Questions for the Silverlake Sunset Junction

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NOW ENTERING: Silverlake. Where Williamsburg and the Mission District meet their match. (I just accidentally typed Silverkale instead of Silverlake. Coincidence? I think… maybe. But maybe not.)

FROM THE DESK OF: Nina

To the Silverlake Junction-ites:

I get it.

You’re cool. You’re authentic.

You’re certified USDA-organic, locally grown, craft, fair trade, and every other overused buzzword out there to describe a quintessentially hip haven for beautiful, au naturale young adults who look like they literally invented the hashtag #iwokeuplikethis before Queen Bey started using the phrase. (Sorry, BeyHive. No offense.)

But gosh, every time I set foot in your territory, I can’t help but have so many questions for you.

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No new friends?

To All Ye Well-Dressed “Creatives” Taking a Stroll Through Your Neighborhood –

How the heck do you afford rent in this area? And how do you all know where to get vintage lace-up boots that fit you perfectly? Also, why do you all have those boots? Is it part of the Silver Lake uniform?

 

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At Bar Keeper, peep the top-shelf specialty spirits, but don’t leave without trying the bitters wall. Don’t sniff the bitters, though – the guys there say they’re only meant for tasting. (I don’t know why.)

 

To the Guys at Bar Keeper

What harm does it do to “sniff” the bitters instead of taste them?

Bar Keeper: 3910 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90029

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Spice Station: So many spices, so little time.

To the Nice Guy at the Spice Station

How did you get into spices? Have you used every single spice you’ve ever carried? What is a solid recipe that calls for the green cardamom I impulsively bought there a year ago? (Is that green cardamom still good? Because I still use it…)

Spice Station: 3918 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90029

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Clementine Floral Works. Too much beauty in the plants.

To the Adorably Sarcastic Ladies (and Gent) at Clementine Floral Works

Where the HECK do you find the most beautiful, magical flora I have ever seen? Is there some kind of enchanted beautifying pixie dust you’re sprinkling on your plants that I don’t know about?

Clementine Floral Works: 3936 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90029

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Welcome to Cheese Heaven.

To the Mongers of Cheese at The Cheese Store of Silverlake

If you could eat just one type of cheese your entire life, what would it be? And how frequently do you OD on cheese per week? Has making the most delicious grilled cheese sandwiches I’ve ever had inspired you to invest in your own panini press at home? Does being around all of the cheeses on the daily make you hate it… or love it more? (Also, thank you for introducing me to the magic that is Schnebelhorn. Life-changing.)

The Cheese Store of Silverlake: 3926 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90029

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Got a little rebellious and ordered an iced tea at Intelligentsia Coffee. Also, the grilled cheese from the Cheese Store: never resist. Ever.

To the Baristas at Intelligentsia

How do you rank the following headgear: pageboy cap, snapback, 5-panel, fedora? What happens if you don’t wear a hat to work? Do people call you “hipsters” to your face? How annoyed do you get when you hear people snicker, “this place is so hipster”… and then proceed to blow $5-$7 on an Angeleno?

To That Woman Wearing Nothing But Tights, Lace-Up Boots, A Duster Coat, and Your Underwear at Intelligentsia –

What happened to your shirt (and the rest of your clothes, for that matter)?

Intelligentsia Coffee Silver Lake Coffeebar, 3922 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90029

And finally, last but certainly not least:

WHY DO SOME SPELL IT ‘SILVER LAKE’ AND OTHERS CALL IT ‘SILVERLAKE’?! WHY. JUST WHY.

Like I said, I have a lot of questions for you, All Ye of the Silverlake Sunset Junction. You continue to bemuse me each time I see you. But alas, I shall not let my bewilderment stop me from visiting your stomping grounds from time to time.

You have some great coffee and some serious cheese.

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