Diane, A Broad
  • January 29, 2014

    A bunch of colleagues and I were two bars in on an after work bar crawl when we ran into/onto this new place. We had been aiming for the truly terrible dive bar next door (which turned out to be closed for the night), but fortuitously we veered a little to the right and landed in Honeycut.

    Honeycut [Los Angeles] by Diane, A Broad (dianeabroad.com)

    Honeycut is the kind of bar that I find myself in more and more these days: dark, vaguely speakeasy-ish spaces with intricate, ambitious craft cocktail programs (blah blah homemade bitters blah handcrafted sodas something something) and a little something extra  going on on the side (in this case, a disco with a Saturday Night Fever light-up floor).

    Honeycut [Los Angeles] by Diane, A Broad (dianeabroad.com)

    Honeycut [Los Angeles] by Diane, A Broad (dianeabroad.com)

    Honeycut [Los Angeles] by Diane, A Broad (dianeabroad.com)

    I’ve been back a couple of time since, both with colleagues and with friends, and have never had a bad time. I like a bar that equally pleases lawyers in suits sporting expense accounts and vagabondish twenty-somethings in torn jeans and flip-flops.

    Honeycut [Los Angeles] by Diane, A Broad (dianeabroad.com)

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  • January 27, 2014
  • January 5, 2014

    “Because you literally went on a journey.” Quoth a good friend (and erstwhile namer of this blog) to me, about why 2013 deserves a reminiscent wrap-up post.

    2013 felt like a growing year. I guess every year feels that way when you look back on it, but this is the first time ever that I’ve had an entire year’s worth of blog to look back on. In truth, the year started kind of miserably — I think I must have Seasonal Affective Disorder, the most appropriately-acronymed mood disorder — but it kept getting better and better as the year went on.

    Snowy Café in Paris by Diane, A Broad (dianeabroad.com)

    Snow in Place des Vosges in Paris by Diane, A Broad (dianeabroad.com)

    Snow at Hotel Sully in Paris by Diane, A Broad (dianeabroad.com)

    January brought snow to Paris. I have never had to live and function in a city that gets snow, so it was an entirely new and slippery experience. I am told that the snow hardly ever sticks like it did this year. I consider myself lucky to have seen the city with her winter coat on.

    Ris de veau (Sweetbreads) at Frenchie bar a vins by Diane, A Broad (dianeabroad.com)

    Cochon au Lait at Restaurant Bones in Paris by Diane, A Broad (dianeabroad.com)

    Squid Ink Risotto at Vivant Table in Paris by Diane, A Broad (dianeabroad.com)

    And of course, I ate. I visited Frenchie bar a vins for the first time, then the second, then the third, fourth, fifth, and sixth, in quick succession. Then there was Bones, VivantPierre Sang, Verjus… the list goes on.

    Brooklyn Brewery Launch Party at Le Mary Celeste in Paris  by Diane, A Broad (dianeabroad.com)

    Picnic by the Seine in Paris by Diane, A Broad (dianeabroad.com)

    Eclair Tasting in Paris by Diane, A Broad (dianeabroad.com)

    Champagne at a Party in Paris by Diane, A Broad (dianeabroad.com)

    Eclair Tasting With Bloggers in Paris by Diane, A Broad (dianeabroad.com)

    Picnic by the Seine in Paris by Diane, A Broad (dianeabroad.com)

    I count myself lucky to have met a wonderful group of friends this year, many of them bloggers, many of them not. Whether we were meeting at someone’s place for an evening shindig (as we did for an improbable number of weekends in a row), or tasting way too many eclairs in one sitting, or hanging out in a new bar, or enjoying a golden picnic on the banks of the Seine, these hilarious, brilliant people are the reason that I love and miss Paris so much.

    St. Paul's in London by Diane, A Broad (dianeabroad.com)

    Old Port of Bastia in Corsica by Diane, A Broad (dianeabroad.com)

    Clotheslines in Bastia, Corsica by Diane, A Broad (dianeabroad.com)

    La Marana Beach in Corsica by Diane, A Broad (dianeabroad.com)

    Chucks on the Beach at Le Petit Minou in Brittany by Diane, A Broad (dianeabroad.com)

    Le Petit Minou in Brittany by Diane, A Broad (dianeabroad.com)

    Waves at Le Petit Minou in Brittany by Diane, A Broad (dianeabroad.com)

    In the spring, I traveled. I spent one beautiful day in London. I spent a few days on an island paradise with some lovely girls, oggling chiseled Corsicans on the beach and getting very burnt indeed. And I visited Brittany with a native.

    Latte Art at Kooka Boora Café in Montmartre, Paris  by Diane, A Broad (dianeabroad.com)

    Stairs and a Metro Entrance in Montmartre, Paris  by Diane, A Broad (dianeabroad.com)

    Brunch at Soul Kitchen in Montmartre, Paris  by Diane, A Broad (dianeabroad.com)

    Terrace at a Café in Montmartre, Paris  by Diane, A Broad (dianeabroad.com)

    Spring Flowers in Montmartre, Paris  by Diane, A Broad (dianeabroad.com)

    Spring was also the beginning of what I’ve pretentiously been calling my Montmartre period. I spent many a day at Soul Kitchen or Kooka Boora, click-clacking away at my computer and slowly, slowly making my way through lunch and multiple cafés, waiting for the evening to come, sure to bring another adventure with a lover or a friend. The flowers seemed to explode on the trees and everything was right with the world.

    Looking Out of the Window in Montmartre, Paris by Diane, A Broad (dianeabroad.com)

    Going by Diane, A Broad (dianeabroad.com)

    Downtown Los Angeles by Diane, A Broad (dianeabroad.com)

    Paradise Cove in Malibu at Sunset, Los Angeles by Diane, A Broad (dianeabroad.com)

    by Diane, A Broad (dianeabroad.com)

    The Getty Villa in Malibu, Los Angeles by Diane, A Broad (dianeabroad.com)

    A Lifeguard Tower in Malibu, Los Angeles by Diane, A Broad (dianeabroad.com)

    Downtown Los Angeles by Diane, A Broad (dianeabroad.com)

    And then, suddenly, it was time to go. I packed up my four huge suitcases with everything I owned and flew back to my hometown. I settled in with my new roommate in our new apartment with our new kittens (one of whom has grown handsomely lanky, while the other has become an adorable chub-ball) and got to the business of rediscovering the city — its culture, and its food.

    Cocktails at Candelaria in Paris by Diane, A Broad (dianeabroad.com)

    Cocktails at Candelaria in Paris by Diane, A Broad (dianeabroad.com)

    Cocktail at Glass in Paris by Diane, A Broad (dianeabroad.com)

    Le Mary Celeste in Paris by Diane, A Broad (dianeabroad.com)

    Champagne Toast on a Party Bus in Paris by Diane, A Broad (dianeabroad.com)

    Champagne Toast on a Party Bus in Paris by Diane, A Broad (dianeabroad.com)

    But I couldn’t stay away for long. I returned to Paris twice in the fall, purportedly to take some photos, but in reality mostly to drink. Have I mentioned how great it is having photo assignments in cocktail bars? And to have friends who rent party buses filled to the brim with joy and champagne?

    San Francisco by Diane, A Broad (dianeabroad.com)

    Saucy Plate at Central Kitchen in San Francisco by Diane, A Broad (dianeabroad.com)

    San Francisco by Diane, A Broad (dianeabroad.com)

    Now I’m back at home, but still traveling. Up north to San Francisco a few more times (the latter of which I have yet to tell you about, shame on me), and planning next year’s adventures. There are whole other continents to see!

    Thanks for sticking with me, friends. Here’s to more and better in 2014.

    i am running into a new year
    and the old years blow back
    like a wind
    that i catch in my hair
    like strong fingers like
    all my old promises and
    it will be hard to let go
    of what i said to myself
    about myself
    when i was sixteen and
    twenty-six and thirty-six
    even thirty-six but
    i am running into a new year
    and i beg what i love and
    i leave to forgive me

    - Lucille Clifton

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