We left the desert and were greeted by a dazzling array of giant pinwheels glimmering white against the smoggy sky. We didn’t have much interest in exploring the city of LA but could not pass up the opportunity to spend some time with our friend Matt who I’ve known for a very long time. Our Mom’s our best of friends and we’ve been hanging out since our childhood days. We have the annual Moore Powers Christmas Eve extravaganza to look forward to each year and we used to camp with our families for a few weeks every summer. Now that we’re older and have experienced more it’s easy to connect because we have a lot of things in common – and most importantly a shared set of priorities in life. We saw Matt in March and informed him of our plans for our journey west – he was pumped for us and invited us to stay with him. Fast forward a few months and there we were – sitting in traffic on the 101 on our way to Studio City, CA.
His neck of the woods was pretty nice – we stopped at Aroma Cafe and enjoyed some gourmet sandwiches at a patio table outside where we got in some sweet people watching. Afterwards we ventured to the park to wait for Matt to get out of work and saw this sweet lemonade stand – better than the ones you see in movies. I got super excited that some little kid was selling lemonade from such a thought out, handcrafted stand. As we got closer I realized it was too good to be true as I saw grips, actors and assistants all moving about what we were walking through – their movie set. I got the feeling that in LA lots of things must pan out that way – the illusion of impressiveness. We sat down at the park and I couldn’t wait to see Matt.
A little while later the man of the hour arrived on his sweet blue bicycle and shortly thereafter followed him to his little bungalow. Matt is a great person – one of genuine spirit that makes it easy to get along with him. His sharp and satirical sense of humor is buffered by his warmth of character. Let’s just say I laughed a lot in LA and it felt pretty darn good. Upon meeting us Matt could sense our over stimulation just from being there a few hours and joked that we should go to Disneyland the following day because he worked for Disney and had free passes. We got a little taste of LA when we went out for tacos with a few friends of Matt’s – it felt good to be out in a city and around other people.
The next day we went to Disney (more on that in the next post) and came back to LA for a delicious Ethiopian dinner paired with insightful and warm conversation. The next morning we rode our bikes to the farmers market to get supplies for Matt’s Sunday Brunch Fest (he is quite the amazing vegan cook!). We returned home and helped Matt with the preparations for his strawberry mint salad, french lentil soup and ridiculously delicious brownie waffles. He also made some cashew topping to put on the waffles which was also amazing. We shared the meal which was made with lots of love with several of Matt’s friends from LA. It was really refreshing to have a sit down meal with like minded, thoughtful, intelligent and friendly people. In such a big city like the one we were in I felt so fortunate to be right where I was.
Later, the three of us went to see UP which I highly recommend everyone to go and see. The story has such a beautiful meaning that I believe will grab individual hearts but connect us all by reminding us of what’s really important in life. After the movie Matt whipped us up one last home cooked meal – bean and red pepper tacos in homemade corn tortillas – a recipe that Rory and I have already duplicated since being there (YUM!) I enjoyed our last night together. Matt is a genuine soul that I am so happy to know and even more grateful to begin to know better. On the journey of life it’s easy to make acquaintances but sometimes hard to make and strengthen true friendships because people’s priorities change and all of that. But I’m appreciative to have Matt in my life because he’s one of those friends who makes you a better person. I know he’ll always be there and our friendship will only get stronger with time.