How to spend a Wednesday in West Hollywood

First, you go to the Pacific Design Center.



Then, you go into the Pacific Design Center and start going up the stairs, so you can see some views.



Then, you go back down and into the little brown box that is the MOCA branch in West Hollywood, to see if there are any cool exhibitions.



Then, you blush and giggle because it’s the Tom of Finland exhibition, which is really porny.



Then, you wander up to the Sunset Strip. It’s not very far.



Then, you pose like a movie star at some weird retro building. Nobody asks for your autograph, but that’s okay, because you feel really cool anyway.



Then, you get a cocktail. Actually, by now you’ve had a couple, but forgot to take pictures of them. So you get another at a place you once went with the husband of the lady you’re currently wandering around with. But that’s another story.



How did it get to be nighttime already? Who knows.

Anyway, then you go to eat some Russian food, because, why not?




You even order the salad called “dama pod shuboy,” which means “lady under a fur coat,” which is normally a super-mayonnaisey, rather disgusting concoction, but here it is actually pretty good.




That’s herring on the bottom, by the way.

Because it’s a Russian restaurant, you have some vodka, of course. Preferably infused with dill or blueberries or olives or horseradish or cranberries.





And that is how you spend a Wednesday in West Hollywood.


    11 responses to “How to spend a Wednesday in West Hollywood”

    1. T-Mo says:

      I want to go to there.

    2. Bryan says:

      Sign me up. Twice. Also, that lady under a fur coat looks divine.

    3. Bryan says:

      The ladies in #4 and #6 look pretty fine too.

    4. Josh K-sky says:

      Where’s the restaurant?

      The “weird retro building” is the office of Mark Mothersbaugh, Devo frontman turned Wes Anderson audio decorator.

    5. LP says:

      1, 2: I am ready, willing and thrilled to re-create this itinerary with you. Please get in touch with my assistant, who goes by my same name and has the same contact info as me.

      3. *blush*

      4. The restaurant is Mari Vanna, on Melrose Place. It just opened this past summer, and it is divine. And wow! Thanks for the info on that green building… Every time I pass it, I wonder what is going on / has gone on in there. “The beauty pavilion” – fantastic!

    6. GF says:

      LA is so pretty. Why do people look at me funny when I say this?

    7. swells says:

      I LOVE an urban safari. All the more when it starts with colorful architecture and ends with colorfully architected food and drinks. And don’t forget we also got hour-long Thai massages in between!

    8. Rachel says:

      You know it’s an exciting day when the Thai massages don’t even get mentioned. But hey–how to compete with Russian food AND Tom of Finland?!

    9. swells says:

      Also, you should see the shoes I bought.

    10. LP says:

      ZOMG, I totally forgot about the massages. That really IS a good day, when that doesn’t even crack the top 5 activities.

      And yes, you all really should see the shoes. So Swellsian, so marvelous. I will say only that there are reflective panels involved.

    11. Trixie says:

      Fun day!!!
      Love it.