Los Angeles Journals

You make me wanna...LALA

A travel journal to Los Angeles by Jglassb311

W Los Angeles - Westwood Photo, Los Angeles, California More Photos
Quote: Los Angeles--home of celebrities, socialites, and wannabe socialites and celebrities. This appallingly polluted city has a lot of adventure to offer. Star-gazing (and I don't mean the ones in the sky, because those cannot be seen through smog) is the #1 activity to partake in when in lala land.

W Los Angeles - Westwood

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Hotel | "W"

W Los Angeles - Westwood Photo, Los Angeles, California
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W Los Angeles was once the quaint Westwood Marquee that my family would stay in every time they went to LA. This hotel is in a fabulous location, a block from UCLA and only a short walk to downtown Westwood, which is college central with tons of restaurants and shopping. Overnight it was bought by Starwood Hotels and turned into the very happening hotspot W. The hotel was decked out in icy purples, greys, and warmer greens and candles, with loud techno and house music pumping in the lobby. The quaint bar area was turned into one of LA's hottest spots to catch a cocktail with white-leather banquets, green wheatgrass-style potted plants, and the same icy purples, greys, and mixed neutrals. T...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 8, 2005

W Los Angeles - Westwood
930 HILGARD AVE
Los Angeles, California 90024
310-208-8765

Ivy

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Restaurant | "The Ivy "

Ivy Photo, Los Angeles, California
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The Ivy in Los Angeles is the consummate celebrity institution. It is the first in the string of "celebrity restaurants," meaning the stars flock to the Ivy knowing all too well that paparazzi stalk the place with a vengeance. It is hard to get a reservation if you are not Winona’s or Brad's agent, or you aren't actually them, but it's worth a shot. I had the pleasure of going for my 23rd birthday dinner with my boyfriend and family. We sorta felt like they stuck us in the back, but that was okay. We didn't mind too much. The feel of The Ivy is best described as shabby-chic. There is a white picket fence missing some paint, antique French chairs on the patio, flowery tablecloth...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on March 8, 2005

Ivy
113 North Robertson Blvd
Los Angeles, California 90048
(310) 274-8303

Nate - N - Al Delicatessen & Restaurant

Restaurant | "Nate n' Al's Deli "

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Nate n'Al's deli is a small, retro Beverly Hills hole-in-the-wall right off Rodeo Drive with outstanding Jewish and American classics. This landmark is known for the famous people it attracts, the whitefish on rye, and their amazing bakery. Almost every time I have been in LA I have visited Nate n' Al's. And almost every time I have visited I have run into someone famous. Most recently it was Jodi Foster, with her child buying things from the deli counter. But others have included the cast of the movie Clueless (this was years ago), Bill Mahr, and Jerry Seinfeld. While that is all exciting and reason enough to visit, I go for the delicious deli food. My personal favorite is the whitefish...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 8, 2005

Nate - N - Al Delicatessen & Restaurant
414 North Beverly Drive
Los Angeles, California 90210
310/274-0101

Pink's Hot Dogs

Restaurant | "Pinks"

Pink's Hot Dogs Photo, Los Angeles, California
Quote:
Pinks is the quintessential LA spot. Everyone knows where and what it is, and everyone has been there to eat one of their famous dogs. Because of its touristy status, lines can get VERY long. And when I say VERY long, I am not exaggerating. I have been there when the line stretched back 2 blocks. They are THAT good, but if you don't have an hour to kill, you may want to choose a less likely time than the lunch hour or from 5 to 7pm to grab a snack. With over 30 types of hotdogs offered, including turkey and veggie dogs, you will have a hard time narrowing it down. But I say choose the wildest one. How often will you get to eat a fajita dog? Try the Martha Stewart ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 10, 2005

Pink's Hot Dogs
709 North La Brea Ave.
Los Angeles, California 90036
(323) 931-4223

Chi

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Restaurant

Chi Photo, Los Angeles, California
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Following in the star-studded footsteps of Ashton Kutcher, Wilmer Valderrama, Bruce Willis, and J-Lo, Justin Timberlake has taken on a new venture in a new hot-spot. Chi serves Global Asian cuisine presented on small plates in a hip, sultry atmosphere. The restaurant is within the Hyatt Hotel on the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles, next to the Chateau Marmont and near The Standard. This restaurant ambitiously combines Asian influence with a California twist. Fresh sashimi, thai salads, seared scallops and satay are all prominent menu items. The specials are always worth the extra few dollars. Smaller plates include thing like a Taste of the Sea - seared scallops, tuna tartare and temp...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 4, 2005

Chi
Hyatt West Hollywood Hotel
Los Angeles, California
(323) 848-3884

Farm at Beverly Hills

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Restaurant | "The Farm of Beverly Hills "

Quote:
Dining with the stars is an experience everyone should partake in when in Los Angeles. Although not easily planned, there are ways to ensure you see SOMEONE famous. This does not include stalking their homes or driving on the 405 slowing down next to each BMW and Mercedes with tinted windows. Instead of that, make a reservation for a delicious breakfast (cheaper than a delicious dinner and equally as star-studded) at a Beverly Hills hotspot, like The Farm. While the Farm is essentially on Rodeo Drive, it lacks that pretentious, snobby attitude of a Rodeo eatery. The staff is warm, and the food is fresh and innovative. As soon as I walked in, I saw Carolyn Rhea, of Sabrina the...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 7, 2005

Farm at Beverly Hills
439 North Beverly Drive
Beverly Hills, California 90210
+1 310 273 5578

Top Shoes

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Attraction | "For the Love of Shoes"

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What is it like, you ask? Well, it's this girl's idea of heaven. Shoes as far as the eye can see: small shoes, big shoes, short shoes, tall shoes. Everywhere. Top Shoes was a discovery I made about 10 years ago, while visiting UCLA with my brother, who was hoping to go there for school. I stumbled upon it, and it was love at first sight. This chaotic, packed shoe store is LA's best-kept secret. Brand-name shoes at half the retail price--no joke. I have bought shoes there for WELL below retail value and then seen them for WELL above retail value in other shops. I do not make a trip to LA without going to my favorite shoe store. I will not even buy shoes for awhile if I know I ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 8, 2005

Top Shoes
933 Westwood Blvd
Los Angeles, California 90024
(310) 208-6238

Third Street Promenade

Attraction | "3rd Street Promenade"

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The 3rd Street Promenade in Santa Monica is just a few blocks from the gorgeous Santa Monica Beach. A pedestrian-only area, the streets have been blocked off so that this really is a shopping-only sector. On either side are shops as far as the eye can see, and lining the middle of the streets are booths selling jewelry, scarves, incense, sunglasses, and lots of other fun things. Throughout the area you’ll discover unique boutiques: Hanna Hartnell Studio, Hype, Mudra, One, and Pink Ice, with familiar favorites as well: A/X, Abercrombie & Fitch, American Eagle Outfitters, Anthropologie, Banana Republic, Benetton, Fossil, Levi’s, Old Navy, Puma, and Urban Outfitters. And no visit to LA is c...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 10, 2005

Third Street Promenade
3rd St (between Wilshire and Broadway)
Santa Monica, California 90401
+1 310 393 8355; +1

Bar Marmont

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Attraction

Bar Marmont Photo, Los Angeles, California
Quote:
Bar Marmont is the epitome of a seen-and-be-seen place. Within the Chateau Marmont hotel, it is right off the strip. Disguised beyond a distressed white fence and two surly bouncers is a French-inspired bar, complete with an outdoor wood patio and fake butterflies and little monkeys in the drinks. Inspired by our need to see famous people, our Los Angeles-native friend suggested the Marmont, as she has seen countless stars, including Lara Flynn Boyle, being carried out of here. After our dinner at Chi, we walked to the Marmont and made our way into the bar with no trouble at all. It wasn't too early, but time was on our side, as there was no line. The bar is reminisce...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 7, 2005

Bar Marmont
8171 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, California 90046
(323) 650-0575

Walking Rodeo

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The experience of being somewhere you've seen on countless TV shows and in so many movies is weird. And that's how Los Angeles is to the average out-of-towner. It's weird. The way money is thrown around so carelessly in LA is unnerving to most people, and Rodeo Drive is the pinnacle and symbol of that frivolousness. Rodeo Drive in its entirety is about 5 blocks. The shops that line the street range from Harry Winston to Versace to Gucci to Tommy Hilfiger. Most tourists don't go to Rodeo to shop, though. They go to people-watch. Everything is so expensive there, and the sales people are unbelievably snobby. I would guess that most people go just so they can say, "We went to Rodeo." ...Read More