Travel Diary: Los Angeles Day 3 (Part 1) - Eggslut, Grand Central Market, and the Bradbury Building

January 25, 2016 (continued): Day 3 of my trip in LA, consisted of tackling the Downtown area. For breakfast, I definitely wanted to try the much lauded, Eggslut - I’d seen it mentioned by a couple YouTubers and the food looked delicious. Their first and only location at the time was in Grand Central Market, a hub of many different food vendors that you could eat cuisines from around the world and never have left that place.

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Since this was their only location at the time, and as many hyped places tend to have, the line stretched around the block. Usually I just skip it if there’s a line, because most of the time the line wait vs the food in the end is almost never worth it. But I was determined and the line moved fairly quickly so it wasn’t too bad. The menu is pretty simple with only a few selections, so I ordered the Fairfax Sandwich (soft scrambled eggs, chives, cheddar cheese, caramelized onions, sriracha mayo, in a brioche bun), it’s namesake the Slut (coddled egg on top of a puree poached in a glass jar, topped with gray salt, chives and served with a baguette), and fresh orange juice.

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Now living in LA I have tried a few of Eggslut’s different items and I feel like most are just ok, tend to be quite rich, and the seasoning is hit or miss, except for the Slut. That is almost worth waiting in line for on its own to me, as when you receive the Slut, you quickly stir the coddled egg into the potato puree and then dip your baguette in. The warm, creaminess of the mixture coats your mouth in deliciousness and the crunch of the bread adds a nice, needed counterbalance to the smooth texture.

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After my big breakfast, I needed some java to get me going for the rest of the day. I stopped by G&B Coffee, still in Grand Central Market and ordered a Mocha and what I thought was a sweet potato pie, but it turns out it was a coffee flavor, so I was double fisting it on to my next locale. While stopping to figure out how to carry all my equipment and 2 coffees, I had a direct view of the famous Angels Flight, which was featured in the movie La La Land.

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While researching the area, I saw that the Bradbury building was nearby and a neat place to visit if you’re into interiors/architecture. It is still a functioning office building, so you’re only able to go in the lobby area unless you have an appointment. Originally built in 1893, it has been featured in several films including Blade Runner and 500 Days of Summer.

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When you walk in, you immediately are transported back in time with all the architectural details of the past. The entire ceiling is a glass skylight, to let the natural light shine through.

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The gorgeous, ornate ironwork staircases are divine, I mean I have an entire board on Pinterest dedicated to stairs, so you know I’m a little obsessed with these.

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To top it off they still have a set of working birdcage elevators. I would definitely recommend stopping by if you’re in the area.

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Surrealists

Surrealism is one of my favorite artistic movements, there’s something about the juxtaposition of reality and the bizarre that creates this dynamic, visual dream world. It may jar you at first with its provocative concepts, but then when you stop to think about it, it seems to take you out of your own reality for that moment and projects you into an alternate one.

I like all things strange and I like all things humorous so I was happy to discover this awesome combination when I was bingeing on clips of The Eric Andre Show on YouTube. Be warned, if you haven’t heard about the show, it’s not for the faint of heart. To give you a clue as to what you're in for, it's on the Adult Swim channel and under Tim and Eric’s company. It’s quite polarizing, some people love it or hate it but I found the more I watched, the more I couldn’t get enough of it and wanted to know more - much like surrealist art. 

Something that has also been catching my eye in terms of modern day surrealism is ironically these vintage stock art that has been reimagined utilizing collage techniques to create this visual dream state. Below, are some of my favorite new vintage surrealists that I have come across.

Free Falling   by Trash Riot

Free Falling by Trash Riot

Follow Me  by Frank Moth

Follow Me by Frank Moth

Ula Space   by Mariano Peccinetti

Ula Space by Mariano Peccinetti

Escape Route   by Beth Hoeckel

Escape Route by Beth Hoeckel