Boyhood: Patricia Arquette keeps getting fatter while serial marrying a bunch of drunks, and everyone yells at a nice boy his whole life…

SPOILER ALERT….

 I think?

I know its a little late, but I just watched Boyhood directed by Richard Linklater. I guess it was so hyped up, I was expecting to be moved with tears and have a whole life realization after watching. To tell you the truth, if you don’t have 166 minutes to watch the movie, just read my title of the article and you will pretty much get the idea.

It got 99% on Rotten Tomatoes- I do agree the whole idea behind the movie, the 12 year commitment by the actors, and the cinematography were amazing, but maybe I am just too basic in that I kept waiting for something to actually happen. They really know how to dangle you on a thread- Spoiler alert, nothing happens (I guess that is the point though).

One day in my life has more of a plot line than Boyhood…

… End rant…

The Tripel- Libations in Playa Del Rey

I went to grab some fine food and libations at The Tripel in Playa Del Rey tonight. Heard about the place through the grapevine. It is a one room gastropub, that was pretty packed for a Tuesday night. We tried a beer sampler, all of which was very crisp and light since we got the East Coast Belgian flight. They have an alternating selection of at least 40 beers on tap all the time. The ambience was relaxing, and the service was fast. I tried the cauliflower tomato soup, and since the waitress told us their number one seller was the sweet potato tots and dijon aioli, we had to try those as well (maybe so hyped up they didn’t blow my mind). We ordered the clams and mussels in pesto sauce which were delicious. My soup was so creamy, but almost TOO heavy. The gruyere toast that came with it must have been soaked in oil, on top of the melted cheese. If I had known this I would have kept away from the tots! Overall, the tavern pub vibes, guilt ridden food, and  wide beer selection provided for a good escape from LA. If you are looking to find some extreme munchies that you might regret later, head to The Tripel. Let’s be honest, we all need a meal like that once in a while.

You can start that diet tomorrow.

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The Rise and Fall of the Valley Bar Scene

I have been super happy about the new generation of lounges, bars and cool hang outs that have started to repopulate the boulevard- mainly in Sherman Oaks. Murphs, The One Up, The Woodman, Tipple and Brine, Tunnel Bar, Bow & Truss, to name a few. Actually all of these places are WONDERFUL, but as gastropubs only.

The Problem

What happened to the grungy, out all night, meeting fun people, going to a house after party, valley scene? For the most parts, these bars close down by 1am, sometimes even midnight. I talked to a manager at one of the spots who said that as soon as they have hit their goal profit for a night, or have had a good night- they close.

I get it, it eliminates the late night drunks and shenanigans that come with that (cops, puke, fights, yelling), but come one guys, what about the people?? Who remembers Smiles? That place was as close to Anything Goes as you could get… no wonder it got shut down.

The Pros

– A more mature crowd- less drunk idiots and creepers

– Delicious and well made food and drinks

-Parking that is more convenient than over the hill

-A slew of bars near each other for hopping

-GAMES! Most places feature games, either board games like at Bow & Truss, actual arcade games like at The One Up, or pool tables at Brickyard in North Hollywood

The Cons

-These places are catered to already formed groups, it seems harder to meet new people. Most bars are not set up for cross mingling and feature secluded tables or couches

-Early closing time- Most people don’t leave their house until 10 or 11 so that doesn’t give much time.

-Every bar is the same- same hipster look and same vibe (the majority)

-No dancing… forget about it- head to Skinnys for that

So boo hoo… now we have to settle for good drinks, and good food- and an early night. These hipster bars and speak easy’s that used to be a dime a dozen a few years ago now seem to be the norm. I guess we will have to get our kicks elsewhere- but I am also not 21 any more, so maybe I should just accept a more mature atmosphere and good conversation over a Moscow Mule and a Grass Fed Beef Slider Trio.

[PS This does not put an end my continual quest to find the best night adventures LA and the valley have to offer]

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Soul Food spot- in Baldwin Hills- not my usual stomping grounds, but made a res for a friends Bday who said it was delicious southern food with the full range of corn bread and fried chicken along with refreshing tomato and watermelon salads. Decent food, but slow service, took probably 20 minutes to get our table of 8 their drinks, some of which were just a little more than half full- stingy.

Fun Fact: They grow most of their herbs on location; rosemary, mint, basil… You wouldn’t expect that kind of hands on care from a restaurant smack dab between a Macy’s and a Sears.

Relaxing candle light and twinkle light lit patio with lots of heaters, and live music on Saturday nights. I was surprised how empty the restaurant was. Click the photo above to check their menu.

Overall I give the experience a B+