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Birding Opps: Info for our birding friends. In and near Los Angeles you can see these species: Seabirds, Cormorants, Ducks, Grebes, Loons, Raptors, Waders, Gulls, Brown Pelican, nesting Great Blue Heron, Black Oystercatcher, Wandering Tattler, Black Turnstone and Surfbird.
The Los Angeles Audubon (losangelesaudubon.org/) tells us the season and the spots for our best birding results.
The Santa Monica Bay Audubon Society (smbasblog.wordpress.com/los-angeles-county-birding-spots/) is very specific on what to see when and where.
Tawny Flechter tells us about birding in L.A. (laweekly.com/publicspectacle/2012/05/29/birding-in-la-7-reasons-to-do-it-and-how-to-get-started) but don’t open this unless you have a good sense of humor.
Shopping: Los Angeles offers you boutiques on Rodeo Drive as well as downtown shopping. There are also shops within easy walking distance of your hotel.
Transportation: For the latest news on how to get around L.A. go to (metro.net).
Amtrak (www.amtrak.com) – Your connection to more than 500 stations in 46 states. For online information and train schedules visit www.amtrak.com or call 1-800-USA-RAIL (1-800-872-7245)
Day One: It’s time for lunch at Son of a Gun – L: M-F, D: Nightly, 323-782-9033
A good choice is the lobster blt, featuring pain de mie, niman slab bacon, potato chips. Another good choice is the fish & chips, malt vinegar aioli.
Add a House Rum w/ Mint, Lime, Angostura Bitters or a Golden Road Point the Way IPA.
After lunch head to The Getty Center - Designed by Richard Meir and the Central Garden by Robert Irwin, Tu-F: 10-5:30, Sa: 10-9, Su: 10-5:30, 1200 Getty Center Dr, Brentwood, 310-440-7300
Enjoy the view and the architecture and especially the contemporary and modern sculpture featured throughout the grounds.
Our favorite is the West Pavilion that features sculpture and Italian decorative arts of the 1700s through 1900, as well as 19th-century paintings. We’ll be back.
Wine time today is at Vintage Enoteca – M-F: 12-12, Sa, Su: 10-12, 7554 West Sunset Blvd, 323-512-5278.
Try a glass of the Renardat-Fâche “Cerdon du Bugey,” Rosé, NVor the Pinot Noir: Brooks “Runaway Red,” Willamette Valley. The Chef’s selection of salumi and cheese is excellent
For dinner we chose Picca - D: Nightly, 9575 W Pico Blvd, 310-277-0133,
“picca” means “to nibble” Don’t miss the following small plates: the ceviche crocante with halibut, leche de tigre, crispy calamari, the pollo saltado with wok chicken, onion, tomato, ginger, papas fritas, and the costillitas- baby back ribs, rocoto-chancaca, coleslaw rustico.
Finally indulge yourself with the vanilla bean pisco flan. Now the really good news, you can bring your own wine.
A good place for wine shopping is Venokado – M-Th: 10-9, F,Sa: 10-10, Su: 11-8, 395 Santa Monica Place Rooftop @ The Market.
Day Two: Breakfast is at the Pacific Dining Car – 24/7, 1310 W. 6th St., 213-483-6000.
Begin with their signature dish – A special breakfast . . .Thick slices of brioche dipped in batter with powdered sugar, boysenberry syrup and applewood smoked bacon or the truffled eggs – free range eggs scrambled with French truffle butter with lyonnaise potatoes, and muffins. Don’t miss this spot.
The first stop on your day two culture experience is the Museum of Contemporary Art- M,F: 11-5, Th: 11-8, Sa,Su: 11-6, 250 S Grand Ave, Downtown, 213-626-6222.
MOCA has developed one of the nation’s most renowned permanent collections of contemporary art. The museum is housed in three unique facilities: MOCA Grand Avenue, The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, and MOCA Pacific Design Center.
Lunch at The Grill On The Alley – L: M_Sa, D: Nightly, 9560 Dayton Way, Beverly Hills, 310-276-0615.
The fish tacos served with black beans and Spanish rice and a Wild Berry Mojito made with 10 Cane Rum, freshly squeezed lime juice, fresh mint and fresh berries is a good choice.
The pan-seared Idaho Trout amandine with lemon butter sauce and a glass of Graffigna, Argentina 2009 is another good choice.
Dawdle a bit on Rodeo Drive before going to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art - 5905 Wilshire Blvd, M,Tu,Th: 12-8, F: 12-9, Sa,Su: 11-8, 323-857-6000.
LACMA’s collections encompass the geographic world and virtually the entire history of art. Among the museum’s special strengths are its holdings of Asian art, housed in part in the Bruce Goff-designed Pavilion for Japanese Art.
Their Latin American art ranging from pre-Columbian masterpieces to works by leading modern and contemporary artists including Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, and José Clemente Orozco is impressive. Islamic art, of which LACMA hosts one of the most significant collections in the world should not be missed.
Dinner at Xiomara is an event - L: M-F, D: M-Sa, 6101 Melrose Ave, 323-461-0601.
For an appetizer share the charcuterie selection of Spanish cured sausages and Serrano ham with quince and manchegeo cheese. A mojito or a martini would go well with this course.
For your mains the lamb shank in a crust-sealed cast iron casserole served tableside with mashed malanga and mojo marinated tomatoes or the hanger steak with arugula fennel salad, a side of French fries and two sauces are great choices.
Enjoy a bottle of the ’07 Firesteed, Pinot Noir from Oregon.
Day Three: Breakfast at Square One Dining - 4854 Fountain Ave, 323-661-1109
Great choices that include citrus banana brioche French toast, skillet baked eggs, or a salmon benedict on potato pancakes.
One of our favorite museums in the L.A. area is the Norton Simon Museum - M,W,Th: 12-5, F,Sa: 11-8, Su: 11-5, , 411 W Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, 626-449-6840.
Its collections are varied and top notch featuring old masters, impressionists, modern, Indian and Southeast Asian art.
Your final meal of another fun packed mini-holiday is at Hanoki & the Bird - L: M-F, D: M-Sa, 10 W Century Dr, 310-552-1200
Starters are the chili crab toast with spicy cucumber and coriander or the lemon grass lamb sausage in a chili lime sauce.
Your main is the scented black cod with asparagus and spinach or the lobster roll with green curry and thai basil.
Choose your beverage among the interesting specialty cocktails and beers. Dessert is the miso doughnut and honey.
Until next time, best wishes and safe travels,
Dick & Dee Welge
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