Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Harris: Well, I was thinking of taking you on a cultural tour of L.A..
Sara: That's the first ten minutes, then what?

Recently, O.G. + family went to The Stinking Rose. An all garlic restaurant, it has some pretty good dishes that are tasty. I haven't been there in years, and despite the over the top theme-y, it was still good, I gotta say. But then again, I love garlic.

And yes, it was very stinky. The 40 clove garlic chicken is delicious. Other items ordered: Garlic Meatloaf, Garlic Crab, Garlic Pasta, and Garlic fries. We all passed on the garlic ice cream, though.

It got me to thinking, a friend is making a trip out here in a few months and I am trying to think of places to go that are only, or very, L.A. He already asked to go to Juju's cereal bar after seeing my post about taking the boys there. I was thinking a celebrated chef restaurant was probably in order too. Probably Pizzeria Mozza, if I can ever get a reservation earlier than 10pm.

I'd say Pinkberry, since the L.A. yogurt craze is still in full swing. However, let me tell you, after I tasted last week's coffee flavor debut, I am completely off of Pinkberry. YUCK. I never loved it to the point of craving, however the kids liked it - but too bad for them, we won't be back for a while. I think they just liked the mochi balls, which I can make for them at home anyway.

Then there's the Arclight, Amoeba, museums and theme parks galore, you know, the usual. We've pretty much done 'em all. If you are not from L.A., and you could visit, where would you go? Or if you are from L.A., what do you suggest? Obviously most these places are restaurants, but they don't have to be. I am just hungry right now, is all.

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Blogger Darlene said...

When I lived in L.A., I took my brother to Beverly Hills where we saw Dr. 90210. Actually it seems that's they thing they want you to do: find a celeb and trot them out for them. As if! But I just like showing them Burbank and tell them it's the Valley.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008 9:23:00 PM  
Blogger the slackmistress said...

The Grove/Farmer's Market is totally LA. Martinis at Musso & Franks, also totally LA. The Newsroom, totally LA.

Bonus? All by our house, so all places you'll go!

Wednesday, January 23, 2008 9:46:00 PM  
Blogger Michael said...

The farmer's market is very L.A. Another S. Cal. way to buy produce is from the guys at the freeway off-ramp. That's when you're a real Angeleno.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008 9:52:00 PM  
Blogger Sizzle said...

is pinkberry yogurt or frozen yogurt?

because if it is fro yo, i'm sad- i miss fro yo!

Wednesday, January 23, 2008 10:04:00 PM  
Blogger The Daily Randi said...

The SM beat me to it...I was going to say The Grove. And Robertson Blvd, just to see The Paparazzi hovering outside The Ivy and Kitson.

I think Griffith Obseratory is Tres LA, too. And The Hollywood Bowl in the summer. The Bowl is My Favorite Place On Earth on A Warm Summer Night.


Wednesday, January 23, 2008 10:08:00 PM  
Anonymous myra said...

"He"? Here I was thinking I was the friend. Damn! Me thinks, me think too highly of meself.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008 10:49:00 PM  
Blogger Nanette said...

Venice Beach and 3rd Street are always popular with our out of town guests. Maybe the Santa Monica Pier, too?

Wednesday, January 23, 2008 11:05:00 PM  
Blogger dapotato said...

randi said everything i was gonna say. everyone i take to griffith observatory gobbles the view up.

garlic rocks my socks off.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008 11:09:00 PM  
Anonymous lillie said...

Maybe rent one of those tandem bikes and ride the boardwalk from Santa Monica to Venice?

The Getty Villa in Malibu is a great excuse for a mini drive up the PCH.

A few off-the-beaten track favorites of mine are:
- The Museum of Jurassic Technology
- Simon Rodia's Towers in Watts
Not your average destinations.
Each has an interesting & distinct flavor of LA.
Hope you have fun with your friends!

Wednesday, January 23, 2008 11:34:00 PM  
Blogger Jodi said...

I like to take people out to Point Dume/Westward Beach. Great view, little hike, uncrowded beach, good place to see whales at certain times. Plus, they will recognize it from tons of movies and TV shows.

Farmer's Market--yes, The's an outdoor mall. Big whoop.

I agree with the Venice suggestion. We also usually take people to the park near the Lake Hollywood Reservoir that is under the Hollywood Sign (closest you can legally get).

Bronson Cave.

Brady Bunch house (not too far from me).

Hollywood Forever Cemetary and/or Forest Lawn are other cool destinations, depending on your friend.


Wednesday, January 23, 2008 11:45:00 PM  
Anonymous jms24 said...

I have been a lurker for quite a while (love your blog Jen!), but I had to comment on this post. I am going to be coming to CA for the first time in February with my husband (we are living in NY state). Thanks to all for your suggestions. Any other suggestions would be great - What about Pink's? Also, any ideas for San Diego, as we are driving there for a few days as well. Thanks!
Oh - one more question - weather at the end of February?

Wednesday, January 23, 2008 11:56:00 PM  
Blogger Shannon Z said...

This is all very food-related. Your guest is going to be busting at the seams!

Thursday, January 24, 2008 5:52:00 AM  
Blogger Donna said...

I'm a long time lurker too. Funny that this is the topic to bring me out of hiding. When I lived in LA, one of my favorite places to take out of town guests was the Huntington Garden and Library. It has architecture, art, old books and a really cool cactus garden, among other things. Also, having tea in the teahouse was particularly popular.

Thursday, January 24, 2008 7:52:00 AM  
Anonymous dawn said...

Sometimes it's fun to do those cheesy "tourist-y" things in LA. I've lived here my whole life and just a few months ago did this cool tour of LA (Dearly Departed Tours):

It's not as morbid as it seems. :) You see quite a few celeb houses and a lot of locations from Hollywood history. I totally enjoyed it and the guide is great. I do think kids would be bored though.

Thursday, January 24, 2008 8:32:00 AM  
Blogger madelyn said...

Nobu in Malibu for the fahn-cy sushi and almost guaranteed star sighting, (go when it opens for dinner and get a seat at the sushi bar, no reservations needed!) then Sasabune in West LA for the BEST sushi (but be warned, this is NOT a spicy tuna / dragon roll kind of place -- they may actually ask you to leave).

These places are what I miss most about living in LA. Well, and being so near the beach.

Thursday, January 24, 2008 9:18:00 AM  
Blogger Yvett said...

Whenever I go, I obviously do the Disney thing with the kids.

If I had the choice of going anywhere there, I'd go to Pink's, Pinkberry, Milk, Sprinkles and Roscoe's Chicken & Waffles. . . . then Disneyland.
You know a lot of people also like going to In-n-Out Burger.

Thursday, January 24, 2008 12:05:00 PM  
Anonymous Lynne said...

My boyfriend's mom visits every fall from Illinois...I've tried to think of some of the things she's really enjoyed.

I'd second the vote for Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Different, interesting and historical, too.

How about a studio tour? We did Warner Brothers one year and it wasn't too bad. Cool 'museum' at the end if I remember correctly...
And it didn't take all day.

One year we just drove the length of Sunset Blvd. When you think about it, you get a really good look at the diversity of the city with that drive.

Have fun!

Thursday, January 24, 2008 1:12:00 PM  
Blogger Lawndale Art Classes said...

Here are a couple of places I like to take people when they come to visit: In B.H. north of S.M. blvd is the "gingerbread" house from Clueless I think its on Carmelita and Walden Dr. Then on Rodeo north of S.M. (same neighborhood) there is a "Guidi" art nouveau house. Then there is the "Swinger's" movie joints like the Derby and the Dresden Room to hear Marty and Elaine. As far as good eats: Fathers Office in S.M. and the Apple Pan on Pico near Westside Pavilion.

Have fun...

Sunday, January 27, 2008 5:00:00 PM  

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