A brief note on January 13th, 2014: We set off from Vegas around 10. Sidenote: Starbucks in Vegas are not only overpriced, but also not that great. The drive to LA was pretty unremarkable other than an accident that took us an hour and a half to get through just after Barstow, in which we turned the A/C on for the first time and we did car pedicures and the road called Zzyzx, oh, and the most expensive gas we’ve come across so far this trip.
Once we got to my cousin’s house in LA, we did a quick visit and then headed to the Kings vs Canucks game. It was a pretty good game, lots of action, lots of fights, but the Kings got a lucky break and scored a goal, and the Canucks lost, even though they played a better game, more shots, more PKs, and better action. Fun game tho!
January 14th, 2014
Los Angeles, CA
So, first of all! We wanted to tell you guys about the O2 bars we saw in Vegas. We meant to mention them before, but totally forgot! We were walking through New York, New York and saw something labelled “O2 bar” and saw people sitting at a bar with tubing and nasal prongs on. We were totally baffled…what is the point of this? As usual, we googled it. Apparently, they basically pipe oxygen (but not medical air) through tubes which are scented and you can tweak it so you have whatever scent combo you like. We couldn’t understand the point whatsoever. Take a deep breath and smell some aromatherapy stuff maybe?!
Anyhow, on to LA. Our first day in LA was absolutely amazing. We made our way down to Venice Beach first of all. Our plan was to rent bikes and go from there to Santa Monica Pier. Unfortunately, the bike place we got a Groupon to was closed on Tuesday so we took it as a sign that we shouldn’t go biking, as we had also tried to get a livingsocial for biking that wasn’t able to be used until the following day. So, we stopped in for a coffee at Menotti’s Coffee Shop, which was really delicious, and decided to walk up to the pier.
We commenced our walk towards Santa Monica pier and marveled at the array of interesting folks and people watching that Venice has to offer. Apparently my Teeki pants were a hit because at least 3 people made a point of telling me how much they liked them. haha! Go Teeki!
When we got to the pier after a lovely walk, we took a ride on the Ferris Wheel. It cost only $5 and we enjoyed the sights of the coastline immensely. After our pier walk, we made our way up to 3rd Street Promenade in Santa Monica. There is lots of shopping to be had along this street and we found some good deals.
Our lunch break for the day was at Real Food Daily. It. Was. AMAZING. Excellent, excellent service, and really awesome food. They serve vegan, organic food, the portions are great. I had the Mediterranean Bowl and Leah has the Essence. We had the Seacake for starters. Everything was really, really TASTY! Definitely recommend!
After lunch, we walked back to the car and headed for Hollywood Boulevard, which took FOREVER. We found street parking and set off looking for stars! There was a red carpet event going on, which was Sports Illustrated’s 50th anniversary of swimsuit editions (or something like that). Clearly, a) being sports related and b) being composed of women who are just going make me feel bad about my body, this was not something that would be on interest to watch! 😉
We walked by Graumann’s Chinese Theatre, put our hands and feet in those of a few celebs, grabbed a drink then got on our way. A truly fun day!