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For a Dose of Artsiness

Here’s a hangout spot for those longing for an instant stimulation of creativity:

Morimoto Japenese restaurant in New York City by Tadao Ando, a self-taught Japanese architect known for an exemplary craftsmanship. Once a truck driver and boxer, he won numerous awards, including the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 1995, which is considered a highest award in the field of architecture.

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Morimoto NYC

88 10th Ave.

New York, NY 10011

Yet we meet again.

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House of Spiritual Retreat by Emilio Ambasz

Emilio Ambasz originally designed the House of Spiritual Retreat in 1979 for an imaginary site near Cordoba, Spain. It was constructed only last year, on a hilly, arid landscape outside of Seville. Featuring two white walls situated at a ninety-degree angle and a long stairway descending into a sunken patio, the house reformulates the vernacular Andalusian courtyard house into a surrealistic reverie, a mythic, phantasmagorical dwelling. The living quarters, which surround the patio on the other two sides, are recessed below the ground, using the earth’s covering to insulate them from the strong southern sun.

Source: www.moma.org

First encountered in New York ’06; reunited in LA ’09

Chill out

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My visit to this place was long-overdue considering the length of time I’ve thought about paying a visit. Unusual, but my interest was sparked by public hype for the most part, thus I couldn’t help being a bit skeptical at first. ‘Is it overrated, or worth the hype?’ was the question of the hour.

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urth salad

Urth Salad- The first salad that actually tasted better than steak.

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Prociutto Panini- yet another best I’ve had.

Greentea Latte

How can you resist Green Tea Latte that looks like this?! Purrfect.

Spanish Latte

Ever-so-popular Spanish Latte- lived up to the hype; liked the mild better than the strong, though.

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Sorry about the intruder- my fork became a little impatient. Introducing ‘The-Totally-Melts-in-Your-Mouth-Bread-Pudding’

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After a satisfying meal and a wonderfully relaxing time at the cafe, the exploration continued on the other side of the city at The Grove where I was encountered with pretty little things:

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Zara Fall 2009 Collection

While the collection was obviously influenced by Chanel’s tweed suits and Balmain’s strong-shouldered jacket, I nonetheless heart Zara b/c they transform ridiculously expensive goodies on a wish list into something more wearable and affordable, all in decent quality and with elegance. Their high-heeled gladiator sandals are always a favorite on my list along with cute jackets and coats. Love them! Unfortunately, I didn’t end up bringing any home this time b/c there’s just no way that I’m paying over 9% tax, but it was fun while it lasted. My night ended with a book on today’s hottest architectural designs. Stay tuned for more on this.

So to answer the question of the hour- Is Urth over-rated? I don’t think so, at least not the one in Downtown LA (Well, if rating was entirely based on food; if ambiance and location were part of the equation, Melrose location would be a better choice.). Just one thing that bothered the heck out of me is that I wasn’t getting wifi at neither location. Perhaps one’s got to be creative to enjoy Urth to the fullest: Get the Green Tea/Spanish Latte to go at Urth and just chill at Starbucks…


 

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also good for people watching & delicious sandwiches

Alcove
1929 Hillhurst Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027

Pop Art

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by Roy Lichtenstein

There was a time when I didn’t consider contemporary art as ‘art’, not to mention pop art until… I became acquainted with this girl.