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A Little Wander around Hollywood at Christmas...

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A December 2008 trip to Los Angeles by Red Mezz

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Quote: Los Angeles is too big to encompass in a single review, so for this one I'll just concentrate on the time we spent in the area of Hollywood at the start of the holiday season...

Grauman's Chinese Theatre

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Attraction | "Where It All Starts..."

Grauman's Chinese Theatre Photo, Los Angeles, California
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Probably my favourite thing in all of Hollywood - and I doubt if I am alone on this - is the world famous Grauman's Chinese Theater. Located on Hollywood Blvd along the Hollywood Walk of Fame and just a few steps away from the new Hollywood and Highland Centre - this traditional bit of old Hollywood is something you might stumble on with out even realizing it. One minute you are in a shiny new shopping district where it's not unlikely to spot a celebrity or two doing some Christmas shopping (I saw one from ER...) and then a few steps away you are standing on the Hollywood stars, and fighting your way through the throngs of tourists, locals and costumed characters trying to hav...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 21, 2009

Grauman's Chinese Theatre
6925 Hollywood Boulevard
Los Angeles, California
(323) 464-8111

Hollywood Walk of Fame

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Attraction | "You've Got to Do It..."

Hollywood Walk of Fame Photo, Los Angeles, California
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In every trip there are certain things that you are obliged to do. Even if you've managed to make it all the way to Hollywood California with out having any interest whatsoever in films or star-gazing - it is still all but compulsory that you visit the Hollywood Walk of Fame. If you arrive on Hollywood Blvd by car or - well, I guess it will probably be by car as there are very few ways to get around LA that aren't by car. (You could walk if you're not coming from too far away, but buses aren't recommended by those who live there.) Then you will all but stumble upon the Hollywood Walk of Fame. With all the glitz and glamour that surrounds it; you might think that it's set asid...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 19, 2009

Hollywood Walk of Fame
Hollywood Blvd & Vine St.
Los Angeles, California 90028
(323) 469-8311

Hollywood Sign

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Attraction | "The Famous Sign and the Hollywood Hills"

Hollywood Sign Photo, Los Angeles, California
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If there is one single obligatory thing you must make the effort to do in Hollywood - it is to see the Hollywood sign. And this might be more difficult then you would imagine. You could drive around Hollywood all day (and this is something that could very feasibly happen given the confusing streets and traffic in the area) and never spot it. At the risk of spoiling it - I should warn you that the legendary Hollywood sign is somewhat more...demure than you might expect. Or rather, it appears to be. The size of the sign in reality is quite impressive at 450 ft from end to end, and apparently each letter is 45 ft tall. Perhaps it's the size of the peak it's resting on - whic...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 20, 2009

Hollywood Sign
6342 Mulholland Highway
Hollywood, California 90068

Amoeba Records Hollywood

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Attraction | "An Essential Part of Your Trip..."

Amoeba Records Hollywood Photo, Hollywood, California
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It's possible - it's likely even - that when you were asking around about what to do in California before you arrived, at least one person has told you 'You have to go to Amoeba Records.' If you have even the slightest interest in music then you will have probably been told this on more than one occasion - and it would have been very good advice. Known as The World's Largest Independent Music Store, Amoeba records has something, possibly everything, for everyone! A store that has become a California institution has so much more than just a really large music selection. There are three stores in California, one in San Francisco, one in Berkley and one in Hollywood...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 8, 2009

Amoeba Records Hollywood
6400 Sunset Blvd.
Hollywood, California
(323) 245-6400

Duna Csardas

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Restaurant | "Something a Little Different..."

Duna Csardas  Photo, Los Angeles, California
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After lots of pit stops for burgers and muffins and coffee - the kind of things you always end up eating while sight seeing, if you're in the mood for something a little bit different then just around the corner is the Csardas Hungarian Restaurant and Bakery. It's a very inconspicuous little place on Melrose Ave, and not probably a place that would catch your eye in the midst of all the Hollywood restaurants as a place to eat. But it is a somewhat interesting place - and I felt the need to review it if for no other reason that I'd never actually been to a Hungarian Restaurant before. My grandfather was from Hungary, though growing up in the south I only ever had a ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 24, 2009

Duna Csardas
5820 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, California 90004
(323) 962-6434

Pink's Hot Dogs

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Restaurant | ""Hotdog to the Stars..""

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When I came into Los Angeles to spend the month of December leading up to Christmas on the California coast - I was fortunate enough to know someone locally who could point me in all the right directions for what to do and see while visiting the area. As I mention often in this journal - the size of LA is something that is really hard to comprehend until you are in the midst of it - and even before you are aware of just how vast the driving times can be from one end of the city to the other - it might still be daunting knowing just where to start your Hollywood adventure. Not only was I lucky enough to have a few friends dotted around this mammoth city, but I was even more fort...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 19, 2009

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

Fatburger

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Restaurant | "A Whole Lot of Burger for Your Buck..."

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If you've never been to the states - the one thing that might strike you on your first visit is just how many wonderful options there are for where to eat. Fast food, fine dining, cafe, restaurants - there are no limit to the wonderful selections, and most of them at a very good price. Even in LA - where things are a bit pricier than they might be in other parts of the country, the price of good food - especially fast food - is excellent. Even coming from a year in New Zealand - a place that is supposedly known for being cheap - Los Angeles seemed a gloriously cheap place to eat. Finally any number of filling, tasty options were available at a reasonable cost. And even...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 21, 2009

Fatburger
1611 N. Vermont Ave.
Hollywood, California
(323) 663-3100