La Brea (LA’s Street Fashion ave)
La Brea Avenue is LA’s streetest fashion forward spot. Fashionistas, americanas, hipsters, cool hunters, and streetwear enthusiast all gather here to excel their retail game. So we definitely made a point to do some strolling. La Brea greets you with Shepard Fairey, graffiti (paid and non-paid), Unis, Stussy (KAWS art), Undeafeted, American Rag, Animal, and others to hold down the neighborhood aesthetic.
Being a Top Chef addict, I put it on top of my list to go to Ink, Michael Voltaggio’s spot. However they couldn’t increase my reservations so my homies and I had to roll to Ink Sack. This place is definitely the next level sandwich shop. Since it was dinner time, I got two sandwiches to be full. I must say, the pork butt chicharones banh mi was the real deal. I also had the albacore tuna with butter lettuce and jalapenos which was a great combination, balancing the tuna with spice. Also, the mexican chocolate cookie is one of the best cookies ever. So good I had to take one back to Seattle for my girlfriend.
There’s a chalkboard inside for tagging!
I was all over their twitter but gave up trying to pinpoint their location. LA is too big to be chasing them around on vacation…
On that Thursday night I was kicking it at the LA artwalk, then long and behold their it was!!! LUDO, i see you. Quick to order the buttermilk chicken strips with spicy mayo sauce. Murdered those and I was still hungry. I get another order of strips buttermilk and regular. BLISSSSS… though I was drinking and hadn’t eaten for the past 6 hours…
Lucy’s Drive Thru
"It wouldn’t be LA without Mexican (food)" per tupac. LA is where Mexican food is on the next level and Lucy’s validated that! This was our spot after some late night drinks in downtown. I was only coherent to take an instagram of the carne asade fries. The pics of the tamale, sopa, and shrimp avocado dish were all blurry (I wonder why?).
If your a menswear enthusiast, South Willard is a must visit in LA. A nice boutique that carries exclusive pieces of premium american made brands such as Band of Outsiders, Gitman Vintage, and Quoddy.
This is the LA brunch spot to be at. It’s a hip crowd with a hipster approach to food. I believe it has a rotating menu serving a handful of dishes each day, keeping your pallete on its toes. I had the high quality country fried steak with fried eggs and some pickled garnish. Very big fan! Please note, this spot is located in the back of an office building.
The Griffith Observatory hike is the quintessential LA weekend activity. It was a great time for the YOLO crew to getaway from the hustle to enjoy greenery, sun, the crowd, and observe sites… and take photos. Not a bad trail at 2.5 round trip, so pretty leisure. Awesome time!
In N Out (instagram)
You can not visit California without going to In N Out… Per Anthony Bourdain, this is America’s only reputable fast food burger joint… Cosign to that! Gotta luv the fresh made to order burgers. My status is to go off the menu with the animal style and protein burger. Though the cheese on fries gets cold quick. Bottom line, In N Out is a must visit.
Just touched down LAX, it’s about 4pm… What hip spot can we go to for some good eats? let’s get on that Venice cool and hit up Gjelina for some outdoor dining. The food is typically new american but since we came off hour, we got the Neapolitan pizza menu. We ordered one lamb sausage and one proscuitto. Pizzas were delicious, fresh ingredients, wood fire feel, and addictive. What a great spot to start drinking with crew.
You’re are going to Hollywood!
Before I post the food and retail photos, above are some scenic shots of Venice and Hollywood.
Umami Burger Hollywood (instagramed)
Let’s kick off the LA series, whaddup mami! All I have been hearing is how much Umami has the LA burger game in a choke hold. So I made it priority to hit it up and try this trending Truffle Glazed burger. Oh my…long and behold, this burger is the truth. It hurts on so many aspects of goodness and harmony….the beef, the combo of the truffle and truffle cheese, and the brioche like bun (people are still searching for its identification).
Then to add off the menu cheese tots, Singha beer, and hanging with my homies! This is a true memorable LA dining experience. The downside is they do not let you add bacon to this burger as my friend says “You are offending the chef”.