DAY 65: Pershing Square
532 S Olive St, Los Angeles, CA 90013
"Dedicated for use by Mayor Aguilar in 1866, this park land was named "La Plaza Abaja." In 1886, it was renovated with an official park plan designed by Fred Eaton...During World War I, the Square was often the scene for militia receptions and provided a forum for public speakers. On November 8, 1918, the park was formally named Pershing Square in honor of the World War I general. The next major change came in the 1950s, when an 1800-car garage was built beneath the park. Architect Ricardo Legoretta and landscapist Laurie Olin designed the current park plan, and the park was rededicated on February 3, 1994...Pershing Square, a Los Angeles City, icon is located in the heart of downtown Los Angeles. It is considered one of the most unique facilities the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks operates. Over the past fifteen years, through the creative work of staff, the volunteer work of the Park Advisory Board and the support of the downtown community Pershing Square is becoming the “Living Room” of Downtown Los Angeles."
DAY 66: Arlington Gardens
275 Arlington Dr, Pasadena, CA 91105
"Pasadena has only one dedicated public garden. Arlington Garden is an example of urban open space, which are uses called for in Pasadena’s Green Space, Recreation and Parks Element and Open Space and Conservation Element to the General Plan, such as plazas, paseos, and gardens, that are appropriate throughout the City where sites are too small or expensive for traditional parks." http://www.arlingtongardeninpasadena.org/
DAY 67: Get Lost with Ice Cream
I have a sweet tooth that could make Willy Wonka overdose, and my drug of choice is: ice cream. Cookies and Cream, and Strawberry Cheesecake are my addiction. There is no better dessert to me than ice cream, so where is the best desert in LA?
DAY 68: Get Lost at The Grove
189 The Grove Drive Los Angeles, CA 90036
"The Grove is a retail and entertainment complex in Los Angeles, California, built, owned, and operated by Rick J. Caruso and his company Caruso Affiliated on parts of the historical Farmers Market." (Wikipedia) It's a great place to spend the day shopping, relaxing, and one of a kind restaurants that are sure to send your taste buds on an adventure.
DAY 69: The Adamson House
23200 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265
"The Adamson House and Malibu Lagoon Museum opens the door to layer upon layer of intriguing Malibu history. The enchanted site, where Malibu Creek meets the Pacific Ocean, was once home to the Chumash Indians, who thrived there until the late 18th century. Later, the Rindge family owned 17,000 acres and 20 miles of coastline. The Rindge family’s daughter, Rhoda, and her husband, Merritt Huntley Adamson, used the site to construct a beach house, now the historic Adamson House museum. The Spanish Colonial Revival style home—today a National Historic Site, California Historical Landmark, and a California State Park—casts a magical spell, allowing visitors to evoke old California in a way few places can..."
DAY 70: Get Lost at the Malibu Pier
23000 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265
"Malibu Pier is a Southern California icon in an area once called the Riviera of America. The historic landmark is located in the heart of California's surf culture. Surfers from around the world come to Surfrider Beach adjacent to Malibu Pier, known for its three-point break that offers rides of 300 yards or more. The festive seaside atmosphere of good food and fun is returning to the famous pier. New restaurants offering classic seaside dishes complement the pier's beautiful coastal location and rich history." (www.parks.ca.gov)
DAY 71: Get Lost at Javier's
7832 E Pacific Coast Hwy Newport Beach, CA
“Javier’s Cantina & Grill, established in 1995 in Newport Beach, offers the best regionally influenced home-style Mexican cooking made with the freshest and finest ingredient." I love going here whenever I am down in OC, the food and drinks are divine, and the atmosphere is sheer perfection for any occasion or just a night out on the town.
DAY 72: Get Lost on PCH
"The highway is famous for running along some of the most beautiful coastlines in the USA, leading to its designation as an All-American Road. In addition to providing a scenic route to numerous attractions along the coast, the route also serves as a major thoroughfare in the Greater Los Angeles Area...Although SR 1 is a popular route for its scenic beauty, frequent landslides and erosion along the coast have caused several segments to be either closed for lengthy periods for repairs, or re-routed further inland" (Wikipedia). PCH is always a great place to roll the windows down, put on your favorite playlist and just drive.
DAY 73: Get Lost at the Port
"The Port of Los Angeles, also called Los Angeles Harbor Department, is a port complex that occupies 7,500 acres of land and water along 43 mi of waterfront and adjoins the separate Port of Long Beach. The port is located in San Pedro Bay in the San Pedro and Wilmingtonneighborhoods of Los Angeles. A department of the City of Los Angeles, the Port of Los Angeles employs nearly 1,000 people, and is the busiest container port in the US. For public safety, the Port of Los Angeles utilizes theLos Angeles Port Police to fight crime and terrorism, and the Los Angeles City Lifeguards to provide lifeguarding services for inner Cabrillo Beach” (Wikipedia). There isn’t much to do at the Port of Los Angeles, however it’s very interesting to see the ins and outs of our nation’s busiest port. The water in this shot looks absolutely surreal and tranquil, in contrast to the hectic chaos that must go on.
DAY 74: Get Lost at MOCA
250 South Grand Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90012
"Founded in 1979, MOCA is the only museum in LA devoted exclusively to contemporary art. It is committed to the collection, presentation, and interpretation of work produced since 1940 in all media, and to preserving that work for future generations. In a remarkably short time, MOCA has developed one of the nation's most renowned permanent collections. Now numbering over 6,800 works and steadily growing...MOCA's mission is to be the defining museum of contemporary art...MOCA identifies and supports the most significant and challenging art of its time, places it in historical context, and links the range of the visual arts to contemporary culture. MOCA provides leadership by actively fostering and presenting new work, emerging media, and original scholarship" (http://www.moca.org/museum/us_home.php?).
DAY 75: Get Lost with Shepard Fairey
"Los Angeles is home to numerous works by street artist extraordinaire Shepard Fairey, and even a guilty plea of criminal contempt hasn't hindered his creative spirit... Fairey put his finishing touches on his "Make Art, Not War" mural on the side of Baller Hardware in Silver Lake. The grand contemporary design screams Shepard Fairey, pulling from his existing "Make Art, Not War" poster, created as part of the 2004 "Be the Revolution" campaign, and featuring his signature palette. Lisa Derrick of Cartwheel Art witnessed Fairey finalizing the work this week, noting that the graphic designer/illustrator "is a detailed-oriented perfectionist." We believe it. If you missed Fairey and his cans and brushes in action, which you likely did, check out the photos above and the videos below.” (www.laist.com)
DAY 76: Get Lost at FarBar
347 E 1st St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
"Far Bar is located at 347 East First Street in the historic Chop Suey building. One of the oldest standing buildings in Los Angeles, the Far East Chop Suey Café was the heart of Little Tokyo for many years as it hosted parties, family gatherings, and community events. As a result of the devastating 1994 Northridge Earthquake, the Far East Café was forced to close its doors. A major movement for historical renovations in Los Angeles helped restore the building breathing new life into the area. In late 2005 Far Bar opened its doors to the public. Far Bar brings a contemporary attitude to Little Tokyo, while still preserving the charm of its past..." (www.farbarla.com)
DAY 77: Hellman Park Trail
"Hellman Park Trail is a 5.5 mile loop trail located near Whittier, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from January until January. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash."
how do you get here? If you are traveling down the 605
1. exit on Beverly Blvd.
2. turn LEFT for Beverly Blvd.
3. Turn LEFT onto GREENLEAF AVE.
4. destination will be on the LEFT There is a small couple parking stalls that are located right at the base of the trail. If you want to try your luck at getting a parking spot, make your way there. If not, park along the residential area (be courteous since this is still a residential area).
DAY 78: The Americana at Brand
889 Brand Blvd, Glendale, CA 9120
"The Americana at Brand is a large outdoor shopping community in Glendale, California. The property was built and is owned and operated by Los Angeles businessman Rick J. Caruso and his company Caruso Affiliated. Caruso Affiliated has built and operates of many other projects including The Grove at Farmers Market in Los Angeles, CA. Americana at Brand has 75 retail shops including, Barneys New York, Forever 21, and David Yurman as well as a variety of dining options including Din Tai Fung, Bourbon Steak by Michael Mina, and Katsuya by Starck. The Americana includes 100 condominiums and 238 apartments” (Wikipedia).
DAY 79: Bennett's Ice Cream
6333 W.3rd St., Los Angeles, CA 90036
"Bennett’s Ice Cream is one of the last of a vanishing tradition: Scott Bennett and his staff make their own ice cream from fresh ingredients mixed on the spot (you can watch the process through Bennett’s kitchen window). The result is so fine that Bennett's regularly wins awards (there are Blue Ribbons all over the shop). The flavors are also wonderfully inventive – try Scott’s cabernet sauvignon sorbet or his pumpkin ice cream." it's a hot day today, and as you all know I am a ice cream fanatic. if you are in the farmers market this is the place to go for ice cream, I personally love the cookies and cream. (www.farmersmarketla.com)
DAY 80: Get Lost at Hsi Lai Temple
3456 South Glenmark Drive, Hacienda Heights, CA 91745
"Fo Guang Shan Hsi Lai Temple (Chinese: 佛光山西來寺) is a traditional Chinese Buddhist mountain monastery. It is one of the largest of its kind...The temple complex is located in Hacienda Heights. The name "Hsi Lai" means Coming West in the sense of the "Great Buddhadharma Coming West." The temple is affiliated Fo Guang Shan, one of Taiwan's largest Buddhist organizations. It is the order's first overseas branch temple, and serves as the North America regional headquarters for Fo Guang Shan. Hsi Lai was the site of the founding of Buddha's Light International Association, established in 1991. The temple, like its mother temple in Taiwan, practices Humanistic Buddhism, which incorporates all of the eight traditional schools of Chinese Buddhism - especially the Linji Chan and Pure Land schools - to provide guidance deemed most useful to modern life. (wikipedia).
DAY 81: Long Beach Museum of Art
2300 E Ocean Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90803
"The LBMA is a museum located on Ocean Boulevard in the Bluff Park neighborhood of Long Beach. The Museum's permanent collection includes approximately 3,000 paintings, drawings, sculptures, works on paper, and decorative arts objects. Particular strengths include American decorative arts objects, early 20th century European art, California Modernism, and contemporary art of California. The museum is a member of the North American Reciprocal Museums program and is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums...The museum also has an ocean view café, Claire's at the Museum, that is open for lunch and also has a popular weekend brunch. The restaurant is named in honor of Claire Falkenstein, an American sculptor who created the restaurant's centerpiece, Structure and Flow, a fountain with twisting latticework, which was donated to the museum in 1972" (Wikipedia).
DAY 82: The Huntington Library
1151 Oxford Rd, San Marino, CA 91108
"The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens is a collections-based educational and research institution established by Henry E. Huntington and located in San Marino, California. In addition to the library, the institution houses an extensive art collection with a focus in 18th- and 19th-century European art and 17th- to mid-20th-century American art. The property also includes approximately 120 acres of specialized botanical gardens, most notably the Japanese Garden, the Desert Garden, and the Chinese Garden" (Wikipedia).
DAY 83: Lock and Key
239 S Vermont Ave Los Angeles, CA 90004
"The best way to find Lock & Key, the new speakeasy and bar in Koreatown, is to look for Stall 239, the food window adjacent to its entrance. Owners have cleverly disguised the facade and have not installed any noticeable signage on the front. Just inside, there's an Alice in the Wonderland-like room full of locks and doors. A hostess guides guests inside into the swanky 1920s themed bar full of brass and golden light. Grab a cushioned stool at the bar or slide into a forest green booth because Bartender Christophe Namer(Pastis) has created a drink menu worth tasting. Though getting a bite to eat means having to walk out of the bar and stand in line at the stall, food service will soon be offered inside Lock & Key, keeping things nice and tidy” (EaterLA)
DAY 84: Peddler's Creamery
458 S Main St, Los Angeles, CA 90013
"Peddler's Creamery produces high quality artisan bicycle-churned organic dairy and non-dairy ice cream and frozen desserts for Los Angeles. [They] believe that as a Benefit Corporation we can seek the true triple bottom line that profits the planet and people equally. 5% of profits will go to social and environmental causes..." (Peddler's Creamery). Keep in mind that if you ride their bike for 20 mins, you'll get a free scoop of ice cream!
DAY 84: "A Rose for Lilly"
111 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012
"The Blue Ribbon Garden is the Walt Disney Concert Hall’s rooftop garden. Nearly an acre in size, the garden is tucked beneath the hall’s gleaming exterior and filled with lush landscaping that blooms throughout the year. One of the garden’s highlights is A Rose for Lilly, the Frank Gehry-designed fountain that pays tribute to the late Lillian Disney and her love for Royal Delft porcelain vases and roses. The fountain is a large rose that’s covered in thousands of broken pieces of Delft porcelain and tiles, creating a one-of-a-kind mosaic. The Blue Ribbon Garden often serves as a backdrop to pre- and post-theater receptions, private events and children’s programming. There are organic herbs, forage foods and edible flowers throughout the Blue Ribbon Garden that are maintained by the chefs of Patina" (Discover LA).
DAY 85: Mission San Juan Capistrano
26801 Ortega Hwy, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
"The mission was founded on All Saints' Day November 1, 1776, by Spanish Catholics of the Franciscan Order. Named for Giovanni da Capistrano, a 15th-century theologian and "warrior priest" who resided in the Abruzzo region of Italy, San Juan Capistrano has the distinction of being home to the oldest building in California still in use, a chapel built in 1782. Known alternately as "Serra's Chapel" and "Father Serra's Church," it is the only extant structure where it has been documented that the padre Junipero Serra celebrated mass..."(Wikipedia). Known as the "Gem of the Missions", Mission SJC is a true beauty, and something that should not be missed.
DAY 86: Get Lost on the Queen Mary
1126 Queens Hwy, Long Beach, CA 90802
"Queen Mary is a retired ocean liner that sailed primarily in the North Atlantic Ocean from 1936 to 1967 for the Cunard Line...Queen Mary along with her running mate, the RMS Queen Elizabeth, were built as part of Cunard's planned two-ship weekly express service between Southampton, Cherbourg, and New York City. The two ships were a British response to the superliners built by German and French companies in the late 1920s and early 1930s. Queen Mary was the flagship of the Cunard Line from May 1936 until October 1946 when she was replaced in that role by Queen Elizabeth..."(Wikipedia). Now a beautiful historic hotel and landmark, the Queen Mary sits in all it's majestic glory in Long Beach harbor.
DAY 87: Get Lost at 800 Degrees
10889 Lindbrook Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90024
(for a full list of locations go to their website)
"At 800 Degrees, [they] strive to honor the heritage of Old World Italian tradition, where the integrity of ingredients is paramount. California grown tomatoes, locally made fresh mozzarella, and handcrafted crust made with flour from the ancient Molino San Felice in Naples, Italy are complemented by only the best charcuterie and local vegetables. While [they] offer a few favorite combinations, feel free to personalize your pizza with your choice of ingredients. Your pizza will be baked and ready before you even leave the counter!..." (800 Degrees Pizza)
DAY 88: Get Lost at Bottega Louie
700 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90017
"Bottega Louie is a 255 seat Restaurant, Gourmet Market, Patisserie and Café located at 700 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles CA. Full bar service is available. The Gourmet Market and Patisserie offer an extensive selection of sweet and savory products for your enjoyment" (Bottega Louie). Even if you go simply for the macaroons, they are to die for.
DAY 89: Get Lost at Rose Hills Memorial
3888 Workman Mill Rd, Whittier, CA 90601
Rose Hills is the largest cemetery in the United States. The cemetery which is located in Whittier, California was first constructed in 1914. They offer a wide variety of styles of resting places, servicing a plethora of religions and cultures. Definitely worth a visit if you're passing by.
DAY 90: Roosevelt Hotel
7000 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
"The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel is a historic hotel designed in the Spanish Colonial Revival style...Named after United States president Theodore Roosevelt and financed by a group including Douglas Fairbanks, Mary Pickford and Louis B. Mayer, it first opened its doors on May 15, 1927. It cost $2.5 million ($33.9 million in today's money or dollars) to complete this twelve-story building, which holds 300 rooms and suites. It is now managed by Thompson Hotels. Following a major renovation in 2005, The Hollywood Roosevelt has been more prominently featured in films and in Hollywood nightlife. There has been a recent surge in popularity within young Hollywood in the last few years, thanks to trendy nightclub Teddy's..." (wikipedia)
DAY 91: Millennium Biltmore Hotel
506 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90071
"The Millennium Biltmore Hotel, is a luxury hotel located on Pershing Square in Downtown Los Angeles, California. Upon its grand opening in 1923, the Los Angeles Biltmore was the largest hotel west of Chicago, Illinois in the United States. In 1969 the Biltmore Hotel was designated a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument by the City of Los Angeles. As of 2009, the Los Angeles Biltmore is operated as part of the Millennium & Copthorne Hotels chain as the Millennium Biltmore Hotel. The hotel has 70,000 square feet (6,500 m2) of meeting and banquet space. From its original 1500 guestrooms it now has 683, due to room reorganization" (Wikipedia).
DAY 92: Get Lost at Beso
6350 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, CA 90028
"Beso is a desired location for a romantic, eclectic, contemporary dining experience. Our menu is a fusion of classic steakhouse and authentic Latin dishes. The dining room features wrap-around booths and overstuffed chairs in front of an open kitchen with a white oak wood burning oven. You can listen to the baby grand piano at our main bar with the sounds of contemporary and current hits as you enjoy cocktails made from muddled fruit, unique tequilas, sangria, and an extensive wine list. Finish the evening upstairs in the newly remodeled “Estate Room”, previously known as Kiss lounge, where you feel as though you are on an outside patio under the moon light and stars. The olive trees are lit by candle lanterns and the ultimate Hollywood A-list nightlife dances the night away from sounds by the hottest DJ’s” (Beso Hollywood).
DAY 93: Angel City Brewery
216 S Alameda St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
"Angel City Brewery is excited to be part of the brewing renaissance of �Downtown LA by bringing old-world, small-batch, craft brewing to the new world of the �expanding Arts District. We are committed to the continued growth and revitalization of our neighborhood by being an interactive and supportive partner to the arts and business communities, as well as the burgeoning craft beer movement in Los Angeles" (Angel City Brewery).