LNS CITY GUIDE: WEEKEND IN LOS ANGELES
We at Liz Nehdi Studio believe that there is no better way to shake up one's life and habits than through travel. And Los Angeles, with its scores of distinct neighborhoods and curious dichotomy of natural and constructed beauty, is a perfect place to do just that. You may find yourself doing and saying things that you may not otherwise: “A forty-five minute drive isn’t that far", "I need more chia in my life.", and “I think that was Emily Blunt standing by the pupusa stand,” are just a few. Here are our recommendations to fill a sun-drenched weekend in the city.
ROGA AT THE SANTA MONICA PIER
A brilliant mind created ROGA – group running and yoga. A crowd gathers on Sunday mornings to run two or five-mile-treks around the beach area and then head to the very edge of the Santa Monica Pier for a yoga session. As you gaze out to the hazy Malibu hills while in warrior pose and hear the waves break below your feet, you may be tempted to pinch yourself to be certain that this isn’t just a blissed-out dream. All are welcome and participation is free.
GJELINA TAKE AWAY
While Gjelina's main restaurant is certainly worth the wait (and there almost undoubtedly will be a wait), we recommend its speedy sidekick right next door, Gjelina Take Away, after an evening of gallery hopping or other activities in Venice. The pizzas on the menu are delicious, and we highly recommend the Squash Blossom, Fennel Salami, and Bottarga with Jalapeños varieties.
Visit this Santa Monica cocktail bar during an off-peak hour (less customers to compete with) and ask for Max, a spirit savant with an obvious passion for his craft. We mentioned our love of gin and Max enthusiastically went through the very early history of the Martini, pulled bottles off the shelf for us to choose from, and created a gin and sweet vermouth cocktail so smooth and balanced that it set the standard for all future libations. With a superb bar staff and unfussy, classy vibe you will wish you were a regular--like all the pretty people occupying seats next to you.
GRAND CENTRAL MARKET
Grand Central Market, a 98-year-old food court, is suddenly new again as is much of a revitalized downtown Los Angeles. Go here for the United Nations of food experiences. We recommend Sticky Rice for their authentic Thai papaya salad and Eggslut for the perfect breakfast sandwich. However, be it Mexican or Japanese cuisine, the unique-to-Berlin currywurst, or a produce stand, it’s all here—and it’s all good. Afterward, a postprandial walk through the rooftop garden of the Walt Disney Concert Hall is in order.
When you are seeking inspiration, we recommend the chandelier tree, a charming symbol of all the good that can be found in L.A.. Created from chandeliers gathered during a set-building project, the tree can be found on an unassuming street whilst stumbling around the Silver Lake neighbourhood. And while it can only be found in Silver Lake and not the silver screen, it is the essence of cinematic magic: the ordinary, when combined with a bit of ingenuity, creating a transcendental experience. Nearby a dog barks, cars pass, and scenes play out on this delightfully illuminated street corner.
The sun-soaked streets of Los Angeles make a perfect catwalk for a beautiful summer inspired silk scarf, so if you are planning a trip, be sure to peruse our site to stock up on our suitcase essentials. And be sure to check out our L.A. inspired outfit board!
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