A Day in L.A. ~ Part 1

I can't say that I've really ever wanted to go to L.A. and be a tourist.  It seems too big with too much traffic. It's commercial. Fake. Frivolous. All the things I try to avoid.  But, like any other American who enjoys watching movies, listening to music and going to iconic places, I was also curious about life there.

After our time at the previous night's taping of The Voice, I didn't really feel the need to "find" someone famous.  I was excited to spend the day driving around, exploring some cool spots and eating some good food. What I didn't count on was my friend being such a good tour guide. Even though he had to work he offered up tons of suggestions about places worth stopping at. So, being the good friends we are, we took his advice.  Mixed in with my desire to drive down Ventura Blvd, the Sunset strip and Rodeo Drive, we created an amazingly well-rounded day.

First stop, Joan's on Third.

Entry welcome

Entry welcome

My brother-in-law Peter also suggested this place and since it was literally around the other side of the block of where we were staying, it made sense we'd go there.  My first impression was, "I love it here!" Such a beautiful place.  Clean lines and simple colors. Basically leading you to peruse all the baked goods as soon as you come in. I opted for soft boiled eggs and toast while Paul went for the breakfast sandwich and Ellie the fruit and granola parfait.

Ellie was in love with the pastries

Ellie was in love with the pastries

Coffee was excellent as well.

Cortado (not in a classic glass since they didn't have them) but tasty none the less

Cortado (not in a classic glass since they didn't have them) but tasty none the less

Paul loved the yolk spilling out.

FRIED EGG SANDWICH over easy egg, Canadian bacon, jack cheese & arugula dressed with garlic aioli on a toasted brioche bun.

FRIED EGG SANDWICH over easy egg, Canadian bacon, jack cheese & arugula dressed with garlic aioli on a toasted brioche bun.

Second stop, Bar Keeper.

A bit of a "chemistry" motif going on.

A bit of a "chemistry" motif going on.

A small local shop providing all the cool little trinkets, accoutrements and fixins to make the best cocktail of your life!! The selection is small but carefully curated. They were totally capable of answering questions and making suggestions. We were invited to try a few Chinese spirits they were tasting at the time we were there.

The fragrance of orange...the bite of vodka

The fragrance of orange...the bite of vodka

Always fun to be asked to do that. We left feeling well taken care of and also laden with booze to enjoy later. Apparently they've been featured in Saveur and Imbibe magazines to name a few. If you're looking for something new, unusual or hard to find to upgrade your bar...then this is the place for you.

Helping Paul find the perfect bourbon/whiskey/rum

Helping Paul find the perfect bourbon/whiskey/rum

Paul took this. I especially love my prayerful glee at seeing all they have to offer

Paul took this. I especially love my prayerful glee at seeing all they have to offer

On the same block as Bar Keeper was a good looking coffee shop called Intelligentsia which was perfect timing for a little pick me up. It doesn't hurt that they have a cool logo too.

Just a simple cold brew with cream.

Just a simple cold brew with cream.

We packed so much into our day in L.A. that I broke it up for easier reading.  Can't wait to share our lunch spots!