June gloom be gone. Summer has finally decided to grace LA with its presence, the dark grey mornings quickly becoming a thing of the past and 80+ degree days taking over with a vengeance. The heat calls for tiny shorts and chilled fresh fruit snacks, if you ask me. I spend a lot of time downtown these days, and while it has its pros and cons, one of the major perks is the walkability that you find nowhere else in LA. One minute you’re in a loft overlooking the corporate skyscrapers that make up the LA skyline, and the next you find yourself walking through little outposts of so many different cultures (Mexican, Middle Eastern, and Asian just to name a few) – with tons of incredible food at your fingertips no less. My recent favorite obsession is a $7 bucket of fresh mango with lime & tajin (Ok, it’s more like a cup than a bucket, but I swear there are three whole mangoes sliced up in there! Scroll down for said bucket). There’s nothing more delicious or refreshing to help combat the inevitable sweatiness of a DLTA summer day.
One of the biggest reasons I love LA (and why I’ve come to appreciate it even more so recently) is the multicultural nature of the city. Downtown LA is a microcosm of the city as a whole, with so many countries represented in just the fashion district alone. Walk down Santee Alley and you’ll see flags, food and products hailing from all over the world. LA would not be even remotely the same city without this gorgeous global influence, and owes much of its identity to that of immigrants over many generations. I hope you never change, LA!
Photos by Gabriel Bienczycki