LA in A Day!


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.


Real Food Daily’s Caribbean Quesadillas


Real Food Daily’s Real Food Burger

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

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!

After dinner we saw the must-see Hollywood landmarks, The Walk of Fame and Grauman’s Chinese Theatre. This was fab!

And that’s all folks!

About celestedimilla

Hey there. I’m Celeste, California girl, writer, psychotherapist and burgeoning plant-based foodie.
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13 Responses to LA in A Day!

  1. Celeste's Hubby says:

    Some would call not wanting to pay $6 for 30 minutes of parking cheap. I call it frugal. 😉

  2. wardieward says:

    I miss the good food in LA!
    We have fresh organic foods in Australia, but the availability is limited due the usual suspects- Fish and Chips, Hamburgers, and Bacon and Eggs.
    Fat, Salt, Sugar. The magic formula to selling fast foods.

    • I really do feel fortunate to live in an area with healthy restaurants. I don’t think I realized how lucky I was until I started writing this blog and learned how many places don’t have any healthy dining options at all. I’ve never been to Australia. Do you like it there?

  3. Vanessa says:

    The tacos at Real Food Daily are amazing. Definitely give it another try!

  4. Ally says:

    Sounds like a fun-filled, busy day!
    Ah, don’t you hate it when you order the ‘wrong’ thing? You glance longingly at other people’s meals wondering how it all went so wrong, haha! You’ll know for next time.

    • Hey there Ally! Yea, I seem to order the ‘wrong’ thing a lot. Oh well, such is life! Hope all is well with you.

    • Thanks for asking about Jeanne! She went home last Wednesday. She loved the green smoothies I made her here, but she’s struggling with them at home because she doesn’t have a high-speed blender. She says they just don’t blend well in her blender. I don’t know what I would do without my Vitamix – I use it everyday!

  5. Jeanne Allen says:

    Yes I made 2 green smoothies when I got home and they tasted delicious. I am still stuggling in my new diet.But I am taking baby steps. April 20th will be Vegfest a community college in Manchester NH I hope to attend. Maybe they’ll answer my questions.

    • Hey Jeanne! I’m so proud of you girl – you’re doing awesome! I’m glad that the smoothies you made when you got home turned out so well. I wish you lived close to a Whole Foods Market, because they have the best coconut milk yogurt that makes any smoothie taste amazing. I also wanted to mention that you live close to one of my favorite vegan restaurants, the Life Alive in Lowell. I know you told me you went there once, but have you been recently? That Vegfest sounds great – I wish I could go with you. Anyway, thanks for reading the blog and for your comment – I appreciate it.

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