A trip to Downtown Los Angeles yesterday with David. First stop was Langer’s Deli. It has been on my blog list for a long time – and famous #19 was calling me.

Located at Alvarado and 7th west of Downtown, this place has been around forever, and the pastrami is said to be the very best. Of course we ordered the #19 and also #88 (corned beef Reuben) which is supposed to be the second most ordered sandwich. The Reuben was good – a little too much sauerkraut for my taste but the corned beef was tender and the rye grilled to perfection. But the real perfection was the pastrami – the best I have ever tasted, and that is saying something. Lots of thinly sliced tender delicious pastrami piled high with a little Swiss cheese and cold slaw. The rye bread is made fresh every day. This was a real treat for the taste buds.

After parking in the structure at the Disney Concert Hall, we  talked across the street to The Broad. With no entry fee, I had been told that there is always a long waiting line. Not so yesterday. We walked right in – and oh the wonders to behold.

A rather interesting building exterior, it certainly draws the eye. There are 3 stories.  One  for current art exhibitions, the second floor is administration offices and permanent collection storage, and the third floor is to display Eli Broad’s large art collection. Amazingly curated, the exhibition space allows enough room to highlight each piece. The famous and the lesser known all have a place here.

No matter what kind of art you enjoy, there is something here for you. This was an unexpected addition to our day and a very welcome one to be sure!! I’ll be back.

The acoustics in the Disney Concert Hall are perfect and a sell-out crowd enjoyed one of the almost amazing performances I have seen – almost ever! Yuju Wang is a young Chinese pianist of incredible talent and passion. The Los Angeles Philharmonic conducted by Gustavo Dudamel accompanied Ms. Wang in the Bartok Piano Concerto  No. 2. I know next to nothing about classical music but I was mesmerized by her performance. I could not take my eyes off her flying fingers. Bartok is heavy and complicated, and she gave those keys a workout that produced a magic sound those keys did never thought was possible. She had 8 curtain calls and played 3 encores. The audience just would not let her leave the stage. This was an event my soul will not soon forget.

All in all, this was a perfect day!