One day in L.A.

Pride crosswalk on Abbot Kinney Blvd in L.A.

We flew to L.A. for a day to see Blondie and Elvis Costello at the Greek Theater. Loved the venue, I want to see more shows there! I have also wanted to see Blondie since I was 15, and they were exactly as good as I thought they’d be. Great night!

We also got to hang out with Nate and Beth for the afternoon and catch up on things, awesome of them to let us stay with them!

Pixar exhibit

monsters

We went to the Pixar exhibit at OMSI with friends yesterday. It was focused on the math and science behind the movies. Really good – tons of hands on things to do, great interviews that I had not seen yet, giant replicas of favorite characters you could pose with.

Brian’s animation skills were predictable better than the rest of ours.

Jeff and Amy find Wall-E

I feel super lucky that in the last two years I have gotten to go to three animation exhibits which have been over the top good (Jim Henson, LAIKA, Pixar). Also I want the monster wall that this exhibit had:

Dinner in Hollywood

We went to dinner with friends of ours last night. We ate at Chin’s, which I had wanted to try since we moved to Portland. Chin’s has been in the Hollywood neighborhood since 1949, and I have always thought its neon looked cool on a rainy winter night.

Last year, it was bought out by some sisters from the Shandong region. AJing has talked to them quite a bit and it is an interesting story. She told me that their food is traditional home style (i.e. what you would make at home rather than in a restaurant). It was very good, I definitely will go back, especially for the dumplings.

This dish, candied sweet potatoes, is a holiday dish, according to AJing. The sweet potatoes are cooked, then coated in sugar (simple syrup?) and brought out very hot. You eat them carefully right away or they get glued together by the sugar. You grab one, and all these sugar threads appear (you can see them in the picture above) so you dip the potato into the bowl of water. That makes the coating harden and snaps the sugar threads off. Fun to eat, and I wouldn’t have known how to do it unless AJing had ordered them and walked me through it.

Run away…

We escaped the overbearing heat and all the smoke that hit Portland by going to the coastfor four days. We wandered a few places, had great seafood at Local Ocean, and lounged on the sand with books. It was cold, occasionally foggy, completely wonderful.

No pictures of this, but the new Salishan owners seem to be taking it in the right direction, yay! And they have a daily smore roast with half price drinks which features the original 1964 firepit, really cool. We stayed on the forest side this time and had views of the water.

Really relaxing and lovely working trip.