Tuesday, July 9, 2019
My exhibition, Unfinished Proof Ninomiya at CalState Dominguez Hills in Carson CA, adjacent to where the LA Galaxy play, is up till September 18. I hope this continues but friends have been contacting me to meet me at the university gallery. Ideally, we have a meal afterwards. Did this yesterday with Elana Mann (although she didn't join us for lunch due to an upset stomach from BBQ the day before), Isabel Avila and Deema Aljibah. On an earlier get together was Yoshie Sakai, David Gell, Iris Yirei Hu, Eugene Kim and YoungEun Kim. Afterwards, Yoshie, who's a Gardena native, introduced us to Home Kitchen. Bento's at lunch is the way to go but they have all the Japanese classics such as ramen, curry rice and sashimi dishes. (I've been back twice since) cash only located at 16814 Vermont Ave, Gardena, CA 90247
More than even before and before was amazing, even dream-like, I have the extreme privilege of knowing, Privilege, of the allowance of hugs of some of LA's greatest artists. If i sit down and ponder on that, i can almost cry, it's so overwhelming. A detail of most of these folks is that they love the City as much as i do and a micro-detail of that is the fact that they enjoy great food as well. This distinction is a fact that resurfaces from time to time as I often find myself taking it for granted. (my bad) Rafa Esparza. if my chance, CHANCE, you don't know Rafa or Rafa's work, please google his name. Presenting the intersection of Mexico and Peru, Rafa introduced me to this amazing place run by deeply dedicated and well trained chefs. It's a neighborhood Rafa knows well and he was kind enough to bring me to this gem last week. The seafood and beef dishes were beyond amazing. Please check this place out if you have the time. Located at 414 E 12th St, Los Angeles, CA 90015
Traversing in the hipper parts of the LBC, I was early for an appointment so following the smell of a local roast, i came across Lord Windsor, 1101 E 3rd St, Long Beach, CA 90802. It is what it is. Bringing a delicious cup of coffee and local pastries to the neighborhood, Lord Windsor is a family friendly shop, dog friendly shop that is on a corner of what seems like a residential spot, inches away from storefronts and binge watching singles who hope and dream. The air in LBC is cleaner and that makes it so your nostrils can enjoy the whiff of a hot cup.
Sunday, July 7, 2019
DJ Sam Gordon was in town from DC and we spent some quality time catching up, eating, drinking and "bin diving". In the midst of it, it was time for caffeine time on Sunset Blvd so we went to this place and had a good time. 3320 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026 Sitting outside is fun and crazy.
One of the newest coffee spots in the LBC is Black Ring Coffee, 5373 Long Beach Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90805. They are invested in the pour system pictured here. They say it delivers a more smoother, tea-like brew and this is very true. They also roast their own coffee on the premises. I had a delicious pour over and a yummy chocolate chip cookie. I found this place online and it had a lot of happy people commenting on it. I was meeting my friend to go see my exhibition at CSUDH and decided to meet her here so we could catch up and have a cup. Very nice place, rich brew and excellent service.
Wednesday, July 3, 2019
As I wave goodbye to my residency with the LA County Library, we had a little lunch meeting. Chris was transferred to Montebello and heard about this amazing Chinese food place. We met there, in that non descript mini mall parking lot. As you can see, the exterior seems unfinished or maybe a secret. As you walk in, the smell is fabulous and a cute little boy seems to be commanding the attention of his parents. Who are the owners of this place, the parents or this little boy? His name is Evan and he's 2. The day Chris and i walked in happened to be Evan's birthday. He's a cute kid. i don't think you could get a more family vibe than what we experienced. As for the food. OMG!!!!!!! I'm going back soon. 1001 W Beverly Blvd, Montebello, CA 90640
The coffee house I used to go to in Boyle Heights changed. it's now Capuyo Cafe, 1850 1/2, E 1st St, Los Angeles, CA 90033. i ordered a coffee and the Almond Butter Toast. That toast was fantastic. You can see how refreshing the berries were, the multi-grain bread, slightly toasted and the almond butter. Very nice indeed. The coffee was delicious. You pick from a small assortment of mugs, so I picked this one. Nice vibe like before too. i noticed Libros Schmibros on the other side of Mariachi Plaza was closed. It looks really good, kind of scaled up, not unlike Capuyo Cafe.