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3x5: to the eastside.


Although we were staying in the more central part of town by The Farmer's Market, a trip to LA wouldn't be complete without giving Aurelien a mini-tour of where I spent my early 20s. I mean, I talk about it enough, might as well give the guy some visuals, right?

My first year in Tinseltown, because I was living with a roommate, was able to afford an apartment in the safe, clean, and accessible West Hollywood. Sadly, once she moved back to New York, I could no longer stay...and so I packed my bags and headed to the Eastside. I'd like to say that I was "movin' on up" but back in those days Silver Lake wasn't quite what it is now; it would take years after I moved out for it to be the hipster enclave with soaring rents, yoga moms, and dudes with well-manicured beards sporting fitted t-shirts sipping on designer coffee at Intelligentsia.

Back in 2002, it was getting there, but not quite. So the trade off for hearing the occasional gunshot on Hoover Street, my neighbors getting attacked at night, street parking (which in LA is unheard of), and being far away from many of my friends who were all doing the beach thing in Venice, I had a 695/month spacious, hardwood floor studio, with a walk-in closet that lead to my bathroom (yes, like Carrie), a terrace looking out onto the building's private community garden that was nurtured by our building manager -- someone whom I now call Aunt Terri -- and was bursting with flowers, seasonal vegetables and fruit.

I've enjoyed sharing this part of my life with him because in Paris, I feel a bit disconnected to these formative years. As I cultivate my life in France, years in LA are slowly fading, so it was nice to awaken some old memories with a stroll through the Silver Lake...



El Conquistador.   
The best place to get a margarita on the Eastside.
Sadly, this 50 year old staple will be closing down for good on December 22, so those of you who will be out in LA, 
I do recommend stopping in...

How could you not want to have a drink in this fiesta-like atmosphere? We stopped in for one margarita and left having two.

The more urban side of Sunset Boulevard that we're not used to seeing.



Being broke during what seems like my entire 20s, 
El 7 Mares did a good job of not reminding me. 
Fresh fish tacos that came with slices of lime fit into my budget
while getting in my weekly Omegas...even if they were fried.



The 99 cents store 
(a real one, none of this 98 cents "and up" business)
was a frequent locale for dinner when I didn't want to lose my parking spot (or didn't want to pay for gas) 
by going to Trader Joe's.
 I told you, I was broke. 


The view down to Sunset from my former street, Sanborn Avenue

...and then we got a parking ticket for 68 bucks.
To make it a real experience, I uselessly chased down the parking official as he was taking evil pleasure in issuing out more tickets to unsuspecting victims.
His explanation made total sense. 
And I walked away. Feeling defeated.
That was perhaps one memory I didn't exactly want to revisit.

We then drove past a filming of some sort.
We're guessing that this will be a soda commercial.
What do you guys think? 

23 comments:

  1. What great pictures of the most 'hipster' city in Los Angeles!

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  2. Ay! I want to gooooo...these pictures capture it all so perfectly but I am so sorry to hear about that ticket. Pretty LA however, you have to admit...More photos please!

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    1. The ticket was so LA! It wouldn't have been a true experience otherwise!

      I'm glad you like the photos. Thank you! This part of town really is a gem; great tacos, rolling hills, and some of the best bars the city has to offer. I'm lucky to have experienced this part of the west coast!

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  3. Looks BEAUTIFUL... in a laid back, hipser, LA-kind of way :) hope you're having a similar time. I drove in and out of Los Angeles too quickly on my road trip and didn't have a chance to truly explore neighborhoods like Silver Lake. Yet another reason to go back, I hope!

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    1. The ticket was super annoying but it didn't ruin our day, especially since we had JUST seen Beck (!!!). Please tell me you know who he is, Danielle. : )

      Next time you're in the City of Angels, definitely explore this part of town. So worth it!

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  4. Fab tour! I've never been to LA, just seen it on the TV, I suspect it's not the same ;o)

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    1. A lot of what you see on tv (especially reality) is accurate to the layout of the city. The east side is less featured than say, Beverly Hills and the rich towns in the Valley, but I'm sure that will change as the gentrification continues. I'm glad you enjoyed the tour! : )

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  5. Your trip down memory lane makes me want to take my hubby up to Korea, Taiwan and Finland to revisit half my twenties!:))) And he wants to take me to Alberta to revisit his (he was in the Rockies!):)))

    Hope you had a swell time with Aunt Terri!:) Bet she loved the new hubby!:))

    Mxox

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    1. That would be quite a trip! I say, when you can, do it (perhaps broken up)! It was fun sharing stories, showing him my old haunts and FINALLY meeting Aunt Terri! We saw her a few times during the trip. And yes, she loved him. I knew she would. : )

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  6. I had the same experience back in Scotland this summer - got a parking ticket 2 blocks from where I used to live. It heightened my nostalgia for a time when parking was free, fines were reasonable and I never got tickets ... mostly because I didn't drive.

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    1. Really? So funny! So it's not only me! My old neighborhood is now permit-only parking. So fancy! Back when I lived there, tickets on my street never happened, we only had to move the cars on Wednesday morning for street cleaning. Times sure have changed...I guess, everywhere!

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  7. I cant believe you had a closet that went into your bathroom. That must have been a big selling point for that apt!!! Your Silverlake adventures sound great. I had margaritas in that area once in 2009 but don't remember where. I went in for 1 and left having 3.

    And dont stress about your parking ticket. On our honeymoon - when we were still in Sonoma, pre LA - I practically parked our rental in someone's driveway, it was towed and $500 later back in our possession (just in time for Staci's wine tour!)

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    1. The closet was TOTALLY the selling point...well that and the cute neighbor dudes. : ) One, incidentally, Aurel and I had a beer date with during our trip!

      I was more annoyed with myself for the ticket for not reading "the fine print" on the street signs! We were 7 minutes too late! But yeah 68 bucks is nothing in the grand scheme, right?

      OMG. You guys parked on someone's driveway?? I can ONLY IMAGINE the commentary that went on between you and P! I'm giggling right now. Love you two...

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  8. ahhh fish tacos....

    my first apartment had a Carrie closet too...

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    1. Soooo good! I got in as many as I could out there because (IMO) NY doesn't know how to do a proper Mexican taco.

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  9. Everything is so bright and colorful it's almost blinding!
    And yeah, I think it might be a soda commercial, or maybe chips or something. It's sad, I can't remember what American commercials are like anymore :(

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    1. Like Paris, LA really is such a photogenic city! We had fun snapping away at all of the kitch!

      I'll let you know what the commercial is if I ever find out! One thing Aurel noticed about American tv is that something is always offered for FREE. We heard the word 5 times during ONE commercial break!

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  10. I have never been to the East Side of LA

    Nice pictures :) :)

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    1. It's a must do! Very laid back and fun. Sort of like the SF of LA...but shh, don't tell anyone from SF that I said that! ; )

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  11. Amazing...for somebody who has never been there. Is mystified by fish tacos, omegas and other stuff you mention. By Beck do you mean David Beckham?

    I laughed at the Ronald Regan Margaret Thatcher street art. Not just the English who hated her then. That must have survived 25 years.

    Love Denise

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    1. Fish tacos pretty much rule. Any SoCal tacos (not from a chain restaurant) for that matter. I couldn't get enough!

      No, not David Beckham, which sadly, I would not recognize, but the musician Beck. Maybe he is more Indie than I thought. I always thought he was pretty mainstream, but perhaps not. Innnneresting! Here's a link to one of his more popular songs: Where It's At I hope you like it! xo!

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  12. My daughter lived in Silverlake and I couldn't wait for her to get out! Her apartment complex was the cutest, very "Melrose Place" with the patio, lots of young hip interesting neighbors and all, but the neighborhood scared the heck out of me.
    Maybe it's changed since...

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