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Saturday, March 2, 2013

Dinner in Hipsterville - Abott Kinney Blvd, Venice

A section of Abott Kinney Blvd in Venice was recently christened by GQ Magazine as "the coolest block in America." I was coming back from LAX a couple weeks ago, and decide to take a short cut home along Abott Kinney (aka Hipsterville). 

Flying into LAX a couple hours earlier in the day allowed me to grab this pic of Downtown L.A. out the window. 

For me, LAX has a nostalgic feel, reminding me of when my family first moved to Los Angeles in the late 1960's. Personally, I like it - especially the Theme Building, subject of the previous post. 

But, yes, some aspects are in need of a face lift. 

The large promotional ad to Chris Burden's "Urban Light." If you've visiting Los Angeles, this is a must see, in my opinion. 

Got my car and decided to trade the mind-numbing traffic on the 405 Freeway for the slightly less mind-numbing traffic on the surface streets. Rolled by Randy's Dounuts, one of the most famous examples of "programmatic architecture" in the world. 

Traffic on Lincoln Blvd: as I've commented earlier, this one of the ugliest streets in L.A. 

IMO, but even Lincoln didn't look bad thanks to the clouds and approaching twilight. 

I took a left at Washington Blvd and then a right on Abott Kinney. It's a residential neighborhood for the first few blocks - the commercial district is west of Venice Blvd. 

Welcome to Hipsterville. 

Gourmet Food Trucks are all the rage in Los Angeles (and elsewhere). Abott Kinney is no exception. 

I stopped off for a Korean Burrito at Calbi. Huge and yummy. 

Quick pic while I waited for my dinner. 

Of course, the downside of food trucks is that there no where to actually sit down and eat. I had parked around back, so I ended up eating it in my car. This was across the street from where I parked. Really says "Venice" - in all it's bohemian and hipster glory. 

Heading out: looking east back up Abott Kinney. 

A final view of Abott Kinney at twilight. Here's a link to the first of a two part series I did while walking up and down this street a few years ago. 

Turned right and headed north up Main Street in Santa Monica. Here's another link to a walk up and down Main Street back in 2010. 

We now live out of the area, a solid three hour drive up the coast. 

Good memories of our five years living in L.A. 

And good (and relatively cheap) food - thanks to the food truck in Hipsterville: Abott Kinney Blvd. 

All part of experiencing L.A. 

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