I Heart My City: Jeannie’s Los Angeles

12 Feb

While planning our itineraries for this trip, I stumbled upon a great gem of a resource: the I Heart My City series from National Geographic.  I really enjoy reading a local’s perspective of any place, so I thought it’d be fun to do one for Los Angeles!

Los Angeles is My City (although this list is county-wide)

The first place I take a visitor from out of town is the Original Farmers Market at the Grove.

When I crave Greek food I always go to Papa Cristos.

To escape the crowds, I head to Tres by Jose Andres at the SLS Hotel for afternoon tea (be sure to request a table by the fireplace!).

If I want to indulge in some Cuban food I go to Portos Bakery.

For complete quiet, I can hide away anywhere along the Palos Verdes Peninsula.  Seriously.  Since no freeways go there, no one ever ventures that-a-way.

If you come to my city, get your picture taken with your favorite celebrity’s handprints at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre.

If you have to order one thing off the menu from Bay Cities Deli it has to be the Godmother sandwich.

The Flower District is my one-stop shop for great selection of cheap and fresh flowers.

Locals know to skip Chinatown and check out the San Gabriel Valley (Monterey Park, San Gabriel, Rosemead, etc) for Chinese/Vietnamese food instead.

When I’m feeling cash-strapped I go to Tito’s Tacos.

For a huge splurge I go to Sushi Gen for omakase.

Photo ops in my city include the Urban Light sculpture at LACMA and the best vantage points are at Runyon Canyon.

In my city, an active day outdoors involves biking along the LA River or hiking among the San Gabriel mountains.

My city’s best museum is LACMA.

My favorite jogging/walking route is along the Strand from Manhattan Beach to Redondo Beach.

For a night of dancing, go to Zanzibar in Santa Monica. Or, for live music, check out Hotel Cafe.

Original Pantry Cafe is the spot for late-night eats.

To find out what’s going on at night and on the weekends, read LA Weekly.

You can tell a lot about my city from what you see on The Hills.  Just kidding.  Sort of.

You can tell if someone is from my city if they say the word “the” in front of freeway numbers (the 605, the 10, etc).

In the spring you should visit the Huntington Library or Descanso Gardens.

In the summer you should pack a picnic and watch a concert at the Hollywood Bowl.

In the fall you should check out the LA County Fair.  Eat that deep-fried Snickers bar, and I’ll live vicariously through you.

In the winter you should wear shorts because the weather has an identity crisis.

A hidden gem in my city is the Venice Canals.

For a great breakfast joint try Doughboys Cafe.

Don’t miss the Festival of Books in April.

Just outside my city, you can visit Palm Springs and take the aerial tramway up the San Jacinto Moutains.

The best way to see my city is via car.  Don’t even bother with public transportation, you won’t get far.

If my city were a pet it would be a goldfish.  I don’t know why.

If I didn’t live in a city, I’d live in a small town, a la Stars Hollow.  Any Gilmore Girls fans out there?

The best book about my city is My Dark Places by James Ellroy.  Morbid, but I really needed a balance to The Hills.  See above.

When I think about my city, the song that comes to mind is All I Wanna Do by Sheryl Crow.

If you have kids, you won’t want to miss Griffith Park– observatory, pony/train rides, merry-go-round, zoo, etc.

UGG(ly) boots with short skirts or flip flops with scarves could only happen in my city.

Image via Ork Posters, purchase here, other cities available.

3 Responses to “I Heart My City: Jeannie’s Los Angeles”

  1. Thu February 12, 2012 at 11:14 AM #

    Oooh, I would love to live in Star Hallows too! I should have a Gilmore Girls marathon in the future. I can’t believe your trip is almost here. Hope packing is going well for you.

  2. Uncle Raymond February 12, 2012 at 9:57 PM #

    We have Chez Panisse, The French Laundry, Cheese Board pizza, Muir Woods, AT&T Park, the Golden Gate, etc. to welcome you to the Bay Area!

  3. Rosalyn February 13, 2012 at 3:55 PM #

    Fun and interesting read and I agree with the ones on your list that I know. Too bad LA has such terrible traffic and such terrible air.

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