Sunday, October 19, 2008

Going to LA

I had to go to LA. It wasn't the best trip, but that mostly had to do with getting sick right before leaving town. I had to drop off paintings for a show down there. I could have shipped them earlier and not have gone down but I really didn't plan that far ahead. I don't know. When I got back I just got slammed with being even more sick. The little sleep I got, being on the 5 for 8 hours twice, and drinking makers after the opening probably added up to that.

It was really windy
On the way down we stopped at one of those fruit stands on the 5. I got a ride with my friend, Joe, and his wife, Laura, doesn't eat fast food, which is all that's on the 5. It was really windy inside, but you could still hear the freeway. Uh, there were more nuts in there that actual fruit. Also most of the fruit was dried. I got some dried mangos that weren't so sweet.

honey with a comb

I bought this jar of honey. We just ran out at home when Marci used the last of it on making hot toddy. The hot toddy was pretty good but I wouldn't recommend it for a party cause it just made everyone really sleepy. Marci used the left over toddy to marinate a pork loin.

When we got to LA we dropped off Laura in Burbank, and then dropped off the paintings at the gallery. I asked Joe if we could eat at either one of these two places that I used to eat at by myself when I lived in LA. The first one was Big Tomy's under the freeway on Sepulveda. But Joe drove by it and said, "No". The last time I conned Joe to eating at a place that served chili, he got the runs so he was kind of weary after seeing it so we ended up at Benitos on Santa Monica and Federal.

By the way, I would never recommend these places to people visiting LA looking for a good place to eat, just cause well, they're not that great and I only wanted to eat at them for nostalgic reason. I ate at Big Tomy's cause I could get a burger with an egg over easy on it with bacon and avocado and get a shake while walking home after work. For me at the the time, it was like, "Where else could you get that, spend less than $10, and have that on the walk back home". I used to eat there after hanging out at the Best Buy, too, or Anawalt Lumber on Pico and Sepulveda. My other way of walking back home was to cross over on Olympic so I could walk pass the 7-11.

This photo is from 2004 when we went to go visit LA and first discover Benitos. Benitos is sort of one of those destinations you go to when you had a night of drinking and you want some sort of warm food in you. The things you get there are the rolled tacos or the California Burrito, and it's just LA taco shop fast food. I used to eat here cause it's next to the two art supply stores (The Blick closed it's doors and was a Halloween shop when we were down there), and there's a decent magazine stand next to the Von's.

When we got there, everyone eating there were people in their college sweats or folks who looked like they were dressed up to go clubbing.

I stayed with our friend, Carolline, who we stay with every time we go down to LA. She has the comfiest couch (but the worse shower ever, it just dribbles water on you; sorry Carolline that I'm telling everyone your shower sucks). The next day I didn't really feel like doing anything but I was on the on the phone with Marci and she told me I had to do something cause I was in LA. So Carolline and I went and ate at Star of India, and she took me to her friend's Panorama, and we rented "The Great Muppet Caper". I really hate Miss Piggy. I think out of all the Muppet movies, "The Muppet Movie" is probably the best one. I really can't remember "Muppets Take Manhattan", and the pirate and the space ones were pretty shitty. I kind of fell asleep near the end.

Ogi and his girlfriend (whose name I don't know how to spell)
I got to see Ogi, and meet his girlfriend. He was in the show with me. I only see him when he's out here for shows cause he moved back to Tokyo. The last time we were in a different town for an art show was February of 2007. We took the train up together from Oakland to Portland. It was alright. It was really pretty but I think it took 18 hours (it was really last minute). I saw a bear hanging out on the river, and snow on the tracks. We were in the last car and Ogi took a sweet photo out the back window.

Kelly and Ferris
I was dicking around the internet before the show, and read that Kelly and Ferris had a show nearby and wondered if they were in town. Then there they were. It was pretty sweet. I walked with them down the street to see the Ai Yamaguchi show.

Me with Conor
I got to see Conor, who just moved to LA to work as a freelance photographer. One of his last jobs he got to work on was for The Food Network. It's some show where some dude goes up to people randomly and asks to cook with them. It sounds pretty funny, but when someone mentioned that it seemed perfect for Conor cause he's used to have a food photography website (he took it down). It was really good to see him, and I think he's really liking it down there.

Carolline, who I stayed with. I met her while working at Giant Robot.

Aaron came. I met Aaron, while working at Giant Robot. Aaron is pretty cool. He makes weird paintings, like this one of a tree birthing a hippie for the Tree Show in San Francisco.

Aaron Brown


Pretty much I got the job cause I was moving to another town, I thought I should somehow get out of the house. GR was down the street, I have art shows with them, I read their magazine since I was 17, uh, I knew about everything in the store, and I used to work at GRSF, so I asked Eric for a job for a day out of the week and he gave it to me.

Mr. J. Long
And there was also Jack, who I also met while working at GR. He came to town a few months before I left. I really wished he came down sooner to LA so I could hang out with him more.

Giant Spiderweb
Someone made a giant spider web on their front lawn.

Late Night Snack
We went back to Carolline's, played cards and drank whiskey with coke. Joe came back and drove us to, uh, Benitos.

Yeah, well, I find it weird that I was in LA, and two of the three meals I had were at Benitos of all places, but yeah. That's what happens with poor planning. If I had to do it all over again I wouldn't really know where I'd go, cause, to me, and this is just my opinion, and that opinion is based on the fact I just know the bay area better, but I could find a better meal in Northern California than I could in LA that's fast and decent, and that you could eat at, at 2 in the evening.

Places I wish I could eat at while in LA:
1. Hurry Curry of Tokyo.
2. That Cuban place on Venice.
3. That Equadorian place on Venice.
4. The good Burrito King.
5. That Mexican place we used to eat at on Pico, La Flama (?). I used to get the Torta meal deal there.

Places I'll never want to eat at in LA ever, again:
1. I never ate here, but that Chinese place on Pico that had the C rating the entire time we lived in LA.
2. ABC Chinese. Yeah, WTF. I went there once cause it was next to the weird comic book shop.
3. Norms, which I took my Mom, too, cause I'm an idiot. I was being lazy.
4. Zankao Chicken (sp?). It's a really popular chain. It's just a lot of beans.
5. The Apple Pan, the food's alright, the service is awesome, the pie's okay, it just they don't seat you, and you just sit behind a giant counter so there's people standing behind you waiting for you to finish your meal. It's pretty annoying.

Yes, yes. On that note, LA's a pit.

Uh, here's some more pictures from that show that's on some other place on the internet. It has pictures of actual artwork.

1 comment:

Carolline said...

"Please don't tell people how I live." Just kidding. I do have the crappiest shower on the face of the Earth. But maybe my landlord will read this blog post and finally fix the damn thing.

But in all seriousness, I hope that the comfy couch made up for it, at least. And I'm sorry that you ate at Benito's twice. Next time, we'll go to Hurry Curry.

PS-- Does anyone else remember the above quote from the Simpson's? Or do I just sound like a weirdo?

PPS-- It's from the episode when Marge becomes a realtor and she sees Lenny's house/shack. Ha.