Friday, March 30, 2012

#231: The Brewery Art Walk

The Brewery is having their semi-annual Art Walk this weekend (March 31st and April 1st) from 11 am - 6 pm.  Admission and parking are free! The Brewery Art Walk is located in Lincoln Heights at the old Pabst Blue Ribbon Brewery Company. In 1982, the industrial space was converted to a rental space where artists could live and work. The Brewery is now the world's largest artist in residence community, and their twice yearly art walk is your chance to peek into over one hundred of these artists' studios featuring costumes, jewelry, painting, installations, photography, ceramics and more.

Joyce Dallal 

The last time I went to the Brewery Art Walk was years ago, so I think I'm due for another visit. See you there!

Brewery Art Walk

Monday, March 26, 2012

#230: Bungalow Heaven

When Brad's parents came to visit a couple of weeks ago, they mentioned wanting to see Bungalow Heaven, a cozy neighborhood in Pasadena that has the largest collection of Craftsman-style homes ("California Bungalows") in the country. These homes were built between 1905 and 1925, and because of their historic significance, the neighborhood is included in the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.

I have to admit, I had no idea what Arts & Crafts style architecture was before our visit. The name brought to mind popsicle sticks, Elmer's glue and colored glitter... Needless to say, I couldn't have been more wrong. It turns out that the Arts & Crafts style is a departure from the ornate Victorian aesthetic to a more simple, nature-oriented design. It emphasizes fine craftsmanship over mass production, incorporating locally crafted wood, metal and glass work.

Perhaps the most well known Craftsman house in Pasadena is the Gamble House, which was built for David and Mary Gamble of the Procter & Gamble Company.  I still haven't gotten around to visiting this historic house. You can beat me to it--they offer public guided tours on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and the weekend. Click here for more info.

Want to visit these homes yourself? For 364 days of the year, you can only drive around and admire the outside of the houses in Bungalow Heaven.  However, one day a year--this year it's Sunday April 29th--you can take self-guided tours inside eight of the houses. Docents will be around to answer any questions you may have. One of the eight houses even offers a "Living History" tour in which actors pretend to be homeowners of the time.  Click here for more info about the 23rd Annual Bungalow Heaven Historic Home Tour.

Bungalow Heaven

Saturday, March 10, 2012

#229: Beverly Hills Farmers Market

For the past four Sunday mornings, I've been making the 30 minute drive to the Hollywood Farmers Market (#139) in order to get some of the best kiwis, seafood, and grass fed beef I've ever tasted. I was all gung-ho in the beginning, but by the fourth Sunday in a row the $5 garage parking fee, long drive and crowds soon started to wear on my patience. So I did some online researching and found the Beverly Hills Farmers Market. It's the same time on Sundays as the Hollywood Farmers Market: 9 am to 1 pm. Parking is free. There were hardly any people there. Oh, and it's 5 minutes away from my house :)

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The downside is that the market is significantly smaller than the Hollywood F.M.. However, it still has some of the same items as the larger markets. I spotted vendors selling:

- eggs and free range chicken 
- fresh (not frozen) seafood 
- hummus and cheese 
- Dave's Gourmet Korean food
- tacos
- grilled meat / sausages 
- crepes 
- a few vendors selling exclusively organic produce
- paninis
- homemade jerky
- flowers and plants

There were also four tables to eat at, and while we were eating a band was setting up to play.

I read on Yelp that in May there's a guy selling the most amazing organic cherries at this market, so I've got to keep an eye out for that in a couple of months!

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Have you been to the Beverly Hills Farmers Market? What did you think of it? Leave me a comment below!

Thursday, March 8, 2012

#228: The Automobile Driving Museum

On a sleepy street in El Segundo just a block from the Boeing headquarters, you'll find the Automobile Driving Museum (ADM).  If you're a fan of cars, you've probably already been to the Nethercutt Museum (#106) and the Peterson Automotive Museum. Compared to these larger, more well-known museums, the ADM seems tiny. So what makes the ADM special? The fact that you can actually ride in the cars!  

The perfect car for the golf enthusiast

Brad and I visited the ADM last Sunday. After paying our $5 donation, we walked around the large warehouse space that houses all the vintage cars. One of my favorite cars was this stunning old ambulance:

I bet this beauty had no problem stopping traffic

Another one of my favorites was this guy:

You can fry eggs on this 1982 DeLorean 

On Sundays, the museum gives free rides in some of their cars. The cars that are available to ride in change weekly, so check on their website for the schedule.

One of the museum cars waiting to take visitors on a ride

One thing that surprised me was seeing how massive the cars were back in the day. Today's SUVs are ants compared to these mammoths:

Forget about parallel parking

When viewing most of the cars in the warehouse, you have to stay behind the yellow line and can't touch them. However, there was one car on display that had a "photo op" sign on it, so Brad took the opportunity to unleash his inner speed demon:

One of the things I love about vintage cars are the diverse hood ornaments.  They're like the cherry on the ice cream sundae:

We had a great time at the ADM. There were a lot of friendly docents walking around ready to answer any questions we had. There was also a small museum store near the entrance. 

Street parking was free and easy to find. The museum was not very crowded, and it didn't take long to see all the cars since it was just one big warehouse space. I would definitely recommend going on Sundays to take advantage of the car rides.

Check out the license plate :)

Have you been to the Automobile Driving Museum? What did you think of it? Leave me a comment below!