Travel: Los Angeles

Last weekend, I met a couple of my friends out in Los Angeles for a  girls weekend. We were staying in downtown L.A., but had a car to explore other areas.

When we arrived on Friday afternoon, it was raining, not the hot sunny weather we were hoping for. We still went out and explored the downtown area, there seemed to be a lot of cool hidden gems in the downtown area.


Angels Flight

Grand Central Market

The architecture was a combo of old and new. We enjoyed some fantastic sushi (Wokcano) for a late lunch and enjoyable Italian food for dinner (Louie).

On Saturday, we headed west to explore other cities in the area. After a walk on Rodeo Drive, we had a ‘ladies who lunch’ lunch at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

Rodeo Drive

Beverly Hills Hotel

After a good over-priced lunch we kept west and made it to Venice Beach. The people watching here is amazing, so many free spirits, not-so-hot men attempting to look cool at muscle beach and just interesting Californians.


After a walk on the beach, we spent the afternoon window shopping at Abbot Kinney, a street in Venice with cool boutiques, vintage shops and cafes. All the window shopping called for margaritas (including a refreshing spicy cucumber marg) and tacos at another restaurant downtown, Mas Malo.

Sunday was an arranged tour day. We had a half day adventure exploring the Hollyhock house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and the Getty Museum. Both places were really cool, highly recommend checking them out if you are in the Los Angeles area.

Outside Hollyhock House

Living room inside Hollyhock

Cool view at the Getty

Our flight home was later in the evening, so we headed to Hollywood to hike in Runyon Canyon and have lunch at Pink’s Hot Dogs. No celebrity spotting during our hike, but we had a fantastic view of the city and the Hollywood sign. And the hike was worth while to enjoy a delicious chili dog at Pink’s

Hollywood sign


It was a quick trip to L.A, but we had some fantastic food, were able to see quite a lot and had a great time!


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