A Day of Art and Food in DTLA

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The Broad and the Infinity Mirror Exhibit

Me and Jean's first experience with The Broad a couple of months ago was slightly disappointing due to their convoluted system of having people reserve tickets to enter the museum and then a secondary reservation system once you're in to view Yayoi Kusama's Infinity Mirror Room exhibit. We had reserved tickets to enter the museum in the afternoon but the reservation to see the exhibit runs out around 11 AM. So, pro-tip for any people who want to see this exhibit, make sure you reserve tickets for 10 or 10:30 AM in the morning or you may not be able to see the Infinity Mirror exhibit.

For today, we had reservations for 10 AM, so we arrived at the museum at 9:30 AM. We parked in The Broad's parking structure, which was a flat $12 on the weekends. On the weekdays, you can validate the parking ticket to get a discounted rate. At 9:30 AM, there was already a long line for the standby line but maybe 20 or 30 people waiting to get into the 10 AM reserved time.

As soon as the doors opened, we made our way to the iPad on the left of the lobby of the museum to sign up for a time to view the Infinity Mirror Room. The sign up involves adding your name and a phone number so that the museum can text you when your turn is up. After signing up, the text said we would be notified within 40 minutes, but surprisingly, we received a text 10 minutes later to go to the exhibit.

Once at the exhibit, there was another 5-10 min. line to get into the exhibit itself. You can enter the exhibit with a maximum of two people and each visit is 45 seconds long. Once in though, I would say the exhibit was worth the hassle. Definitely a beautiful exhibit of LEDs and mirrors and invokes a similar feeling to when I'm on Space Mountain.

The Broad, 221 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012, United States

Knead and Sticky Rice @ Grand Central Market

After a morning of art hopping, Jean and I got hungry. We drove down the street to Grand Central Market to get some lunch. We must have spent 15 minutes trying to decide between Eggslut (line way too long), DTLA Cheese (didn't have the raclette dish that I had hoped they had), and really the other 10 delicious smelling restaurants and bakeries inside.

We ultimately settled on trying Knead as it had recently opened and had a fairly short line. Their specialize in freshly made pastas and sandwiches. Jean and I decided to try the Sunday Gravy Spaghetti and Meatballs and the Porchetta Dip. Right next door was Sticky Rice and they had a drink bar in the back. We decided to try the lychee soda, which was awesome!

All of the food was amazing and we were stuffed by the end to the point that we had roll off of our stools.

Knead & Co. Pasta Bar and Marketplace, 317 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90013, United States

Dessert at Pitchoun

So, what's a day without some dessert. Jean and I decided to cap off our art and food day out in LA with some fattiness. We decided to visit a bakery that has long been on my bookmark list, Pitchoun Bakery.

Because we were lazy and unwilling to walk 1/2 a mile to here, we decided to drive. There's paid parking next door to the bakery, however, it was pricey and cost $10. Very pricey considering we were only there for an hour or so.

The bakery itself reminded me of a larger version of Tartine in NorCal. They laid out their croissants in all their glory right up front. The entire pastry cabinet felt like a crescendo of deliciousness with each subsequent item one-upping the last. All I know is that I wanted to eat every item but my desire not to be 290 lbs again held me back.

Jean and I opted to try a cream puff pastry and a napoleon. Jean also got a black coffee to help with the sweetness. Overall, the desserts were very tasty and the coffee was strong. Jean was a happy panda after this.

Pitchoun Bakery & Café, 545 S Olive St, Los Angeles, CA 90013, United States