Friday, June 18, 2010

Vintage Photo Friday

Roz & George, Chinatown, L.A. - Early 1980's

Above is a photo of my Mom and Dad in Chinatown, Los Angeles, sometime in the 1980's. We had just had a Sunday dim sum brunch at the Golden Dragon Restaurant on Broadway. The Golden Pagoda, pictured above is now called Hop Louie. I never ate at the Golden Pagoda or it's successor, Hop Louie. I've heard that I'm not really missing anything! We always liked having dim sum at the Golden Dragon. Years later, the Empress Pavillion came along and took the crowds away from the Golden Dragon.
This is the second version of Chinatown located in downtown Los Angeles. It was built in 1938. The earlier Chinatown, a few blocks south, was torn down to make way for the construction of Union Station. The area where our current Chinatown resides was once the Italian and French area of Los Angeles....hence, Little Joe's Restaurant, the St. Peter's Italian Church and more. I do remember the old French Hospital too.
I love visiting our Chinatown. It's kind of a fantasy version of what Americans think China must be like. Forget about the long drive to Disneyland and the expensive ticket! Just take a trip downtown and check out Chinatown and it's neighbor, Olvera Street! In fact, the Metro goes directly to the neighborhood! Perfect! Have a wonderful weekend and a happy Father's Day!

Gates to Chinatown, L.A.

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6 Comments:

At 3:02 PM PDT, Anonymous Donna said...

Chiana Town..how fun. I went to a China Town in Bangkok, Thailand. It was quite an experience. By the way...love your chicken salad recipe...will have to try it. Have a great weekend...you always do!

 
At 10:14 PM PDT, Blogger mary said...

I love the vintage photo! Our extended family celebrated family events occasionally at Golden Dragon, but we frequented Golden Palace more. Too bad it's closed down now. Great '70's memories at both!

 
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At 6:11 PM PDT, Blogger Ana Petrova said...

I love our China Town too, and there is little Tokyo not too far away. Lots of good places to visit in the down town area of Los Angeles.

You have so much history and blog about our city beautifully.

 
At 7:50 PM PDT, Blogger Marsha said...

I don't know if this is considered Chinatown or not - but have you eaten at The Plum Tree Inn on Hill Street (I think)? Their fried scallops are like caramels - YUM!!

 
At 2:51 PM PDT, Blogger Katy Howieson said...

hi ellen - just letting you know i used an image from your blog (your hint o' mint cake in a moodboard in my blog - katyhowieson.blogspot.com

Hope this is ok?

Katy xx

 

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