Hollywood Farmer’s Market
So on our first day in Los Angeles we went to the Hollywood Farmers’ Market. I’ve been told that farmers’ markets are part of the LA lifestyle, and this was the closest to where we were staying. I admit to being a little jealous of people who can go to to outdoor farmers’ markets throughout the year.
We parked a few blocks away on Hollywood Boulevard, which was not what I expected, not glamorous at all. It’s a bustling commercial street, a little run down, with a lot of tacky gift shops in the mix.
In the sidewalk were the stars of the Hollywood Walk of Fame. I found these to be underwhelming, though we did have to take a picture of the star for Mr. Rogers.
The Hollywood Farmers’ Market, on the other hand, is most impressive, packed with vendors selling fresh local produce in late December.
The oranges really were far more delicious than what we buy at the supermarket at home.
There were some artistically arranged lettuces and other attractive vegetables. We bought some fresh artichokes for our Christmas dinner.
In addition to produce, there was a wide range of vendors selling street food for noshing. Danny and I shared a plate of Salvadoran pupusas, which are like cornmeal pancakes with various toppings. Danny is drinking watermelon lemonade.
After the Farmers’ Market we headed up to Griffith Observatory, which was not too far away. Griffith Observatory turns out to be a popular spot in LA, which means on a Saturday there are throngs of people.
The views from the observatory are fabulous, or would have been if the day had not been so hazy and foggy.
Interesting that the observatory was built in 1935 as part of Roosevelt’s New Deal. If it were proposed today I doubt it would be built. Personally I think it is unfortunate that public works in general seem to have become so controversial.
Next: Watts Towers.