Posted on September 6, 2016
Los Angeles Travel Scrapbook
If one picture tells 1,000 words, our Los Angeles travel photos tell an entire story!
It’s been nearly one month since Rebecca and I returned from LA, a week that was chalked-full of tacos, baseball, Disneyland adventures, countless Uber rides, and a ton of fantastic memories. I can’t help but remember the trip and smile, and reliving it all through these photos reminds me of the way Rebecca once described our friendship: “It’s really just one big blooper reel, isn’t it?” It is that, yes, but it’s also a very happy story.
Following a quick and easy flight from YVR to LAX with Westjet, our consummate host, S. Preston, whisked us to In-N-Out Burger. It was Rebecca’s first time. I, on the other hand, was two-hands deep in Double-Double heaven for the hundredth time.
After fuelling up, we joined the throngs of crowds filtering into Dodger Stadium for the LA Dodgers vs. Red Sox game. It was my first-ever MLB game and it undeniably lived up to its hype. I downed a Super Dodger Dog, a $17 Budweiser beer (yes – you read that right!), and donned Dodger blue as we cheered on the home team.
Tony knows well by now that, when I’m in town, I want tacos. Lots and lots of authentic Mexican tacos. He wasted no time in taking us to his favourite taco truck, Tacos Arizas in Echo Park.
Really good Mexican food is difficult – it not impossible – to find in Vancouver, so I always make a point of seeking it out when south of the border.
Photo: Rebecca Bollwitt
Sunday was dedicated in whole to Disneyland and California Adventure. In 15.5 hours we walked over 29 kilometres and Rebecca’s step counter clocked us at more than 38,000 steps. I’m one of those people that likes to make the most out of every opportunity, so with only one day dedicated to Mickey Mouse, we made sure to max out on fun!
Following our epic adventures in Walt’s world, Rebecca and I were in need of a bit of rest. Preston took us to Long Beach for a stack of pancakes at The Coffee Cup Cafe before we sought out a mani/pedi place to treat our feet.
Once we checked into our hotel on Wilshire Boulevard for a taste of the city life, Rebecca and I spent some time exploring on foot. Much to Rebecca’s delight, we found the La Brea Tar Pits after playing around in Chris Burden’s Urban Light installation at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. I, on the other hand, was delighted to find LA’s best doughnuts at Bob’s Coffee & Doughnuts in the iconic LA Farmers Market.
That evening was Tony’s turn to play host, so after a quick stop at the Sprinkles Cupcakes ATM in Beverly Hills, he toured us around his gorgeous city. With stops in Bel Air and Westwood, we eventually settled on Hollywood Boulevard for un-be-lieveable hamburgers at 25 Degrees and tasty poolside cocktails at the exquisite Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.
After a quick French-inspired breakfast the next day at Cafe Laurent, we checked in at nearby Sony Studios for a taping of Chelsea Handler’s Netflix series, Chelsea. Seeing Chelsea and her cuddle-icious dog Chunk in person was both hilarious and a thrill for me.
By the time the taping was finished, we were famished again (no surprise there) and decided to take an Uber from Culver City to downtown Los Angeles. Our driver dropped us off at Grand Central Market where we wandered the food stalls and settled on fish tacos (again, no surprise there). We then satiated our sugar cravings with cake and wine at Blue Cow Kitchen & Bar.
The following morning, with our bellies full of burgers, beers, and Boston Creams, I brought Rebecca to Runyon Canyon. My hubby and I hiked it last summer during our four days in Los Angeles, and I was pumped to do it once again. It was the perfect, pulse-pounding, calorie-busting way to start a new day.
All that effort deserved an afternoon lounging by the rooftop pool of our hotel. It was rough, but it had to be done.
Photo: Rebecca Bollwitt
Being that it was our last night in LA, we met up once again with Tony to eat. And eat. And eat some more.
We started the evening at The Best Fish Taco in Ensenada. I’ve never been to Ensenada so I couldn’t tell you if these fish tacos live up to their namesakes, but they are most definitely the tastiest, finger-lickin’, hole-in-the-wall tacos I’ve ever had in Los Feliz.
For reasons unknown, we zipped up to Glendale for more cupcakes at Sprinkles Cupcakes before taking the unofficial Beastie Boys tour through Glendale and Atwater Village. I may have fan-girled a little bit.
If the rest of the trip was any indication, then clearly the evening wouldn’t have been complete without even more food. Tony took us to Canter’s Deli, an LA institution since 1931. If those walls could talk, they could fill a storybook. But instead they just filled my belly with a seriously stacked sandwich.
Rather than letting our girls’ vacation to Los Angeles fade away at the end, we went out with one last adventure. I started my day with a gigantic Lard Lad donut in downtown Springfield at Universal Studios Hollywood before hanging out with Sean Penn and Eric Stoltz.
Photo: Rebecca Bollwitt
LA, I think I love you. They say parting is such sweet sorrow, but that sorrow is lessened a bit in knowing that I’ll see you again one day. Save a donut for me.