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Old 06-17-2012, 08:19 PM
 
Location: SoCal
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Enjoy your stay! Welcome to City of Angels.
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Old 06-22-2012, 07:36 PM
 
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Downtown LA has a monthly Art Walk

http://downtownartwalk.org/
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Old 06-23-2012, 11:27 AM
 
Location: Sherman Oaks, CA
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Welcome! Hope you have fun while you're here.
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Old 06-23-2012, 11:42 AM
 
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Thanks all. I'm on my way to Hollywood Blvd right now to take in some sights. I will do a lengthy post either tonight but more likely tomorrow about what I've done so far. My first week in LA is coming to a close . Five more to go .
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Old 06-23-2012, 11:10 PM
 
Location: L.A./O.C.
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You should definitely visit the LACMA museum on Wilshire blvd, the new exhibit of levitated mass opens tomorrow, it is a 30 ton boulder that appears to be floating in air, while you arE there you can visit the rest of the museum, the la brea tar pits, page museum, Peterson automotive museum, the grove, farmers market, and CBS television city which are in walking distance and easy to access.
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Old 07-27-2012, 11:01 PM
 
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Default Food

Whew what a ride I've had since I've been here. I'm going to break this up in different posts because I have A LOT to report back. Let's start with...

PINKS HOTDOGS - La Brea Ave
Yuck...yuck...and more yuck! The hot dog was rubbery, the chili was tasteless and my daughter was like mom we could have made better hot dogs at home. AGREED!! I hope maybe it was a bad day but man o man you can go just to say you went but be prepared for non-awesomeness!!

ROSCOE's CHICKEN and WAFFLES - Gower Rd.
Yum! It's crowded and parking is a challenge but we like it. Nothing to jump up and down for but I would return for another meal.

HOT WINGS CAFE - Melrose
Yum Yum YUMMY - I just ate wings 2 days in a row. I wished I had found this place sooner.

IN n OUT BURGER - Sunset Blvd
Booooooo...I coulda ate Wendy's. I got the double with the animal sauce I had heard so much about and I wasn't impressed. Maybe my taste buds were off I don't know but I have not returned there at all. My daughter liked it but I didn't.

CANTERS DELI - Fairfax Ave
Eh...super expensive Pastrami on Rye with a pickle for a whopping $13. The sandwich was okay but I would not return to pay that kind of money. I would go there for their bakery goods - they had so many cookies, cakes, pies, etc.

VINE STREET DELI - Vine St
Got me a Pastrami on Rye and it was good. The sandwich was waaaay bigger than Canters and cheaper - and they deliver woo hooo!! I would return for a deli sandwich.

FARMERS MARKET - The Grove
When I walked in the food court I was overwhelmed with the variety and smells of all the different types of food there. I couldn't make up my mind what i wanted but I finally settled on the Brazilian place. It was excellent.

JOHN KELLY CHOCOLATES - N. Sierra Bonita Ave
Expensive but OH SO GOOOOODDDD!! They make the chocolate right in the store and you can see them make it through the glass. They have mail order as well.

JODI MARONI's SAUSAGE KINGDOM - Venice Beach
I got the Chicken Pomegranate Sausage and it was pretty darn good. Sat right there next to Muscle Beach looking at the eye candy and eating my sausage. Life was good that day...hee hee! Worth a return visit.

These are just the highlights of some local fare. I left out the chain restaurants that you can get just about anywhere. Next up is...the beaches.
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Old 07-28-2012, 12:09 AM
 
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Take your daughter to Disney land or Knotts berry farm/universal studios
Of course Venice beach the south coast plaza mall or Beverly center.......Hollywood Blvd check out the ripleys believe or not museum or Michael Jackson walk of fame,downtown L.A fashion district theater district
Hollywood casino"maybe even the playboy mansion lol
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Old 07-28-2012, 12:49 PM
 
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VENICE BEACH
There weren't a lot of people actually on the beach. The majority of people were on the boardwalk. I love the skateboard park. Muscle beach wasn't crowded but there was some eye candy to keep me uhhh entertained. Plenty of vendors on the boardwalk selling there artistic creations. Went to the Freak Show it was okay worth a peek. Walked out to the fishing pier and there were some huge birds relaxing on the banisters. I think they were pelicans but they were huge. I walked up the beach and encountered alot of seeweed and and lot of white, crab looking things. They were white looking sort of translucent...I don't know what they were but there were hundreds of their dead carcass shells all over the beach. The tide appears to wash them up on the beach and then people end up stepping on them. Parking was a nightmare at first. There are parking areas that charge $20 for 4 hours...not the whole day...4 hours. I ventured a bit north and there are some parking lots near the boardwalk that charge $15.00 but I drove a bit more north and found a parking area for $8 all day. It's right where Santa Monica/Venice connect and it was a 5 minute walk to right where the Venice Boardwalk starts. I did have 1 incident with 1 vendor and ended up cussing him out but other than that it was a great experience. There are some street performers out there trying to make a living jumping over 5 people who are stooped down. Nothing spectacular in my opinion but it's a decent hustle.

SANTA MONICA BEACH/PIER
Once again the beach was not crowded but the pier and the streets were packed. Walked to the 3rd Street Promenade. Loved the area and if I could afford it I would live there. Traffic wasn't too bad in the morning but the afternoon was really bad. There was one street performer out there trying to sing Reasons by Earth Wind and Fire and boy he was killing me LOL! He sounded awful and the worse part is he didn't care how bad he sounded. There was a lady out there with her snakes and she was letting the kids pet them. The pier has rides and games for the kids and they have a trapeze area where you can take trapeze class right there out in the open on their pier. It was a nice day for me and my daughter we really enjoyed Santa Monica. One issue I had was that I forgot to put on sunscreen and ended up with a sunburn on my face, arms and chest. Note: Never leave home without sunscreen and make sure you put it on before you hit the road. Yeah my bad!

MALIBU BEACH
I didn't actually go to the beach I just really drove up the PCH from Venice. I ventured off into the Malibu Hills to look at some of the houses. NICE!! There were a good number of houses for sale up there. I ended up having to pull to the side cause I caught a leg cramp and had to walk it off. So I'm pulled over in on this rich street that actually dead ends to the side of the mountain. Finally, someone in a Bentley drives up and stops at their gate, checks their mailbox. All the time they're wondering what the heck I was doing. I'm like okay I hope this lady doesn't call the police. It was pretty obvious what I was doing as I was walking (more like limping) and stretching trying to work out that cramp. So she checks the mailbox and she finally looks at me and says Hello. I said Hello back and she got back in her car and then her gigantic gates opened up (I finally noticed the family initials at the top of the gate) and she drove back up to her house. So then proceeded back down the hill and back on the PCH. I spotted one of those Starline tour buses and thought hmmmm...I'll just follow that bus and see where they go as I was sure they were going to some rich or famous people's homes. We turn off PCH onto Webb Rd and then get on Malibu Road. The bus kept pulling over so I decided to get back on PCH and then got on one of the most dangerous roads (in my opinion) in Malibu...Malibu Canyon Road. Whoa! I drove passed the campus of Pepperdine University and that road was scary. I've have driven on some canyon roads out here but that one had me on edge until I got off. It's a beautiful scenic drive that took me into Calabasas and back on the 101 south where I proceeded to get on the 405 south to go to the Getty Museum. So I never got to actually go to the Malibu beach but I was able to see it from a distance and then I read about the access to the beach so that will be on the list of things to do when I come back to LA.

Unfortunately, I didn't make it to any of the Orange County beaches but that will be something on my list of things to do when I come back to LA. Next up will be...the Hollywood attractions.

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Old 07-28-2012, 02:16 PM
 
Location: Pasadena, CA
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VENICE BEACH
There weren't a lot of people actually on the beach. The majority of people were on the boardwalk. I love the skateboard park. Muscle beach wasn't crowded but there was some eye candy to keep me uhhh entertained. Plenty of vendors on the boardwalk selling there artistic creations. Went to the Freak Show it was okay worth a peek. Walked out to the fishing pier and there were some huge birds relaxing on the banisters. I think they were pelicans but they were huge. I walked up the beach and encountered alot of seeweed and and lot of white, crab looking things. They were white looking sort of translucent...I don't know what they were but there were hundreds of their dead carcass shells all over the beach. The tide appears to wash them up on the beach and then people end up stepping on them. Parking was a nightmare at first. There are parking areas that charge $20 for 4 hours...not the whole day...4 hours. I ventured a bit north and there are some parking lots near the boardwalk that charge $15.00 but I drove a bit more north and found a parking area for $8 all day. It's right where Santa Monica/Venice connect and it was a 5 minute walk to right where the Venice Boardwalk starts. I did have 1 incident with 1 vendor and ended up cussing him out but other than that it was a great experience. There are some street performers out there trying to make a living jumping over 5 people who are stooped down. Nothing spectacular in my opinion but it's a decent hustle.

SANTA MONICA BEACH/PIER
Once again the beach was not crowded but the pier and the streets were packed. Walked to the 3rd Street Promenade. Loved the area and if I could afford it I would live there. Traffic wasn't too bad in the morning but the afternoon was really bad. There was one street performer out there trying to sing Reasons by Earth Wind and Fire and boy he was killing me LOL! He sounded awful and the worse part is he didn't care how bad he sounded. There was a lady out there with her snakes and she was letting the kids pet them. The pier has rides and games for the kids and they have a trapeze area where you can take trapeze class right there out in the open on their pier. It was a nice day for me and my daughter we really enjoyed Santa Monica. One issue I had was that I forgot to put on sunscreen and ended up with a sunburn on my face, arms and chest. Note: Never leave home without sunscreen and make sure you put it on before you hit the road. Yeah my bad!
LOL big mistake in LA to forget sunscreen. Really enjoying hearing your thoughts. Too bad you went to Canter's instead of Langer's in Westlake - also, you really should have picked up some pastries, they are incredible and very cheap.
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Old 07-29-2012, 11:12 PM
 
Location: West Hollywood
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Hollywood Death Museum- $15 entrance fee it's along Hollywood Blvd
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