The morning of Day 3 found me in bed at the Ritz-Milner on Flower St. in downtown Los Angeles. Quick note on the hotel: it’s a very affordable option for downtown LA, and for the price ($90/night), it’s a good deal as well. The Ritz-Milner is an older hotel, no doubt—the walls need better scrubbing, the bed was very hard, and the shower space is teeny. But otherwise, I was quite happy with it. Free wireless, a somewhat secret bar with great drink specials and a fifties feel, and a great location are huge plusses. But back to my morning . . . Ben, nicely dressed up for his presentation that day in the new duds he picked up at the Grove, was already at the Adobe Max keynote by the time I decided to head out. Early rising is not something I do, folks. It’s just not.
I determined that my agenda for the day would be lunch, wandering downtown (my regular vacation practice, no matter what downtown it is), and checking out the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA). I opted for lunch at Arda’s Café, a sandwich and coffee shop right across from Pershing Square on 6th St.
The sandwich of choice was a Californian BLT, which is shorthand for the addition of avocado, of course. That’s essentially what Californian means on any menu.
And it was delicious. Avocado heals all wounds, especially ones no more pressing than hunger.
Fed and happy, it was time to start that wandering. Near the Jewelry District, I found this interesting sight.
That Mystery Girl mural was pretty awesome.by