You’ve made the mistake of trying to go to Sycamore Kitchen late on a Sunday. You’ve found yourself in District La Brea on a weekday night and realize that Sugarfish is packed and nowhere else is really open. What is there to do? You don’t have to head home: you can siddle South on La Brea to a discrete, mysterious little restaurant called Cafe Verona.
Whenever Kattie Kotok, EVP, US Production at the British Film Commission, moves to a new neighborhood, she likes to locate the essentials first. For some people that might be a grocery store or a used bookshop. Kattie loves very elegant stationery, so her first stop when moving to Venice was Urbanic Paper Boutique.
In this town there’s the car that you (actually) drive and the (fantasy) car that you drive in your head. Perhaps your dream vehicle is the 1956 Jaguar XKSS, a sleek built for speed racer? Then you’ll love the Petersen Automobile Museum because Hollywood legend, Steve McQueen’s glorious Jaguar is currently on display.
On the way back from a small road trip down Highway 1, avoiding the freeway, taking in the quieter beach towns and heading inland just slightly to walk around the San Juan Capistrano mission, we stopped at an antique store. And there it was, a collection of Architectural Digests from the mid-80s.
While flicking through A.D. August 1985, this caught our eye – a description of an interior design business called Mulligan’s, in Los Angeles: “The shop is colorful……(but) also very serene, providing a welcome respite from the heady pace and urbane atmosphere of the neighborhood.”
Your sukhasana is sublime. You nod, humbly, as your yoga teacher uses the correct Sanskrit for poses. The Namaste at the end of class is heartfelt. But perhaps it’s time to go further into your appreciation of the Indian sub-continent and put down the pressed juices and enjoy a dhosa (yes, it’s gluten-free, made with rice and lentils, before you get apprehensive). Anarkali, on Melrose, just east of La Brea, is an excellent place to start.