Atlantis Alumni

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Adventures in La-La Land

Photo: fresh-made Key Lime Pie at Blue Plate Oysterette

We flew this morning from Philadelphia directly to LA. After picking up our rental car at the Airport, it took us about 40 minutes to drive 8 miles to our B n’ B near West Hollywood. That proved how crazy the traffic is in this sprawling city. Everything is crammed together: all of the stores, businesses, restaurants, public buildings and colonial Spanish-style houses where millions of people live. Unlike Eastern cities with separate sections for public and business, or shopping or residential neighborhoods, such separation does not seem characteristic for the city of the Angels. And there are palm trees, golden grass-covered hills and tropical flowers everywhere. In short, this seems almost like another country. Our B & B is an exotic old house full of kitsch and Hollywood memorabilia. For dinner we drove to a West Hollywood eatery, in a trendy part of the city full of fascinating and pricey restaurants. We ate at Blue Plate Oysterette, which was an excellent seafood place. Among other dishes we sampled oysters Rockerfeller, a halibut with fried sprouts, and seared trout with Japanese miyake mushrooms garnished with orange butter. The desserts were totally decadent: a lemony blueberry crumble and a home-made, circular-shaped key lime pie which melted on the tongue. Jim is gearing up for his big diving day off Catalina Island tomorrow, while Dan plans to revisit LACMA, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. –Dan

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