The art initiatives Metro takes are great. They’re sometimes hard to find and can go unnoticed as they are positioned to be in the corner of your eye as you rush to or from the train after scaling multiple flights of stairs. The Hollywood and Highland station does a good job of making sure you see what art they have up and the station regularly rotates new art in and out of there every quarter (or so it seems). The most recent showing is great: LA Day, LA Night by Michael Light.
Admittedly, my knowledge of Little Tokyo is pretty confined to what is on 1st Street and 3rd Street, between Central and San Pedro. The area extends beyond this but that’s all I’m ever around and actively engaging. I had a long subway walk to the Arts District yesterday from the new, fancy Civic Center station and I decided to take a few detours. I ended up power walking through Weller Court and noticed what seemed to be a huge ass market. This is Marukai Market, a one stop shop for Japanese food and lifestyle items. It was a great place to wander around coveting things for thirty minutes, trying to figure out what to grab for dinner.
“…she still seemed to be travelling, still sailing into Acapulco harbour yesterday evening through a hurricane of immense and gorgeous butterflies swooping seaward to greet the Pennsylvania – at first it was as though fountains of multicoloured stationery were being swept out of the saloon lounge — glanced defensively round the square, really tranquil in the midst of commotion, of the butterflies still zigzagging overhead or past the heavy open ports, endlessly vanishing astern, their square, motionless and brilliant in the seven o’clock morning sunlight, silent yet somehow poised, expectant, with one eye half open already… lightly dreaming, looking forward to the fiesta later…”
– Malcolm Lowry, Under the Volcano
There are a lot of cookies in Los Angeles and we’re sure they all believe that they are the “best cookie in the city.” We made an admittedly bold statement in October that Cookie Good’s Carmel Pretzel Chocolate Chunk cookie was the best in the city and since then have noticed many other sweets believe they are just as rich. Bart’s Bakery proclaims to have “the best” but not in the city: they believe they’ve made the best in the world. Let’s investigate.
“But what do they serve?” my friend joked when I invited her to Larchmont’s newest cafe, Coffee + Food. Simplicity is so enticing when it’s well-executed like this. Open for breakfast and lunch only, Coffee + Food offers a straightforward menu of sandwiches, salads and sweets, all made in house, that can be packaged up instantly for those on the go. If you’re looking to sit and eat, then you can enjoy the streamlined space with it’s sleek concrete floors, classic brick walls and silvery wood panelling.