It was 2008 when Paul and I together vacationed in L.A. to visit friends. I found myself there again for a brief 4 days back in 2009, this time on a work assignment to watch 7-12 year olds playtest Tron for the Wii, the video game I was working on then. Somehow, over 5 years have passed since we touched down on left coast to see the friends we miss and think about often.
But we couldn't venture to L.A. alone to see our pals Christin & Paul, some good friends joined us for the ride. It was a dizzying three days in L.A before we ventured north to San Francisco but here's a snapshot of the things we ate and places we imbibed:
After an hour at Deus, thirst overcame us. It would have been 2:30pm in Florida, we needed a drink. Searching up and down the streets of Abbot Kinney and still an hour away from our lunch plans, we were at the right place at the right time. The door of an unmarked corner building swung open at our feet and by some miracle, it was bar. As the saucy photos inside indicated, it turned out to be the historic gay bar, Roosterfish. We had the place to ourselves and were hosted by a super friendly "bear-tender" who made a helluva gin and tonic.
Two drinks later, and a block away from the bar, we found ourselves toasting our togetherness over incredible pizzas and duck confit at Gjelina.
By night, we were having another great meal, this time, at Cafe Stella in Silver Lake, perfectly situated near the adorable Airbnb cottage we rented. Which by the way, happened to be hosted by a lovely Italian women who of course...happened to be an actress, how Hollywood is that? Her movie Unbroken comes out this December, go see it.
It was the fourth of July and our rental cottage was in a great neighborhood that was close enough to walk to Proof Bakery for breakfast (see incredible ham and cheese croissant and broccoli cheddar quiche above).
We spent the rest of the day at Chez Briggs' lovely home in Glendale. We made lots of food and drank a ton of that tequila lemonade I made a week prior.
If you need convenient access to Malibu beach and someplace tasty for lunch, this is the spot.
Ace Hotel Rooftop Bar
People watching, terrific weather, killer views and awesome cocktails.
Aside from spending time with our friends, dinner at Baco Mercat was the highlight of L.A. So many approachable and inspired dishes, we ordered about six things but I could've stopped at the hamachi crudo with hashbrown. The mouth-puckering citrus with hints of chile and another ingredient I couldn't quite detect, was phenomenal.