Bixby Knoll

"Up and coming" can be used to describe many neighborhoods in LA. But don't assume that up and coming means new neighborhoods. In LA, many really old and established neighborhoods are becoming "up and coming" thanks to these very innovative Millenials! I love those kids, I've talked about my admiration for these Millenials before. Well, this is kind of what's happening to a little neighborhood in Long Beach called Bixby Knoll. We discovered this great pie place there called Jongewaard's Bake n Broil. They have the best chicken pot pie in LA and they go fast! We tried the restaurant days before Fourth of July and they had tons of take out orders for fruit pies! In any case, where else can you find Princess Leia just hanging out on the street??





Posted on July 21, 2018


GCM

GCM, always. Go there, we love it!



Posted on July 20, 2018


An LA Institution

Each month I have such high hopes for putting out an early blog. But somehow time just slips by. This has been a particularly difficult month, and it's only half over. Ahgoo has been extremely difficult since the end of Kindergarten. I think its a combination of exhaustion, testing boundaries, and being spoiled. Although we she just finished a STEAM summer program, it was still only half day. We're trying a combination of earlier bedtime and some evening homework to give her some discipline through summer. We'll see how things progress.

Although the house remodel is finally heading towards the end, I'm feeling more anxiety than ever. I feel like there are still huge closeout costs, there are still outstanding fixes that need to be completed, and I feel like we'll still have things that can not be finished to the way we want. The bottom line is, we (neither Mr. BAW nor myself) like confrontations with contractors but you have to have constant battles over design, costs, mistakes after mistakes. Ugh. Reading about professional designer's mistakes sometimes help. Heck, even the pros can't get it right sometimes!! I can't wait until everything is over, over.

Given everything that's been going on, there are still simple joys here and there. Last month, I finally...FINALLY...tried the world famous original French dipped sandwich from Philippe in LA. After almost 40 years being an Angelino and living only 3 miles north of it for years, I finally tried it last month with the family! The verdict? Well, it's an institution for the mere fact that it's been here forever. But the food is just so, so. I got the double dipped, which is better than the single dipped which Mr. BAW got. But you can probably get a tastier French dipped sandwich elsewhere these days. At least now I can say that I've been to the place I first saw on Huell Howser decades ago!



Posted on July 16, 2018


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