sábado, 29 de novembro de 2014

LA Heroes

Here you have some heroes, celebrities and fame-seekers. Here they are the inhabitants of the streets, look-alikes and manic street preachers.
Johnny Depp.

terça-feira, 18 de novembro de 2014

From Abraham to LA

Abrahamic faiths in Los Angeles.

Blessed Sacrament Church on Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood.

Arvit at the Jewish Learning Exchange Center on La Brea. Russian Hassidic Minhag.

Shia Mosque of IMAN (Iranian-American Muslim Association of North America) Motor Avenue, Palms.

terça-feira, 11 de novembro de 2014

Who Stopped The Rain?

The sky is a dark shade of gray,
it looks like it's going to rain,
I try to say intelligent words,
but it is all in vain,
the wind caresses me,
emotions are flooding my brain,
I just get carried away,
on life's never ending train,
and where this train will take me I don't know,
but it will be fun to see the show...

What is my head now,
but wind that stands still
wheels under a piece of cow,
or water inside an automobile.

terça-feira, 4 de novembro de 2014


I went to Urban Ramen on Sunset Boulevard. As I watched Japanese animation films dubbed in English in plasma screens over the counter I spoke to a very nice landscape architect who told me about the Los Angeles river rehabilitation project she is working on and how it could change the city. She also told me she had been to over 50 ramen restaurants around LA and considered Urban the 3rd best.
I haven´t been to 50 ramen restaurants, I doubt I have been to more than one but I can tell you Urban didn´t impress me. I asked for the Urban Ramen (I have it as a principle to always ask for the dish in the menu with the same name as the restaurant) and I could taste the broth. Two words - too rich.

segunda-feira, 29 de setembro de 2014

The Birds

Crows are mysterious animals. Sometimes they gather around my Hollywood window crowing like there's no tomorrow. Its a strange phenomenom that makes me loose a lot of sleep in the mornings. Goes to show, Hitchcock's spirit is alive and well in Los Angeles.

domingo, 28 de setembro de 2014

Weird Ideas

Near my street in the corner of Fountain and Las Palmas there is a small Chinese grocery shop and across the street a fresh fruit cart salesman. In LA there is this strange street food phenomenon, shopped fruit sold in street corners by Mexicans who place the sliced fruit on plastic cups and add lime juice, salt and ground chile. It's 5 bucks and it's surprisingly good.
There is a farmer's market on Cahuenga and Sunset every Sunday morning. There is an Oyster stand, so my breakfast today was oyster and a Mexican fruit cup.

Water melon, strawberry, mango, lime, salt and chile. Delicious.

Fruit and oysters. Oysters taste like Portugal.

sábado, 27 de setembro de 2014


My latest obsession is architecture. The shapes, the volumes and the textures that shape our shelters and populate our dreams.  Los Angeles despite the amazing good weather is full of great architecture. Take a look.

Spiral staircase.
Post modernist building.
My courtyard during the day...
...and during the night. My building has simple practical shapes.
Square shaped window.
Triangle shaped window.
Circle shaped window.
Brusselization kind of projects grow like mushrooms.
Interesting usage of light.
30's art nouveau building entry with maritime leitmotif in the vitrals.
New building at day...
... and at night. Notice the clear influence of Venice Golden Lion Winner Ibere Camargo Foundation corner facade by Alvaro Siza (http://upmagazine-tap.com/en/pt_artigos/fundacao-ibere-camargo-2/)