Local Color: a walk around the Venice Canals

Weekend before last, we broke with our normal brunch-in-Westwood, fishing-north-of-Santa-Monica habit, which is our go to on weekends we don’t have anything planned, and headed south to Marina del Rey/Venice.  We ended up at Killer Cafe for breakfast.

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We had to wait a bit, but accidentally ended up with the best table in the whole place.

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Seriously.  Ryan took this picture from his seat at the table.  We were in the back corner of the patio, right by the marina.

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Not a bad way to start a day.  Oh yeah, and the food was pretty okay, too.

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Ryan’s breakfast burrito and hashbrowns.  His food was better than mine, and the hashbrowns were yummy.

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My shrimp and grits were okay, but the grits were unseasoned and the eggs were cold.  And the potatoes were mediocre.  We get picky about food because of all the stuff we cook.  At least it looked good. And you really couldn’t beat the view.

After brunch, Ryan wanted to go for a walk.  We zigzagged back and forth until I was pretty sure he was lost, but we ended up at the Venice canals, where I’ve somehow never been.  They are awesome, and I can’t wait to go back.  Here are some “local color” pictures of lovely houses, plants, and general awesomeness from our walk.  I wish I’d had my camera with me, but my trusty iphone did a pretty decent job.

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Birds of Paradise, for my madre, who loves them, and can’t believe they grow all over the place in LA, just as general landscaping plants.

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Holy lemon tree, Batman!

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I promise that’s not doctored.  These flowers were insanely vibrant.

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It’s basically a cactus tree.

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Only in Venice can you paint your house blue and teal with a giant parrot.  And that tree is crazy, too.

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I adore that house/apartment/building.

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And these were just on the walk to the Canals.

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Everyone seemed to have little boats tied up in their backyards/canal.

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The Jasmine was blooming everywhere, and the whole walk smelled amazing.

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I was obsessed with this yard.  There was so much to see!

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These ducks, however, were not impressed.

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I would totally sit in that chair and read.  Or write, or lounge.  Look at all those prickly pears!

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I adore that seashell curtain/window hanging, too.

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Their neighbor seemed to be in competition.

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Where to begin?

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My favorite piece by far was this marvelously creepy, Tim Burton-esque doll chandelier.

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There were so many awesome succulents everywhere.  This was probably the most showy, though.

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I loved this fence and its trailing nasturtiums.

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I loved that this was their driveway!  How cool, as an alternative to boring poured concrete.

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I loved the texture of this tree.

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The unexpected colors of buildings, and awesome combinations of color and texture in landscaping made this a fantastic walk.  I love this kind of thing.  I recommend scoping out some local color in your neighborhood, and will try to do this kind of thing more around LA.

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