When we see a sign at a store that proclaims “LOCAL!,” we run to investigate it. We must know: is it actually local or what? “Whole Foods, do you mean to tell me that this big piece of bread is from some place down the street?” we say to it. “Be forthright with your local claims, please!” It’s very important to us–especially in relationship to looking for local foodstuffs–to make sure something “local” is actually local. Whole Foods asserted that this wine we purchased–One Wine–was totally local. Is it? Does someone in LA have enough land to have a vineyard? No. Totally not the case. Instead, the brand is located in Santa Barbara and is from the Clendenen Family Vinters. That may not directly be local but, hey, we’ll take it.
All day I dream about Palm Springs. I’ve added the location to my weather app, I am constantly perusing desert rental homes in my free time, and I’ve even adapted the Adidas name to Adidaps (“All Day I Dream About Palm Springs”). It’s such a restful, relaxing Los Angeles getaway. It doesn’t even try to make you feel that way: you just do feel that way. The place does have its quirks and, outside of your little vacation bubble, there is very little to actually get excited about. The drinking spots are fine, there are OK places to shop, and the food is pretty middle of the road, too. Nothing is bad but there certainly is a gap between LA and PS culture (which is probably a part of the area’s charm, actually). There is one place that really stands out in Palm Springs, rising to the ranks of must places like The Ace and The Parker: Workshop, a super cool and super good looking restaurant that absolutely could rival any LA eatery. You need to go here.
The only “Doctor Laura” in my brain is 1990s radio talk show intellectual diva Dr. Laura Schlessinger. If your name is Laura and you are a doctor, I am sure Schlessinger’s on-air cadence and sometimes insane character traits haunt you. If you’re a local “Dr. Laura,” we may have a literally healthy alternative: there’s another big Dr. Laura in the food world who is all about wholesome eating. Her name is Dr. Laura Trice and she lives/works in Venice making very good, non-guilt inducing sweets from all natural everything. She calls her goods Laura’s Wholesome Junk.
Nuit Nouar–or simply Nouar–is a LA based artist and painter. Her work is cutesy and totally fifties diner era chic and all about anthropomorphized foodstuffs. They’re fun, happy paintings that very often have a dark edge to them.
Never have I ever lived in a city where being a flake was a part of the culture. Being late is no big deal and, because of cars and congestion, it’s often assumed that people are going to be late or simply flake out. Nearly everyone I know in the city has flaked on me and I have undoubtedly flaked on them subconsciously in return. It is acceptable in Los Angeles to get too tired from driving all the time and then telling your friend you had dinner plans with that you cannot make it because “something came up.” It’s almost expected on a Friday night that you stay in to watch Project Runway or ditch your initial going out plans for another because you simply do not want to go to a concert you promised so-and-so you’d attend because you don’t want to drive to Highland Park or you don’t want to drive to Venice or you don’t want to drive to Sherman Oaks. You might as well drive to New York City!