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The Official Los Angeles Shopping + Dining Thread

Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by driveslowk, Apr 2, 2010.

  1. brooks23

    brooks23 Senior member

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    I got around about 43 seconds of rain in DLTA today. It temporarily dropped the temps to only the low 90's.
     
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    meso Senior member

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    Long beach is 91 and it's dark at 9 PM.
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    it was 90 degrees at 11 p.m. and 80 degrees at 7:30 a.m. With about 80% humidity. Thanks Obama!
     
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  4. Roycru

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    Yes, today was the hottest day of the year (so far), although there are some places in Los Angeles, like Union Station, that do not have air conditioning. However, a few years ago, Amtrak added a Metropolitan Lounge, for First Class (sleeping car or Business Class) passengers that is air conditioned. You go up the elevator just south of the Amtrak ticket counters.

    I went to Santa Barbara today, and waited for my train to depart in the Metropolitan Lounge.

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    The food and drinks are free, and for those who like to recharge things, there are hordes of outlets. There are also private meeting rooms, like the one behind me in this picture....

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    .....and if you travel with luggage, there a place to put it while you wait, and then you and your luggage are taken to your train when it's time to board.
     
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  5. StanleyVanBuren

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    this reminds me that I really need to take the train to SB for a weekend.

    I wish there were a train from Union Station to Palm Springs...
     
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    Amtrak monthly pass holder here. Great way to commute, and travel.
     
  7. Roycru

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    Since Palm Springs was developed many years after the railroad was built, the depot nearest to Palm Springs used to be called "West Palm Springs". (Amtrak now calls it "Palm Springs".) The old joke was when people would ask why the depot was built so far from town, the agent would tell them it was built so far from town to be near the railroad.

    The truly adventerous can leave Los Angeles on the Sunset Limited at 10:00pm and arrive in what's now called "Palm Springs" (it's in the middle of the desert) at around 12:36am on Sundays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

    On the off chance that the westbound Sunset Limited is on time (this might actually happen some day) you can leave the place in the middle of the desert where the train stops (that Amtrak calls "Palm Springs") at 2:02am and arrive in Los Angeles at 5:35am on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Mondays.

    If you are ever bored very early on a Wednesday, Friday, or Monday morning and are looking for something amusing to do, call Amtrak Information and ask what time the Sunset Limited is due to arrive.
     
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    Baron Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I just looked up that station - it's at Indian Canyon just south of the 10. That's not too far from town. It's 7 miles to the Ace Hotel, for instance. I suspect there are cabs and Ubers widely available. But do I understand you correctly that the only trains going out there and back are at those odd times in the middle of the night?
     
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  9. StanleyVanBuren

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    @Roycru that was actually very useful information. I had previously looked into this and the only option I'd found was to take a train from Union Station down to Orange County (Anaheim, or somewhere) and then transfer to a bus to Palm Springs (which is ridiculous, because if I wanted to sit in traffic on a freeway I would do so in my car and never a bus). That spot where the station is "in Palm Springs" certainly is not in the middle of town but is not so far out that we couldn't catch an Uber into town, and arriving into town around 1am on a Friday night/Saturday morning is not so bad either, especially since we'd have had our first few drinks on the train.

    Of course, getting back to LA sounds a little less convenient/reliable, but this might be worth it for the experience if nothing else. Stay tuned.
     
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    On the positive side, the Amtrak from Union Station (in downtown LA, and a really beautiful building that's worth a visit for someone with time to kill downtown) down to San Diego is pretty great. When I used to have to appear in the federal court in San Diego regularly, I'd often take the early morning train down. It's also a pleasant way to do an overnight or even a day trip to some of the picturesque southern Orange County beach communities like San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano, and Del Mar. It also stops in Fullerton if that's your jam.
     
  11. YoungAmerican

    YoungAmerican Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I lost a shock in Camarillo once, and had to leave my car at a mechanic to get it replaced. I took the evening train back down to get it, and it was an absolutely lovely trip. One of the most pleasant of my life.

    On the other hand, I once had a show at ComicCon, and took the train, and had to stand up the whole GD three hours, it was a nightmare.
     
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    Coach seats on the Pacific Surfliners are not reserved, and sometimes passengers have to stand. Business Class seats on the Pacific Surfliners are reserved, although Business Class passengers no longer get free wine, so I had the free water on the way back from Santa Barbara (my friend's private car continued on to Santa Maria so I had to ride back on an Amtrain) along with my little bag of free Business Class Ameats and my $6.50 Amsandwich from the Amcafe car.

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    My Business Class Amseat on the Pacific Surfliner.......

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    .....I got off the Amtrain at Van Nuys, rode the Ambus that connects with the Amtrains to UCLA (it stops on Gayley right in the middle of Fraternity Row) and then walked the rest of the way to my house. There were only two passengers on the Ambus, since the Amtrak Pacific Surfliner schedules don't show the Ambuses. For some bizarre Amreason, the Ambusses that connect with the Pacific Surfliners and the Coast Starlight in Van Nuys are in the San Joaquin schedules. (Yes, it was around 95 when I spent an hour walking home.)
     
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    Business class is pretty reasonable. I was offered free wine (as well as water and potato chips) on the Surfliner last time I rode (a month or two ago).
     
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    @lawyerdad

    I was also offered free wine in Business Class in the past. However, the Amtrak website now mentions only free non-alcoholic beverages in Business Class and no free wine was offered nor did I see any passengers drinking wine.

    http://www.amtrak.com/servlet/Conte...dation_C&pagename=am/Layout&cid=1248543011418

    Also, some Business Class passengers had brought on their own beer, and the Conductor told them that they couldn't drink it on the train.
     
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    This. I've been wanting to do a SB day trip as well. Traveling by train is such an under appreciated mode of travel. Sit back, relax with a book and a glass of wine and look out the window…. good stuff.


    I Am Amazed?!? Haha. Great info @Roycru, thank you! Although, speaking from experience, if you are caught anywhere drinking what/where you're not supposed to be… you're definitely doing it wrong. :nodding:


    Hit this little bistro the other day in West LA called Nook. Went for Happy Hour 5:30-7pm daily and they have BYOB free corkage on Mon/Tues. Bang for the buck the food was absolutely phenomenal. Preperation, flavor, service, vibe… it really was great. Happy hour drink highball for $5 was Four Roses and Bundaberg ginger beer... no shit-ball well drinks here. With the 50% off HH, free corkage and good deals, my friend and I ate our faces off for just under $50… $60 with tip. Good stuff.
     
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  17. Roycru

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    For those of you who don't also look around over in "Classic Menswear", we went to Wally's on Canon Drive (where Dutton's Books used to be) for lunch yesterday.

    I had the Truffle Pizzetta, but I didn't spend the extra $25.00 to get extra black truffles on it. Although I ate it with my fingers, I didn't drip anything on myself. Since I was planning on ordering the Truffle Pizzetta, I took one of the little hand cloths in a foil packet with me to wipe off my fingers after eating.

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    .....my friend had the Lobster Salad. It was so good that she ate the whole thing, something that she rarely does at lunch.

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    We are not wine snobs. We have champagne with everything. Wally's has a very large selection of champagnes. We had the Ruinart Rose. For those who are wine snobs, Wally's has the largest selection of wines anywhere (since it is also a wine shop) priced lower than at any other restaurant.

    Everything was very good. Since I like The King's Ginger, we were thinking about having some Ginger Nut Cases (made with The King's Ginger, Amaretto, and other things) after lunch, but we decided not to since we already had the champagne. Our plan for the next time is to have less champagne so that we can also have Ginger Nut Cases.

    After lunch, we looked around in the wine, cheese, and food shop section of Wally's.

    http://wallysbeverlyhills.com
     
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  18. jlchau

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    Nook is great. We've been going there for almost 7 years now. Definitely great value for a nice and dimly lit atmosphere.
     
  19. brooks23

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    I'm about a 5 minute walk away. Gonna try and get there early-ish tomorrow and I'll report back.
     
  20. brooks23

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    I made it to the Mohawk sample sale about 10:45am. Made it to the front of the line and inside by 11:40am (just hanging around in the sun and 97 degree heat in the meantime). Shopped for maybe half an hour and got in line to pay and walked out at 1:30pm... so over an hour in line to pay. Not sure why they thought one cashier would be enough, but whatever. At least it was air conditioned inside.

    Selection was okay-ish for the most part. Everything was 70% off the original price (I'm guessing the 90% comes in tomorrow). There were definitely some good things but it seemed like there were really only two tables of menswear and one tiny rack of a handful of outerwear pieces. Shoes were almost exclusively leather sandals except for two or three pairs of Viberg boots (which was my only purchase -- $250~ down from $855).

    I definitely wouldn't make a day out of going if you weren't already going - at least not today.


    Side note: there's no tax if you bring cash, which would've been nice to know beforehand.
     
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