I have an unfortunate tendency to arrive everywhere way too early; I’m talking, up to an hour early. I like to think of it as detriment of living too far away form everything, combined with my inability to appropriately predict traffic. In the case of a few Thursdays ago, I was meeting a friend (Evelynn) for dinner at Brick + Mortar in Santa Monica. Because absolutely no one can appropriately predict traffic, on this particular day, I showed up late…but Evelynn showed up later.
With over half an hour to kill, I meandered the block around Brick + Mortar, only to discover the treasure of a lifetime, a full length mystery mirror, in a random corridor off the street. I make no guarantees that there aren’t several businessmen on the other side of this potential one way mirrored-window mocking you as your take selfies, but what you don’t know can’t hurt you. I also don’t promise people walking past you on the street won’t roll their eyes at you as they walk by. Don’t make eye contact. They’re probably jealous they don’t have a cool fringe top to take pictures of in the mysterious one way mirrored-window in the random corridor off the street.
If you’re too cool for selfies, just a hop, skip, and a jump away from the mysterious mirror, you’ll find a parking lot with curvy trees, and clever cement parking labels. I’m not sure who lost the planet, but they should really take responsibility and offer some sort of reward for whomever finds it. If you so choose to spend your time in this parking lot taking shoe-fies*, employees who work in the building may come out to move their cars or leave and stare at you as though you might possibly burglarize them. Calm their nerves by ignoring them and continue taking shoefies. Also, feel free to leave the vicinity.
Now, about Brick + Mortar, I can’t speak for the rest of the food, but the Chicken and Waffles were everything. It normally comes with an orange marmalade, but I’ve been scarred for life by marmalade once before. I replaced it with butter that I didn’t touch, because really, butter on an already rich waffle is totally unnecessary. Just saying. The serving was enough for dinner and lunch the next day, and it’s safe to say I’ll be back. Whether I’ll try something new or only return to gorge on more Chicken and Waffles is still unknown.