June 28, 2020 ⁠— A Benediction for Los Angeles, California, and Chicago, Illinois

"'Please, please me' rings out from the Beatle Bar across the road, better known as the 'liason' point for local girls, their mothers and, in some instances, their grandmothers. Prostitution is legal in Costa Rica, and with the average job paying $100 per month, a night out with a tourist can make a big difference. The Monkey bar is filled with Australian surfer dudes transfixed by 'wave' movies playing over the gyrating dance floor. Dirty dancing takes on a totally new meaning here."

Silverlake Ramen

Silverlake Ramen attracts the well behaved daytime hipster with well-prepared delicious food and Japanese-language movie posters of Hollywood films. However they are also wisely weary of overextending their hospitality to what i imagine to be the raucous night-time hipster. There is a sign on the front door reserving the right for management to refuse service… Continue reading Silverlake Ramen