Los Angeles is a city you can spend a year touring and still discover new things. While my sis-in-law, Jeanne, was visiting from the East Coast, however; my husband and I had just one day to show it to her.
Our whirlwind tour started with half an hour in Venice Beach. My husband, however; refused to pay six dollars to park in a lot for only 30-minutes, so he searched for free street parking. Despite never finding a spot, this took our entire Venice Beach time. So all Jeanne got to see of this famous beach town was lots of medical marijuana shops.
Our next stop was Santa Monica, where we at least parked and went for a walk on the beach. After only ten minutes, however; my husband said, “We should probably eat lunch soon so we can make it to the studio tour on time.” We piled back into the car.
Next we drove to Real Food Daily, an organic plant-based restaurant. The café had a good vibe, and I felt sure I’d get a great vegan meal there. I was wrong. At the suggestion of the waiter, I ordered the Southwest Salad. I was crestfallen when I saw that it was plain, unimaginative and small for a full course salad. It tasted okay, except that it had too much dressing and I was still hungry after I finished it.
I don’t want to knock Real Food Daily, however; I think I may have just made a poor choice. Paul ordered the Real Food Burger which he liked, and Jeanne had the Caribbean Quesadillas which she also enjoyed. And when I looked around at what other people were eating, a lot of the food looked appetizing. I’ll go back; I just won’t order salad the next time.
After lunch, we drove to Beverly Hills. We parked and walked down Rodeo Drive. This was fun, but we were too intimidated in our casual tourist clothes to walk into any of the hoity-toity shops.
Next we drove to Warner Brothers studio in Burbank. We had planned to take Jeanne to see a filming of Ellen, The Big Bang Theory or Two Broke Girls, but Ellen and Two Broke Girls weren’t filming and we couldn’t get tickets for The Big Bang Theory. So instead we went on a studio tour. Although not as exciting as seeing a show, this was fun, especially seeing the Central Perk set for the show Friends.
After the tour we drove to Hollywood’s glitzy Hollywood and Highland center. We had dinner at California Pizza Kitchen, a tasty, vegan-friendly chain. We could see the Hollywood sign in a distance from the balcony outside the restaurant, so we all took photos. Unfortunately, our cell phones didn’t do the sign justice. That’s why I cheated with the above Hollywood photo which is courtesy of porbital at http://www.freedigitalphotos.net.
Although Paul and I have had scrumptious vegan pizzas at California Pizza Kitchen in the past, this night everyone opted for salads and sammies. Jeanne got the Roasted Veggie Salad, which was over-sized and fabulous. I ordered their new Quinoa and Arugula Salad which was tasty, but not big enough for a meal. I’d get it again, but only if I was also getting pizza. Paul got the Grilled Veggie Sandwich and Dakota Smashed Pea and Barley Soup, which he loved. Their soups, by the way, are all always vegan!
And that’s all folks!