This weekend I drove up to Los Angeles for a short stay full of many adventures with an old friend. Since I've always wanted to visit The Getty, LACMA and Griffith Observatory, I figured why not cram everything into 24 hours, right? Wrong. It was a lot fun, but I was a bit overwhelmed and tuckered out by the end of it. Word to the wise, give yourself time, like an entire day for each museum.
Friday: Upon my arrival we grabbed some dinner at Fred 62 and a Dole Whip before heading to The Griffith Observatory. The lookout was incredible and the city was at its most beautiful. We saw the "Centered in the Universe" star show in the dome, which was a lot of fun (although nothing tops the old Hansen Planetarium in Salt Lake City) and this crazy guy sitting next to us was a hater of noise and movement because every time we ever so slightly budged, he would snap his fingers! It was incredibly annoying and I almost lost my shit, but the museum was a hit nonetheless. Pizza was on the agenda immediately after, Garage Pizza you're not so bad.
fred 62 : hippie sandwich, cutest ever
dole whip : vanilla with cookie dough
Saturday: We woke bright and early and headed out to breakfast at Millie's Cafe then two quick trips to The Getty and LACMA. The Getty is huge guys, like I'm not sure you could even do the entirety of this place in just one day. The lookout here was also pretty breathtaking, loved that you could see the valley, the Hollywood sign and the ocean. I admired all the photography exhibitions, especially Carrie Mae Weems series From Here I Saw What Happened and I Cried. After we headed straight to LACMA, this was probably my favorite part of the trip. All of the contemporary and modern art was my favorite.
There was no question that dinner would be at Doomie's, a vegetarian/vegan establishment I've wanted to try for a couple of years and it was nothing short of amazing (food posts coming soon, I swear!). By this time it was getting dark and my hopes of finding Judge Judy's star on the Hollywood walk of fame was looking grim, so we drove up to the Hollywood sign. It was kind of surreal to see it THAT up close as you always see it in movies or even driving around the valley. The houses up that way are amazing, I could drive around looking at houses all day.
veggie benedict with vegan sausage, grilled tomato and the best shredded hash browns
the getty gardens
Overall the trip was exactly what I needed, a little break from life and a solid 24 hours filled with adventure.