This blog is about my class reunion in July. If you didn’t go to Culver City High School or have never been to a reunion, you might want to stop reading now. I’m writing this for my own amusement so you might be bored to death. I’m in the middle of the fourth row – you know, the gorgeous girl with the necklace!
I and my two high school besties, Jane and Sandra (They will always be Janie and Sandy to me) got rooms at the Ramada on Sepulveda in Culver City for the weekend. This city has changed a lot since 1959. The new Downtown on Culver Boulevard is quite the happening place. The old Culver Hotel is still there. MGM Studios is now Sony, and the cool Culver Theater art deco sign is still there above what is now the Kirk Douglas Playhouse.
So this is where we headed for Friday night dinner. We opted for The Wallace because there was no wait. That seemed like a bad sign on a weekend, but boy were we wrong! The food here was delicious and we had a yummy Italian waiter. Menu was shared plates, so we had Chicken Liver Mousse with balsamic onions and give spice – Asparagus with togarashi vinaigrette, Thai herbs, red onion, cashews, lemon – Walnut Salad with arugula, frisee, sliced apples, dried currants, blue cheese, honey dijon vinaigrette – Seared Scallops with labneh, chermoula, cranberry beans, lemon – sliced Duck Breast with watermelon tequila slaw, shishito blackberry vinaigrette.
With all these dishes so tasty, we had to have dessert. The Oreo Brownie Skillet and the Berry-Cardoman Crumb Pie with 3 spoons were perfect.
Reunion Picnic on Saturday was at Carlson Park at Barman and Motor. We didn’t want to lug food around so we ate a big breakfast at Cafe Laurent across the street from the municipal plunge where I spent the warm days of summer. It used to be called Dennison’s, a hamburger joint where I tasted my first Coca-Cola. It’s French food now and pretty good. Pain Perdu for Jane, Crepes for Sandy and Robby’s Chicken Hash for moi. Too busy eating for photos, but I did get one of my dish.
Who were all the old people at the picnic? That couldn’t be my class, but alas it was. Many I didn’t recognize, some I did. It was fun catching up on the past 60 years!
Wanted to veg Saturday night. Johnnie’s Pastrami was still there on Sepulveda and only a block from our hotel. So it was a picnic in our room with a little wine to wash it all down.
Sunday buffet brunch was at The Warehouse in Marina Del Rey. There were only about 20 of us there which allowed for more intimate and interesting conversations. It was decided that if we waited another 10 years there might not be many left to celebrate. What a dreary thought!!!
The Other Thing – We did take some time to drive through our old neighborhood. My house on Farragut Drive looks very nice.