HERMANO SEGUNDO BACK IN LA: TIME TO GO HOME
So, that was it for this visit to L.A. and I am already planning my return in May, at the end of the US promotional tour for EAT MY GLOBE.
Sybil and I spent our last couple of days together in chill out mode, beginning with another visit to Thai Town and to Palms restaurant, more well known for the occasional appearance of a Thai Elvis impersonator than for its so-so food. Unfortunately, he was nowhere to be seen so we had to settle for the food, which turned out to be better than I anticipated with a decent papaya salad followed by some rather good, soft and melting, grilled squid and flat noodles. Only the green curry failed to come up to scratch. I am no expert, but shouldn’t there be some pea aubergines in there somewhere?
From there, over to Hollywood, packed with tourists and locals dressed in movie star costumes, which like their wearers had seen better days. The same too could probably be said about Musso and Frank’s, which lays claim to be Hollywood’s oldest restaurant. A Martini at the bar here is, apparently, one of the things to do and it was actually not bad at all, probably because the guy mixing it was around when the original drink was invented.
After a quiet in night watching silly movies, our last morning saw us head to Venice Beach and brunch at 3Square, a trendy café/bakery already filled with locals in flip flops and shorts. Me? I was looking out of place in some new baggy jeans that Sybil claimed to like but, in reality, made me look like Bozo the clown. I am a great admirer of the American skill of short order cooking and the plates put before us at three square; a crab melt and a weisswurst with two perfectly flipped and medium cooked eggs, hit the spot with only the rather strange concept of deep-fried avocado strips making glad to be going home.
A quick walk along Venice beach with its slightly knowing sense of weirdness, a quick shower and change of clothes and I was ready for the off back to LAX and blighty.
Another fun couple of weeks. L.A is rapidly becoming my favourite city in the USA, for a whole load of reasons