Fashion District / Egg Slut Truck / Skid Row

This past weekend, my good friend Susie (and fellow blogger of Design Plus You) ventured down to the fashion district to look for fabric. The store Im most familiar with in the industry is Michael Levine, so we headed there. As you know I’ve been redoing my barrel chair and I came to a standstill when I realized I needed a special type of padding. Surely Michael Levine would have it.

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Michael Levine is so inspiring! Two warehouses full of ideas! This felt above made me think of the kids room pennants I make… so many colors to choose from! Susie highly recommended HeatnBond as a great no-sew hemming tool.

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After buying our fabric (I found what I needed with the help of a knowledgeable staff member for $2.50!), we decided to head somewhere for breakfast. The Egg Slut Truck had been recommended to me, so we yelped it and headed that way.

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The Egg Slut Truck happened to be parked in front of Handsome Coffee Roasters.

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See the crowd? It’s located downtown just past Skid Row amongst warehouses, so not exactly a prominent spot but it’s well known through word of mouth. It’s also close to Sci-ARC, where I imagine architecture students and nearby artist loft owners come to get their caffeine fix (the crowd was very artsy).

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Doesn’t the look amazing? It tasted soooo good. The coffee is a latte,  and just a note to coffee lovers, Handsome Coffee Roasters is a purest. They only have organic whole milk and no sweeteners. As for the Egg Slut Truck, I got the scrambled eggs with avacado. They have several options and all of them looked amazing. This place makes me look forward to another Michael Levine/Egg Slut Truck/Handsome Coffee Roasters Saturday morning Adventure.

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Since I brought up Skid Row above, I feel like I must tell you about to excellent documentaries I’ve seen recently about Skid Row. The first is called Skid Row and documents Praswell (Pras, a member of the Fugees) as he lives for 9 days on Skid Row without his true identity being revealed and begins with just $9 and a tent. The goal was for Pras to get to know the people behind Skid Row, how the got where they did, and are they choosing to be there or is it a reaction to a cause? He is mentored by the local Mission leaders and filmed from a very far distance. I think it’s easy to dismiss the homeless and this movie is so humanizing and shed’s light on serious issues plaguing this city.

The second film I saw was Lost Angels: Skid Row is My Home, which was made be several of the people who worked on The Soloist. In fact most of the homeless people followed in the film were extras in The Soloist. This film focuses on San Julien Place, a street near several missions which has homeless housing and where many people take refuge. This film focuses on mental illness and how the termination of mental institutions forced these people out onto the streets. It also shows a larger problem: When missions are full at night (as well as low income housing being very hard to get) and people have nowhere to go to sleep, they are forced to lay on the ground where they then get ticketed for the crime of laying on the ground. If people can’t afford a place to lay, how can they pay the ticket? Not paying the tickets leads to jail time, which uses up lots of tax dollars. What if those tax dollars were invested in more of these low income apartments, which currently have waiting lists because they are so maxed out? The people followed are fascinating humans who you really care about in the film. I highly recommend both films.

Leisurely Sunday Brunch

Happy Sunday everyone! There’s nothing like a relaxing free Sunday to enjoy a leisurely girls brunch to help rewind the life batteries. If you haven’t visited LaMILL in Silver Lake, you are missing out. It’s pricy, but it’s definitely worth the cost as they are coffee experts. It’s also a hipster-actor-celebrity hotspot. I love coming here to people watch and today we saw (in addition to lots of hipsters in wild print adult onesies) Fitz (from Fits and the Tantrums) and an adorable actor from The League.

After a super fun brunch and successful fabric shopping trip downtown (near the fashion deal mecca Santee Alley), I am home baking up a quiche (see the recipe here) while breathing in the scent of apple spice to get me in the fall state-of-mind. Happy Sunday everyone! May your week ahead be mellow and positive!

Little Next Door + LACMA

Last week the LACMA had FREE Monday during Memorial Day weekend. Remember how I told you about it in the Weekend Guide? So, did you get to go? I did!

I’m getting ahead of myself. My good friend Michelle and I decided that Monday was the perfect brunch and museum day. We decided that there were many tasty brunch spots on 3rd street, very close to the museum, where we could park a certainly find something new and fun. It was a brunch adventure!

Can you tell where we went based on the photo above (or the title of the post for that matter)? We went to The Little Door‘s sister cafe, Little Next Door. The title comes from the fact that the cafe is right next door to the hip restaurant. Little Next Door was adorable and affordable. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not crazy cheap, but considering the atmosphere and quality of the food it was a great price. I ordered the smoked salmon eggs benedict which also came with a small salad ($14).

We loved the meal but the parking situation isn’t ideal. I ended up finding parking around West 4th and South Sweetzer Ave. It was free and a 2 hour max. This probably normally would have been enough time to eat brunch and walk back to the car, but we forgot exactly where the car was. Our scrambling up and down streets put me into a panic. LA’ers know how quickly ticketers work. We found the car and didn’t get ticketed, but it was a close one. On to the LACMA!

The LACMA is another parking issue. Free Monday’s mean free admission, but parking at the LACMA is $10, which is almost the price of brunch! Outrageous. If you want to go to the LACMA and don’t mind a little walking, there’s street parking along 6th street with only a few restrictions. The walk is totally worth the extra $10 in your pocket.

I finally got to see Chris Burden’s Metropolis II.

So cool to see all the modes of transportation moving around this city. The lines of traffic felt all too familiar to LA’s landscape. I just can’t fathom the construction of this city. Also, what do you do if a car falls off the track and into the center? Is it on hinges? It’s hard to tell from my photo, but there was a person on the inside of the city operating it. How did that person get into the city? So many questions. This metropolis is worth a visit.

Then we crossed over to the Resnik Pavilion. There was a fun exhibit called California Design, 1930-1965: “Living in a Modern Way”, which closed last weekend. We got in just under the wire. This exhibit included a wide range of clothing, graphics, architecture, and even transportation.

My favorite part of the exhibit was the recreation of the Eames House within the Pavillion (which of course, they didn’t allow photography). Something that most people probably don’t realize is that you can actually see the real Eames House here in the Pacific Palisades. Admission to the grounds is $10. As cool as the recreation at the LACMA was, the real thing is a unique experience and worth the $10. Check out the Eames Foundation website for all the deets.

Despite me being anti-Target, I do really enjoy their free holiday museum days. If you didn’t get to partake in this one, I’ll let you know when it’s free again. This day cost me a total of $14 (plus tax and tip) and I got a day full of activity, walks, and culture. I also highly recommend West 3rd Street, if you are looking for brunch spots. Little Next Door was really fun, but if you go and there is a wait just check out some of the other popular spots like Joan’s On Third, Doughboys, and Toast.

Brunch at Canele

This past Saturday I joined two lovely ladies for a yummy brunch at Canele. This adorable restaurant is so hidden amongst the shops along Glendale Blvd. Even the logo blends into the painted brick behind it. I’m so glad this was suggested as a brunch spot.

Canele is not very large, and the kitchen is open so you can see the food being prepared. This is such a good idea for restaurants. While waiting for a table we could see all the pancakes (although they looked like soufflés) and sweet breads baking and we knew we HAD to order one. This oven also made the whole place smell like a bakeshop. Such a great marketing technique. How can you sit there smelling the food, and watching these scrumptious dishes baking and not order one?

We all ordered eggs in the hole. I’m pretty sure this was my first egg-hole ever. The bread was so good and whatever light salad dressing they used was the perfect touch.

We all ordered a pancake dish to share which was perfect for three of us. It had a dollop of sweet lemon flavored cream on top. Can you believe this is their pancake? It was so… three-dimensional and yummy.

The whole cafe was adorable. They have their dinner menu in chalk on the wall. In the photo below you can see the blonde hair of the writer of the blog, Designlovefest. Yay, fellow bloggers! My friend also pointed out that an actor from the Wire was dining at the counter across from us. Who knew Canele was such a secret hot-spot?

The weather was so beautiful that after brunch I walked around Glendale Blvd looking into shops. I even stopped into a yarn shop participating in the Yarn Crawl that happened last weekend (I wrote about it in my Weekend Guide).

If Canele doesn’t sound like your scene, take a walk around the neighborhood because there are plenty of cute cafes to check out. I’ll be back!