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Seventy-Two Suburbs in Search of a City

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A May 2008 trip to Los Angeles by onesundaymorning

Stalking Alec Baldwin. Photo, Anaheim, California More Photos
Quote: Visiting the tourist areas and the local hotspots in the city of angels

Seventy-Two Suburbs in Search of a City

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Overview

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Explaining the true nature of Los Angeles to someone who has never been here is a little like trying to get someone to change religions. We are the land of glitz and glam, where celebrities roam free and everyone’s big break is just around the next corner. Legends are built here, forged at the base of the Hollywood sign, and embedded in the concrete of Mann’s Chinese Theatre. Tinsel town is as large as your dreams, and when it gets boring an earthquake will come around to shake things up. Seeing the real LA for the first time is a bit like seeing the face of god; everyone has a different idea of what he should look like (after all we made it in the image that we wanted it to be), but once the façade i...Read More

Buddha's Belly

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Restaurant

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Though my travels I've learned sometimes the destination that we seek pails in comparison to the events that happen along the way. Strange enough this also spills over into the some of the more mundane events that happen in our day making even a simple trip to a restaurant an event that friends will share for the rest of their lives. In this case I'm referring to Buddha's Belly. Located in Santa Monica just off of the 3rd Street Promenade sits this Asian Fusion restaurant. At night the place is packed being a popular place for a date. The inside is set up with LA's version of the ultra modern Asian style including large ceiling lamps, Buddha statues, and odd shaped bowls that reminded me of Asia gone ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 1, 2008

Buddha's Belly
205 Broadway
Santa Monica 90401
(310)458-2500

Terrace (The)

Restaurant | "The Terrace"

Terrace (The)  Photo, Los Angeles, California
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This place is so low key that it is uber-trendy and the staff knows it; just as every other restaurant on Washington Blvd. The bight yellow building offers inside and outside seating. I prefer the outside, because the inside seemed dark while the terrace was bright, airy, and allowed for great people watching. I arrived at the wrong time, during lunch hour on the weekend, with no reservation. Luck was on my side because someone had missed their reservation and I go the table. The patio was perfect. Decorated with giant butterflies on the ceiling it kept me in the perfect beach mood.I was impressed by the fact that they were cool with the fact that my friend and I brought in outside drinks. V...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on June 10, 2008

Terrace (The)
7 Washingon Blvd.
Marina del Rey, CA 90292
(310) 578-1530

Celebrity Stalking in Disney

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Stalking Alec Baldwin. Photo, Anaheim, California
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Being from a small town in Pennsylvania the number one thing that my friends want to see when they come to see me in LA is movie stars. It's hard to explain but spotting a movie star isn't like going to the zoo and finding the zebra in its cage; its something that just happens. On the last day of my friend, Ashley's, trip out to California I had exhausted all of my usual star-spotting venues and had all but given up. Everyday she called her family and sadly answered no when they asked her if she saw anyone. Then it happened, at all places we could have seen someone, it was at Disneyland.We had arrived at the park early that morning hoping to beat the Sunday afternoon crowd and score some fas...Read More
Graffiti Photo, Venice, California
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Many images are conjured up when one hears "LA". Images of movie stars, perfect weather, and the beach are all part of that ideal. It is hard to deny that California's are beach goers, but unlike many places that I've visited there is a different feel that surrounds the beaches of So. Cal. I'm not trying to deny that LA doesn't have its fair share of beach loving tourists, but more often than not the beaches are packed with locals out for the day. This is not only reflected in the people that are there, but also in the shops and entertainment that populate the beach.Walk in any direction long enough and the beach changes. My friend, Ashely, came to visit and was a little taken back when I told he...Read More