Los Angeles

I love Los Angeles.  I was born there.  I only lived there until I was 7 but have continued to be pulled back.  I spent a semester there as an intern working for JW Robinson, my sister lived there for many years, my brother and his family moved back there over 8 years ago and my Grandmother lived in Laguna.  Each time I land in LAX and walk through the terminal I honestly feel at home.  The people look familiar to me.  I know where I am when I drive around although don't ask me to tell you how to get there. 

Fred and I will definitely be spending more time there once we become empty nesters.  Our kids love it out there too.  I am in the process of setting up shop up there for the future, not full time but definitely long periods of time. 

I was out there this week working on that project.  The process of building something can be long ardous and painful for many but I honestly love it.  I have the ability of making quick decisions and being very focused on how each of them affect the entire outcome of the project.  Then I can go home and walk through it in my brain. 

We did have some delicious meals while we were there too.  I also got a good hug from both of my nieces which is always a side bonus.  We ate one night at Tar and Roses.  Not such a great name but a nice vibe with good food.  Above is the chicken I had.  I liked that it was a small bird for one. 

Then we went to Superba the last night.  The food there is just outstanding.  We had a long day, I believe about 8 hours of decisions, and needed a strong drink.  They only serve beer and wine so we walked across the street for the hard stuff and returned for dinner and wine.  Unfortunately I did not take pictures and the menu is constantly changing.  If you are in LA, stop by for a snack, a pasta, a small plate, anything.  A very special place.

Comments (Archived):

  1. awaldstein

    Setting up shop?And yes, I do love LA as well. They get salads better than anyone.

  2. Ella Dyer

    Yes, please expand on “setting up shop”; I’m born/raised in LA but feel rather different when I return so would be curious to know your plans. Keep us posted.

    1. Gotham Gal

      setting up shop: putting together an office or a home.

      1. Ella Dyer

        Cool; you’d probably enjoy meeting an amazing female leader (a classmate of mine) in the area when you have time. Also, your recent post on Paris made me think of an ex-pat you’d enjoy meeting when she’s in NYC or, your back in the City of Light. Talk soon.

  3. takingpitches

    LA is a fun contrast to New York; driving, beaches, and way better Mexican food among other things!

  4. William Mougayar

    That’s great. I think you or Fred hinted at it before. I could see that coming 🙂

  5. William Mougayar

    Just saw this about LAX, in case you’re renting cars there.New LAX car rental company offers only Audi A4s — and no clerkshttp://www.dailybreeze.com/…

    1. Gotham Gal

      we own.

      1. William Mougayar

        ah, you’re already anchored there then 🙂

        1. Gotham Gal


          1. William Mougayar

            Have you been to http://www.veggiegrill.com/ ? I’m intrigued by their health angle. They raised $20 mil to expand outside of LA.

          2. Gotham Gal

            have not but like the idea.

  6. JimHirshfield

    What does one call the Gotham Gal in LA?

    1. Gotham Gal

      ha. still the gotham gal

  7. pointsnfigures

    Hate the traffic, can’t beat the weather.

    1. Gotham Gal

      agree. the key is sticking to one area. not going west to east.

  8. Jen Bekman

    There’s a lot to love about LA, and I wish I got to spend more time there. Really excellent art scene, great energy, and lots of smart, ambitious creative people. You just need to know where to look. Can’t wait to see the fruits of your setting-up-shop labors, Joanne!

  9. Food+Tech Connect

    I was pleasantly surprised by LA. Next time you’re there, try and eat at Red Medicine (http://redmedicinela.com/). My friend Jordan Kahn is a co-founder, and he and his food are brilliant (and I don’t use that word lightly)!