Sarah McGowan Dear

10 Questions – from me to you

In In the Hood on April 7, 2012 at 1:42 am

This week, we’re nearing the end of our Make Your Mark voting period and we couldn’t be more excited. Being that we’re on pins and needles to see which one of the great and worthy organizations we’ll be working with, we literally had to do something with all this anticipation. As creative collaborators, we decided to dig a little deeper into the city that brought us together. In addition to featuring some of our favorite collaborations to date, we asked each other 10 questions – about the things we know and love about Los Angeles. Enjoy!


1. Favorite corner of Silver Lake? You can answer that literally or figuratively.
Southbound on Silver Lake Blvd after nightfall during the summer – rounding the corner at the top of the reservoir and looking across at the houses lit up on the hill, the glow of LA behind the ridge. When I first moved to the neighborhood I’d roll the windows down to feel the cool breeze and pretend it was Lake Cuomo, all twinkling across the water.

2. The one spot in all of LA that is sure to lift your spirits?
The bar at El Compadre with a flaming margarita.

3. Favorite watering hole?
That’s too hard! I’m treating this as multiple choice, and more or less city-wide…
Bourbon and Ginger Beer – made with aplomb by Calvin at the Edendale
Black Manhattan – Thirsty Crow
Flaming Margarita – see above
Fruit-Infused Margarita (always with chips and burnt habañero salsa – I’m obsessed with that salsa!) – Malo
Lena’s Holiday – Allston Yacht Club
Whenever, wherever.
For old Hollywood ambiance (eastside) – The Prince in K-Town (but I don’t recommend the food)
For old Hollywood ambiance (westside) – the Polo Lounge at the Beverly Hills Hotel

4. Koreatown or Little Tokyo?
K-town for bbq, Wilshire Spa, the HMS Bounty and the Prince.
Little Tokyo for udon, boba and Woori Market (formerly Mitsuwa) where I buy candy for piñatas. Everyone loves Japanese candy in a My Little Pony piñata.

5. Best way to spend a free afternoon in the city?
Exploring. I think of LA like archeology – the deeper you dig, the more treasure you find.

6. An insider’s tip you’d give to a newbie to the city?
For a gal: Go to Wilshire Spa in K-Town for a steam, sauna and soak. It’s the best $20 you’ll ever spend in this city. And if you feel like splurging, get the scrub. You’ll be amazed at how baby soft your skin will be.
For a guy: Resist the urge to buy a pork pie hat and wear pants that belong on a 12-year-old girl.

7. What is something you would do ONLY in LA?
Drive. Everywhere. And hate it.

8. In my opinion, LA has the best…
…mashup of culture, music, food and a distinct openness to creativity.

9. If there was a taco throw-down, which two joints would you like to see go at it?
I need three: Guisado’s in Boyle Heights, El 7 Mares on Sunset Blvd. and Picca on Pico.

10. When you imagine LA, what 3 colors come to mind?
Purple for the jacarandas
Orange for the sunsets
Grey for the asphalt


1. What are the first 5 things that come to mind when you think of LA?
Randy’s Donuts, family, the Silver Lake Reservoir, Korean food and of course palm trees

2. Favorite place to get a bourbon?
Thirsty Crow

3. Best Korean BBQ joint?
Chosun Galbi, especially if someone else is paying!

4. Best place to take someone who’s just visiting?
Hollywood Bowl

5. You’ve only got $20 in your pocket – where do you go / what do you do?
Take the Metro to Chinatown for some dimsum and then go to Chung King Road to check out some great art galleries

6. What do you like most about living and playing in Silver Lake?
The quaint village feel combined with an eclectic mix of people, places and things

7. How often do you go to the beach?
Uh … there’s a beach?

8. What about LA inspires you creatively?
It’s a snapshot of all that’s happening creatively and socially around the world.

9. If you could change one thing about the city?
I would make the beach closer so that I remember there’s a beach here.

10. What’s your biggest dream?
I’m still dreaming it up. Tell you in a little while!

(Photograph by Jacob “Cob” Rushing)

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