Yesterday, I had a fantastic massage at Lamai Thai Massage – which opened on Abbot Kinney recently – on the corner of Andalusia and Abbot Kinney (where Moulin Rouge lingerie used to be.) Part therapeutic, part Cirque du Soleil, it was one of the best massages I’ve had in quite some time!
Why is Thai massage different than Swedish? In my opinion:
It’s not relaxing.
It’s perfect if you have knots or sore muscles that need some real work.
You wear a little outfit they provide* because…
The massage therapists walk on you, stand on you, kneel on you, stretch you.
Afterwards, you feel energized and stretched – with noticably less muscle tension and knots.
Don’t be put off by the fact that you and other clients are all in the same room, separated by curtains for privacy – you are clothed during the massage and it’s so quiet, you’d think you were the only client there. The facilities are very clean, the therapists were great, and at $40/hour, the prices are extremely reasonable. (note: they accept only cash!)
Lamai Thai Massage is located at 1326 Abbot Kinney Blvd. 310.399.7953
*the pants are not draw-string. The strings go in the back and wrap around your waist. I wasn’t the only confused person there!
One of our readers asked if we could try and help find his recently stolen 1936 Silver King FloCycle. (Recent being four months ago.) This Flo Cycle is quite rare, and would be difficult for someone to sell. It was stolen from a garage at 25th and Ocean Front Walk in Venice. It has a Troxle seat with tool kit, is made of duralium, and bicycle permits from 1940 and 1942? on the rear fender and a clipper speedometer. Has anyone seen this bicycle around Venice? Reward! Please contact Yo @ YoVenice.com with any info!
I have 2 independent confimations that Whole Foods will be opening in the space currently occupied by Big Lots on Rose and Lincoln.
The first time I heard this rumor, it was from 2 cashiers at Ralph’s. One cashier said her cousin was going to be the new manager and the other was asking how she can apply for a job there, being careful to keep it on the down-low (their manager was nearby.) When I asked “What’s going in the Big Lots?”, they both whispered “Whole Foods!” The manager of the Santa Monica Whole Foods just told me that, yes, there will be a store going in that location and it will be opening in 2008.
I may not be happy about Pinkberry being on Abbot Kinney, but I have to say I am excited about Whole Foods coming to Lincoln! I have to wonder though – what’s to become of our local stores like One Life Natural Foods?
Where do we draw the line between what chains, if any, we would like to setup shop in Venice? Is Pinkberry on Abbot Kinney, where it doesn’t seem to directly compete with neighboring businesses, just as evil as Coffee Bean appearing across the street from Cafe Collage? What about the “chains” is objectionable – the location relative to local mom & pop businesses, the infiltration of a corporate presence in free-spirited Venice, the increase in traffic? All of the above? Am I a hyprcrite because I plan to shop at Whole Foods, even though I actively boycott the Pinkberries and Coffee Beans that are popping up in our town? It’s a very confusing and controversial subject – and it’s only going to get more interesting in the coming years, I’m sure. What do you guys think?
So Bret and I went to Danny’s Venice Deli the other night – I had been wanting to go there since it opened in March, even after hearing mixed reviews. Bret said “Where’s that? How come I’ve never heard of it?”
At 8pm, the small bar had a good number of people but the restaurant was…well we had a large choice of where to sit, I’ll just say that. And I’m not sure why – I thought the food was good. I mean – I had grilled cheese and french fries, not exactly a complicated meal – but as someone who eats a lot of grilled cheese, I thought it was one of the better grilled cheeses I’ve had. And the fries were great. Bret had a club sandwich – he liked it. It was so huge that he took half home to have for lunch the next day. Our other friend had a roastbeef sandwich – with extremely hot horseradish. (Warning: the horseradish is painfully hot!)
The menu is along the lines of Jerry’s (but less overwhelming) – which is along the lines of a NY diner. If the grilled cheese is any indication, Danny’s is much better than Jerry’s.
Service was good, food was good, I thought the decor was fun. But why so empty? My guess is that, like Bret, many people just don’t know it’s there. So…here’s my post about it…now you know!
Danny’s Venice Deli is located at 23 Windward Avenue. 310-566-5610