Here's one for the ladies: For the best shopping in L.A. skip Rodeo Drive and head straight for Melrose. With barely any national chain stores, the eclectic boutiques of Melrose are where mohawks meet Maseratis. I mean, how can you go wrong on a street with shops like "Retail Slut" and "The Burger That Ate L.A."?
Dunkin', Krispy Kreme, Voodoo, Tim Horton's - no donut, and I mean NO donut in the WORLD can compare to Randy's honey glazed indulgence. And trust me, I've looked. Randy's is pure crack and melts in your mouth. Located just minutes from LAX off the 405, it's the best 70¢ you can spend in El Lay. (And if you're lucky, Iron Man might be hang'in in the hole!)
Nothing screams Southern California as much as a day biking the beach in Venice. From the eclectic characters of the Boardwalk to the 'roided juicers of Muscle Beach to the world famous skate park there's hours of entertainment to be found. Plus you can buy your very own medicinal marijuana license!
Since their installation on the Wilshire side of LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art) in 2008, these 202 vintage SoCal street lamps from the 20's & 30's have evolved into a cultural landmark. Originally set to be a temporary exhibit, Chris Burden's "Urban Light" is strangely hypnotic and - well - romantic. Having already made cameos in the movies "No Strings Attached" and "Valentine's Day", the best time to visit is after 10pm when you can pull right up on Wilshire and wa/onder.
No one tracks L.A. Food Trucks like TruxMap. With hundreds of gourmet food trucks now trolling the streets of L.A., a cheap and memorable meal is only a tweet away. Download the App or use their interactive web tool to find your fix.
There is nothing, NOTHING, I love more than catching any number of improv performances at The Upright Citizens Brigade in Franklin Village. My perennial favorite however is "Facebook" on Wednesday nights where future not read for primetime players act out audience members lives based on their Facebook profiles. Best $5 you can spend in Hollywoodland.
I may be wrong, but I'm pretty sure L.A. is the only place that you can grab a blanket and enjoy an outdoor movie in a cemetery. Yeah, that's right. In a cemetery. Seriously, you have not lived until you've watched "Night of the Living Dead" amongst the dead. So creepy, so cool...
Really the "original" Hard Rock Cafe, the Rainbow has been a staple of the Sunset Strip's rock'in'roll scene since it opened in 1972 with a party for Elton John. Started by the founders of the Whiskey a Go Go, it's the ultimate in L.A. midnight comfort food. Be sure to have the lentil soup which was John Beliushi's last meal before he OD'd.
"Joan's on Third" Short Rib sandwich with melted jack cheese, arugula and sweet red onions on grilled country white bread. Just might be the best sandwich you can eat on the street in L.A. 3'rd Street.