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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

#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…