|Queen Mary Long Beach Ca.|
|Mitsura Grill Little Tokyo L.A.|
After brunch we check out an old school hardware store, Anzen Hardware & Supply Co. If you are in the area check this place out because it is part of a dying breed. Tiny but packed with all kinds of interesting housewares. I had read about their knife selection and the owner, Mr. Nori Takatani, assists me with my choice. He offers a carbon steel chef's knife from K.K. Aoki Hamono Seisakusho in Japan. He advises it may discolor a bit with age but is high quality. Avril spots a mandolin slicer she likes so we add both to our culinary tool collection.This knife has become my go to knife and stays razor sharp.
|Azen Hardware Little Tokyo L.A.|
We ask Mr Takatani for a dinner recommendation and he steers us to a friends place, Restaurant AOI, down the street. We wander the streets and check out Japanese mall next to the hotel. So many restaurants and shops to explore in only one day. Back at the hotel I am amazed, amused and frankly a little scared to use the electronic toilet seat in the bathroom. Looks like it could launch you into space!
|Space Shuttle Toilet Seat Miyako Hotel|
We hang out in the hotel and about four we start to get hungry. The AOI does not open until five so I decide to check out the Lazy Ox Canteen that was mentioned by LATimes as having a great happy hour. They too did not open until five so we walked back towards the hotel. Earlier in the day we had walked past a bar called the FarBar several times. It had a restaurant adjacent, down an alleyway. It looked fun to me but Avril was not so sure about it. I finally convinced her to try it with the promise we could head back to the fancy place at five. FarBar has happy hour all day on Sunday with low priced drinks and food. We had the half pound Far Burger with wasabi fries. After the first drink of wine, the burger and chatting with the charming, bearded barman Avril was loving the joint.
|Far Bar Happy Hour Little Tokyo L.A.|
We got our buzz on and called it an early night. The next morning it was a quick cab ride and a long train ride back home already plotting our next cruise vacation.