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LOS ANGELES The Museum of Jurassic Technology 9341 Venice Boulevard Culver City, CA 90232 (310) 287-2267 http://www.mjt.org/ The less said the better. Just go. No one has regretted it. The Center for Land Use Interpretation 9331 Venice Boulevard Culver City, CA 90232 http://www.clui.org/ This museum keeps bizarre hours, but if you’re already at the MJT, it’s right next door and worth seeing. Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) 250 South Grand Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90012 http://moca.org/index.php Check out the current show: WACK! Art and the feminist revolution. Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) 5905 Wilshire Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90036 http://www.lacma.org/index.aspx The Getty 1200 Getty Center Drive Los Angeles, CA 90049 http://www.getty.edu/ No one really goes here for the art, but it has amazing gardens and views. The Getty Villa 17985 Pacific Coast Highway Pacific Palisades, CA 90272 http://www.getty.edu/visit/ Though tickets to the Getty Villa are free, reservations are essential. Griffith Observatory 2800 East Observatory Road Los Angeles, CA 90027 http://www.griffithobs.org/ Learn about the night sky in this Los Angeles landmark, which just underwent a massive renovation. Reservations are required. Disney Concert Hall 111 South Grand Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90012 http://wdch.laphil.com/home.cfm Even if you think Frank Gehry is overrated, this building is breathtaking. Check it out during the day. Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels 555 West Temple Street Los Angeles, CA 90012 http://www.olacathedral.org/index.html Incredible building. Open daily for all to walk around and look at the building and grounds. Egyptian Theater 6712 Hollywood Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90028 http://www.americancinematheque.com/indexegyptian.html A beautifully restored old theater that specializes in film series, so your favorites can be seen on the big screen. Grauman’s Chinese Theater and the Hollywood Walk of Fame 6925 Hollywood Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90028 http://www.hollywoodchamber.net/icons/walk_directory.asp This spot is lousy with tourists but there’s a good reason why. Click on the link to find out where your favorite celebrity’s star is located. The Venice Boardwalk 1800 Ocean Front Walk Venice, CA 90291 http://www.westland.net/venice/index.html http://laparks.org/venice/venice.htm Muscle Beach, patchouli, wierdos and tourists. Go to Zelda’s for mini donuts and a sandwich or head north to On the Waterfront Café, an excellent beer garden. Zelda’s Corner 9 Westminster Avenue Venice, CA 90291 Delicious sandwiches and hot mini donuts. Kyle used to eat lunch here when he worked on Pacific Avenue. On the Waterfront Café 205 Ocean Front Walk Venice, CA 90291 http://www.waterfrontcafe.com/index2.htm This place is a little bit of a schlep on the crowded boardwalk, but you can usually get a seat. The Hefewiezen and fries are delicious. Border Grill th 1445 4 Street Santa Monica, CA 90401 http://www.bordergrill.com/BGSM/bgsm.htm Well-prepared high-end Mexican food. Order the scallop ceviche, skirt steak, and/or Border Vegetables. You won’t be disappointed. If you like beer, order the Michelada. If you like tequila, the margaritas are unparalleled. Jinky’s Café 1447 Second Street Santa Monica, CA 90401 http://losangeles.citysearch.com/profile/35871884/santa_monica_ca/jinky_s_cafe.html Great breakfast place close to the Santa Monica hotels. Everyone will find something they love. Gate of India 117 Santa Monica Boulevard Santa Monica, CA 90401 http://losangeles.citysearch.com/profile/11302194/santa_monica_ca/gate_of_india.html Our favorite Indian restaurant. Really great and affordable. Veggie samosas are a must. Tuk Tuk 8875 West Pico Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90035 http://tuktukla.com/ Best Thai food in the city. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. Order the vegetable spring rolls and the pork chop. Curry dumplings are great, too. Real Food Daily 514 Santa Monica Boulevard Santa Monica, CA 90401 http://realfooddaily.com/ Incredible vegan restaurant with great sietan and mashed potatoes. Don’t order desserts, though, no matter how good they sound. They are all terribly disappointing. Power Yoga 1410 Second Street Santa Monica, CA 90401 http://www.poweryoga.com/class/smpy_studio.php This is where Sarah attends yoga classes. Click on the link for a schedule. They will rent you a mat for $2 and all classes are “pay what you can.” Suggested donation is $11. Rudy’s class is highly recommended. Santa Monica Farmers Market 2640 Main Street Santa Monica, CA 90405 http://www.smgov.net/farmers_market/sunday.htm Open Sundays from 9:30 am – 1 pm, this market is full of organic produce from 30+ farmers and terrific vendors. Take a long stroll or short drive for the best peach ever and a pastry from the Rockenwager stall. Mani’s Bakery 2507 Main Street Santa Monica, CA 90405 http://www.manisbakery.com/ Healthy bakery offering both vegan and sugar-free desserts, as well as other delights with all the fat you could want. Great coffee and breakfast, too! Urth Caffe 2327 Main Street Santa Monica, CA 90405 http://www.urthcaffe.com/ Don’t let the horrendous spelling put you off; this place is amazing, offering healthy food that’s really well - prepared. Surprisingly delicious desserts: the individual fruit pies are a MUST! Hennessey + Ingalls 214 Wilshire Boulevard Santa Monica, CA 90401 http://www.hennesseyingalls.com/hennessey/ No architect should miss this store. No architect’s spouse should forget about this store when birthdays or anniversaries come around. Houston’s 202 Wilshire Boulevard Santa Monica, CA 90401 http://www.hillstone.com/ I know you’re thinking, “The steak house? But I have one in my city! Why would I go there?” The difference is, the building was designed by Frederick Fisher & Partners and was a finalist in the AIA Restaurant Design awards. In other words, have a burger and a glass of wine and enjoy the scenery. If you go for dinner, reservations are essential. Jack n’ Jill’s 510 Santa Monica Boulevard Santa Monica, CA 90401 http://www.eatatjacknjills.com/ Great breakfast place that features tasty omelets, good coffee, and the biggest bowl of oatmeal ever seen. Fred Segal 500 Broadway Santa Monica, CA 90401 http://www.fredsegalfun.com/ Want to shop where the stars do? Check out the (in)famous Fred Segal, land of overpriced bedazzled clothes. Watch out for tiny dogs and huge handbags. Axe 1009 Abbot Kinney Boulevard Venice, CA 90291 http://losangeles.citysearch.com/profile/150173/venice_ca/axe.html This is our favorite Venice restaurant. It’s simple, beautiful, and serves seasonal produce. The fish of the day is always divine. Superb wine list, too. Brick House Café 826 Hampton Avenue Venice, CA 90291 http://losangeles.citysearch.com/profile/150170 Fantastic breakfasts with a laid-back vibe. Reminds us of Texas. Lilly’s French Café 1031 Abbot Kinney Boulevard Venice, CA 90291 http://www.lillysfrenchcafe.com/ Take advantage of their $12 brunch special: it includes your choice of sandwich, omelet or quiche, salad and fries. All this on a gorgeous patio with a terrific selection of wines by the glass. Bon appetit! Mao’s Kitchen 1512 Pacific Avenue Venice, CA 90291 http://www.maoskitchen.com/ If you’ve visited Sarah & Kyle, chances are, we’ve taken you here. Great food, BYOB, and very “Venice.” We recommend “splurging” on the Dollar Salad and anything with fried tofu. Abbot’s Pizza 1407 Abbot Kinney Boulevard Venice, CA 90291 http://losangeles.citysearch.com/profile/11301341/venice_ca/abbot_s_pizza.html Consistently rated one of Los Angeles’ favorite pizza places. Bite your tongues, citizens of New York and Chicago: this pizza is delicious. Waraku 1225 Abbot Kinney Boulevard Venice, CA 90291 http://www.warakuusa.com/ Japanese Importer of limited-edition sneakers. Not to be missed. Heist 1104 Abbot Kinney Boulevard Venice, CA 90291 http://shopheist.com/ Sarah’s favorite Venice clothing store. Fingers crossed there is a sale. Baby Blues Bar-B-Q 444 Lincoln Boulevard Venice, CA 90291 http://babybluesbarbq.com/ Note to the Texans: THIS IS NOT TEXAS BBQ! However, the food they serve is fantastic. Order the shrimp Suicide King, the burger or the catfish sandwich. All are delicious. BYOB. Kyle & Sarah’s house 945 ½ Marco Place Venice, CA 90291 Please don’t stop by unannounced unless you want to see Sarah’s trademark Look Of Death. However, we’d thought you’d like to see where we live in relation to all this! Father’s Office 1018 Montana Avenue Santa Monica, CA 90403 http://www.fathersoffice.com/html/fathersOffice.html This is consistently listed as one of the best burgers in America, and we agree. It is always busy and, unfortunately, crowded full of jerks. However, if you dare weather the storm, you are in for a treat. Split the sweet potato fries; they’re great! In-N-Out Burger 13425 Washington Boulevard Culver City, CA 90292 http://www.in-n-out.com/default.asp For anyone outside of California, Arizona, or Nevada, you MUST visit In-N-Out. Locations are everywhere, but this is the closest to your hotel. Don’t worry, vegetarians: just ask for the “grilled cheese, animal style.” It’s not on the menu, but they will hook you up. Great shakes, too! Bay Cities Italian Deli 1517 Lincoln Boulevard Santa Monica, CA 90401 http://www.baycitiesitaliandeli.com/ FANTASTIC sandwiches. If it were up to Sarah, she & Kyle would eat here at least twice a week. It is very popular, so walk in with confidence, take a number, and wait to order from the intimidating Italian men behind the counter. Recommended: If you eat meat: Large Godmother with The Works. If you don’t: Any cheese of your choice with The Works. Trust us. Surfas Corner of West Washington and National Boulevard Culver City, CA 90232 https://www.surfasonline.com/index.cfm If you are even remotely interested in kitchen gadgets and/or gourmet food, you must pay this place a visit. Ford’s Filling Station 9531 Culver Boulevard Culver City, CA 90232 http://www.calendarlive.com/dining/cl-fo-review12apr12,0,1716419.story This is in our Top Three Favorite Los Angeles Restaurants. Get a reservation and splurge. Recommended: the polenta cake and whatever chef special is on the menu that day. Tender Greens 9523 Culver Boulevard Culver City, CA 90232 http://www.tendergreensfood.com/ Not fast food: good food done quickly. The salads are fantastic. S&W Country Diner 9748 Washington Boulevard Culver City, CA 90232 http://losangeles.citysearch.com/profile/120824 If you’re staying at the Culver Hotel, you MUST go here for Sunday breakfast. It will knock that hangover out! Just be prepared for an agonizingly-long wait if you go between 10 am – 1 pm. Santa Maria Barbeque 9739 Culver Boulevard Culver City, CA 90232 http://losangeles.citysearch.com/profile/120865 This is a relatively new restaurant and we love it! Get the tri tip sandwich, pinquito beans and cole slaw. Hungry Cat 1535 North Vine Street Los Angeles, CA 90028 http://www.thehungrycat.com/ This is in our Top Three Favorite Los Angeles Restaurants. Make a reservation and be sure and order any of their specialty cocktails, especially if you’re taking a taxi! Recommended: Everything. Amoeba Records 6400 Sunset Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90028 http://www.amoeba.com/ Hands down, the best music store you will ever go to. Whether you’re a rare-record collector, an opera aficionado, or someone who wants the latest Top 40 hit, you will love this store. Don’t miss it, unless you wish to save money. Cat & Fiddle Restaurant & English Pub 6530 Sunset Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90028 http://www.thecatandfiddle.com/home.html Great place for an afternoon beer. Parts of “Casablanca” were filmed in the pub’s private room and Orson Welles is rumored to have lived here in his fatter days. Palermo Ristorante Italiano 1858 North Vermont Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90027 http://losangeles.citysearch.com/profile/52334/los_angeles_ca/palermo_ristorante_italiano.html Loud, tacky, and cheap, this is everything you want in an ancient family-owned Italian restaurant. Order the Pizza Rosa: it is the closest thing to heaven. Edna Hart Boutique and Knittery 2941 Rowena Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90039 http://ednahart.com/ Sarah gets all her mom’s gifts here: they specialize in local jewelry designers. Una Mae’s 4651 Kingswell Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90027 http://unamaesclothing.com/la/index.htm Sarah’s favorite clothing store. It is amazing. Alegria on Sunset 3510 West Sunset Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90026 http://www.alegriaonsunset.com/ This is the only affordable option in our Top Three Favorite Los Angeles Restaurants. You must order the queso frito; you’ll thank us for it later. Recommended: Tacos Dorados (potato tacos), Carnitas (shredded pork), and Tacos de Pescado (fish tacos, voted “Best in L.A.”) Cash only, BYOB. Kate 515 South Fairfax Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90036 Want to see where Sarah got her wedding dress? Check out the store that is a far cry from any wedding boutique. The Original Farmers Market 6333 West Third Street Los Angeles, CA 90036 http://www.farmersmarketla.com/ Not just a place for produce, this Farmers Market has been around since 1934 and houses some of the best eating in Los Angeles. Stroll around the vendors. We recommend Loteria Grill, Moishe’s and Bob’s Coffee & Doughnuts. The Hotel Carmel 201 Broadway Santa Monica, CA 90401 http://hotelcarmel.com/ A group rate has been arranged for our guests. Please see the Accommodations page for more details. The Georgian Hotel 1415 Ocean Avenue Santa Monica, CA 90401 http://www.georgianhotel.com/ A group rate has been arranged for our guests. Please see the Accommodations page for more details. The Culver Hotel 9400 Culver Boulevard Culver City, CA 90232 http://culverhotel.com/index.html A group rate has been arranged for our guests. Please see the Accommodations page for more details. Though we’ve listed several of our favorite places to see, do and eat, here’s a list of Los Angeles neighborhoods that are great to stroll around: Santa Monica: Third Street Promenade http://www.downtownsm.com/ Santa Monica Pier http://www.santamonicapier.org/ Main Street http://www.mainstreetsm.com/ Venice: Abbot Kinney Boulevard http://www.la.com/shopping/guides/abbotkinneyboulevardguide/25442 The Canals http://www.localhikes.com/Hikes/VeniceCanals_4472.asp Los Angeles: West Third Street http://www.la.com/shopping/guides/westthirdstreetshoppingguide/45717 Los Feliz: Vermont Avenue http://www.la.com/cgi- bin/WebObjects/cgpportal.woa/wa/path?urlpath=/shopping/guides/vermontave/25448 Silver Lake: Sunset Boulevard http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silver_Lake,_Los_Angeles,_California FINALLY, if you have done some research of your own, but want to know if certain places are worth the drive or expense, just email Sarah with your question at firstname.lastname@example.org. She has lived in Los Angeles for seven years and has hosted many guests in her time. She is happy to play tour guide. Architects, architecture enthusiasts and fans of Bladerunner can contact Kyle at email@example.com for a more robust rundown of the various landmarks and masterworks in the area.