Lunch With a Side of Art

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I've waxed poetic about the benefits of working downtown before, from the bustling energy to the historic beauty that keeps you constantly inspired. It's truly a diverse cultural landscape where art, architecture, food, and creative business districts (including fashion and jewelry) combine to make one of L.A.'s coolest pockets. This means we never have a shortage of ways to turn lunchtime into a team bonding itinerary full of interesting stops and adventurous food. 

Earlier in the fall, I'd reserved tickets to The Broad, a brand new contemporary art museum in DTLA that's currently one of the city's hottest attractions. The wait on weekends has been reaching epic proportions, so working close by enabled us to make it a fun weekday date with fewer crowds to battle. (If you intend to visit, I would definitely recommend aiming for a week day if possible). Before our museum appointment, we had lunch at Q, an omakase sushi restaurant that earned a spot on Jonathan Gold's list of the top 10 best restaurants in L.A. It was the perfect afternoon combination, and a great option if you live here and have family or friends visiting for the holidays. Here were the highlights of our day. 

The gorgeous interior at Q. 

The gorgeous interior at Q. 

 A master at work. 

 A master at work. 

The museum's stunning facade. 

The museum's stunning facade. 

A Jeff Koons balloon dog. 

A Jeff Koons balloon dog. 

Our outfits were kind of similar, no?

Our outfits were kind of similar, no?

This neon sign continually lit up. 

This neon sign continually lit up. 

Stopping for a scale snap under the giant dinner table and chairs is a must. 

Stopping for a scale snap under the giant dinner table and chairs is a must. 

A very colorful statement on capitalism. 

A very colorful statement on capitalism. 

This Damien Hirst lamb installation kind of broke my heart, but G consoled me by saying it might be fake. I've decided not to investigate the matter in the interest of self protection. 

This Damien Hirst lamb installation kind of broke my heart, but G consoled me by saying it might be fake. I've decided not to investigate the matter in the interest of self protection. 

This was my favorite piece of art in the whole museum - the one I'd pick to have in my house if that were possible. 

This was my favorite piece of art in the whole museum - the one I'd pick to have in my house if that were possible. 

Working with your husband has its perks. 

Working with your husband has its perks.