Riding on the Metro
Armed with only my cell phone camera, the worst walking shoes ever and high spirits I headed to Los Angeles once again for another adventure. This time my husband and I were celebrating our friends birthday. We took the 20 minutes ride from our home to the beautiful, Union Station via Amtrak. Though I have ridden more than my fair share of buses, subways and metro links I have not once been on a train like transport, and though very nauseating, it was still a lot of fun.
I didn’t have the opportunity to take pictures but trust me when I say that Union Station is a breath taking place; That is if you can appreciate Spanish Colonial architecture, gardens, jaded bars and bar tenders, antique arm rests (originally installed pre prohibition era), glass ceilings and the hustle and bustle of thousands of tired commuters getting to where they need to be.
I of course can, so I loved it. According to our friend it is the only station that resembles those of Europe.
Our first stop was Wurstkuche an exotic sausage grill that serves the most amazing selection of links, has a delectable array of dipping sauces for your fries and has a wide selection of mouth water brews. I ordered the Louisiana hot link with caramelized onions, and sweet peppers. To drink I had my Belgium favorite, Floris apple, and for sauce dipping we had 4 amazing selections.
The boys had more exotic sausages like snake, rabbit, buffalo combos….or something along those lines.
We then headed to the toy district which is full of shops, not just with toys, and I made a lovely pit stop in some cosmetics shops. We eventually landed in Cole’s, the oldest bar in Los Angeles for another pick me up. Cole’s is the originator of the French dip and continues to be a much loved and respected bar because it continues to serve Old Fashion drinks. We are talking about the things your Grampa use to knock back, with names like The Moscow Mule, and Sazerac. Ordering a drink here will be a whole new experience! It truly wont be those out the tap, watered down beverages that you are use to, oh no! Here you get hand shaved ice to cool your glass, perfectly stirred drinks… and watching your bar tender prepare your drink can only be described as watching live art.
The Bartender selected “a sour” drink for me. I don’t remember what it was called but it contained pomegranate, lemon juice, 3 ingredients and get this, an egg white. When I saw that egg white, I almost freaked out but people…..hands down it was the smoothest, most delicious drink I have ever had in my life. Not to mention it had a pleasant kick.
We then began to head back to Union Station but not before stopping at Olvera Street for chips and of course more drinks.
We saw a total of 5 bars that day….the boys are animals! We finally ran to catch our train, almost missing it completely, but we made it home tired and oh so very happy!