Intermission: The LA Tourist

Having my sister visit LA from Down Under is such a treat. It reminds me of how much I value time with my family, and of that irreplaceable bond between siblings.

It’s also a wonderful excuse to act like a tourist in my newly adopted home base.

I dedicate this post to my sis, Katya.

Below are some of our fun moments photographed around LA with either the Nikon 35mm or Smartphone.

Sisters reunited after nearly 2 years. At LAX.

Sisters reunited after nearly 2 years. At LAX.

Santa Monica Beach

Santa Monica Beach

Cloudy Venice Beach

Cloudy Venice Beach

Thanks sis!

Shopping at Michael Kors. Thanks sis!

Sharing sweet potato fries at Venice Beach

Sharing sweet potato fries at Venice Beach

Wowed by the canals, Venice Beach

Wowed by the canals, Venice Beach

Feeling on top of the world at Runyon Canyon that overlooks LA's downtown

Feeling on top of the world at Runyon Canyon that overlooks LA’s downtown

At Forest Lawn Cemetery, at the Bette Davis Memorial

Me, at Forest Lawn Cemetery, at the Bette Davis Memorial

Kath making new friends while on a photo shoot, Calabasas

Katya making new friends while on a photo shoot, Calabasas

Visiting the Hotel Bel-Air, and its swans

Visiting the Hotel Bel-Air, and its swans

Seeing chocolate, and eating it. At See's Candies., The Grove

Seeing chocolate, and eating it. At See’s Candies, The Grove

Sistertime at the top of the Los Leones Trail

Sistertime at the top of the Los Leones Trail

At Urth Caffe in LA's downtown

At Urth Caffe in LA’s downtown

Overlooking LA from Mulholland Drive

Overlooking LA from Mulholland Drive

Toasting at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel

Toasting at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel – feeling like we’re on the set of The Hills

Hole in One ~ Randy’s Donuts, LAX, USA

Heading away from LAX, in the direction of Hollywood – bypassing the 405 freeway in favour of the local road, La Cienega Boulevard – you’ll encounter one of the best examples of LA’s programmatic architecture*.

From a distance, you’ll notice what looks to be a helium inflated swim ring, floating against a blue sky. Upon closer inspection, this ring is actually a sign for the drive-in, Randy’s Donuts. In the shape of its pastry namesake, the vintage artwork is made of rolled steel bars covered with gunnite – the material used in swimming pools. It sits atop a store; the building was designed by Henry J. Goodwin.

Having passed by Randy’s on trips past, yesterday we finally made the left turn into its parking lot, and ordered an apple fritter, an apple turnover, and a coconut topped donut from the walk up window.

Verdict: a double edged sword.

The donuts are excellent – better than those of any major chain. These fried yeasty pastries have substance, a crisp exterior, and the apple fritter glaze is finger lickin’ good. BUT, I am thankful we hadn’t succumbed to their damage earlier on because now I know that a trip to the airport will always include a calorific coffee break.

Notice the pigeons nesting on top of the donut

Those 3 donuts…

* This style had its heyday from the mid 1920s to the mid 1930s. By the 1950s however, the trend of designing structures in the shape of the product sold there had changed to focus on signs rather than architecture itself. All information sourced from Wikipedia.