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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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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!

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