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7/29/2011

My Carmageddon weekend

Posted by Carren Jao Pineda |

A couple of weeks ago, Los Angeles was in the middle of a traffic panic as the 405, the city's main artery was to be closed for a whole weekend. Los Angeles city official warned everyone away from the roads, but we unwittingly scheduled a very important seminar for that weekend on the other side of the 405.

Thus, we were stuck on the Westside. Not that that was such a bad thing.

Carlos and I decided to make the best of it and go on a mini-vacation of our own. If we had to be stuck by the ocean, why not make the best of it right? We gathered a few friends in the area and roamed the far West of the city.

During the weekend, we hit the Eat Real Fest, which was a street food festival that celebrated regionally-sourced sustainably-grown food. We saw shaved ice trucks, gourmet snacks and organic honey in the mix. We also made a few new friends along the way.


No sign of the end of the world here. In fact, it was a perfect weekend. Michele Cohn of Bel-Air says in the LA Times. "It's like we live in a small town today," she said. "Its amazing; I love it. I wish it were like this all the time.... Let's just have this once a month." I second that motion. I'm also not the only one. Anyone else for a quiet weekend without the usual frenetic city pace?

Here are a few glimpses of our amazingly relaxed weekend:

Love this poster design for Eat Real Fest!

This was the first time I had actually seen Helm's Bakery despite hearing so much about it.
So cute! This little guy was feeding the littler guy.

Before we went to the festival, we spent a little time by the Marina, enjoying a bit of sunshine and then some Women's World Cup action in a nearby apartment.


But not before we saw this guy cutely (and patiently) waiting for his master by the poolside. Notice that strict "No Pets Allowed" sign by the corner? He was one obedient little guy for sure.

How was your Carmageddon weekend?

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