How to have the best Sunday in LA, according to Bianca Del Rio

Ten years ago, when Bianca Del Rio was crowned the winner of Season 6 of “RuPaul's Drag Race,” it was a different time: The reality competition aired on Logo, not MTV. It was a single franchise, not an expansive universe of shows from countries around the world. And there was no such thing as a drag queen who had never set foot in a drag bar.

Regarding the current state, Del Rio says, “I don't want to use the word 'oversaturation,' but there's just a lot of resistance.”

In Sunday Funday, LA folks give us a play-by-play of their ideal Sunday in the city. Find ideas and inspiration on where to go, what to eat and how to enjoy life on the weekend.

Season 16 of “RuPaul's Drag Race” premiered this month, and while Del Rio's reign may be over, she still looms large in the fandom. For years, she was the only winner never to be eliminated during her season, and she still appears as a guest on the show from time to time. Last year, she also hosted “The Pit Stop,” an official Drag Race recap series on YouTube.

Up next for the booked and busy multihyphenate artist: “Dead Inside,” her new stand-up show – her sixth worldwide tour since competing on “Drag Race.” She has 60 dates across North America, starting in San Diego on February 12 and comes to Los Angeles to the Theater at Ace Hotel on April 21. After a short break she goes to Great Britain, Asia and Australia.

Who should get tickets to “Dead Inside”? 'Anyone who has an open mind and is ready to laugh at a man in a wig. This is the show for you,” she said.

Del Rio moved from West Hollywood to Palm Springs during the pandemic, but is still in town regularly to catch up with friends and arrange drag deliveries. (In a world full of fashion designers and makeup artists bordering on “Drag Race,” Del Rio is still making it himself. “I can't imagine doing drag without making the clothes, the makeup up or make the wigs,” she said. “For me, that's just my complete package.”)

This is how she would spend her ideal Sunday in LA

This interview has been lightly edited and condensed for length and clarity.

6am: Wake up at the Kimpton Everly Hotel in Hollywood

I'm staying at the Kimpton Everly Hotel, which has been one of my favorite places because it is quite central. I'm up early. So 6am, I'm awake. And then, around 6:05 am, I realize where I am. I like to wake up early and enjoy my hotel amenities. When you're at the Kimpton you can always sit by the pool which is lovely.

6:15 AM: Go for a caffeine kick

I normally always start my day by running to Starbucks. I often say: I'm not going to drink coffee. I have a love affair with coffee. Three shots of espresso on ice with a dash of oat milk is the best way to get started. But I tell myself that too many of those are pretty bad for you. So I'm thinking, I'm going to make the green tea lemonade, which is somewhat enjoyable, no sweetener, and it's delicious. It doesn't give you the kick you would get with coffee. Then I finally get the coffee. So yeah, I quickly regret it as I bounce around town.

8:30 AM: Embark on a drag shopping tour

When I get into LA it's usually more than one day. I have to make it worth it. So my Sunday Funday starts on Friday or Saturday.

I have to go to all the fabric stores because I'm not lucky enough to have all those supplies here in Palm Springs. I will visit a fantastic place called International silk and wool. They have every piece of fabric you can imagine. The sad thing is that you probably can't reorder it because it's from 1928. Another place I visit is called Richard de Draad, that's all the corset supplies. Everything from hooks and eyes and snaps and boning and everything you need to bring out all your masculinity and your manly body to look like, as I call myself, an erotic clown.

Then I go downstairs Santee Alley, every drag queen's dream. They have everything you need from makeup to heels which is great because you need to find shoes with size 12. You need to pick up some lashes and pop into this amazing place called Blue moon fabrics, which has another huge range of sequined fabrics that you can order in bulk. And there is too the bead factory, where you pick up your loose stones to make everything sparkle. So my trunk is very full.

11am: Go for oysters at Grand Central Market

Great Central Market is one of my favorite places to go. I like it because there are options; I'm not married to a specific place I want to go. Then I have to figure out what to eat while I'm there. You think to yourself, “I can get what I want. I am 48 years old. This is good.” Now my body says, “No, that's not possible.”

Let's say today, the Oyster Gourmet, because I like raw oysters. I'm from New Orleans and that's just the thing there. And you can't eat raw oysters in Palm Springs. You should not. I wouldn't recommend it.

You can tell who your friends are when you say, “I like oysters.” They're either absolutely devastated, or they're like, “Yeah, let's have a dozen to share.” No, no, no, this is bad. Sharing is my worst nightmare. Not 'for the table' – the worst words ever. Not my thing at all. I like a dozen for myself.

1:00 PM: Visit MOCA and make a makeup stop

We wander through the Museum of Contemporary Art, which is always great. Then usually A Sephora is quite important. I go there to buy the towing gear I need. The only thing that has existed since I started drag in 1996 is the Mac Ruby Woo red lipstick. It is the best. It is the bluest red. So I scoop that up, usually in bulk. I have to buy everything I can while I'm there. I also have to buy my NYX white eyeliner and my NYX black eyeliner in bulk, because apparently there are no real women in Palm Springs who use this.

2:30 p.m.: Meet drag friends in West Hollywood

Around 2:30 PM I head to West Hollywood to meet two of my good friends and “Drag Race” alumni. Mariah Balenciaga is a friend of mine. And you're wondering, wait, did you make plans with Mariah? No. I show up because Mariah is always there Micky's, the big gay bar on the strip. She will always be there in the courtyard, with sunglasses and hair in a ponytail, ready to greet me. And once I get there, we'll call to see who else is around. Adore Delano comes to see me, who also came from my season. And that's where we're catching up.

I'm trying to be a lush lady on the road, so I order white wine. Because I know one white wine, I'm doing well. I can't go any further than that. After that one glass of wine, everyone decides to make plans for dinner. You know, that's a big deal. Everyone says, “Yes, let's go eat!” Then no one shows up.

5:00 PM: Grab an early dinner at Ootoro in Little Tokyo

I have to go eat because I have to go back to Palm Springs. I grab some sushi Ootoro in Little Tokyo. First of all, I love tempura, so tempura is my main goal here. And I love anything with salmon. And I'm the queen of getting a California roll. As usual, a miso soup is definitely on my list. It's something that when you order sushi you think: is it enough? Won't it be enough? You always wonder how much to get, so you always order way too much.

I just devour it all. Then I reconsider my life, because I realize I just bought corset supplies, and I'm definitely going to need it after all this rice intake.

7:00 PM: Drive back to Palm Springs

While I am full of rice, at this moment I realize that I have to get myself back. My phone says it will take 90 minutes. My phone is a liar. But I am preparing for it. You make sure you have water, plug in your phone, you get comfortable, and you realize that this trip could literally take 90 minutes if you're lucky, or six days. Pack your perishables.

The drive is long, but it is one of the few times I am alone. It's one of the few times I'm not allowed to text. I'm not allowed to try to think of anything, I just have my music and go. It reminds me of when I was much younger and I had a cassette Walkman. It was liberating. You just go into the zone.

9:30 PM: Enjoy a bath

I get in the bath, relax, think about the fun I had, maybe have another glass of wine. There is a good bath salt that I love and use called Aveda Stress Fix Soaking Salts. I love a clay mask, which is also important to do if you're a drag queen. And I'll sit in that bath as long as I can until I'm weathered and wrinkled. It's the best in the world.

10:30 am: Fall asleep during the signature baking

I try to force myself to watch something on TV, maybe 'The Great British Baking Show'. I fall asleep within the first 10 minutes. And then I'm ready for the count. You fight that sleep and it's over. Then I have to watch the whole episode again on Monday.

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