It takes FOREVER to get anywhere in LA. I started by going Downtown to the Central Market.
This is supposedly a major tourist attraction but I can’t see why – it’s not that impressive.
Then I met my friends, the Occupiers.
There is a lot of excellect Art Deco/Moderne architecture in LA.
Being in California the concentration of Mexican eating places had increased 100 fold.
I took a bus across town. I think it was only about 7km but it took nearly 1hr.
They have a lot of other pits around but they’re not worth looking at – they’re just mud with oil on top. The LACMA is worth a look for the building.
The tar pits have a museum that is free for US military but not foreigners. And they check! It’s $8 for an adult entry and is very 70s but quite interesting.
After that I walked up to the Farmers’ Market – it’s a set up of boutique stalls selling meats, chocolates and baked goods. There’s a decent vintage shop selling 50s kitsch and a shop devoted to stickers. I started on my Thanksgiving shopping by buying some NZ lamb at Whole Foods. They are a schmancy supermarket for hipsters who want to be sustainable but can’t be bothered being a hippie. Anyway they sell Parmalat milk so they can’t be that interested in researching their suppliers. But they do have good sampling.
Since I didn’t want to spend all my money I did the rest of my shopping at Trader Joe’s in Hollywood. They are also more inclined to organic produce but are surprisingly cheap and have MEGA SAMPLING. When I went they were serving pumpkin and pecan pies. I took some samples, and some empty pie plates. I did need something to cook the apple pie in, after all.
The next day was Thanksgiving. I spent all morning in the kitchen making roast lamb, stuffing, macaroni and cheese (my host didn’t want potato), boiled veg, cheese sauce, Yorkshire pudding, and NZ tart. I had a decent stove, oven and microwave, but no saucepans! Makes for interesting home economics. My host watched football.
The meal went down well and my host retired. I went for a walk. Hollywood was full of tourists and homeless people.
The Walk of Fame is similarly full of nobodies – Antonio Banderas has a star?! Some people have two, to fill in space. Was Basil Rathbone that good?
After avoiding a hundred homeless people I found a view of the Hollywood sign.
Then I found a vintage shop with THE WORLD’S MOST FABULOUS DRESS.
Alas, it was too small. But I was glad to see it had been well used – the button loop at the collar had been repaired several times. This sort of thing must be shared!