How to spend a Wednesday in West Hollywood

First, you go to the Pacific Design Center.

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

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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.

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

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

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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.

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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.

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

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

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.