[Image above: Banh Xeo Chay at Pho Cafe]
Tradeshows make up the bulk of our buying experience, but also we like to sprinkle in trips to Los Angeles every few months to visit the massive L.A. wholesale district and vendor showrooms. Being sophomoric Los Angeles visitors, we already have a few favorite spots in L.A., but we are always looking for new and interesting things to do. Any suggestions, Angelenos?One of our favorite dining spots is the delicious Pho CafÃ©. Nestled in a tiny plaza, Silver Lake, this unmarked Vietnamese restaurant is a true hidden gem. The Banh Xeo Chay (crispy mushroom and egg crepes, served with mint peanut sauce, sprouts and rice paper for wrapping) are worth a trip to L.A. for!
After dinner we headed for drinks at the Cha Cha Lounge. This eclectic hang-out has dim red lighting, sombrero-covered ceilings, a photo booth, and some of the finest velvet paintings I have ever seen. We had heard some rumors of celebrity sightings (Ryan Gosling has DJed there before), but it was a low-key night at the Cha Cha. However, coincidently, the DJ ended up playing a track from fellow friends and Pittsburghers, The Modey Lemon.
Velvet Painting of Richard Pryor at Cha Cha Lounge
Over all it was a successful trip. We can’t wait to go back, especially since next time we are taking a day trip to Disneyland!