Ian Pike 10 a.m., Dec. 9
60s themed clothing, lots of art, cool products, food, drinks, the miho gastro truck (we were trying to read the name from across the street and were, like, mi hogastro truck? What kind of food is that? Eastern European.? Felt like an idiot seconds later- the only truck I've heard raaaaves about, duh.
Shared a bottle of champagne in the car before walking in, took the free urban tour from in front of the grove, it was really interesting and a fun way to walk off the bubbles. Got to alchemy and managed to get a seat at the bar despite the hoards of people on the street and a packed house.
Kudos kudos kudos to the vegetarian menu. For a non vegetarian who hates paying for a light salad or steamed veggies...this is the first time ever I've ordered vegetarian when there were so many yummy alternatives.
I had the carrot and marscapone tortellini with sweet pea purée and it was excellent.
But back to the walkabout. The weather was perfect for a stroll, a couple of comic con types at the whistle stop, and a very clever marketing ploy by the Vagabond that involved a megaphone and a guy with an umbrella. people walking dogs- the dog wash full of natural food vendors, and a blueberry margarita for the humans, and a guy selling tickets to outer space - yes there is a ticket agent in south park!
I bought very cool children's books for friends and some tiny elegant liqueur glasses for me, learned a bit about Victorian, Craftsman and bungalows (and spotted a red, yellow and blue house that had to have been painted by the owner, just to piss off the neighbors!
One business was showing woodstock, a young rock band playing across from Alchemy with a powerful girl singer...
the neighborhood does this quarterly, and I'd go again.