Los Angeles: A Warm & Sunny Welcome

View from Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles

Even though we woke up at 4 a.m. yesterday to catch our 7 a.m. flight to L.A., Ryan and I were both excited about having virtually a full day to explore. After an uneventful flight, we grabbed our rental car and headed toward the apartment we’re renting in Los Feliz.

Our apartment is charming and in a perfect location for us. The front door is flanked with blossoming lavender and rosemary bushes and the interior reminds me of a minimalist artist’s studio. There’s also a massive lemon tree just outside the front door. It’s those little things!

Ensenadas Best Fish Taco in Los Angeles

After settling in (and a quick nap), we were starving and in the mood for—what else?—fish tacos. We were just around the corner from The Best Fish Taco in Ensenada, where we devoured a few $2 shrimp tacos and horchata on their outdoor patio.

Then, we drove up to the Griffith Observatory since it was a relatively clear day for L.A. Ryan loved the Griffith Observatory, comparing it to a West Coast-version of the American Museum of Natural History in New York. (We also got to watch them demonstrate the Tesla coil!)

Afterward, we drove down and snaked through the Hollywood Hills and Laurel Canyon before setting out to visit one of the many coffee shops on Ryan’s list for the trip.

Coffee Commissary in LA

Cold Brew Iced Coffee

Tamping Espresso at Coffee Commissary

Coffee Commissary in West Hollywood serves coffee from one of our favorite roasters, San Francisco-based Sightglass, as well as coffee from two roasters that we rarely see in New York, Coava and Seattle-based Victrola.

We enjoyed an ultra-smooth cold brew iced coffee in the beautiful shop before visiting next door to check out Lindy & Grundy, the city’s first sustainable butcher shop.

Lindy & Grundy's Butcher Shop

Lindy & Grundy Butcher Shop

Owners Amelia Posada and Erika Nakamura both have roots in New York City, where they first met, but after seeing a dearth of good butchers in Los Angeles, they saw an excellent opportunity to bring sustainable butchery to L.A. After all, Erika explained to us, California has such a huge focus on local and sustainably-grown produce; why not apply the same philosophy to meat?

After a brief detour in Connecticut to get married, Amelia and Erika made their way to L.A., where Lindy & Grundy was born about a year and a half ago.

Meat Locker at Lindy & Grundy

Heirloom Potatoes for Sale at Lindy & Grundy

We loved the shop, both for its excellent interior and mission.

Local meats (everything but the lamb is raised within 150 miles) are complemented by a well-curated selection of artisanal oils, spices and rubs, as well as a few produce items from nearby farms. Even the flowers in the shop are from the area. The shop breaks down entire animals, using every last bit of the carcass to make stock, soups, sausages, chilis and even dog food.

Meat from Lindy & Grundy

Erika and Amelia sent us home with a couple of sausages and a delicious pork chop. We supplemented with a fresh salad of arugula, blue cheese, blueberries and avocado, and a bottle of Orin Swift’s Abstract grenache.

It was a very delicious welcome to the Golden State.

– Laura and Ryan

Arugula Salad with Blueberries, Blue Cheese and Avocado

Orin Swift Grenache and Pork Chop

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