Wednesday, September 25, 2019
Maybe I am the last know but Monty's Burgers is a vegan burger chain in LA. The one near my house is at 516 S Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90020. I didn't realize it was not a "meat" burger until after I ordered and sat at the counter. Both cooks had a pro-vegan message on their shirt. At first I thought that was oddly humorous but then of course, I was the last to realize. OHHHHHHHH..... Got it. The fries were wonderful, and as you can see the chocolate shake so fun. The burger. I may have to go back to order another one. It was delicious but left me wanting more food. Maybe that's good. Maybe i eat too much? I will say the most impressive thing to me was that their place mats were designed by Gary Baseman. How cool is that?
I am very lucky to have a number of friends who are artists. Periodically, we invite each other to our studios, we call these Studio Visits. A couple of weeks ago, I had the privilege to go see Andre Woodwards work in La Habra CA. His use of materials, technology and sound is remarkable. During my visit, he mentioned a German bakery that he and his wife had been meaning to visit and so we went. Andre was on our webcast Ear Meal years ago. link So this German bakery was amazing. It's called Continental Delicatessen, located at 1510 W Imperial Hwy # C, La Habra, CA 90631. We only got desserts, which were completely OG and heart warmingly fabulous. I'd like to go back for lunch because they make their own bratwurst and sauerkraut.
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.