I've been a bad blogger. Or rather, I've been a sick blogger. I caught some sort of weird cold/upper respiratory/sinus infection and it seriously kicked my ass. I've been trying to take some time off work to recover and finally feel like I am over the hump. Which means I am back to blogging, running and generally doing things that do not involve lying in bed.
Speaking of which, I never actually talked about that trip to LA. It started very, very early. Like my alarm was set for 3:35AM early. But, we managed to not only get to the airport in enough time to enjoy breakfast, but actually have time to pick up some reading material for the flight down.
A quick 1.5 hours later we were on the ground and ready to have some fun. Actually to head to a work meeting that lasted most of the day. By the time it was over and we got to our hotel, it was nearly 3:30PM. The last time I'd had anything besides a glass of water was at the airport before the flight, so I was starving, thirsty and generally cranky. While we waited for them to finish putting our room together (check-in was officially at 4:00), we headed over to the Yard House for a beer and snacks.
I got to have a glass of Sea Dog Blueberry Wheat Ale. It is one of my favorite fruity beers and very hard to find around the Portland area. In fact, two of the three times that I've managed to have it were at the Yard House (one in LA and one in Denver). Once our room was ready, we freshened up and hit Hollywood for a night of fun.
Of course, we were super touristy and walked around the Hollywood Walk of Fame (I had no idea who at least 75% of the stars were). I managed to find the Backstreet Boys though, which put a lovely song in my head for the rest of the night. We stopped in front of the Chinese Theatre, but didn't stay long. It was a mess of place with all the tourists. I tried to get a good picture, but this was the best I could do.
I was exhausted and ready to sit down, so we hit the Arclight Cinema to see Guardians of the Galaxy. The Arclight was very cool and fun to see, plus it allowed me to rest for a few minutes. Afterward, we hit Berlin Currywurst for a late night dinner. It was delicious, but very spicy. I clearly misunderstood their spice rating scale. I didn't want to be a wimp, so I chose Berlin Calling (a number 1). It was so spicy I could barely manage to eat it. Still delicious though.
After one more stop at a local bar, we headed back to hotel where I promptly fell into a deep sleep.
The next day, we hit the Farmer's Market. It was AMAZING! Seriously, we spent at least 20 minutes trying to decide what to have for breakfast. After a lot of thought, we decided on doughnuts (don't judge me).
It was so good, we actually went back on Sunday morning as well. The doughnuts were to die for. We split three of them. While I might argue that my beignet wasn't really a doughnut, it is the best thing I've put in my mouth in a long time. Bob's Coffee and Doughnuts will always be a go-to place in LA for me now.
And, of course, after breakfast, I stopped taking pictures. I'm not really sure why. I think the walking and heat got to me. We walked through the shopping in the area, then hit the LA County Art Museum, La Brea Tar Pits and then a local bar while we waited for our dinner reservation with some acquaintances. They took us to a great pizza restaurant for dinner. Finally, we hit a couple more bars (I'm starting to see a pattern) before returning to the hotel. The day totaled almost 10 miles worth of walking in some serious heat.
The next morning, we hit doughnuts again and then headed to the beach for a few hours before catching our flight back to Portland.
All in, it was a pretty great trip. I'd never really been to LA before, only to the surrounding area for things like Disneyland. I'm hoping that another trip is in my not-too-distant-future.
Advice for my next trip? What places did I miss?