For some, Sunday brunch is an after-church affair. At Redbird, you go to church for brunch.
Their ricotta blueberry pancakes are angelic, as soft and fluffy as heavenward clouds (As Mari’s post on this adventure will document, I even exclaimed “this is heaven” while consuming it, and the religious diction was quite purposeful). So, let me start off this post by saying hallelujah that my dear friend and fellow wordsmith, Mari suggested we go there to take in the sights as well as the food.
Redbird is only one part of The Vibiana, which was transformed from the first Archdiocese Catholic Cathedral in Los Angeles into an event space and restaurant owned by partners in business and life, Chef Neal and Amy Knoll Fraser.
After filling up on pancakes and a delicious Pimms cocktail reminiscent of my days of living in London, we kindly asked the manager of the building for a tour. He acquiesced and took us to the main chapel. Because sitting in Redbird’s pristine white space accented with orange bar chairs and pink booths were not beautiful enough.
The nave of the cathedral was resplendent, rows of Grecian pillars held up arches brushed by the hand of Midas: gold and adorned with ecclesiastical imagery.
I walked through the former cathedral in my brunch best: a simple long sleeve black knit that I have used as a base for a plethora of outfits. I tucked the staple into my other basic go-to, my nude, knit Calvin Klein skirt. I stepped across the rectory’s glossy floor in my polka-dot heeled sandals from Zara, and the ground seemed to reflect the shadow of my heels like a pool of water.
The ambulatory, where the altar is located was white enough to reflect its position as the holiest of holies: white marble tiled the floors, echoing the ivory of the textured chancel. The axial chapel was lit in a pink hue like a Malibu sunset. Everything about the religious site was perfect.
We continued our historical downtown pilgrimage to one of my go to spots when I was a DTLA local, The Ace Hotel for some coffee (which I have featured previously in a post here). We continued our walk down North Broadway taking in the arc deco architecture, popping into concept store Gentle Monster (A must see) and Acne Studios along the way, because as fashion bloggers we couldn’t resist!
What is your go-to brunch spot, and why is it special to you?
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