Weekly Wrap-Up: Exploring L.A.! ~ Diane's Vintage Zest!

Friday, May 16, 2014

Weekly Wrap-Up: Exploring L.A.!

Originally, I had zero plans for this weekend, but then my friend and I decided to catch a last minute craft fair and have fun being tourists in our own city!


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Weekly Wrap-Up: Exploring L.A. on Diane's Vintage Zest!


I invited my friend to go to the Echo Park Craft Fair, which was not in my original upcoming events post.  It seemed like it might be cool and had some shops I hadn't seen before, so we met up!


Weekly Wrap-Up: Exploring L.A. on Diane's Vintage Zest!


It was kind of a strange craft show: very crowded, dark, and not conducive to showing off the best of the goods.  Still, I did find some awesome features for Shop Small Saturday Showcase!


Weekly Wrap-Up: Exploring L.A. on Diane's Vintage Zest!


However, outside the craft fair was something pretty awesome: the Oaxacan Quesadilla Cart!


Weekly Wrap-Up: Exploring L.A. on Diane's Vintage Zest!


The fresh, handmade blue corn tortillas were shaped and formed for a long line of hungry people.  To see the whole process and where to find the cart, check out The Episodic Eater!



Weekly Wrap-Up: Exploring L.A. on Diane's Vintage Zest!


Afterwards, my friend and I took a tiny tour of L.A., including Echo Park.  Yes, this is Echo Park with a small lake, boats, and greenery in the middle of downtown L.A.  And if you look past it all, check out the mountains on the horizon!


Weekly Wrap-Up: Exploring L.A. on Diane's Vintage Zest!


After Echo Park, we stopped by nearby Carroll Avenue to take in some historic L.A. sites.  Recognize this house?  It was the one used as the home in Charmed!


Weekly Wrap-Up: Exploring L.A. on Diane's Vintage Zest!


Besides the famous homes, the architecture of the regular homes is just beautiful!  Just so you know, most homes in this part of L.A. are nowhere near this beautiful, so this really stands out against the rest of the neighborhood.


Weekly Wrap-Up: Exploring L.A. on Diane's Vintage Zest!


I love the character of this home on the right!  And the cute little turret on the left is a detail I totally love.  :)


Weekly Wrap-Up: Exploring L.A. on Diane's Vintage Zest!


After that, we stopped into Grand Park.  It is actually a newer park in the downtown area, and the site of this July's Renegade Craft Fair!


Weekly Wrap-Up: Exploring L.A. on Diane's Vintage Zest!


On the way back, I snapped a quick picture with of the famous Walt Disney Concert Hall.  Definitely a tourist hotspot!


Weekly Wrap-Up: Exploring L.A. on Diane's Vintage Zest!


Unfortunately, I unexpectedly had to get back home, so we did not have the chance to eat dinner out, like we planned.  Curses!


The next day was Mother's Day!  We went to one of my mom's favorite restaurants, Bouchon.  It was actually the place where we had brunch last year too.  Doesn't this rhubarb tart look amazing?


Weekly Wrap-Up: Exploring L.A. on Diane's Vintage Zest!


My mom treated herself to caviar, and it was just all around a beautiful meal.  To see more, including a refreshing Bloody Mary and gorgeous Strawberry Trifle, check out The Episodic Eater!


Weekly Wrap-Up: Exploring L.A. on Diane's Vintage Zest!


The next day, I had some dinner with my mom at a completely different restaurant: Lucille's BBQ Smokehouse!


Weekly Wrap-Up: Exploring L.A. on Diane's Vintage Zest!


Along with the amazing ribs, we had some delicious biscuits and apple butter.  To see the whole meal, check out The Episodic Eater.  :)


Weekly Wrap-Up: Exploring L.A. on Diane's Vintage Zest!


Lastly, this week I had a conference to attend, which meant that I was caught downtown during that awkward time between lunch and dinner.  Luckily, Crème de la Crêpe was open for us to have a wonderful meal!


Weekly Wrap-Up: Exploring L.A. on Diane's Vintage Zest!


Of course, the paté was wonderful, but to see the rest of our crêpes (plus the dessert), head over to The Episodic Eater.


Weekly Wrap-Up: Exploring L.A. on Diane's Vintage Zest!


This was an unexpectedly busy week with Mother's Day, a craft show, and lots of eating out!  This weekend, I have Bite at the Beach to attend, which I know is going to awesome!


What are you up to this weekend?




4 comments:

  1. I love, love, love Charmed and have always wanted to see the house/houses in Echo Park!

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  2. Is Echo your real name or pen name? Either way, you definitely are meant to head over! :)

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  3. My name really is Echo, so it is made for me. ;)

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