Fran's 'It's LA, just DO IT' List
-Runyon Canyon - the classic Hollywood hike. Gorgeously cut runners and walkers traverse the deserty trails everyday. The view is breathtaking and the exercise is real. I was sore.
-C & O Trattoria - This awesome Italian restaurant in Venice was my first dining experience in LA. The food was delicious and cheap, the vino flowed, the service was friendly and funny, and the outdoor patio is the sort of place you could hang in for hours. I would go back any day!
-The Dresden Room - Marty and Elaine. Nuff said. I need to go back here, asap.
-Papa Cristo's - Amazing Greek restaurant. The mousakka made me want to die. The spinach pie is the best I have ever tasted. There is an adjacent greek market with olives, oil, feta, etc. galore - and this freaky guy with a huge mustache will be strumming guitar and staring at you while you eat. Glorious!
-Torrey Pines State Reserve - See previous blog. One of the most heavenly nature spots I've ever been to. The hikes are not too difficult and the rewards are breathtaking. Take the beach trail and foot doodle in the black and white sand! The ocean speaks to you here, so beware.
- The Gardenia - this place is so old school, they do not even have a website. It is a gorgeous piano bar/cabaret room with pink walls and an atmosphere from the days of yore. I will be having a show here in 2010, I'll keep you posted!
- Mel's Drive-In - A Hollywood staple. 24 hour grease-tastic food in a 50s setting.
I know there are more, but this is the working list for now. If you are from LA, used to live here, like visiting here, etc. and feel that I should visit/explore a spot that is not currently on the list, please let me know!!! I am in exploration mode and would adore your recommendations.
Thing 3. I am off to my voice lesson. I have my voice showcase this weekend for friends, family, and a casting director. I'm not quite sure what that means, but hopefully it means that I am going to kick ass and he is going to love me and have the perfect project for me. RIGHT? That's what I thought. I'm also going to check out the open mics again this week. Need to keep it fresh and saucy and get out there as much as possible. RIGHT?
Ok, so I am off. Have a wonderful day, readers. I wish I could hold you. haha.
Song and quote:
"Deadbeat Club" - The B-52's
"Hollywood always wanted me to be pretty, but I fought for realism." - Bette Davis