Just after finishing college I sublet a large loft space in Downtown L.A. right near the railroad tracks, just south of Little Tokyo. Like many artist districts it has been re-invented with a variety of interesting eateries and shops. I was recently treated to a tour of my old hood by my good friend, animation story artist Jenny Lerew.
With a line out the door, our first stop was Wurstküche, a unique Sausage Grill with a simple set up. You head to the busy counter and choose your sausage, which can range from a classic Brautwurst to exotic options like Rattlesnake or Crocodile. Also pick your toppings, add a side of belgian fries if you like and choose from a long list of beers and/or unique sodas. Then find a seat in the roomy dinning area and they bring it all to you. The sausage is on a delicious bun and they provide 5 different mustards to compliment it. I tried the Filipino Maharlika, described as "sweet pork with natural seasonings"... so good!
Next stop, the wonderfully currated shop Poketo, brimming with kawaii goodness.
I love this kind of eclectic mix, where every where you turn there is something interesting or colorful or useful or all of the above.
Did just the name "maple custard pie" make you want book a flight to L.A.? It might just be worth it. How could I resist a shop called Pie Hole or a pie with maple and custard in the same title? I couldn't and I didn't and I'm glad of it.
Now fortified with pie & coffee we made are way over to Apolis: Common Gallery.
At first glance it appears to be an upscale men's store but it is much more than that. With a focus on a global market, they seek out artisans from around the world to create unique goods for their brand. They also use this retail space as a gallery for lectures, art & film.
Finally we checked in at Storefront, a huge warehouse space filled with an interesting assortment of vintage grooviness. Owned & curated by Set Designer Coryander Friend, who has created a unique gallery feel, mixing artwork, rare furnishings & unusual industrial finds.
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