First stop was Bottega Louie. I was planning on eating lunch here, but wasn't hungry when I arrived. After walking around the dining area and checking out what the patrons were eating, I've decided that I'll definitely be back for lunch. I did purchase some French Macaroons. They came in a fancy pink box that made me look sooooo gay (the bag was clear plastic).
After my sugar fix, I checked out L.A. Live...that new "entertainment campus" that's adjacent to Staple's Center. It's still very much a work in progress, so most of the restaurants are still closed. I am looking forward to the opening of the new Ritz Carlton, which is part of L.A. Live's campus. Drinks at the Ritz in 2010, for sure.
One of the restaurants that I want to check out is Trader Vic's. I loves me some tiki tiki. It was closed when I got there and didn't open until 4:00 pm. Boo!
Finally, I went on a hunt for Tim Gunn, at the FIDM campus, but he was nowhere to be found!
Downtown L.A. is really cleaning itself up quite nicely. Gorgeous lofts and condos on practically every corner!
I used to work across the street from the Staples Center, and now I don't recognize the streets that used to be so familiar...and that's a good thing!