Yesterday we wrapped filming on the #UNIQLOLA film series (stay tuned for the second round which will be released next month). As I mentioned in the post below it’s been an extraordinary experience made all the more special by the talent of the fabulous Duy Nguyen of Camp Rimpau, who we partnered with to produce the series.
During filming we would often talk about what our “tour” would be, where each of the team would venture if the film was about us and our favourite spots, one day, Duy shared his. We were intrigued.
Halfway through the two sets of films we had a week long “hiatus” brought on by the holiday weekend and decided to document some of Duy’s fave Los Angeles spots one night in a tour we dubbed #DuyDoesIt
Blockheads Shavery, Little Osaka
Blockheads Shavery is in Little Osaka, a newer neighborhood in West L.A, home to a number of Japanese (and Korean) restaurants and stores (it’s also home to Tsujita – an apparently amazing ramen place – also on Duy’s list, but dinner was not on the agenda).
Blockheads Shavery serves “snow cream” – similar to Hawaiian shaved ice, but instead it’s shaved ice cream. It’s delicious. Ridiculously so. The texture is light and fluffy and the taste, rich and creamy. Each bowl gets a topping and a “drizzle” (sauce). I highly recommend a visit.Blockheads Shavery Company
11311 Mississippi Ave,
Los Angeles, CA, 90025
L.A River, Arts District
photo credit: Graham Ohmer
My favourite spot of the night (yes, more fun than fluffy ice cream) was down on the L.A river. Duy has a special spot (I don’t know that I should publicly divulge – but feel free to email me) wherein you can actually drive down on to the river bed (yes – like in Grease!).
It’s weirdly magical down there. You’re in the center of the city, an entirely urban environment, even the river is encased in concrete, but it’s quiet, empty and very, very dark (save for the car headlights). I could have sat there for hours.
Urban Light, LACMA
Continuing the magic, our last stop of the night, around Midnight, was at the Urban Light by Chris Burden, part of LACMA and lighting up Wilshire since 2008.
The large scale installation is home to over 200 streetlights from 1920’s Los Angeles and it was the perfect finish.Urban Light at LACMA
5905 Wilshire Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Today Duy left for Brazil to chase Great White Sharks (for reals) – Good Luck Duy, try to come back in one piece, and thanks for everything!