I am back in LA and I couldn't be happier! As you know, I was already here in February and now that I had to pick another holiday destination, I decided to come back to my favourite US city. Yes, LA has become what used to be my New York and my Paris. London is still my London though.
On my first morning, I headed straight to Whole Foods for breakfast. I usually go to the one near The Grove. The choice of food is just so amazing. My selection above was all vegetarian. I have also started ordering coffees with soy milk whenever the option is available.
I had to get a pair of shoes resoled, so I took them to a repair at Farmers Market. While I was there, I walked around The Grove. It was 10 am but very quiet. Most shops hadn't opened yet.
I then decided to head to the Grammy Museum, which is next to the Staples Center. The museum was great fun; really worth a visit for music lovers. There were lots of interactive stands and booths and it was nice to relive Grammy performances, acceptance speeches and see all kinds of music memorabilia. Unfortunately the exhibition Bob Dylan: Photographs by Daniel Kramer had just finished two days before, so I had just missed it.
Downtown is not really my favourite part of LA but I wandered around a bit and found it slightly more appealing than I used to.
By chance I walked by the Orpheum, where I am going to see Ben Folds live on Wednesday evening.
Around lunch time I headed back to LA Live to have lunch at Katsuya, a Japanese restaurant, co-created by Philippe Starck.
The food was excellent and the service was great too. I picked the salmon bento box which came with miso soup, salad, rice, vegetable tempura, salmon, and maki rolls.
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Next, I was going to visit MOCA but it was closed. Across the road, there was a long queue at the recently opened (September 2015) The Broad museum. Despite the queue, I decided to have a look.
The building itself is impressive and so is the modern art collection. Some pieces I had already seen in other places but until then I had no idea that they were part of The Broad collection.
The Broad collection contains about 2,000 works and one is added every week.
While I was at The Broad, I couldn't secure a timed ticket to see the Infinity Mirrored Room. When I'm back in the area to visit MOCA, I will see if I can get an entry then. There is a Cindy Sherman exhibition coming up at The Broad in June. Unfortunately I will miss it.
In the evening I went back to Whole Foods for dinner. I will probably end up there every single day during my stay!