1…The People:  Good Friends

Having spent my entire adult life in Los Angeles I’ve managed to collect a smattering of good friends.  I won’t name the all for fear of forgetting someone.  They are all unique and truly make Los Angeles my home. Advertisements

2…The Food:  The Tacos

When I first moved to Los Angeles, someone told me that Los Angeles had the best Mexican food outside of Mexico.  I love tacos, enchiladas and quesadillas – so I devoured it all.   I still love to pile everything with sour cream and I’ve slowly become more accustom to the heat.  And the real treat…

3…The Stuff to do: The Districts Downtown 

Downtown Los Angeles has been on a “come-back” for several years – which means there are more and more places to eat, live and shop downtown.  Even before the revitalization there were some great places to eat and shop, here are some of the lovely neighborhoods in downtown. The Arts District, an industrial area that…

4…The Stuff to do: Angels Flight

Just a bit a history downtown.   Angels Flight is a piece of Los Angeles’ past – build in 1901 – to bring Angelinos up the steep hills of downtown. It is a quaint little ride up Bunker Hill.  Just across from Grand Central Market…have lunch and take a ride. Angels Flight has had an…

5…The Food: The Food Truck Craze

In the late 90’s there were food trucks – but there were called “roach coaches”.  A big metal kitchen on wheels – serving all kinds of fried foods.   Burritos, tacos, cheeseburgers, chili fries and bad coffee.  This was food that came to you…and in our need to grab a bite to eat before going back…

6…The Stuff to do: The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books

When I first went the book festival I had no idea what a book festival was.  I wandered around the little booths and grabbed a bit to eat at one of the many food trucks.  Over the next few years I have discovered the secret of the festival.   I love books, old books, new books,…

7…The Stuff to do: Seeing a live taping

Come to Hollywood, you have to see a show.  Not a play or a musical performance – but a live-taping of a television show.  The most obvious are the late night shows, Jimmy Kimmel or the Conan Show – then there are the sitcoms or talk shows, like Ellen.   Some folks are into the game…

8…The Attire (no need for real shoes)

I have spent my entire adult life living in Southern California, so I learned my adulting etiquette in Los Angeles.  Which means “appropriate attire” translates to “no shoes, no shirt, no service”.  Restaurants and clubs do require shoes and shirts – sort of – you can walk right in wearing flip-flops and a bikini top….

9…The Stuff to do: The Queen Mary

The Queen Mary is the essence of Art Deco and all that 1920’s charm.  The massive wooden boat with historic and vintage décor you can enjoy a classic cocktail in the Observation Bar or just stroll along the deck.  Unfortunately the Queen Mary puts on a show every now and then…things like the Haunted Queen…

10…The Stuff to do: Theme Parks

I am not a big fan of the theme park atmosphere – but there are theme parks galore all around Los Angeles. Within a two-hours or less you could be at Disneyland, California Adventure, Knott’s Berry Farm, Legoland, or Six Flags Magic Mountain.    If you need the thrill of a roller coaster or spinning tea…

11…The Stuff to do: Live Theater

  The true haven of live theater is New York City of course – but Los Angeles has its own spin on the concept.  You can find classic shows and musicals and unique small theaters groups.  I love it all.  The big productions and the smaller quaint theater groups. Where to find some of the…

12…The Urban Wildlife

When you hear the term “Urban Wildlife” you might think of pigeons, rats and a few fluffy squirrels.  But it turns out that there is a vast collection wildlife lurking around the myriad of apartment complexes and store fronts.   Los Angeles is nestled at the foot of the Santa Monica Mountains, the beautiful San Gabriels,…

13…The “Industry”

There’s something to be said for tribal language of Los Angeles and when someone says they work in the “Industry”, they mean making movies.  This could of course mean they do voice overs, editing, or even construction. Almost everyone you meet in Los Angeles has had a brush with the “Industry” – either they have…

14…The Stuff to do: Flea Markets

Flea Markets and food trucks!  I am a thrifter…I like thrift stores, antique and vintage stores, I stop at garage sales and little junk shops.  And flea markets are amazing places.   My favorite is the one on the first Sunday of the month at Pasadena City College.  Not just because it is close and the…

15…The Food: Pink’s

I’ve mentioned before my love of a good hot dog…and second to the Home Depot hot dog are the dogs at Pink’s.  Pinks has the nostalgia and a larger variety to choose from..like the Huell Howser Dog.   It is one of those places you have to go to – partly to say you’ve been and…

16…The Stuff to do: The Silverlake Meadow

I’ll admit it…I didn’t really understand how fabulous the Silverlake Meadow was until I moved a block away.  I had driven by the meadow hundreds of times but never stopped to get out and enjoy it.  Why would you? It is just a large patch of grass next to the cement lake.  It is tucked…

17…The Bookstores: The Last Bookstore

The Last Bookstore is a massive used bookstore.  Nestled in a vintage bank building downtown Los Angeles and it is more like an art gallery than a book store.  With its famous book sculptures and little shops upstairs selling art work from local artist.   This is a place to “hang”.  And with Cole’s and the…

18…The Stuff to do: Drive PCH

Want to take a leisurely drive?  Head up or down PCH for a few miles.  It doesn’t really matter which way you go, with from San Diego to San Fran the views are amazing.  The view is picturesque on the east with the mountains and cliff sides and on the west the mirrored blue horizon…

19…The Islands: Catalina Island & the Channel Islands

Funny how there are so many cool places to go near Los Angeles that even native California’s have not visited.  Catalina Island is one of those places. I’ve been to Catalina twenty times or more.  I’ve sailed over on a Hobie Cat sailboat, I’ve taken the helicopter ride over – I’ve camped, stayed in the…

20…The Stuff to do: Hiking Millard Canyon

I first went hiking here when my son Drew was still in a stroller.  And I took him in his stroller on the hike.  I had one of those monster, off-road strollers.  But when I got there, I realized that the hike was more of an obstacle course – navigating back and forth across the…

21…The Cocktails: The Library Bar

I found this little place a few years ago.  It is a very small, swanky little bar.  It is just a block or so from the Central Library and across the street from the Standard Hotel downtown.     I like the warm feeling in this place and they make some nice craft cocktails.

22…The Weather: You never have to go inside

Maybe the temperature will drop below 50-degrees for a day or two..and in recent years we have seen our fair share of days in the triple digits – but overall Los Angeles weather is spectacular year-round.  Eating outside is a regular thing.   Going for a hike or a bike ride are year-round activities.  You never…

23…The Bookstores:  Skylight Books

This is a cozy little neighborhood bookstore.  They host a number of events and book clubs.  It is a great place to hang out and read and feel intellectual or just drown in their myriad of magazine from everywhere. Skylight Books  

24…The Stuff to do: The TCL Chinese Theatre

Like I’ve said before I love going to the movies, driving up Sunset Blvd. and pretending I am a tourist in LA. – so it is not a big surprise that I have seen a few movies at the TCL Chinese Theatre.  I took the tour of the theater once when friends were visiting.  I…

25…The Stuff to do: The LA Zoo

The first time I went to the LA Zoo, I was sure I was walking with Jack, Janet and Chrissy.  The zoo looked exactly as it did on that opening of the Three’s Company show. The LA Zoo has a lot to offer if you like zoos.  I’m not a huge fan of the zoo…

26…The Stuff to do: The Movies

I’m love to go to the movies and living in Los Angeles means I can see something different every night of the week. Yes, there are that many movies out there. You can go to a vintage theater, like the Vista and see current films. Check out independent theaters to see indy films or foreign…

27…The Coffee Shops: Aroma Coffee and Tea

One of my favorite coffee shops.  Maybe because there was a little bookstore in the back “A Portrait of a Bookstore” (closed in 2012) – or maybe because it is a walking distance from Spoiled, a day spa for indulgent massages – or maybe because it is a collage of little quaint rooms – that…

28…The Museums: California Science Center

Having raise my two children in Los Angeles, we’ve been to the California Science Center more than once.  But my favorite exhibit at the Science Center is the The Endeavor Space Shuttle.  Not because I am big NASA fan – but because of the amazing feat that occurred in 2012, transporting the shuttle the 12-miles…

29…The View: Driving Down Sunset Blvd

I know this sounds weird, but taking a drive down Sunset Blvd on Thursday afternoon at three, or on Sunday morning might sound like an odd thing to do.   It is a nice way to spend an hour or so. Instead of watching another re-run sitcom on tv – my daughter and I might just…

30…The People: Jax

My bar, yes…despite all the other customers and all the wonderful folks who have worked at Jax, I have always and still do consider Jax MY bar.  It is gone now.  According to the local news it will re-open someday as a full-service restaurant for the hotel upstairs.   Will there be live music? Will the…

31…The Stuff to do: Enjoy the Sunsets on the Beach

Sunsets around the world are beautiful.  As the sun sinks into the horizon and the sky glows in spectacular colors, what could be more beautiful?   Sunsets on a west coast beach.   Watching the sun fall beneath the vast ocean – and watching the change in colors as the sun submerge into the water.  The sky…

32…The Bookstores: Downtown Library

It’s not really a bookstore, but the Central Library downtown is a place to see.  It is a perfect place to spend half a day wondering around, eat lunch, see an exhibit – read a little.   If you are like me, you enjoy being the presence of books.  I know it may sound strange to…

33…The People: All of them

Being one of the most diverse cities in the country, you meet people from all over the world in Los Angeles.  Many people work in “the industry” – or are at least giving it a try.  Los Angeles is where anything is possible and everyone is doing their own thing. And even though I believe…

34…The Bookstores: Bodhi Tree

To say that I love book stores would be an understatement.   I love books.  Old books, new books, everything about books.  I love the way they smell, the way they feel.   Through books you can learn new things, be transported back in time, become friends with fictional characters, step into someone else’s world.   The Bodhi…

35…Steve and Susan AND Dodger Elvis

Steve, Susan, Dave, Gary and Bill….who doesn’t love this group?  It is more than music, it is a party.  Steve puts on a great show.  Everything from Neil Diamond to Johnny Cash and the Ramones!   And then Susan picks up the mic and you are mesmerized, she has an amazing voice – it can be…

36…The Cocktails: The Corner Bar

When you have spent too many nights at Jax or Dave’s you have to start venturing out.  You might start out at the Blue Room next door, then you meander to the Corner Bar.  Why….just ‘cause.   Some folks come for the Karaoke – but I come for the friends, the Jenga and the easy vibe….

37…The Music: Papa Lee

Papa Lee and his crew started playing at Jax sometime in 2008, they soon became a Wednesday night regular.   Oh what fun they were!  William, Scooter, Steve and others.   Most nights the music at Jax was very traditional jazz or blues groups, but Papa Lee was a bit of everything.  The night would start out…

38…The Stuff to do: The Coffee Shops

Coffee became a big thing in the 90’s in Los Angeles…like everywhere else.  Like everywhere else, there is a Starbucks on every corner.   My favorites are the little, mom-n-pop places.    Silverlake Coffee, my neighborhood place is a great place to for a coffee or a small bite to eat.  And what about? Aroma Coffee and…

39…The Parks: Echo Park

There are so many great parks in Los Angeles.  Echo Park has not always been a clean, safe park.  In the last several years the city has made great strides in improving public spaces.    I had driven by Echo Park many times until I moved to Silverlake.  After moving closer, I found that I liked…

40…The Music:  Jack Sheldon

I don’t remember the when I first heard Jack Sheldon play.  I started going to Jax in 1996.  I wasn’t a huge jazz fan then, I just liked the old-school, east coast feel of the little place.  It was nicely tucked away on Brand Blvd., just a few blocks from Disney’s corporate offices in Glendale.   …

41…The Food: Jax

I believe I have eaten everything on the menu at least once!  But my favorite dish was Dynamite Shrimp.  Tempera fried shrimp with a sweet and spicy sauce.   It was only on the “Specials” menu – which meant I never tired of it. My first favorite was the Sesame Chicken.   This was a sesame seed…

43…The Food:  Sitting Outside Anywhere

Thanks to the lovely weather in Los Angeles, you can almost always eat outside.   There are a few of those outdoor heaters strategically placed on outdoor patios to extended the al fresco dining experience even on those days when the temperature might dip below sixty-degrees.      

42…The Cocktails: The Blue Room

I didn’t venture out beyond my little jazz pub, Jax – but I did enjoy the Blue Room.   It is a nice little bar, with a couple of dart boards in the back.  There is small patio out back, mostly for smokers.   No music here – but a great place for a cocktail and conversation.

44…The Los Angeles River

The Los Angeles River is an unfortunate river.  It is 48-miles of paved river through LA County, that dumps into the ocean in Long Beach. Years ago the river was an alluvial river that flooded the city repeatedly until in 1938 the Army Corps of Engineers encased the river in concrete.  There are few places where…

45…The Stuff to do:  Olvera Street

Like most cities, Los Angeles has many ethnic neighborhoods.  Olvera Street is special it is the “birthplace” of Los Angeles.    The long narrow market is full of market stalls, street vendors, restaurants and gift shows.  Many of the merchants on Olvera Street are descended from the original vendors. On the weekdays it pretty quiet, but…

46…The Stuff to do:  Moonlight Rollerway

Being a child of the 80’s I spent a large number of my weekends at the roller rink…and thankfully my kids have had the same blessed opportunity…because there is the vintage Moonlight Rollerway! It has the skating rink smell, a little snack bar, and the vintage disco lights.

47…The Stuff to do:  Melrose

Shopping on Melrose – is a guilty pleasure.   They have everything – and the people watching is the real treat! The eastern end of Melrose Avenue is all things vintage and alternative.  With second-hand stores and Fairfax High School flea market.  And you will find more than enough vinyl stores, tattoo parlors and body piercing…

48…The Stuff to do:  Griffith Observatory

The Observatory was always a very cool place to visit.  But in 2002 it closed for a 4-year renovation project re-opening in November of 2006.   It is beautiful and iconic.   It is forever in my mind…like the Hollywood sign, it is an LA beacon on the hilltop.   Oh, and it is free, every day!

49…The Stuff to do:  Grand Central Market

The Grand Central Market has been a staple downtown for years.   It is situated right across the street from Angels Flight – which made it a perfect place for a bite to eat after our Downtown Stairs walk. There’s a little place called Joe’s that has the best breakfast sandwiches.  There is a plethora of…

50…The Music: of Jax

Today marks 50 days until I leave southern California….continuing my count of 101 Things I Love about Los Angeles…..here’s #50!! I started going to Jax over 15-years ago – and yes, it was for the music!   It all started with Jack Sheldon! This wasn’t filmed at Jax, but it is my all-time favorite song.  You’ll…

51…The Food: In-n-Out

There’s nothing more LA than an In-n-Out burger!  Of course, now there are In-n-Out’s popping up as far east as Texas.  But Los Angeles is where it all started….and it feels like home when you sit in the stark white and red booths and gobble up a tray of fresh-cut French fries.

52…The Diversity

I think the diversity in LA has been one of the most culturally expanding characteristics for me.   Moving here from the mid-west, I was constantly bombarded with new ethnicities and languages.  There’s a little story I tell about a small enlightening moment I had in the first few months I lived in Los Angeles. I…

53…The Cocktails: Dave’s

Pineapple and gin!  Thanks Tanya!  Dave’s is the oldest bar in Glendale…and became the “after-hours” party place.   After the bar at Jax would close, we would head over to Dave’s for a little more…fun! I met some wonderful people at Dave’s and was introduced to some pretty cool music too!  

54…The City in Bloom

I always hear from people who live east of Los Angeles, that they like the “seasons” – this is their justification for not wanting to live in the wonderful weather of Los Angeles.    I too, love the seasons, the snow blanketed fields and the warm colors of the fall leaves.  – but Los Angeles is…

55…The Beach: Long Beach

More beaches to explore in Los Angeles.  Long Beach is full of “stuff to do” – here are some of my favorites! The Queen Mary The first time I visited the Queen Mary, I attended a Christmas Party.   The party was less than eventful, but I LOVED the ship.   Beautiful art-deco…and I still love visiting. …

56…The People: Of Saturday Mornings

In 2011, I started a little Meetup groups called; Crawl, Walk, Run – with the goal of finding a running partner or two.   Sometime in 2012, we started running on Saturday mornings at Griffith Park – meeting at the Los Feliz Café for breakfast afterwards. Over the last 5 years I’ve managed to meet some…

57…The Museums: The Getty

It is one of the many things you can do in Los Angeles for FREE!  (parking is $15, but take the Metro, and the whole day is free!). Want a view of downtown, and on a clear day, you can see Catalina Island!   Everything at The Getty is beautiful! The gardens The architecture The view…

58…The Museums: MOCA

One of the many, many museums in LA.  This one has a pretty special.  There are three venues in Los Angeles—MOCA Grand Avenue, The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, and MOCA Pacific Design Center.  I frequented the MOCA Grand Avenue location with their fabulous Gift Shop! By their own definition, “We question and adapt to the…

59…The Celebrity Sightings

Looking up and finding you’re sitting at the table next to Steve Martin or walking past Jamie Lee Curtis as you leave the drug store is a regular occurrence when you live in Los Angeles.   For the most part the fact that you live and work in the same city as big name celebrities is…

60…The Food: The House of Pie

You want pie!  And who doesn’t?  They have three kinds of apple pie, and eight flavors of cheese cake.  They have pineapple pie and year-round pumpkin pie. Need I say more?

61…The Cocktails: Damon’s Steakhouse

Damon’s house cocktail is the Chi Chi…and it is as fun to drink as it is to say. My favorite story at Damon’s is the Karaoke with Erica. Here’s the story: Erica, who is a 6-foot tall drag queen used to host karaoke on Saturday nights at Damon’s.  One night very late, I happened to…

62…The Bookstores: Vroman’s

I found the Vroman’s bookstore 20 years ago.  I was a quaint little bookstore with an expansive stationery store upstairs.  Now it is huge, with a little coffee café in the front.  You could spend an entire day here….and I believe I have!

63…The Art: Everywhere

Los Angeles is the center of “the Industry” – and there is more art here than you can shake a stick at…. You will find some odd things…like… painting the Bate’s Hotel a pristine white…just for fun. or an interactive experience like, Petal Drop LA You might happen upon something like the Griffith Park Tea…

64…The Parks: Griffith Park

Griffith Park is the King of Parks in Los Angeles.  The parks is over 4K acres  Housed within its borders you will find; the LA Zoo, The Autry Museum, the Trails Café, The Griffith Observatory, The Greek Theatre, Pony Rides, the Carousel, Travel Town and the Hollywood Sign! There are miles of hiking trails with…

65…The Stuff to do: Shops on Magnolia

I have a thing for vintage.  Vintage everything.  And thankfully, Magnolia in Burbank has a nice little string of vintage and second-hand shops.   There is a big thrift store, a number of antique stores and even a thrift store that sells wardrobe pieces from television shows and movies.  You can spend a whole afternoon browsing…

66…The Stuff to do: Third Street Promenade

You would think that Santa Monica Beach would be enough for Santa Monica – but noooo.  Santa Monica has the Third Street Promenade.   Several blocks of shopping and dining.  So when you’ve had enough of the sand and surf, you can venture up to the Promenade for a bite to eat, a movie or a…

67…The Food: Downtown: The Nickle Diner

There is one thing we ALWAYS order….Corn Cakes.  We would drive downtown or hop a bus, just to have Corn Cakes.   We’ve eaten other delightful things here…but no matter what…the Corn Cakes are ordered!

68…The Art: City’s Graffiti

Art is everywhere in Los Angeles.  Some is professionally done, but mostly I love the work that just shows up along the under passes or on the short-term fences.  It makes LA colorful and interesting.

69…The Cocktails: Good Luck Bar

I don’t know why I love the atmosphere of this place so much, but I do.   It can get a little “hipster” on the weekends, but through the week it is a nice after work spot and next door to the Vista Theater!   After the theater closes, they bring over the popcorn and if you…

70…The Food: The Diners

Breakfast is my favorite meal, no matter the time of day.   Due to my love of breakfast I have managed to collect a small number of diners that serve breakfast all-day.  Here’s a snippet of the few I have frequented over the years. Foxy’s Restaurant This would be Tate and I’s favorite places.  We started…

71…The Museums: Norton Simon

The Norton Simon Museum is a small little place in Pasadena.  It is perfect for a quick walk-thru after lunch or before dinner.  It is the permanent home for many classic pieces from artist like Picasso, Raphael, Rembrandt, van Gogh, and Degas.

72…The Parks: Brand Park

There are so many parks in Los Angeles.  This one is in Glendale proper, and is a sight to see.  It has been part of our family history, being the location of birthday parties, baseball games, movie nights, hikes and ballet lessons.

73…The Food: Tam O’Shanter

This is a historic restaurant in LA, it is the oldest restaurant – in the same place since 1922.     I first made it here one afternoon for cocktails and to grab a sandwich at their famous sandwich bar.    It is a unique place.  There is often live music in the bar and quite busy most…

74…The View: from Forest Lawn

Back when I was running with my friend Bill, he located the perfect place to run without the burden of traffic and pedestrians – the cemetery.    The Glendale Forest Lawn is home to several celebrities including Michael Jackson and Elizabeth Taylor.   It is a beautiful and serene place to walk or run, with some “killer”…

75…The Food: Philippe’s

Philippe’s claims to be the originator of the French dip sandwich – but so does Cole’s.  Philippe’s is a very different “vibe”.  This is a vintage style restaurant that is nestled on the corner across from Union Station.   It is an experience!  Wooden benches and tables with saw dust on the floor, a large clear…

76…The Stuff to do: The City Stairs

Ten years ago, while browsing in the quaint bookstore connected to the Aroma Coffee café, I discovered this little gem – Secret Stairs by Charles Fleming – and my favorite is Walk #11 – Downtown Los Angeles.  This walk is 3-miles, and 1,021 – it traverses a big majority of downtown including the Grand Central…

77…The View: The Hollywood Sign

The Hollywood Sign is like a beacon.  It is one of the many ways to orientate yourself when you are traveling in Los Angeles.  You can tell where you are by your proximity to the Hollywood sign. There are also these moments when you think you are just driving or walking along…and you look up….and…

78…The View: The Landscape

One of the things that struck me in the first weeks and months after I moved to Los Angeles was the sweeping landscape.  I would be driving along the 10 freeway, and as I would reach to top of a hill and could see a span of the landscape in front of me I would…

79…The Food: Tommy Burgers

Tommy Burgers is one of many original Southern California burger joints.  Tommy’s is famous for their chili burger, chili dog and chili fries.   Greasy chili burgers that drip down your hand while you’re eating them. Tommy’s was the last stop on Drew’s Road Rally Birthday party – and it was perfect.  I don’t eat at…

80…The View: Top of Silver Lake Hills

The views in Los Angeles are always stunning.  I only lived on the Glendale Blvd hill for a little over a year, but I was always stunned by the view in both directions. South on Glendale Boulevard faces downtown….and North faces our former home town, Glendale.   Both are worth a second look as I head…

81…The Museums: LACMA

There are some many things to see and do at LACMA, it is the largest art museum in the western United States – and it shows.  I’ve seen so many amazing exhibits here…most notably the Picasso exhibit several years ago. In addition to the wonderful works inside the museum outside you’ll find Music outside in…

82…The Cocktails: Jax

Oh the many, many drinks I’ve had a Jax!  My little bar is gone now…and yes…I’m quite heartbroken.  But the memories are still there.   I’m just going to list the various drinks and memories that go along with them.  This is by no means a comprehensive list…just a selected few that have stayed in my…

83…The Beach: Santa Monica

Oh the beaches of Southern California!  Santa Monica is one of my favorites!  You can do everything at Santa Monica Beach!  It is typically crowded…but worth the effort to find parking.   Oh the things you can do!! Beyond the normal beachy activities of basking in the sun and dunking yourself in the surf, you can…

84…The Art: Thursday’s Art Walk

I went to one of the first Art Walks back in 2004.  That first time was a bit daunting…as the event was very sparse and few locations participated and few folks attended.  Ten years later it is a colorful and well attended event, with over 50 galleries, 25,000 monthly guests. I had the opportunity to…

85…The Stuff to do: the Alex Theatre

I don’t know if I would have known about the Alex Theatre if I hadn’t lived in Glendale for so many years.   The Alex is a beautiful art-deco styled theatre.   I’ve seen classic movies, music events, live performances and even school events at The Alex.   Both of my kids have performed here and Tate and…

86…The Stuff to do: Rose Parade

I haven’t been to the Rose Parade in years.  But it is a sight to see…and an event that consumes Pasadena.  I lived in Pasadena for a few years and it is a regular rhythm of events leading up to the Rose Bowl and the Parade. Several weeks before – sometimes months before, you will…

87…The Stuff to do: Hike to the Hollywood Sign

The first time we trekked up to the Hollywood sign, we did it all wrong.  Without a map or directions, we hiked for hours, with our eye on the prize.  Thinking it would take just an hour, we ended up hiking for the whole afternoon.  For years I couldn’t get my kids to try again….

88…The Stuff to do: Farmer’s Markets

On this directory you will find 22, and I’ve frequented 5 of these….the Burbank Market, La Canada Market, the Pasadena Farmer’s Market, the Silver Lake Market and the “Grand Poobah” of them all, the Original Farmer’s Market. Missing from this list are the Glendale Farmer’s Market, the Atwater Farmer’s Market, the Los Feliz Village Market,…

89…The Cocktails: Cole’s

I happened upon this quaint little place by accident.  My daughter and I love the 5 Cent Diner that is just around the corner.   The 5 Cent Diner has odd hours, they are closed on Mondays and the rest of the week, they are closed between 3:30 and 6:00 pm.  So we would make the…

90…The Hammock

I never truly understood the beauty of a hammock until our family trip to Costa Rica in 2011.  Here we spent 6 days in what we named the “Jungle House” – a house with 3 walls, where the house was open to the jungle.  The kids and I spent hours laying in the pair of…

91…The Beach: Huntington

There are over 70 miles of beach in Los Angeles County and 30+ beach communities – each offering a very different “vibe”.   Check out this page, for information on some of the best beaches in Southern California. As for Huntington Beach…Huntington has so much to offer – it is close to a great beach community…

92… The Skyline

The landscape in Los Angeles is so diverse.  There are hills, valleys, mountains, canyons, cliffs, beaches, rivers and lakes – all in Los Angeles city proper.   With the mixture of landscape to add dimension and the creative nature of the community you would expect the Los Angeles skyline to be a collection of shapes.  But…

93… The Air

It is a funny thing to tell people that the one thing I miss when I am away; is the air.  Living in Los Angeles, one of the places with the worst pollution in the United States – you would not expect that I love the air.  It’s not like the clean, pure air of…

94… The Cocktails: Tiki-Ti

I only recently found the Tiki-Ti after moving to Silver Lake.   Now I can just drop by and have drink – assuming there isn’t a line outside waiting for one of the 12 bar stools or the smattering of cocktails tables. The Tiki-Ti, a family-run Polynesian-themed bar, it is only open after 4, Wednesdays through…

95… The Stuff to do:  Outdoor Movies

Way before I had been to these amazing summer events where venues all across Southern California host these outdoor movie event, I was at a technical conference in Orlando – which was poorly timed during the Super Bowl.  The vendor hosted a HUGE Super Bowl party on the lawn by the pool, with one of…

96… The View:  From the Americana

I’m not a big fan of The Americana or The Grove, but given that I have spent a ton of time in Glendale; including a number of years – walking distance from the Americana, I have been there more times that I can count.  Typically, we were there to catch a movie at the Pacific…

97… The Stuff to do:  The Hollywood Bowl

  You can’t live in Los Angeles and not go to the Hollywood Bowl.  It doesn’t matter what kind of music you like, there is something for everyone.  From The Beatles, in 1964 Pink Floyd, 1972 Prince, in 1997 Barbara Streisand Black Sabbath Garth Brooks Lady Gaga They have the fabulous cartoon events, where all…

98 The Car: Nancy

You might think that owning a vintage VW Bug is a quintessential Southern California thing to do, but the truth is, it is one of the first cars I ever drove – back in Iowa.  My dad was a bit of a car guy, which meant we often had a project car in the drive…

#99 The Food: Home Depot Hot Dogs

I know it sounds odd…but our local Home Depot has the BEST hot dogs.   It’s not a Home Depot thing, it is the little vendor that sets up in the parking lot during the day.   They leave every day about 5 pm.   I know this because I’ve come just for the hot…

#100 The Stuff to do: Art Walk @ The Brewery

I don’t remember the first time I went to the Art Walk @ The Brewery.  I don’t even know who told me about it.  Somehow I think it must have been Bob.  But who knows. The Art Walk is an amazing event.  Twice a year The Brewery opens up for the Art Walk.  You walk…

#101 The Stuff to do: Union Station

I remember the first time I walked into Union Station.   My guess is that it was sometime in the early 1990’s.  It was beautiful.  In 2000, I took my first trip from Los Angeles Union Station.  Tate and I went to San Diego.  One of our 1-on-1 weekends.  We took the train, stayed in a…