss cheese, lettuce and tomato.  Both burgers were delicious.   
Marilyn Burger

Mushroom Burger

I really wanted to order the Egg Custard "Lulu" for dessert, but we were just too full.  Next time, I'll go for a total cream and fat dinner with the Bisque and Lulu, no burger!  Hah!
We arrived early, around 5pm and had the place to ourselves.  By the time we left, after 7pm, the place was packed!  So glad that Hamburger Hamlet is back!

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