Alright everyone, this is my second post of the day. My first was to announce the awesome record release show my brother and his band Mojo Stone are putting on in Silverlake on March 15th. I will be there and I suggest any other LA locals should come and support too. The music will not disappoint.
I want to show a little more Los Angeles love today and share some pictures I took yesterday in the arts district in downtown. I met my brother there so that I could retrieve my digital camera from him and also spend some time catching up, getting food, and enjoying the perfect weather. The arts district seemed like the perfect spot since it's relatively small with some neat pockets with cool graffiti and architecture.
I would say the main stretch is Traction Avenue which is where we spent most of our time. There is a small art/architecture supply store on Traction and I have been going there since my freshman year at USC architecture school, eight years ago. The area has really developed and become a destination, there are a lot more trendy restaurants and art galleries around. Old warehouses are getting converted into new lofts and more apartment buildings are springing up so the streets have a lot more life. It's a great spot to sit and people watch.
The toy district is adjacent and you can find some old, fading signage on abandoned warehouses.
Colorful murals and intricate graffiti and street art are on every corner. It makes the area feel vibrant.
David (brother) and I had four cameras between the two of us, plus two iPhone cameras. A bit much but I bet the people in this neighborhood are used to picture-takers.
New apartments on the right, old church and buildings on the left. Uber-trendy German restaurant Wurstküche straight ahead. It appears to be a major scene. We ate a few doors down at the Novel Cafe. I really recommend this place. The food and drinks are great and it has an inviting atmosphere. It has been on Traction since I started coming here.
We couldn't resist getting dessert at The Pie Hole, a fairly new establishment in the arts district. This place was perfect, my kind of atmosphere and design. It felt very European with the bistro chairs on the street and since it was a beautiful day, David and I opted to sit outside for our pie consumption. It has very simple, minimal design inside but some beautiful furniture and design details. I'd say their delicious pie is the main thing on display. It was so yummy! We tried two flavors, Mexican Hot Chocolate and one called The Lonely Pie which consists of chocolate and peanuts and crushed up potato chips...kind of like a Twix bar in a pie. It sounds weird but it was great, salty and sweet.
And boy did those pies get devoured. Yum.
I had such a nice, relaxing afternoon. This is a favorite pocket of LA for me and of course the company couldn't be beat. Yes, the trip prevented me from doing some work but sometimes you just need to stop and eat some pie. Happy Thursday everyone!