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The Broad

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I’ve been wanting to write about going to the Broad since the first time I went, back in January, but for some reason I just didn’t think it would be a great enough post.  I, recently, returned to visit the Broad museum a few weeks ago.  This time was different.  My friend and I solely went to see Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirrored Room.  The first time I went with my mom was when I could get the tickets for - after work on a weeknight.  This meant only having a couple of hours in the museum and no chance at being able to see the Infinity Room (since spaces fill up to see the room within the first 2 hours of opening).  And all I wanted was to see the Infinity Room.  After finally getting to experience the infamous room, I finally felt like I could do a little more justice by writing a post.

The Broad Museum is really relatively new to the Downtown Los Angeles scene and just next door to the Walt Disney Concert Hall and MOCA.  Founded by philanthropists Eli and Edythe Broad (pronounced Bro’d not Bra’d), this museum is bursting with contemporary pieces of art.  The building design in itself is a piece of work.  You’ll definitely be taking pictures in front of the buildings’ textured white exterior.

If you are able to get into the museum within the first 2 hours then you may be lucky enough to get in to see the Infinity Room.  My friend and I were part of the first 10 people to enter the museum since we had the first time slot for reservations.  You only get 45 seconds in there, so go with a plan!  I’m not going to go into huge detail about the magic (this is quickly becoming one of my favorite words) that is the Infinity Room, you’ll just have to see it for yourself!

After that, you can check out the rest of the museum! The long escalator up to the second floor, where all of the pieces are, makes you especially anxious to see what the light is at the end of the tunnel.  The museum is so full of light and airy-ness.  

 

Don’t miss these (while they're still there!)

  • Under the Table by Robert Therrien - Giant 7-piece table that will make you feel like you're a part of Honey, I shrunk the kids
  • Any of Andy Warhol - I love Warhol's, enough said
  • Any of Roy Lichtenstein - Just like Warhol's, it's hard not to love Lichtenstein and his bright, comic like paintings
  • Ellsworth Kelly - Green Blue Red, Blue Red, Green angle - all of Kelly's pieces are so simple and yet so beautiful
  • Flag by Jasper Johns
  • Balloon Dog / Tulips / Michael Jackson and Bubbles by Jeff Koons
  • Double America 2 by Glenn Ligon

 

If you’re feeling hungry, head next door to the Otium restaurant.  It is a little more on the pricey side, but my goodness, the food is so delicious and the plating is gorgeous.  Go hungry.

 

Yours Truly // Shannon

Downtown LA : Los Angeles Flower Market + Grand Central Market

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Downtown Los Angeles California Skyline

It's funny, Los Angeles is basically all based around Downtown LA, yet to many it is an unexplored territory. We all have to drive through it to get from the West Side to the valley or vice versa.  Most of us have ventured into Downtown to go to the Staples Center or maybe even at night to grab a drink from the Standard Hotel, but how many of us have really explored it?

If I had to venture a guess, I'd say not many. I had the bright idea of getting up early and going to the Los Angeles Flower Market. Everyone needs flowers in their life.  Sidenote, I wanted to buy a bunch of succulents to decorate my new apartment, which I found while there but in a sad, sad series of events, they all have since died. Apparently, I can't keep a plant alive? Anyway, the LA Flower Mart is both a sensory overload for colors and smells and a crazy maze, in a good way, that I can't believe has taken me this long to visit. See, you literally can be buried in flowers by the time you leave. And this was at the beginning of this trip.

Since you have to get the LA Flower Mart so early, it was barely 9am when we finished filling my car with all kinds of flowers, succulents and vases.  9am means breakfast. And Grand Central Market is just down the street. Out of all of the places you can choose in Downtown Los Angeles, this is really a must-try.  Shocker, I've never been here either. My friend had heard about Egg Slut Los Angeles and insisted we try it out. Even though it was still early, Egg Slut already had a line. But don't get discouraged by the long line. Trust me your first bite will make every second worth it. I got the sausage, egg and cheese and... my god. Melty cheese, freshly warmed brioche, honey mustard aioli and oozy, runny egg. Get in my belly.

Check out Egg Slut's website here.  There now are multiple Egg Slut locations including Egg Slut Las Vegas.

Following breakfast we walked around the Grand Central Market. There are so many great looking places to eat in there. It was hard to not order from everyplace. We weren't able to resist everything though. After digesting for oh maybe 1hr we decided more food would be a good idea. And boy was it a good idea. The Oyster Gourmet was amazing. The crazy cool architecture of their booth isn't the only thing leaving you impressed.  Some of the best oysters I've had. Not even sure which types they were because we devoured them so quickly.

Check out the Oyster Gourmet here.

If you have time, make sure to check out Angels Flight. It is literally across the street from Grand Central Market. Although the cute railway is currently closed, it is still a great photo op and historic visit.

Go on, get up early, grab some flowers from the flower market to brighten up your home and pick up a delicious meal all in DTLA.  If you'd like to see the other options, which is a ton, that Grand Central Market offers, check them out.

Yours truly // Shannon