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Los Angeles – Honorable Mention

 

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O’Neill House In 1978, Directly on 507 N. Rodeo Drive, Art Dealler Don  O’Neill began the construction of this beautiful house built as homage to Spanish architect Antonio Gaudi.  In a seeming tribute to its muse, it was not fully finished until after O’Neill’s death in 1998.  Today we can all enjoy  gazing at its facade and imagining the wonders the interiors must have.
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Spadena House or  The Witch’s House

At the corner of Walden Drive and Carmelita is this very special site,  The house was designed by cinematic art director Harry Oliver.  Built in 1921 in west LA as offices for a film studio, it could have been a set piece of Oz.  The entire structure was moved to its present location in 1934 by the Spadena family.

 

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Honorable Mention There were two spots we ran into randomly and really enjoyed.  We didn’t get to spend enough time at either to get a full vision, but  they both brightened our day.  If you’re in the area, they are definitely worth a look.
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Hennessey + Ingalls Art + Architecture Bookstore

http://www.hennesseyingalls.com

An excellent and inviting selection of Art, Architecture & Design books set in a very friendly and well organized space.

Santa Monica Store:
214 Wilshire Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Mon-Sun: 10:00am – 8:00pm
Phone: 310-458-9074

Hollywood Store:
Space 15 Twenty 1520 N. Cahuenga Blvd., Suite 8
Los Angeles, CA 90028
Mon-Fri: 11:00am – 8:00pm
Sat & Sun: 10:00am – 8:00pm
Phone: 323-466-1256

 

Chan Darae Thai Restaraunt

http://chan-darae.com/

We stumbled into Chan Darae hungry, bordering on cranky.  We took a chance on Thai after our myriad of New York City experiences where the majority of Thai food is saturated with old oil.  To our pleasant surprise it was succulent, light and non-greasy, while allowing us to happily keep exploring L.A.!

1511 N. Cahuenga Blvd.
Hollywood, CA 90028 (North of Sunset)
Mon-Sun: 11:00am – 11:00pm
Phone: 323-464-8585

Mondrian Hotel – Los Angeles, CA

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Mondrian Hotel

(800) 785-2179
8440 Sunset Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90069, United States

www.mondrianhotel.com

Originally built as an apartment complex in the 1950’s The Mondrian is now part of the Morgan’s hotel group (inc. the Hudson, Morgans, Royalton, Delano….).  Originally designed  by Philip Stark in 1984, the building facade was then painted in color blocks like a Piet Mondrian canvas.  A further  redesign by Benjamin Noriega Ortiz from BNO Design brings the hotel into its present state.  The lobby and Lounge areas on the ground floor are softly touched  with color changing LED Lights and a splattering of beautiful designed furniture, creating the perfect diorama for the good looking patrons that visit the hotel.

The pool area is the star of the show, surrounded by day beds, giant ottomans and tanned bodies.  In the evenings it is transformed into an attractive scene with some simple, yet effective furniture moves.  The restaurant is surrounded by fantasy, with giant planters and fairly lights in the surrounding trees.

The rooms are ample and comfortable, if a bit cool in atmosphere.  Pluses for hidden plasmas and the expansive balconies.  If you stay here,  ask for a balcony room looking over the pool & city.

The staff was attractive and amiable for the most part.  The exception being the Night Bouncer at the pool lounge.  He was unnecessary, over-forceful and turned what should have been a glamourous setting into a something akin to a popular nightclub.

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Amoeba Music – LA

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Amoeba Music
(1) 323 – 245 6400
6400 Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028, USA
( Downtown Hollywood)
www.amoeba.com

Open Hours:
10:30 am –   11:00 pm   Monday – Saturday
11:00 am –    9:00 pm    Sunday

In this day and age where digital music is daily increasing its reign – there are still a few places where the music lover can go and enjoy the physicality of CDs & LPs. Rising above any music store I’ve ever been to is the Los Angelas Branch of Amoeba Music.  Since 2001 it has been a mecca to music lovers, a complete departure from today’s corporate chain stores and online retailers.  Here you can find any rhythm in any movement from all epochs and every corner of the world.   From obscure and underground beats to mainstream pop, tribal grooves, jazz, classics this is the place to discover your next favorite!

On top of all the wonderful new, used and vintage CDs, DVDs and Vinyls,  Amoeba Records is also a record label, a blog and hosts a series of in-store concerts.  An absolute must on any visit to Los Angeles.

There are three stores, the original in Berkeley (created in 1991 by Marc Weinstein) as well as the one shown here in Hollywood and another San Francisco branch.  Of the three, LA is definitely the best  – not only for their endless amount of content but also the atmosphere.  There you can browse for hours, go to the listening booth, browse some more or just allow your eyes to delight with the amazing collection of rock posters and t-shirts that cover every visible space.  The real beauty is that during all your glorious music perusing hours, no one will interfere with your selection rhythm.

 

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Le Pain Quotidien – Worldwide

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Le Pain Quotidien

 

Australia, Belgium, France, Germany, India, Japan, Kuwait, Mexico, Netherlands, Qatar, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, Emirates, UK, USA
………..

www.lepainquotidien.com

OPEN HOURS:
Variable

Le Pain Quotidien is the first Organic food franchise worldwide. Created in 1990 by chef Alain Coumont in Brussels as a bakery, it has evolved into a cafe restaurant with over 151 Locations in 17 countries.

The interiors all have a rustic coziness with communal and individual tables equipped with organic olive oils, sea salt, beautiful preserves as well as everyone’s favorites hazelnut and chocolate  spreads.

The granola is made in house, while the menu expands with egg salads, cheese and tapenade plates,  special seasonal soups, lovely tartines of fresh breads with different toppings from cheese antipastos, smoked salmon and cold meats.  Rich Salads, comforting quiches, giant cappuccinos and of course the desserts!  A wide variety of tarts, waffles, cookies, pastries and viennoiseries are available to tempt you always!

So use your smartphone, do a quick search and know that there is always an option for organic and tasty!

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Zenbunni – Santa Monica, CA

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Zenbunni

(1) 310 – 452.9605
2307 Main Street
Santa Monica, California 90405

www.zenbunni.com

OPEN HOURS:
Unfortunately closed on 2010

Located in Santa Monica’s Green Light District, the precious ZenBunni boutique adheres to green principles and is adorned with recycled and hand painted architectural remnants, vintage jewelry, curiosities and reclaimed objects.  The more time you allow yourself to captivated by the eclectic artistry of Zen & Bunni Nishimura, the more treasures you will find.

ZenBunni is a beautiful combination of shop and gallery created by two artists.  Collecting both their own works and creations by those they admire, a feel has been created that is unique.  Mediums that appeal to the senses are the guiding principle, with representations of Sight~ photography, painting, sculpture, Touch~ jewelry, furniture, clothing, Smell~ house blended incense from Indonesia, and Taste~ one of the best raw chocolates we have had!

Bunni is a fine art photographer shooting film and printing her own work – this physical approach is easily seen in her pieces.  The framing is a collaboration with Assemblage artist Zen and is remarkable in itself.

The chocolates followed the same pattern to the shop as the incense.  Personally used items that friends, family and customers pushed them into selling!  The raw chocolates came from their transition to raw foods and the lack of an acceptable raw chocolate.  Zen & Bunni then set out to create one for themselves with the help of a neighbor who was a raw chef.  Six months of tasting and tinkering has produced one of the tastiest (if not the best) raw chocolate bar.  Once in personal production, they were quickly in high demand and sold out!  Now taking it on as a product, they have packaged the perfectly creamy and delicious bar as a product in its own right with three flavors: Italian Almond, Black Lava Sea Salt, Rose Mint, Lavender Sea Salt, Gypsy Spice, and Haiku Coconut.  If you are into chocolate, let alone raw foods, – this is definitely for you! and you don’t need to go to Santa Monica, they will be available across  the US in the near future

On a personal note: I would like to express our deepest love for Zen & Bunni and what they have created.  We have yet to meet you in person,but already admire and adore you!

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