Wed, 12/26/12 9:08 AM
Thursday November 29, 2012 (cont.) I think I have had sushi three times in my life and although it wasn't bad, it is so far down the list of foods I like, I would never go eat it on my own. Now Mariton, she loves sushi. And since my friend wanderingjew has reviewed two sushi places in Los Angeles, the least we could could do is go visit one of them and Mariton could do most of the eating. But, which one should we go to, Ugly Roll Sushi or California Roll Factory? We arrived outside of Ugly Roll Sushi just before 11:00AM and were disappointed to see they don't open for lunch until 11:30. No big deal, that means we will go to the other place instead. But, before we left, I asked Mariton to look at the menu on the door to see what she thinks. When she got back in the car, she expressed surprise at how cheap the food was and that made her leery of the quality. California Roll Factory was a mere two miles away and we were dismayed to find out that they don't open until 11:30, either. Now, we are back to square one. Mariton got out to look at the California Roll Factory menu and she also mentioned how low the prices were. I reread the Roadfood reviews to her and asked her which one she preferred and she chose Ugly Sushi Roll. So it was back to the other restaurant, where we still had to wait a few more minutes for them to open. Ugly Sushi Roll is located in, you got it, a small strip mall. I told her the ordering here was all her. After studying the menu board, she surprised me by getting two entrees. I reminded her that I was already fairly full and that I would be doing very little eating, but she said no problem. I remained skeptical, because there was no way she was going to be able to eat all that food. The first dish she attacked was the Ugly Combo with eel and spicy salmon being her roll choices, plus the tempura shrimp. And then there was a dish called Sushi II, with salmon,tuna and shrimp. I know that she ordered the shrimp because she knew that it was something that I would eat. BTW, this might have been a special, because I don't see it on the menu board. Anyway, she said everything was very fresh and much to my surprise, she easily ate everything on both plates. I had one or two pieces here and there and while I am certainly not an expert, this was far superior to anything I have had back in Pittsburgh. To drink, Mariton had a can of green tea, while I stuck with water. We had a pleasant surprise when we ran into wanderingjew outside of the restaurant, but because he was working, he wasn't able to join us. Ugly Roll Sushi 11128 Palms Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 310-837-8500 After three consecutive food stops, we were ready to do some sightseeing. On previous visits to Los Angeles, one of my favorite places was The J. Paul Getty Museum, conveniently located on a high hill right next to I-405. Interestingly, the museum itself is free, but it costs $15.00 to park in the garage. From there, you catch a tram up to the museum. Here is the attractive entrance to the visitor's center, where we watched an introductory film. It had been a dark dreary day already with off and on rain (whoever wrote that song It Never Rains in Southern California deserves a kick right where it hurts), but on this high hill, the fog was especially thick. If I remember correctly, you normally get a great view of the city, but there was no chance of that on this day. There are either four or five big buildings that hold the permanent collection, plus another that is used for the current exhibition, which was Florence at the Dawn of the Renaissance. Having been to Florence just about a year earlier, this had special interest to Mariton. Unlike the permanent collection, you are not allowed to take any photos, but we spent more time wandering around this exhibit than the others. You are allowed to take photos of paintings in the permanent collection as long as you don't use a flash. Among the many paintings we saw were from some of my favorite artists like Pierre-August Renoir, Eugene Delacroix, Jacques-Louis David, Jean Antoine Watteau, Claude Monet and Vincent Van Gogh. Of all the artists we saw, Mariton seemed to be especially drawn to the work of Edgar Degas and not just the ballerina paintings. But, there is so much more here to see that you would need a full day if not more. And I don't want to make it seem like it is all paintings because there is gorgeous furniture, sculptures, tapestries and plenty of other priceless objects to be seen. In all, we spent about three hours here. But, we eventually got tired of running through the rain drops from building to building and were getting hungry again. I should also mention that there is another arm of the Getty Museum in Malibu and from what they showed us in the film, it looks equally as spectacular. This will be on my list of things to do on my next visit to Los Angeles.