Two Weeks in LA: Days 4-6

I’m visiting my boyfriend, Bryce, in Los Angeles for two weeks before I move here at the end of December.

I’ve been here for a few days already and we’ve been having a lot of fun. Check out my previous blog to see what we did my first few days here.

On Friday we stayed home most of the day and worked on our resumes. Getting all of my work experience onto one page is super difficult.

Friday night we went to Red Lion, the German restaurant Bryce had wanted to go to on Wednesday, with Bryce’s cousin Doug and his wife Dana. It turned out Red Lion was having a Krampusnacht, so it was really crowded and hard to get a table. We managed to snag one right before St. Nicholas walked in. He just walked around talking to people. However the Krampuses came in after him. We think there were five of them. They wore furry costumes with horns on their masks and bells on their butts and carried brooms that they spanked people with.

Almost as cute as the butterfly elephant. #ronenglish #popart #vsco 📸: @george_kimmel

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On Saturday we went to a gallery opening for Ron English at the Corey Helford Gallery. Miro Hirano also had work featured as part of the exhibition.

After the art show, we went to the Arts District Brewing Co. where we played skeeball. Bryce is very convinced I should like beer, so he got me a nut brown ale, which is not awful. I also did pretty well at skeeball.

On Sunday, Bryce’s cousin George wanted to go see the new Blade Runner movie. I haven’t seen the first one, so Bryce and I watched it in the afternoon before we went to see the new one at the theatre that evening.

Afterward we went to a taco truck called Taco Zone, where George told me to get mulitas de suadero. He didn’t know what kind of meat suadero is, so we looked it up. It is a delicious cut of beef.

Eating at Kate’s Pizza Amorè in La Crosse

On Friday Bryce and I decided to go to Pizza Amorè on Main Street in La Crosse, Wisconsin. We weren’t sure what to expect from the restaurant since pizza places are usually pretty casual, but I knew it was a Kate’s on State restaurant, which is a nicer place.

When we walked in, we were greeted by a hostess who immediately took us to a table. The aesthetic of the restaurant is more upscale than I usually expect from La Crosse. The hostess left us with two menus, a drink menu, and a seasonal menu (a super adorable chalkboard).

Our waitress was amazing. She made sure to go through the whole menu with us and had some great suggestions when Bryce told her he is vegetarian, since she is also a vegetarian. She was really knowledgeable about the beer menu as well. I always love when the wait staff knows about beer since I don’t know anything about beer. I think Bryce ended up getting a tap beer from the Pearl Street Brewery. I got the Cucumber Basil Fizz, which is a seasonal drink you need to try before the end of summer.

Always the prettiest drinks. 🍹

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The specialty pizzas can’t be split in half. Half pepperoni, half green olive is our usual pizza, so that limited us. Since Bryce doesn’t eat meat and I’m extremely picky about what goes on my pizza, that limited us. Nearly all of the vegetarian pizzas have mushrooms on them, which I don’t eat.

We ended up getting the Margherita pizza, which we knew we would both like. It was a safe option, but it ended up being a great option. The pizza was incredibly good. We walked in not being that hungry, but we ate the whole pizza and probably would have eaten more if the pizza had been bigger.

I would definitely recommend Pizza Amorè if you’re in La Crosse and looking for a restaurant that has the aesthetic of being more upscale, but the safety of definitely having something you know you’ll like.

The only risk is that a lot of the pizzas on the menu have shellfish in them, but I did not have any problems with allergies. I always try to mention my shellfish allergy to wait staff to make sure there’s no cross-contamination and the most issue I’ve had is having to decline a side of fries because the deep fryer can’t be properly cleaned. Pizza Amorè, like most restaurants, had no issue making sure there was no possibility of shellfish contaminating our pizza.

If you’re in the La Crosse area, Pizza Amorè is a safe choice if you’re looking for a restaurant where you can make a safe choice or a more adventurous choice, since there are so many options on the menu. The pear and gorgonzola pizza sound fascinating to me, but I’m not sure if I would like pear on a pizza, and it has chicken, which Bryce wouldn’t eat.

Have you been to Pizza Amorè in La Crosse? Which pizza is your favorite? What do you think I should try the next time I’m there?