I have a love-hate relationship with Los Angeles, California. I love to visit L.A. because there is so much to do, the food is amazing, there is gorgeous sunny weather, beautiful beaches, great shopping, but I hate L.A. because everything is very expensive, there is always crazy traffic, and most of the people who live there dress like they’re being followed by the paparazzi.
I spent a lot of time in the car sitting in bumper to bumper traffic on the enormous freeways, and it cracks me up to see that everyone who lives here either drives a Ferrari, Bentley, or a Prius.
Despite my complaints, I had a fabulous weekend in L.A. and got to catch up with some old friends. Here are highlights of my weekend and places that are worth checking out the next time you’re in Hollywood…
- The J. Paul Getty Museum: this was my second trip to the Getty Museum and I have to say this place is pretty amazing. The building, grounds, and view alone are magnificent. We got to see the Herb Ritts exhibit while we were there! It costs $10 to to park at the Getty, but admission to the museum is free.
- Point Dume: located on the coast of Malibu, California this beach is a little off the beaten path. This beach doesn’t get as crowded as others nearby because it’s tucked inside a neighborhood, there are only about 8 parking spaces, and you have to hike down a little hill to get to the beach. If you commit to the far parking, walking, and lugging your gear down a hill you will come to a beautiful spot to sunbathe, surf, and enjoy the ocean.
- Baco Mercat: my new favorite restaurant! This place is nothing like you could ever imagine, and I am still dreaming about the food I had here. Baco serves DE-licious, non-pretentious food with twists, turns, and unique flavors. The food has Western and Eastern Mediterranean influences and poultry, pork, and beef is from producers who raise their animals humanely with no growth hormones or antibiotics. Produce is from local Southern California and always fresh and seasonal. Most of the food is served in small tapas style plates. This place gets very crowded, so reservations are a must.
- Bar 107: located in downtown Los Angeles, this “dive bar” located on West 4th Street was unexpectedly fun! 80’s music, red pleather booths, strange crowds of people, stiff drinks, a great vibe, and never a line in the restroom, this bar is a must try if you’re wandering around downtown L.A. and want to try something different.
- Malibu Cafe: at Calamigos Ranch is a must do for weekend brunch. Located in South Latigo Canyon in Malibu this place is really a hidden gem. This gorgeous outdoor dining spot is pet and kid friendly and serves up gourmet breakfast with a southern influence. Prices are surprisingly very reasonable and on Sundays you can get mimosas for $10 with unlimited refills!