I patronized Galco's long before the hype (feature articules in LA Magazine and the LA Times), and believe me, it deserves every word of praise it has earned. Of course, you can spend hours upon hours marveling at the variety of sodas in neat little bottles. Ask an employee (or the owner, if you're lucky) and you'll probably get a story or two about certain favorites or the history of the shop. The employees are very nice and helpful. But Galco's isn't just about soda...they have a little delithat is affordable and delicious. A soda from the Midwest and a sub for lucnh...what could be better. Definitely worth the trip!
Fred 62 is one of the quintessential L.A. eateries that everyone has to try once. It is well-known, located in a stylish neighborhood (Los Feliz) and attractive. The decor called to me, my eye being drawn to the mixture of 50's modern and industrial chrome. Almost futuristic enough for the Jetsons, but the Bradys would also be comfortable.
Unfortunately, the service can be cold if not quite rude. Not in the charming and fun way Ed Debevics waiters could be rude, either. Just plain disinterested.
The food ranges from the normal (salads, sandwiches) to the crazy yummy (homemade pop tarts, pancakes with bananas, chocolate, peanut butter, and caramel) to the L.A. hip (tofu scramble). The quality isn't remarkable, though, and food is sometimes cold.
Basically, this is one of those unusual places that you take tourists to. Either that, or a bunch of friends looking for a little atmosphere grab a table and chat for hours, ignoring the food and the service.
Descanso Gardens is a very tranquil, private outdoors retreat in the La Canada Area. Though the Gardens are much smaller and less diverse than the Huntington Gardens, it is also more secluded and less crowded (and the admission charge is several dollars less). The Gardens are especially proud of their winter camelia collection. The Gardens caters toward families, offering family programming and activities geared toward children (including a train ride tour of the Gardens). There are some great interactive activities intended to teach botanical principles as well as some focused on personal fitness. Enjoy a peaceful cafe that serves light meals and drinks.
I have really cut back on movie-going in the past several years. The films often seem like poor quality for the buck (wait for rental), the audience is rude (chatchatchat) and the snacks are bad. Seriously.
But fans of indie and foreign films in L.A. know they are in for a treat when they go to Laemmle theatres. Laemmle brings in the best of smaller films...you'll see these flicks on the nomination lists of many film awards. The greates thing is leaving the theatre feeling like you just saw a real piece of art, an expression worth investing 2 hours of your life into.
The theatres themselves are in very good condition, with nice screens and seats.
Important to me is the respect level among audience members. You'll hear much less chatting and see fewer people getting up for snacks in the middle of the show.
Speaking of snacks---the food is better than other theatre food (though equally pricy). You can grab some Toblerone, Seattle's Best coffee, and a cream cheese filled pretzel. Yum
Van Hart Gallery sells some amazing pieces of jewelry, accesories, and home decorations. They gather works from Southern Californian artists and display them in a logical and attractive manner in their small Yorba Linda store. The pieces are mostly modern, a little different from other pieces you'll find at larger stores. Many of the pieces are made with interesting metals and contain geometric shapes. Stunning but not flashy, eye-catching but not distracting.
The owners and employees are extremely knowledgeable about their pieces. They can tell you all about the artists, past and future works. They also make suggestions based on preferences and personalities.
They also sell interesting purses and handbags, as well as wall and ceiling fixtures.
The only negative aspects are that the employees can hover a little too much, and the prices are..."up there". But gift recipients are sure to be thrilled, even if the recipient is yourself!
I would strongly advise against this clinic. You will receive very little personal attention from an actual liscensed physical therapist, being treated instead by an unschooled PT aide. There are many patients that arrive simultaneously, further decreasing the one-on-one interaction. It seems that the employees focus on pain-relieving modalities rather than skilled manual therapy; many patients have been going there for years without significant improvement. None of the staff have advanced certifications or residencies. The equipment is not par for the course as far as PT gyms go: there is no leg press, lat pull, or Total Gym. I would look around before signing up for therapy here.
People often look for the latest and greatest in entertainment. Some of us, though, enjoy things that have retained its old-style charm and appeal. Knotts gives people the best of both worlds---crazy modern coasters and classic amusement park themes.
Thrill seekers will love the "challenging" coasters packed into Knotts. You'll find creaky wooden coasters, tall and steep coasters, and twisty-turny ones. The wait for these isn't as bad as at Magic Mountain, and they are just as exciting.
You'll also find older-style amusement park rides including "spin out" type rides, a ferris wheel, and water rides. Many of these are fun for the whole family.
Some kids might find "camp Snoopy" corny...but the little ones will enjoy the smoothe rides (the air baloons are so cute) and their parents will reminisce about their early Peanuts memories. OK, the Peanuts hoe-down is kind of cheesy, but I was clapping along the whole time (our pre-teens thought I was a dork).
The employees still wear county-w
The Valley rejoiced when the huge Winnetka Theatres opened about 5 years ago. A bright neon shrine to Hollywood, the Winnetka Theatres have drawn huge crowds, especially the younger crowd, ever since their opening.
The theatres are very nicely maintained, always having a clean and cared-for appearance. There is no cheesiness here at all: the carpet and paint are modern, the screens are intact, the chairs clean. The theatres and screens are huge, serving a large audience.
Unfortunately, the theatres only play more popular blockbuster films. It often dedicates 3-4 screens to popular films while not bringing in indie, art, or foreign films.
The tickets aren't cheap (I believe they run $10). They haven't been able to maintain the adjacent cafes/restaurants- these circulate in and close down quickly. Too bad- they would have been a nice alternative to the Icees and hot dogs that the theatres serve.
Be prepared for a large number of rowdy teenagers on Friday and Saturday night.
The Jose Eber experience cannot be taken without some consideration...it will cost you a pretty penny. But if you have the ability to be "made over" by one of the stylists, you will emerge with a great new look.
The 3 stylsts I have encountered are very professional. They do not exude a "hotter than thou" attitude that so many pretentious salon employees do. Regardless of age, you will feel comfortable as a customer.
The employees really know their hair and make up. They take time evaluating your skin type and color, shape of your face, etc. before making any chages. They are great about asking you your preferences and needs. They write down all of the products they use and make suggestions without being too pushy. All of this is donewith a patient, calm manner.
My first makeover was a complete surprise to me- I was thrilled with my new look. My highlights were great, and they gave me wonderful make up products to use. More importantly, they taught me how to maintain this look o
This is my family's secret treasure, located in the heart of Hollywood and somehow secluded in an inconspicuous little bungalow. The restaurant is enclosed in a 2-story home, very quaint and adorable. The bottom floor has a fireplace; the upper floor has a cute bathroom with an stand-alone bathtub! There is also terrace seating which is quite comfortable in the summer.
The food is advertised as homestlye, but has it share of California accents as well. I love the pecan-breaded chicken and the chicken ravioli with smoked mozzerella and mango-apple chutney. All of the main dishes come with 3 sides: the mashed potatoes, the pureed carrots, and the green beans. I can hardly believe how wonderful these taste year-round.
They serve one of the best cappucinos I have ever tasted, which is the perfect compliment to their famous desserts. Most popular are the souffles, but I love the banana cream pie with Oreo crust.
Considering the location and the quality of food, the prices are quite reasona