California Adventures: Part Two

Ben and Henry and I had a grand adventure in downtown L.A. a week ago and we did all of my favorite things.
First stop was Little Tokyo for sushi at the Frying Fish with a moving conveyor belt filled with little plates of sushi. Even the ginger and wasabi are on the conveyor and you have to snatch it up, dish out some and put it back on for others to use. Inside the U-shaped sushi bar are two chefs making more to put out and any special orders (my favorite are the eel rolls).

After some shopping in Little Tokyo we went on to the Getty Museum.  We saw some wonderful photography exhibits including the one from Irving Penn.  His black and whites were taken in New York, London and Paris in the early 50's and feature studio portraits of workers and the tools of their trade.  The pride and personality that shone through in these photos was breathtaking.  Henry wasn't a fan of the indoor parts of the Getty, but we did sneak up to the gallery of paintings.  Museum security was so distracted by the cute baby and we swear that someone could have made it halfway out of the place with a painting and it would be all Henry's fault.

 The family room of the museum had some interesting photo opportunities.

Of course, since his introduction to the ocean, Henry's favorite part of the Getty was all of the fountains.  He tested five of them with his toes.  Those "trees" below are made with rebar and are that gorgeous in person, too. 


Henry definitely enjoyed the outside architecture and plants and sculptures more than the boring art inside. 

This is one of the prettiest (and least smoggy) views of L.A. that I've ever seen.


So, after our Getty adventure, we needed to eat before the long drive back to Whittier.  Ben drove through Beverly Hills and found a great Italian place called Al Gelato.  The portions of pasta were huge and they offered about 24 flavors of gelatto and sorbetto, but the eye-opening part of the stop was this:

These pictures don't even do justice to the true size of the pies.
Now imagine that the bottom crust is 14 inches in diameter and the sides are about 8 inches high.  That was the biggest pie I'd ever seen, until...

...I saw this one.  The bottom was still 14 inches across, but the top of the meringue was over a foot tall.  I don't know how everyone in Beverly Hills is rumored to be so skinny.  I didn't even have room for all of my gelato, so I couldn't have fit a whole piece of pie in.  Maybe next time.

Does anyone have any idea where you find a pie plate big enough or a recipe big enough for one of these?  I'm very curious.

So, to recap: sushi, sightseeing, art, architecture, gardens, baby playing in fountains, views, gnocchi, gelato and seeing the biggest pie ever.  That's a pretty amazing day.

What would you include in your amazing day in L.A.  Did I miss any place that you love?


melissa said...

i've never been to l.a. but after seeing your pictures i am tempted!

that has to be the coolest family portrait ever!
love the rebar trees and those pies are mind-boggling!!
(would they use a springform pan?)

cmv said...

oh my goodness-- that pie is insane!
your pictures are wonderful- it looks like such a perfect family vacation! thanks for taking us along for the ride!!

Anonymous said...

Amazing cakes & pies. Amazing! I love the pictures of Henry in the fountain & grass. He is growing so quickly!! And oh, I miss the rotating sushi bars, they were some of my favorite stops when I was out shopping or visiting friends in Japan.

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