Los Angeles Journals

Passport to L.Alienation

A travel journal to Los Angeles by scooby

Quote: L.A. is more confusing now than I have ever been. Here's some tips for sanity from an L.Alienation expatriot. Prepare to conquor the westside.

Passport to L.Alienation

Best Of IgoUgo

Overview

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A cool spring morning is the best time to hike the Temescal Canyon Trail, a good example of the westside's natural state. There are many natural areas to choose from in and around L.A. Also Check out Griffith Park. Their are hiking spots, picnic benches, and the Observatory, to see a different kind of star. You might recognize the building from "Rebel Without a Cause." There is a lasarium show every night, usually 3 shows a night. It is one of only four like it in the world. Each show has a different soundtrack: Metallica, The Wall, Beatles... per person. The sunsets here are said to be the most beautiful in the world, mostly because the smog turns the sky neon colors. There's always good surf at...Read More

Rosalynn Thai

Restaurant

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The boxy purple and white building looks a little questionable at first glance. Once inside, a subtle elegance is created by spotless white table cloths, beautiful waitresses, and the window view of silloetted palm trees. It's hard to believe that a three coarse meal is less than $30 (without alchohol). The restaurant is now run by the very friendly Pam who bought the place in the early 90's. Her smiles make their way into her food. I highly recommend the duck salad and the coconut custard.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 3, 2000

Rosalynn Thai
2308 Lincoln Blvd.
Los Angeles, California
310 39702647

Grill on the Alley

Restaurant | "The Grill"

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This place is all about the Prime Rib. Nearly two pounds of the juiciest, well marbled, drool enducing steak. The wood and leather booths and soft lit decor is almost as heavy as the food. The white jacketted waiters seem as proper as the french but are not without a bit of american irreverance. The Martinis taste like the glass they serve them in. The Grill is everything an american feast should be.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 3, 2000

Grill on the Alley
9560 Dayton Way
Beverly Hills, California 90210
+1 310 276 0615

El Nopal

Restaurant

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Home of the Pregnant Burrito. El Nopal is a hole in the wall that you'd drive by a hundred times and never notice unless you where looking for it. The Pregnant Burrito is how a californian burrito should be: wet, large, full of meat. Also try the Avocado Burrito with sauce and cheese. A slice of Avo in almost every bite. The actual restaurant is not much to speak of, so you might as well order your food take out. Check out the Rambo picture at the front counter. Sly is down with the pregnant burrito.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 3, 2000

El Nopal
10426 National Blvd
Los Angeles, California 90034
+1 310 559 4732

Apple Pan

Restaurant | "The Apple Pan"

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This is the best burger in L.A. and maybe the best pie anywhere. Counter seating only. If it is crowded, everyone stands around and waits for openings on the honor system. 2-3pm is the best time to go to avoid the crowds. Hickory Burger is my special favorite. Free refills on Iced Tea. Save room for pie, or get it to go

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 24, 2000

Apple Pan
10801 West Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, California 90064
+1 310 475 3585

Yamashiro

Restaurant

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Ask for a window table when making reservations. The view is amazing, from Downtown to the coast. If you don't want to spend a ton of dough on Sushi (which is excellent), this is also a great place for drinks. Be sure to scope out the garden which is to your left as you pull into the valet (the restaurant being on your right).

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 24, 2000

Yamashiro
695 Holladay Rd
Los Angeles, California 91106
(626) 577-5707

Abbot's Pizza Company

Restaurant | "Abbots Pizza Company"

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The best pizza west of manhattan. A great fix if you miss Brooklyn. Specialty slices so good it might make sense why the Dodgers moved to L.A. On your left side, going south on abbot-kinney.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 24, 2000

Abbot's Pizza Company
1407 Abbot Kinney Blvd
Venice, California 90291
(310) 396-7334

Versailles

Restaurant

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Get there early, otherwise expect to wait in line. Fabulous Cuban Food (but somehow never keeps well as leftovers). The pork dishes are my favorites. There are also three other locations. In the valley, on Sepulveda in Manhattan Beach, and on La Cienaga and Pico. Save room for flan.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 24, 2000

Versailles
1000 North Sepulveda Blvd
Manhattan Beach, California 90266
+1 310 937 6829

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)

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Attraction | "LACMA and La Brea Tar Pits"

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LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of the Arts) has an okay permanent collection. Check listings for exhibits and showtimes of old movies. On the same grounds are the La Brea Tar Pits. Though the actual museum for the Tar Pits is really nothing to speak of, checking out the pits themselves is unreal. They are quite out of place in the middle of the Miracle Mile, nature's last stand. (This is where the eruptions started in the movie 'Volcano'). The automotive museum across the street is worth a look. L.A.'s museums are really not that great compared with New York though they seem to think that the new Getty had suddenly brought the rest of them to a higher level. There was even a recent article in t...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on September 3, 2000

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)
5905 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, California 90036
(323) 857 6111

The Living Room

Attraction

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Great place to hear blues music. Friendly environment. Front door will probably be locked. Just ring to door bell and be patient. Don't forget your ID. Though I went with a group, if I ever went back, I would go by myself and get drunk at the bar. That's just how blue it can get. Well priced drinks, good service.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 24, 2000

The Living Room
2636 Crenshaw Blvd
Los Angeles, California 90016
(323) 735-8748

Biking!

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Attraction | "Coastal Bike Route"

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Before you even go to rent the bikes, visit the peaceful Venice Canals. Sometime back in L.A.'history, Abbott Kinney had a vision of Italy's Venice along the Santa Monica Bay, so built a whole series of canals for no other reason then, hey wouldn't that be cool. My theory is that it was to sell real estate (which was why the Hollywood sign was built). Most of them have been paved over but a few still exist. East of South Venice, cross over Pacific and look right, you can't miss it. Your not supposed to bring bread to feed the ducks. Once you get your bikes, the path leads north, running along the Venice Boardwalk (which is Saint Marc's Place by the beach). The current muscle beach is there but the o...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 24, 2000

Biking!
Various Locations
Los Angeles, California

Topanga State Park

Attraction

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The official place to park is at Sunset and Temescal, where you'd find the trail head. However, it is possible to park at the top of Bienvienda (right off of Sunset, West of Temescal). It cuts the distance to Skull Rock almost in half, and you avoid the 6 dollar parking charge. The street dead ends into gated community, and corners to the left. On the right is the entrance to the trail. Free parking at the curb. After getting away from the Palisade Mansions, there is a welcome silence. In either direction are vistas and ocean views. There's a waterfall which is more of a trickle; in the summer, there's less water than a leaky faucet.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 2, 2000

Topanga State Park
300 Los Liones Drive
Pacific Palisades, California 90272
+1 310 455 2465

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Come early on a weekday and smell the robust tang of coffee coming into its full roasted potential. A.J., the roastmaster, cooks up fresh batches of coffee almost everyday, right inside the cafe. He is friendly and knowledgeable and will answer any questions about the sacred bean. Custom roasts done on request. Get a pound of your favorite country or the freshest coffee available (there's nothing like running home to brew a pot while the beans are still warm in the bag). Alas, do not forgo an indulgence into their specialty coffee drinks. My sister swears by their espresso mochas (she usually tries to position herself in line so that AJ is the one who makes it). I prefer the cappachino, the Conservato...Read More
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Mar Vista Bowl, on Venice and Grandview, is the best of the bunch. It's the cleanest and most air conditioned. It has the best pinball: Medieval Madness and Star Wars. Even a pro shop if your that hard core. Discount prices on weekdays before five. You'll notice that almost every bowling alley in L.A. has a Pepe's. Don't eat there, the food is terrible. I've heard the food at the bowling alley in Burbank is good, but that's practically in the Valley. Oh my God! Bay Shore Bowl on Pico near 4th St. is a little run down. The lanes almost always break down, especially with a 14 lb. or heavier ball. The arcade is lacking, but they do have air hockey which rocks almost as much as Medieval Madness....Read More