Remains of L.A.

Traces of L.A.'s past can still be found, in the kitsch of '50s diners and the decayed glamour of '40s hotspots… and sometimes the food is good, and there are nice people.

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Dear people who read Remains of L.A.,

I’ve been thinking about putting my blog posts together into a book. The first step is to gather together a dozen or so of my best posts. But the posts I love most might not be the same as the posts my readers love most! So I’m asking for a favor.  Are there any posts that particularly stand out to you as great or special in some way? if you can’t think of them offhand, could you maybe look through the list, read or reread, and see if any jump out at you? Once you’ve decided which ones you like best, will you let me know by either:

A. Sharing that post (I can see how often posts get shared), or
B. Telling me, either here or in the comments on my FB page, or
C. Both?

It would be a big help to me.





(1964) Giamela’s, Atwater Village

yGiamelas b sign-04My friend JT and I wanted both lunch and exercise, so we decided to walk the two miles from her place in Glendale to Giamela’s in Atwater Village. It’s a lovely walk, and it was one of those beautiful warm sunny winter days that make you remember why you moved to Southern California.

-One big room, bright and airy, with a scuffed red floor and white ceiling, and seven tables, covered in those red-and-white-checked tablecloths, with straight-backed red chairs. Most of the walls are white plaster, but the wall with the door and the one big window is red brick. Directly across from the door is the counter where you order, with racks of chips to the right and a large orange-and-white sign on the wall listing all the different types of sandwiches and pastas and pizzas and things. Hanging from the ceiling over the counter is a sign that says, “Now Serving Snake River Farms Wagyu Beef for all our Pepper Steak Subs” plus a picture of the Instagram logo, I guess to remind people to Instagram their sandwich. On the walls Continue reading