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Hello, hello! (And a question for you)

I have been mostly sans-internet for the week while entertaining a guest, a guest who weirdly enough doesn't feel compelled to check their multiple blogs several times a day? Le gasp! So I had to do stuff like talk out loud and be outside (omg, it was 100F + all week, cry cry). Oh, right, and spend the week with my oldest friend, Chrissy. Well, oldest friendship. She's only a year older than me, it's not like she's old.

I'm out of practice with writing words, derp.

HI!

1. When I have something delicious to eat, I want to eat it a lot. Example: (my friend is vegetarian, so I wanted to make meals that were inclusive) whole wheat ciabatta bun, toasted with a brush of olive oil and sea salt. On this: sun-dried tomato pesto, grilled portobello mushroom (brushed with balsamic vinaigrette and sea salt), a little Feta cheese, roasted red bell peppers, baby spinach leaves and pepperocinis. SO GUESS WHAT I ATE FOR LUNCH ALL WEEK. Nom nom!

2. I took her to Sephora (because you can order stuff online, hooray! - and she lives in the sticks) and played with makeup for a few hours. I convinced her to sign up for their rewards card, and as they filled out her information, the girl asked my friend, "Email?" which Chrissy heard as "Female?" She did a tiny double take, and in a very friendly voice said, "Yes, female?" I don't know who felt more derpy, the cashier or my friend. I just cackled and laughed, because I'm awesome and supportive. (ha) WHY WOULD SHE ASK YOU IF YOU WERE FEMALE. Lol.

3. AND THE MOST IMPORTANT PART. I am going to be heading out to LA at the end of October for a fun media-fest/weekend plus a few days' getaway, and as I have never been, am looking for your suggestions on the following:

* neighborhoods that are wonderful to stay in
* Must See sights (beyond the typical tourist attractions like Grauman's, etc.)
* Must Eat restaurants.

Remember that I am a grown-ass lady and I have money, so I don't have to rough it. :D (And I'm renting a car.) Anyone? *chinfists*

4. And not having a fannish Tumblr anymore has really made me happy. HUH. PRETTY PICTURES, YAY!

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stoney321
Sep. 7th, 2012 03:20 pm (UTC)
I'm also killing you softly with my song, so let's not pretend otherwise. OKAY SUE?

Oh, I highly recommend you and Vinnie getting together! Heck, one of those trips resulted in you being healed by Jensen, so who knows what could happen with this visit?

1) Why do you not have one, Sue? I'm telling you: PICTURES. FOOD. STUFF. (Here's mine. Make one and follow me so I can follow you. I AM THE BOSS OF YOU.)
2) I have not noticed! Because I've not watched it yet, I'm only reading Liz's recaps! I plan on starting it once I'm done with White Collar, though, SO I WILL LOOK FOR THIS. ALso: you are wonderful.
3) Use metal enamel paint, but be sure to use the right kind of primer! (Metal wire brush, tacky wipe down, oil-based metal primer.)

Whatcha painting?
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menomegirl
Sep. 7th, 2012 03:35 pm (UTC)
Yay! for not having a fannish Tumblr anymore. GO YOU! You did not need the agravation. (I know I just misspelled that but I don't care :D)

Bread with olive oil and sea salt! YUM!

OMG now I'm hungry.
stoney321
Sep. 7th, 2012 03:39 pm (UTC)
I did NOT need it. And I've blocked certain words so I no longer see ugliness that others want to spread. YAY!

How perfect is a hot piece of bread with olive oil and sea salt? MAYBE THE MOST PERFECT THING.

Ha, I'm quickly gearing up for lunch myself! <3
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beadattitude
Sep. 7th, 2012 03:38 pm (UTC)
I'm the same way about foods, and Sephora is the awesome sauce.
stoney321
Sep. 7th, 2012 03:40 pm (UTC)
I WANT ALL THE *insert delicious thing someone prepared for me* ALL THE TIME! <3 <3

I loooooove Sephora. You get to play with stuff!
stephanierb
Sep. 7th, 2012 04:40 pm (UTC)

I'm not allowed in Sephora. I can NOT walk out of there without dropping a ton of coin.

Ooh, so jealous of your LA trip. I love going there. I don't know that I can recommend a neighborhood to stay in, since I always stay with friends when I visit, but Los Feliz and Silver Lake are both cute neighborhoods. Both are east of Hollywood, though Los Feliz is closer to the action.

I can't really help with restaurants since my friends are always on a budget. I had to go to Pink's and I always get In-n-Out burger when I'm there, but as far as foodie type places, I don't know much about it. Which blows because I love to eat.

I know you want lesser known tourist attractions, but I loved the Griffith Observatory (though I wish they had viewings), the Getty and the Warner Brothers Studio tour, which is completely different from the Universal Tour. Heavy on the film/tv history, light on the theme park.

I'm also a movie nerd, so I love to see locations where movies were filmed. We had dinner at the Formosa Cafe, which was used in 'LA Confidential' ("Exley: Shut up! A hooker cut to look like Lana Turner is still a hooker. She just looks like Lana Turner. Jack: She is Lana Turner.") I also hit The Dresden in Los Feliz from "Swingers". I'm pretty sure that couple are still performing. There are a few websites that list all of the movies and their locations if you're interested in that sort of thing.

http://www.movie-locations.com/places/usa/la.html
http://www.seeing-stars.com/locations/index.shtml
http://www.movielocationsguide.com/movie_location_maps/California_%28Los_Angeles%29.php

I'm more interested in seeing where the classic movies were filmed, but there's the more recent stuff as well.

I also went to this theater that screened silent movies. I saw a pristine cut of Charlie Chaplin's 'The Kid', which was awesome for me because I have a hard time watching silent movies because of film degradation. I'm not kidding when I say this cut looked like it had just been shot. It was spectacular. Again, not sure if you're into that, but here's the link:

http://www.cinefamily.org/

Amoeba Music is an awesome music store, huge selection and very helpful staff.

The ArcLight is a great place to see a movie. There's a bar and some showings are 21+, so you can bring your drink into the theater.

That's what immediately comes to mind. I hope it's helpful. :-)
stoney321
Sep. 7th, 2012 08:14 pm (UTC)
SEPHORA. That and Origins are my "oopsie doodles!" spent too much stores, for sure. :D

OH, THIS IS FABULOUS INFORMATION!! I def. wouldn't mind seeing interesting sights like you've mentioned. I'm not wanting to be a tourist with a crowd - I much prefer to blend in with the locals and immerse myself in a place, so these sound like some fantastic options for that. YAY!!! Thank you, thank you!
lostakasha
Sep. 7th, 2012 05:26 pm (UTC)
Oooh!

L.A. proved too much for the man (he couldn't take it) BUT STONEY CAN!

-- West Hollywood is fantastic. Accessible, a little hippie-stonerfied-hisptery but so comfortable and queer-friendly and funky. Lots of great watering holes. That's where I would stay (and have stayed) on a return trip, but alas, I have no hotel recs because we housesat. Although... maybe try the Best Western on Sunset Blvd. It's a nice central spot.

-- Hugo's on Sunset is a must for eats. They've got wonderful dishes, and a vegan mac & cheese that still haunts me. It's cozy and friendly and everything is so fresh. Plus, you can't beat a pot of French-pressed on the table and strawberry shortcake at 11pm, ever. Oh, my heart.

-- The French Quarter on Santa Monica has nice breakfasts and a sweet patio.

--If you're in the mood for Brazilian, Bossa Nova is great. It's in West Hollywood on Robinson across the street from the Abbey, which is a big deal gay hotspot and lots of fun for a fizzy drink and some hip shakin'.

-- You can't go wrong with Hamburger Mary's. Ever. They're on Santa Monica and Melrose, as I recall.

--Tasty Donut on Sunset is a hole in the wall but has the most tender sugared donuts I've ever let dissolve upon my tongue. I'm so not a krispy creme gal, so if that's what you love in a fried ball of dough, you won't find it here.

Now I want to leave sunny Alameda and head south... have a lovely time, darlin'!

bdbdb
Sep. 7th, 2012 05:31 pm (UTC)
My friend is the manager of that Hugo's. Ha! :)
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bdbdb
Sep. 7th, 2012 05:29 pm (UTC)
LA - it depends on what you're looking for. For example I dislike Hollywood since they turned it into a tourist trap. But if you want to be in Hollywood and do touristy things, the Renaissance hotel is nice. So really it just depends...

I'm not helpful at all, am I?
bdbdb
Sep. 7th, 2012 05:43 pm (UTC)
Google sent me here: http://www.hotel250.com/ Never been there so no clue as to it's quality, but Silver Lake and Los Feliz are nice areas. Very artsy-fartsy hipster-y neighborhoods. Silver Lake has a large gay community too. It's kind of the anti-West Hollywood. (WeHo is very "scene-y" and stereotypical. Silver Lake is more "come as you are." In the evenings I've seen families walking around, a few minutes later I saw a dude in a chicken costume and then later a guy in his assless chaps. Anything goes around here!)

Maybe trip advisor or one of those sites can help?

Or do you know what other places/attractions you are going to want to see when you're here? Maybe we can find you a nice place central to them. :)
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stephanierb
Sep. 7th, 2012 06:24 pm (UTC)
My post was marked as spam. :-(

Could it be due to links?

Edited at 2012-09-07 06:26 pm (UTC)
stephanierb
Sep. 7th, 2012 08:14 pm (UTC)
Sorry if this spams your inbox. I'm trying the post without the links to see if it works.

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I'm not allowed in Sephora. I can NOT walk out of there without dropping a ton of coin.

Ooh, so jealous of your LA trip. I love going there. I don't know that I can recommend a neighborhood to stay in, since I always stay with friends when I visit, but Los Feliz and Silver Lake are both cute neighborhoods. Both are east of Hollywood, though Los Feliz is closer to the action.

I can't really help with restaurants since my friends are always on a budget. I had to go to Pink's and I always get In-n-Out burger when I'm there, but as far as foodie type places, I don't know much about it. Which blows because I love to eat.

I know you want lesser known tourist attractions, but I loved the Griffith Observatory (though I wish they had viewings), the Getty and the Warner Brothers Studio tour, which is completely different from the Universal Tour. Heavy on the film/tv history, light on the theme park.

I'm also a movie nerd, so I love to see locations where movies were filmed. We had dinner at the Formosa Cafe, which was used in 'LA Confidential' ("Exley: Shut up! A hooker cut to look like Lana Turner is still a hooker. She just looks like Lana Turner. Jack: She is Lana Turner.") I also hit The Dresden in Los Feliz from "Swingers". I'm pretty sure that couple are still performing. There are a few websites that list all of the movies and their locations if you're interested in that sort of thing.

I'm more interested in seeing where the classic movies were filmed, but there's the more recent stuff as well.

I also went to this theater that screened silent movies. I saw a pristine cut of Charlie Chaplin's 'The Kid', which was awesome for me because I have a hard time watching silent movies because of film degradation. I'm not kidding when I say this cut looked like it had just been shot. It was spectacular. Again, not sure if you're into that, but it's the Cinefamily theater on Fairfax.

Amoeba Music is an awesome music store, huge selection and very helpful staff.

The ArcLight is a great place to see a movie. There's a bar and some showings are 21+, so you can bring your drink into the theater.

That's what immediately comes to mind. I hope it's helpful. :-)
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fabrisse
Sep. 7th, 2012 06:31 pm (UTC)
I adore the Getty Museum. I prefer the Museum to the Villa, but they're both super. Also, Santa Monica pier is fun (a little touristy, but not as bad as you might think). If you can afford it, there's a restaurant called Shutters on the Beach that has never disappointed me in Santa Monica, and Firefly in Studio City has never had a problem with some of my family's stranger dietary issues. The waitstaff is terrific, too.

There's a Starwood property in Santa Monica. Just sayin'

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stoney321
Sep. 7th, 2012 08:17 pm (UTC)
I do love a museum! We are def. planning on going to at least one during our trip.

And Shutters looks perfectly reasonable in price range - Santa Monica was one I was most interested in, thanks for that!
ladycyndra
Sep. 7th, 2012 06:50 pm (UTC)
Oh GOD point number one sounds GREAT! May I have the recipe? ^_^

Also, I recommend standing in the ocean while in LA. That's what I did so that I could say I was in the Pacific. XD Dip your feet in, girl!
stoney321
Sep. 7th, 2012 08:18 pm (UTC)
You sure can! Go read point one, and there you go! :D

Oh, I'm an ocean girl. If it's possible for what we end up having planned, that's a done deal already. :)
brunettepet
Sep. 7th, 2012 08:18 pm (UTC)
Griffith Observatory, The Getty, a band at The Wiltern Theater, a movie at The Egyptian, a cocktail at The Formosa (we used to watch The Oscars there and there were always four or five parents of grips or lighting people that worked on this or that nominated movie - Awesome!.

I love Musso and Frank's just because it's clubby, cool Hollywood http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/5/71671/restaurant/LA/Musso-Frank-Grill-Hollywood My dad always ordered the liver and onions. I bet it's not on the menu any more! Oh wait, it totally is! I'd just have cocktails and soaked up the atmosphere.

It's been over 15 years since we were there so I don't have any food recommendations other than if you like Korean food go read reviews on Yelp. I lived in Korea town and it was great fun grilling our own meat and seafood on in-table barbecues! We don't have anything cool like that here.
brunettepet
Sep. 7th, 2012 08:19 pm (UTC)
Also say hello to the ocean for me. I miss it.
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Catherine Mitchell
Sep. 7th, 2012 11:29 pm (UTC)
That sounds like SUCH a fun week! I love Sephora! I am NOT a make up girl at all and went in there saying that and that I needed a thin/felt barely there cover up for my zits at my wedding and there was no judgment and only friendly help! They found me exactly what I wanted super quick and did a quick demo to show me how to use it.

Also thanks for your jellyfish pics! I did a craft with my kids today involving a water bottle,food coloring and a baggie to make jellyfish and I thought that was a cool coincidence, btw. :)
stoney321
Sep. 8th, 2012 12:25 am (UTC)
Another great place for makeup - surprisingly to some - is Nordstrom's. I'm a huge fan of that department store in the first place; they're very good at listening to what YOU WANT and what you're willing to spend, and then finding something in that bracket. <3

And that sounds like a very cool project! Ha - serendipity!
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lynnenne
Sep. 8th, 2012 12:25 am (UTC)
I recommend Griffiths Observatory. Fantastic view of Los Angeles, and it reminded me of that scene in Angel. :)
stoney321
Sep. 8th, 2012 12:26 am (UTC)
I think that's going to be a must, since everyone is putting that out there! OF COURSE I TRUST YOU - and wheeeee! Angel moments! Aww. I miss my dead gay show.
Teri Weber
Sep. 11th, 2012 10:55 pm (UTC)
LA!
Ok, I'm all over the map with locations and prices but these are some of my faves. Feel free to pester me for more info if ya like!

Food:
Daikokuya (Ramen) - Downtown LA, Little Tokyo
Craft (pricey, fancy, American) – Century City
Guisados (stewed meat tacos) – East LA
Soul Burgers (crazy soul turkey burgers) – Inglewood
Tacos Por Favor – Santa Monica
Jitlada (Thai) - Hollywood
Grom Gelateria (best.gelato.ever.)– Malibu
El Pollo Inka (Peruvian) - Hawthorne
Al Watan Halaal (Indian/Pakistani) - Hawthorne
Father's Office (beer, American) - Culver City
Mendocino Farms (sandwiches) - many locations

Dying to try:
Baco Mercat
Blockheads Shavery
Wurstkuche
Din Tai Fung

Coffee:
Intelligentsia – a few locations
Proof – Atwater Village

Places:
Getty – both are awesome
MOCA – 3 locations
Argh! Totally blanking.
stoney321
Sep. 11th, 2012 11:05 pm (UTC)
Re: LA!
This is awesome, THANK YOU!!!
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