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BG and RMW’s big birthday bash

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Pershing Square Building in downtown LA with PERCH restaurant/bar on the roof.

My birthday is in May and my friend BG’s birthday is in June so we decided to have a birthday bash this past Saturday. The last time we did a birthday bash was two years ago which I documented at this link.

https://onegoodlife.wordpress.com/2016/07/08/belated-birthday-bash/

Left to right. US Bank Building, Deloitte Building (formerly Gas Building), new construction, California Plaza (in background), Title Guarantee Building, Pershing Square Building (peeking in at right side)

We’re in the middle of June Gloom (not to be confused with May Gray although very similar!). The good news is the sun usually comes out late morning/early afternoon.

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Not sure what building this is but I love the mural

We both live in Culver City so we took the Expo Line train to 7th Street Metro Center Station and walked a few blocks (we could have transferred to the Red Line and exited at Pershing Square but it wasn’t worth the effort for a one-minute ride).

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There’s construction going on all over LA these days… mixed use projects… too much traffic, too many people…

 

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Detail of the Pershing Square Building. The 1920s were the glory days of downtown… fortunately most of the beaux artes and art deco buildings still remain to live a new life today.

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We took the elevator to Perch on the 15th floor of the Pershing Square Building. We ordered our drinks. B liked the idea of the My Fair Lady with vodka. I ordered the gin Hemingway on the Beach. I don’t particularly like very sweet drinks and this fit the bill. We each had two cocktails (it was our birthday bash…).

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We both ordered the Huevos Rancheros. I happen to be an expert on this dish (!) and I have to say this was about the best I have ever laid eyes on and eaten! They came with Perch potatoes that melted in my mouth. I’m also a potato aficionado…

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I can only assume these were the original 1920s tile floors… exquisite.

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If you love downtown LA as I do, you can’t go wrong with this view. As I was sucking up the huevos I was looking directly at the Title Guaranty Building. Originally built as an office building it is now re-used as residential lofts, as are many of the 1920s office buildings in downtown.

California Plaza in the center. Beneath it is the Subway Building. Yes, there was a subway in LA.

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Looking down on Pershing Square with the Biltmore Hotel at right middle.

It’s fabulous to see the revitalization of downtown which really began in the 1980s. Before that it had become a virtual dead zone. It’s weird to think that most of the people who now live downtown in converted lofts and apartments weren’t even on the planet when the area was pretty much desolate. But I remember!

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Detail of the Title Guaranty Building

la downtownWe were told that our table reservation could only be held for 15 minutes if we were late. We could see why as the place was packed for lunch on Saturday.

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We were entertained by Emma-Jane and her band. A lovely selection of songs.

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View of the restaurant interior and bar

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We visited the 16th floor which is a bar only. Looked very cosy. And the sun was coming out.

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US Bank Building, Biltmore Hotel,Deloitte Building, California Plaza

We could have stayed at Perch for the rest of the day as we felt so relaxed and comfortable. But it was time to move on.

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We were on our way to the Intercontinental Wilshire Grand. On the way we passed one of my favorite buildings, originally the Sanwa Bank Building, not sure what it is currently. It’s a beautiful 1990s homage to the art deco style of the 1920s.

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Street entrance to Wilshire Grand Hotel

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Entrance to Wilshire Grand

 

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Across the street, another of my favorite buildings, originally a Home Savings bank, the lobby is on the 6th floor to allow parking on the lower floors because the Red Line train station was built under the building where underground parking would have been. Maybe the new Wilshire Grand took a cue from Home Savings with their 70th floor lobby?

la downtownla downtownThe Wilshire Grand lobby offers fabulous views of downtown, an upscale bar and comfy seating.

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la downtownThis thingamajig is holding the building up!

la downtownThe first time I saw the view from these windows I had a bad vertigo attack. Now I’ve been up there a few times it doesn’t bother me. It’s all in the head.

la downtownView of Echo Park Lake, about 3 miles from downtown. This reminded me that I need to visit there before the Lotus flowers fade.

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We ordered drinks… some concoction with Roses Lime Juice. Very tasty but too sweet for me.

We ordered drinks  At 4:00pm the open air rooftop bar opened… we were on it! I felt like I was on a cruise ship. Hmm… it’s been a few years since I’ve been on a cruise… I think I’m ready to go again!

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The mast which makes this the fake tallest building in LA!

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B ordered another sweet drink but I went with a Gin Gibson to get that tart onion flavor. We shared an order of chicken wings for some much needed protein.

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It was a wonderful experience sitting on top of the world, but we wanted to go west to the Santa Monica Pier to finish up the day. Fortunately we were just a few footsteps away from the train station. So we jumped on the Expo Line and headed for the beach. The pier was jammed with people out for a summer evening.

la downtownWe were glad we weren’t driving and having to hunt for a parking space!

santa monicaAll the cars on Pacific Coast Highway were heading back into town.

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Despite all the people I always love to see the ocean. There’s no way I could ever live far from it.

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We walked back into downtown Santa Monica. santa monica

The Third Street Promenade was alive and well on a Saturday night. We were looking for ice cream but settled for milk shakes. I ordered a Kit Kat shake. The last time I had a milk shake was at a McDonald’s in Oregon in 2015. It was a vanilla shake and possibly the best thing I ever ate in my life! But this shake was even better. Maybe in three years I can have another shake!

We headed home to Culver City on the Expo Line, two very happy birthday girls…

 

 

 

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Author: RMW

I am an explorer and creative person. I've had many jobs, careers and interests... everything in life and the universe fascinates me. Born in Brighton, England, I've lived my entire adult life in Los Angeles, California. A few years ago I rediscovered photography which is a great excuse to get outside and look. I'm also in the process of re-writing some of my unpublished short stories and possibly a novel. .

18 thoughts on “BG and RMW’s big birthday bash

  1. You two know how to celebrate! I’m with you, Roslyn…I always love to see the ocean. It’s definitely my happy place. Happy belated birthday and thanks for sharing your fantastic photos!

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  2. And,every next year gets even brighter for both of you.What an enjoyable birthday bash.Happy belated birthday,dear friend Roslyn,and so many thanks for this beautiful tour on top of heaven and downtown.Fascinated with your architectural photos and the display of the luscious dishes and the intoxicating drinks.
    PS:Loved Emma-Jane Thommen’s mellow voice ♩♪♫♬-I never miss the links you suggest …

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    • I’ve been friends with BG since the 1994 Northridge earthquake when she was the only one with electricity! So glad you were able to hear Emma-Jane!

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      • Oh gosh,I see,it was this disastrous event that brought you together.It’s amazing how people are united when they face danger.You so beautifully celebrated your birthday(s) and your lifelong friendship.

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  3. A perfect day! Thanks for sharing.

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  4. Wow Happy Birthday to you both. What a wonderful day and all the amazing places you visited. I don’t think I could do the height thing. I loved your evening photos. I don’t think I could live among all the tall buildings guess im a country woman. Thank you so much for sharing. It’s great to see other parts of the world I was born and bred in Scotland and don’t think I will ever travel the world. Then again who knows. x😻🐾🐾🐾

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    • I love the vibrance of the city. But I have always enjoyed living in the small town of Culver City. However, now it’s turning into a small BIG city and I’m not happy. I visited Scotland many years ago and found it to be really beautiful… so if you have to stay in one place, Scotland seems like a good place to me.

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  5. So much going on here–looks like a very long and fun day for you two. Interesting things you have to say about the architectural history. Love the 1920’s buildings except in an earthquake, though I suspect many have been retrofitted and updated for that event. Feel like a cruise myself–the Alaska Inside Passage–not so far to the boat am I! Might have to jog off those calories running around the deck though!

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    • I absolutely love the architectural history of Los Angeles. I was an LA Conservancy docent for 16 years. The 1920s was the heyday of building in downtown. Of course it’s a little different than what I grew up with in England with thousand year old buildings… but I still appreciate it all. Yes, the commercial buildings were all required to be retrofitted for earthquakes… unlike my condo building which will be a pile of match sticks. Have you done the Inside Passage before? Definitely a classic cruise… I loved every minute. I rode the exercycle in the gym every morning… like I was cycling through Alaska!

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  6. More than a year ago, I left Los Angeles, after over thirty years, there, and start missing the place, thank you for the nice pictures, it brings memories. 🙂

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    • I’ve lived in LA all my adult life, and in Culver City for 30 of those years. Wherever I visit I always think about leaving LA and moving there, but so far that hasn’t happened. I would miss LA too… it’s a love/hate relationship! Maybe you will come back to visit at some point.

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      • Well, I guess I will, got many great friends there yet, I understand what you say about love/hate, I couldn’t wait to leave, now somehow I miss it, somehow, the fact will remain, it’s the place where I have lived most of my years, and unless I live more than thirty years from now, very unlikely because my old age, it will remain so. 🙂

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  7. I enjoed the photos and the description very much as I had never been to these places. It seems like a wonderful experience you had celebrating your big day 🙂
    HAve a nice Sunday!

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