I drove all over town yesterday. This is what happens when your friends live far apart. The great thing about where I live, though, is that it is 15 to 20 minutes from almost anywhere I want to go in L.A. -- Hollywood, Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, Pasadena, wherever.
At 10:30 a.m., I arrived at Dashing Diva to meet Lilcee, who needed to get her nails done for a wedding she would attend later. We both got the Divaroma Manicure ($20) and Divaroma Pedicure ($35).
Dashing Diva offers its own line of polish, which I tried. Lilcee said that she'd read reviews indicating that the polish chipped far more easily than OPI or Essie, so she brought her own Essie nail polish. I decided to chance it, and tonight I'm regretting it already. No chipping yet, but my nails have already lost a bit of their luster. I should've taken Lilcee up on her offer of her lovely Starter Wife shade. Boo!
My car was quite warm after my nail beautification. Check out the lower right.
I last saw him. He is a deliciously happy baby who is the chubbier spitting image of pretty little Curly Fries.
Wan's blog regularly, so she had seen pictures of me with Wan's baby (which she thought were hysterical) and was delighted to take another picture of me with her baby! It turns out babies kinda like me. It's probably my goofy face.
The three of us walked to The Village Pantry, former mayor Richard Riordan's fairly new offering to the Palisades. The Village Pantry replaced Mort's Deli, a longtime favorite of many locals.
downtown greasy spoon institution, be advised that The Village Pantry seems to pride itself in offering fairly healthy food. There are burgers available, yes, but the highlights are the gourmet sandwiches.
We split a pulled pork sandwich with sweet potato fries and a smoked turkey and burrata sandwich with shoestring fries. Both were delish. At $12 a pop, they aren't cheap, but I think they're worth it. You could tell that only quality ingredients were used, and they were huge!
Baskin Robbins called us from across the street. We just had to answer. Curly Fries had mint chocolate chip. I tried "tax crunch." It's a good thing we walked!
The Apple Store with one objective -- get the Paul Frank Julius iPhone case! Lilcee had called me earlier to inform me that she saw some at The Apple Store in Pasadena (we had discussed my quest earlier at Dashing Diva), so I decided to try my luck at the store at The Grove on my way home, as I couldn't find it online the night before.
There were a number of Paul Frank options available.
The Palazzo, complete with a sunken living room. He also ate at Bouchon on someone else's dime. I am seething with jealousy. Somewhat relatedly, Papa Monkey is in Taiwan, Mama Monkey is in China, and Brother Monkey is still on tour with Torry (I think).
[cue "All By Myself" -- the original Eric Carmen version, not Celine Dion]
I was happy to go to LAX to pick up Mr. Monkey, and we headed to a late light dinner at Yashima (11301 W. Olympic Blvd.), which is located at the Olympic Collection at the corner of Olympic and Sawtelle.
pinkberry and a crepe place we'd never tried. I nixed the pinkberry idea, since we have it fairly frequently, so we went to Crepes Dusigne, also located at the Olympic Collection.
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The store was already closing up when we poked our heads in, but the three people left (who had been chattering in French) were extremely friendly and invited us to place the last order of the day. It should be noted that this warmth and good cheer is a huge contrast to the behavior of the little Japanese dude (whom I call The Crepe Nazi) around the corner at Crepe to Go on Sawtelle.
A-maz-ing. Both of them!
I could taste the freshness of the spinach and cheese, and the tart and sweet combination of the dessert crepe was sublime. Both crepes had the most marvelous texture, even after being transported several minutes in the car.
The presentation may not have been beautiful (hey, they were to go), but Crepes Dusigne kicks ass. I would pick this place over any of the other crepe restaurants I've sampled. With crepes ranging from $3.25 to $7.60, the value can't be beat, and the quality is phenomenal. I'm convinced that the crepes taste so fantastic because they are elegantly simple and made by a real Frenchman.
The Crepe Nazi is so going out of business.