Oooo....it was a busy weekend for us in Los Angeles! We didn't even really go anywhere....just stayed in the area. Los Angeles is a vacation destination, after all!
I took the day off on Friday. Larry and I drove to The Country General Store in Van Nuys to pick up a birthday gift for my brother, Ken. His b-day is on June 12th. I LOVE that store! It's the best source for western wear in the City! The customer service is exceptional too. The store has been family owned since the early 1970's. It started out as a surplus store and morphed into C&W gear. I will definitely visit this emporium again!
Since my L.A. bred and born husband had NEVER been to Langer's Deli, near MacArthur Park, we flew down the freeway for lunch at this historic spot. Langer's has been touted as having the very best hand-cut pastrami in the United States. I must say, I've tasted pastrami at many of the delicatessans in the L.A. area and Langer's pastrami is divine. It's not too spicy, but has some zing. It's never fatty. On suggestion by Beth, we split the #19 sandwich. It was positively fabulous! For dessert, we split a piece of warm noodle kugel....very custardy and tasty. Too bad Langer's isn't open on Sundays. We'd be regular customers!
That evening we visited the Rhino Records Pop-Up Store on Westwood Blvd. Rhino Records had a legendary store, close to this location for years and years. It was a mecca for record nerds and a hang-out for many musicians. The pop-up store was open only from May 17th through May 31st, offering tons of bargains on vinyl records, CDs, books, posters and various other music-related tsatkes. There was also a silent auction of various memorbilia. Larry had been visiting daily to catch a few bargains. On Friday, musician Peter Case, backed by D.J. Bonebrake, performed a set of songs.
It was really fun hanging out with many of our old friends. It was even funnier to notice that most of the people in the shop were over 45 years old! Who buys CDs or records anymore? Everyone downloads their music. Not us. We still own turntables and various other casette/CD players!
Needless to say, we visited the Pop-Up store again over the weekend. Stay tuned for more.