Los Angeles

October 22nd, 2007 at 12:01 am (AST) by Jake Richter

Day 2 of our Pacific Journey – Los Angeles

We managed to sleep in, at least as far as 7:30am (10:30am for our body clocks, which is stupendously late for us older folks). Maybe that’s a sign that we’re getting adjusted to the time zone already, although tomorrow we’ll move west another three hours in terms of time zones when we fly to Tahiti.

At 9am we met up for breakfast with our friend Mercy, an actor (I guess “actress” is no longer politically correct) who lives in the Los Angeles area, is a regular Bonaire visitor, and also had her backyard redone on Discovery Channel’s Monster House (see video clip here and photos here). Breakfast was at Du-par’s, a popular dining spot at Farmers Market. Food was good, service was okay, prices were reasonable.

After a pleasant discourse in which Mercy shared tidbits of life in the acting business in Los Angeles – it’s a tough business considering how many waiters and waitresses we’ve spoken to here who are also in the acting business – we parted ways and headed to find a FedEx Kinko’s so we could send one of our Xbox 360 video game consoles to Microsoft for warranty repair for something called the red ring of light. On the way to the FedEx Kinko’s we stumbled across the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and more particularly, an exhibit of the paintings and films of surrealist Salvador Dali.

The Dali exhibit was interesting, to say the least (Linda has promised a review here from the perspective of a trained artist). No question that Dali saw the world in a very different way from most people. Some might even say he was “messed up”.

After the FedEx and some mundane shopping at K-Mart and then getting Halloween costumes at the party store, we found ourselves back at The Grove for lunch in a restaurant called Morel’s French Steakhouse, which specialized in cheeses. I’m sure there was steak somewhere, but we didn’t see it. And while their cheese selection was superior to that of a non-cheese restaurant, it paled in comparison to New York City’s Artisanal Bistro where I was fortunate enough to end up a couple of weeks ago.

Elizabeth, our waitress/actress (working with a staff of fellow writer/actor/musician waitstaff) at Morel’s helped us choose a variety of cheeses and imported cold cuts, along with a few wines. As fate and eyes bigger than our stomachs would have it, we ordered too much of everything, and ended up with evening hangovers and food babies (i.e. bellies way too full of food). On top of that we also had cheese fondue (something Bas wanted).

The food at Morel’s was very good, prices fairly reasonable, but sadly service was sub-par. It started off pretty good, but we felt rather neglected as the end of our meal and appetite rolled around. It took about a half hour to get our bill and pay.

After a bit more shopping and a stop for ice cream (including some yummy and creamy pumpkin ice cream) we headed back to our hotel where the kids watched TV, I blogged and mucked about with that necessary pestilence we call e-mail, and Linda, wisest of us all, napped.

A late dinner at a Thai place up the street at a place called Chao Krung revived us a bit. The food was excellent in every way – texture, flavor, and temperature. And service was quite good as well. We never felt rushed, nor did we ever have to wait for someone when we needed them. Highly recommended.

We ended the night with perhaps one of the worst movies we’ve ever seen – Fantasy Mission Force, featuring (not starring) Jackie Chan. While we are big Jackie Chan fans, this movie would have been more aptly named “Nightmare Mission Forced Down Our Throats”. We had foolishly purchased this movie as part of a five-pack of Jackie Chan movies at K-Mart earlier in the day. We can only hope that the remaining four movies are even minutely better. Please, please, be better! Not sure we could take another movie as based as this one was.

Here ends Day 2 of our journey.

Photos of this day can be found here in our Photo Gallery.


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