Everything in Hotel Triton is funky and different - walk into the lobby late afternoon and you'll see a complimentary wine and cheese party going on, or a gypsy giving tarot card readings. There's a French restaurant nestled right next door that you can order room service from, and some of the rooms are eco-friendly. But they also have rooms like the "Jerry Garcia Suite", a room decorated by him and filled with the late rocker's own paintings on the wall, and Grateful Dead CDs and bedsheets and covers. Everything about this hotel is bright and wild, but fun, and they have the best beds I have ever slept on. The beds alone are worth the trip. Located right by Union Square and next to the entrance of Chinatown, you are never short of excitement, good restaurants and shopping.
With so many therapists to choose from in LA, how do you find a really good one that will actually help you deal with your inner demons and not make you feel like the only reason why they are there to help you is because you are paying them? Well, here's your answer -Dr. David M. Wolff. Not once has he ever made me feel judged, stupid, or that he was there to amuse himself just for the cash. The difference is that Dr. Wolff's approach is to help you, not to milk you for all it's worth. He also understands that unless the patient is willing to work on their own, in therapy and out, that there is very little he can do. He has a gentle yet very effective way of persuading you to think about what exactly it is that you may be doing that certain patterns keep repeating themselves, and the best part is that you feel like he's on your side and not separating himself as you, the one with the problem, and he, the one helping you with the problem. Many people have this misconceived notion of therapy - that you pay to talk about yourself, and then the therapist puts you on meds so you never have to deal with the problems. That may be true for some, but if you are serious about getting better and having an ally along the way, he is the man to go to. He just has a knack for making me feel safe and giving you realistic goals to work on every week so you actually feel like you are accomplishing something.
PROS: The safest place I've known
CONS: Expensive, but I still recommend at least a couple of sessions
This is one of my favorite bars in LA. You will especially love it if you are a vodka drinker. Voda specializes in vodkas imported from all over the world. The bartenders make you a nice stiff drink, but not so stiff that you feel like you're at some dive bar with a single-minded mission to get sloshed. This is a much classier joint. The interior lay out is a little awkward, especially when it gets crowded; it doesn't quite "flow" which means that you end up bumping into and talking to a lot of backs. If you can get a table (reservations are usually recommended), the food is pretty good, but the best part is dessert, when you can order chocolate fondue to dip fruits and graham crackers. A great way to end the night on a date. Check it out.
If you've never been to Tiki Ti, you haven't experienced LA like you should. A small, family-owned bar the size of someone's living room, this bar makes the most potent yet delectable drinks that will guarantee to have you drunk before you know it. The drinks are pricey - on average it's about $14 - but make no mistake, one bloody mary is equivalent to having at least 4 vodka tonics at a regular bar. One of the last bars that allows smoking inside, they also offer free snacks and an island decor. Plus it's a lot of fun when you yell "Tora!" as they pour tequila every time. You might not get in if you go any time after 9pm, but it's well worth the wait. Just make sure you eat and someone is monitoring your drinking so you don't get too crazy.
Nick & Stef's Steakhouse has one of the best steaks in town - tender, juicy, and grilled to perfection, exactly the way you like it. A bar in the middle of all the high-rises gives it a very urban feel, and the crowd is a nice mix of businessmen, families, dates and artists. Everything from appetizers (like the foie gras) to dessert (double layer chocolate cake) are to die for, and the wait staff for the most part is friendly and attentive. If you ever call to make a reservation on the weekend and they tell you they're booked up, go down there anyway and chances are you will still be able to get a seat. A must-try for the steak lover.