I was able to squeeze in another visit to LA and spend an afternoon in Venice with a friend of mine who lives in downtown LA. As suggested by the crafty Amy Tangerine, we hit the splendid Lemonade and my lovely friend treated me to an awesome lunch:
I wanted to eat EVERYTHING. I settled on blood orange lemonade and four salads:
- Beluga lentils with house made salmon sausage, lemon & horseradish
- Watermelon radish with ahi tuna, snap peas, and sesame
- Spaghetti squash with farro and pomegranate vinaigrette
- Snap peas with edamame, sesame
They were all soooo good. Yes, I ate them all.
I also got a sandwich of spicy tuna, avocado, carrot slaw, sriracha aioli on laffa bread:
Yes, I ate the whole thing. And for dessert, this giant salted caramel macaron:
Afterwards we walked around a bit. We stopped in this Scandinavian store, Huset, and I picked up a house-warming gift for the newlyweds I was seeing later: Totally cute right?
We refueled with a couple of ridiculously delicious iced lattes from Intelligentsia:
And also hit Urbanic, where we both got these 7 year moustache pens. Man it will be a bummer if I lose this pen in less than 7 years:
And I also picked up some cute washi tape and some of Amy's illustrious mixtape.
We also spent time at the Tortoise General Store, where I picked up some cute animal mugs and color pencil set for another friend's daughter's birthday. Regretfully, no pix! I also regret not picking up the Yoshitomo Nara (hands-down, one of my favorite artists) sketch book "Nobody Knows" or this other book "Brooch" by Yoshie Watanabe and Yayako Uchida (it was like a piece of art that you could journey through) while I was there.
Well, that definitely motivates me to visit Venice again next time I'm in SoCal! Needless to say, it was a great afternoon!