For us, LA is all about the food, the culture and the beach. (I don't mean to discount rocket science even though that's what brought us to LA initially, but we're talking about the things that we love outside of work.)
It's nice to read that even the NY Times agrees with us:
No city in the country is more exciting than Los Angeles right now. Despite pop culture portrayals of Los Angeles as either comically superficial or darkly dystopian, the nation’s second largest metropolis is a vivid, soulful, eclectic city. It’s home to year-round blooms and captivating street murals, musical innovation and outsider art, deeply rooted communities and world-class food cooked by chefs from around the globe. The greatest challenge for visitors is not what to do, but which version of this vast city to embrace.
We went to LACMA to see Reigning Men and the Robert Mapplethorpe retrospective.
|Look at that metallic embroidery.|
|Those short britches may require a bit of calf enhancement.|
|Getty Center hallway.|
Japanese Prints and Photographs: Paths Through Modernity.
I cannot stress this enough. When you visit LA, skip the Tourist Traps and theme parks and head to the cultural institutions and the ethnic enclaves. You will be met with friendly courtesy, fantastic food and insight into how diverse people and cultures live peacefully and cooperatively side by side.
|Fried chicken, waffles and collard greens in Inglewood.|
|The detailing on the old buildings is amazing.|
|Clifton's Cafeteria is open after their extensive remodel. Prices and food quality are up.|
|Even the tofu dim sum at Ocean Seafood is served with faces intact.|
|June gloom extended all the way to the San Gabriel Mountains the day I left.|