Los Angeles

October 4th, 2008 by alephnaught

Hollyhock House and the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery

We decided to go out to Wacko Bookstore, and after spending an hour and unknown quantities of money, we picked Hollyhock House in Barnsdall Park. The views from the park are amazing – the hill is pretty tall and provides striking views of the Hollywood sign, the Planetarium, and downtown Los Angeles. The famous Hollywood […]

September 27th, 2008 by alephnaught

Three photos of Chinatown

I took three pictures I thought were pretty cool while in Chinatown today. A flyer pasted on a box A street in Chinatown with cool paper lanterns A closeup of some of the lanterns

September 14th, 2008 by alephnaught

MOCA and Little Tokyo

We decided to visit the main MOCA (Museum of Contemporary Art), which is just down the street from Little Tokyo. We parked across the street from the Disney Concert Hall, which was designed by Frank Gehry, who designed the Millenium Park Pavilion in Chicago.  The building is really neat but slightly out of place among […]

September 6th, 2008 by alephnaught

Studio City, Burbank and Bergamot Station

We drove over to Studio City and had lunch at Art’s Delicatessen & Restaurant on Ventura Blvd.  The food was really good – it was nice to find a good deli here. We stopped in a small gift shop that’s going out of business and ended up buying a Piero Fornasetti self-portrait plate for $80; […]

August 30th, 2008 by alephnaught

The Lake Shrine

We decided to check out the Lake Shrine, which is run by the Self-Realization Fellowship and is located in Pacific Palisades on a hill overlooking the Pacific Ocean; the original shrine was dedicated by Paramahansa Yogananda in 1950.  This is a place for reflection and meditation. The grounds are beautiful, with several small statues mounted […]

August 2nd, 2008 by alephnaught

Sawtelle and Little Tokyo

So today Nathan and I ventured to the Sawtelle area, which once was a Japanese area and still has a number of Japanese stores within a three or so block area. On the way there we stopped at Jay and Silent Bob’s Secret Stash, which is located in the back of Lazer Blazer, a DVD […]

August 1st, 2008 by alephnaught

Hollywood and West Hollywood

Today Nathan and I went shopping at a few cool stores in Hollywood and West Hollywood. First though, we stopped at Kit Kraft, where we bought a few neat miniature kits. Then, we drove through the hills on Laurel Canyon to West Hollywood. We stopped first at Amoeba Records, which is a huge warehouse/store for […]

July 31st, 2008 by alephnaught

Venice Beach and Santa Monica

Nathan arrived last night, and today I figured we’d do a touristy, California kind of thing – the Venice Beach boardwalk. And it was pretty fun. The sun was bright and the weather was good, and the people were out in force. At one point we were stopped by nurses trying to sell us medical […]

July 12th, 2008 by alephnaught

MOCA, The Grove and Buddha’s Belly

We dropped off the dog at a new dog sitter, and decided to kick around Hollywood and West Hollywood (for a change). First we drove down to MOCA, the Museum of Contemporary Art. We had to walk through the Pacific Design Center to get there; unfortunately the Design Center was closed. A view of the […]

July 11th, 2008 by alephnaught

Dinner at Chopan Kebab House

We really liked the two Afghan restaurants we tried in Chicago, so we went looking for some in LA. We didn’t find any initially, but Aviva turned one up near us call Chopan Kebab House, so we gave it a try. It is a hole in the wall from its looks – a natty restaurant […]

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