Friday, April 27, 2007

Ain't Life Grand?

So, we've been hearing about this new bar downtown called Seven Grand. (It's at the corner of 7th and Grand - get it?) It's run by the same people who run Golden Gopher and The Broadway Bar - two of our favorite downtown haunts. Last Saturday, after the roller derby, we finally had the chance to check it out.



I was happy to discover that Seven Grand boasts a special menu featuring 125 whiskeys, and that they plan on adding 75 more in the coming months! Apparently, they go through a lot of Maker's Mark...

Seven Grand has an enticing, dark, intimate lounge vibe. There is a warm enclosed patio that runs the length of the bar. When you're at the Seven Grand, you almost feel like you're in New York. Here is the view from the patio...


Me, Gina and Brian hung out for a while before we were joined by our friends Dina, Jason and Eric. Here is a picture of Dina, Jason, and Eric.


At least I think that's Dina, Jason, and Eric. Maybe it's Jason, Gina, and Brian. Damn! Why do I try to take such arty pictures when I'm drinking?
At any rate, Seven Grand is a classy, comfortable bar with a classic speakeasy vibe. My only complaint is that - for a place specializing in whiskey - their logo seems to be a rip off of the Jagermeister logo.
Seven Grand
515 W 7th
Los Angeles, CA 90014
(213) 614-0737

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Viva la Race LA!

While most of you are guzzling margaritas and belting out bad versions of La Bamba on Cinco De Mayo, Heath and I are going to participate in a race that will take us on a wild goose chase around Los Angeles.

I'm a HUGE fan of Amazing Race, the TV show where twelve teams of two race around the world performing all kinds of crazy challenges for a chance to win a million bucks. Well, Race LA is a little different. First, there are eighteen teams of two. Second, you race around Los Angeles only. Third, you win nothing.

Nada. Zilch. Zero.

Still, we decided to give up our 2nd favorite "holiday" (first is Leap Day) and participate. Here are some of the rules:

1. Travel books, city guides, computers, and GPS devices are NOT PERMITTED.
2. Cell phones MUST be turned off throughout the entire race.
3. We can only have ONE map. Luckily, a Thomas Guide is considered a map and is permitted.
4. We may stop and use a pay phone for research (please friends...stay near a computer that day!).
5. Each team needs their own car. Although only one driver per team is required.

Here's a pic of our first "clue" that came in the mail today. Basically it's just a sheet containing directions to the starting location. Like the letter said, "Don't worry, the clues do get more difficult."All said, I'm really looking forward to it. I have a feeling we'll get into a few...er...discussions that day. I can hear it now, "I said turn right, not left!" Should be quite interesting...

I'll let you know how it goes. Or better yet, we'll meet you for margaritas when it's over.

g

Friday, April 20, 2007

"Hilariously Disturbing"

That's how my friend Brian described these pictures. These are pictures of fast food items: Advertisements vs. Reality.

According to fellow blogster extraordinaire, The West Virgina Surf Report states that, "Each item was purchased, taken home, and photographed immediately. Nothing was tampered with, run over by a car, or anything of the sort. It is an accurate representation in every case. Shiny, neon-orange, liquefied pump-cheese, and all."
Let's play a game, shall we? You'll win. Promise.
Can you guess which is the Taco Bell Nachos Bell Grande advertisement and which is the real deal?

How about McDonald's Fish Filet sandwich?
Or Burger King's Whopper?
My favorite is Wendy's Southwest Chicken Salad. What's up with the blog of beans?
You can see more fast food pics here. Another ground-breaking story they did was People in Newspaper Ads Who Look Like They're Farting.
Yes, it's a slow blog day here at PuraVidaForever.
Have a great weekend!
g

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

superfluous...

Despite not watching American Idol this season I feel like I'm completely caught up with all the hubbub... With full recognition going out to the cheesy tabloid sites I find myself clicking to.





Note to self...must stop clicking!

My obsession at the moment is Sanjaya Malakar and his never ending hair-dont's. I hear he has "terrible stage presence" and he "sings like a girl" but this vocally challenged Leif Garrett wannabe just might make it to the top, mostly because of his versatile coiffures.

Which Sanjaya hairstyle do you like best? I think I prefer the Pineapple Princess up-do myself.

You can read an interesting LAist article about Sanjaya here.

g
(definitely not h)

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Friday, April 13, 2007

Artsy Fartsy...

Last night me, Heath, Jude and Monica went to the Downtown Art Walk. It was my first time going and I was just blown away at how fun and cool it was! It's a free, self guided walking tour that takes you to all the numerous galleries in Downtown Los Angeles. These galleries open their door to us the second Thursday of every month. Basically what you do is print out the map, and walk from gallery to gallery, with pit stops inbetween to participating restaurants and bars. It's really fun, and did I mention, free? Yes, I'm talking to you people! I said, FREE!


Here's Heath in his art stance.I really like this couple. I want to be them when I grow up!
What I loved about hopping from one gallery to another was that I got to peek at so many different styles. We saw functional art...

mixed media...

Installation pieces...
Even performance art.
Also, Monica got to show us this amazing space where she's going to have her birthday party. It's at M.J. Higgins Gallery. They have a fabulous area downstairs that's the perfect spot for a party. It looks like a speakeasy. Can't wait for that one! The Art Walk is a great way to see downtown Los Angeles, see some fine local art, maybe even buy something. Some pieces were surprisingly affordable. I recommend it highly and if anyone is interested in going next month, let me know! We'd love to see you down there!

You can see more pics of our night here.

Monday, April 9, 2007

Dog Day Afternoon

Every year, usually the Saturday before Easter, Olvera St. hosts the glorious Blessing of the Animals.
My friend Brian and I had the good sense to drop everything and head down there. What a treat!

Let me begin by giving a brief history lesson. Back in the day, the Catholic Church would set aside a day when they would allow people to take their animals inside the church for a fertility blessing. This was in response to folks recognizing "the tremendous services given to the human race by animals." Cut to 16 centuries later and the tradition is still going strong!

Okay. History lesson over.

We decided to pick up my favorite dog, Paco. His owners are the coolest, and it transcends into Paco's temperament. He's just chill, and cute as hell. I still love him despite the fact that his breath smells and he was passing gas the entire drive up. How can you not love a face like this?

Here's Brian and Paco on the way to Olvera St.
The best part of the day was checking out all the animals in attendance. We saw barn yard animals:

Birds, reptiles, bunnies...

I think this bunny rabbit gave me the finger, although I can't be sure.

I loved looking at all the dogs. Especially the ones who dressed up for the occasion. I like La Droopy Eyes in the upper right hand corner.

I think this one had one too many tequila shots...

One thing I noticed was all the wiener dogs... They could have started their own wiener dog army. Most owners were male and a lot of them loved wearing t-shirts expressing their love for...well, wieners:

What happens is a platform is set up at the Olvera St. Plaza with Cardinal Roger Mahony at the foot of it. In his hands he holds a wand type thingy filled with holy water. People wait in a huge line until it's their turn to walk with their animal, where the Cardinal blesses each one as it goes by. Here's a shot of me and Paco walking through the receiving line. I love the reaction of the lady in the foreground.
All in all, it was a great day. Even if you're not into the whole blessing part of it, it's a fun, quirky way to spend an afternoon. Especially if you're an animal lover.Or a margarita lover. Which was our blessing to ourselves after it was over.
Thanks, Brian for being the official photographer while I wrangled Paco!

Saturday, April 7, 2007

Why I Love My Neighborhood


posted by: heath

Tuesday, April 3, 2007

Day at the Races



We went to Santa Anita the other day to watch the horses, and to celebrate our friend Ryan's 30th birthday.



Ryan's wife, Tara, got this really delicious cake - which was actually a bunch of cupcakes.



Gina's dad works at the track. He has an awesome moustache.
Gina's dad was able to sneak us into the VIP box seats, even though we only paid for General Admission.

In between races you can gamble on horses racing at other tracks around the country. Everyone hangs out in the VIP lobby and watches.


Of course, each VIP box has it's own private monitor...


I actually watched most of the Kings game while we were there. The Kings lost, but I didn't care, because me and Gina were winning big at the track. Gina's father gave us great tips, and we picked the winner in just about every race we watched. Here's Gina showing off our winning Daily Double...



This teller is mocking me by waving all the money I didn't win in my face.



We had a great time. Ryan and Tara are supercool, and put together a really fun afternoon, with a great group of people. If I was a betting man, I would bet that we'll be back at Santa Anita before the season ends April 22.