What seems like a lifetime ago, almost 11 years to date, I spent quite a lot of time in Los Angeles, living there in 2003 to finish up my degree in marketing. Why it’s taken me 11 years to return, I can’t really say, but I have certainly missed the nice weather and laid back attitude that California brings to the table. All that I know is that when Todd told me he had to make a mid-week business trip there, I was adamant to tag along and see how much has changed in the last decade.
Our trip started in an area of the city that I was least familiar, downtown LA, which is certainly not in my opinion the bread and butter of Los Angeles, but offered a different perspective on a city I thought I knew so well. After landing and parting ways from Todd, I found myself meandering the city streets of downtown Los Angeles with no rhyme or reason to where I was heading. After stopping at Mendocino Farms for an organic caprese sandwich and fresh pressed strawberry lemonade, I found myself heading almost inadvertently towards the Grand Central Market where a veritable plethora of food options confronted me from every angle. Any possible food option you could desire was available. Want fresh, local meat? check, want chinese food? check, looking for a liquor store? check, craving breakfast? check. It was a pleasure of the senses and a true treat to find this market in the middle of downtown Los Angeles.
The evening took us to Sunset Boulevard where we began with drinks with Todd’s business partners on the deck at the luxurious Sky Bar in the Mondrian LA. The views of the city from Sky Bar were unparalleled. It was a lovely and relaxing spot to have an after work cocktail and unwind amongst West Hollywood’s elite.
After cocktails, we strolled across the street to the Katana, where we dined on sushi and robatayaki, which is a Japanese method of slow grilling skewered food over hot coals. Luckily we were able to snag one of their outdoor patio tables overlooking the Sunset Boulevard. The food was elegant and delicious, with the highlights including fresh uni, and skewers of wagyu beef and lobster with truffle butter. Truly Decadent.
After such a lavish evening, it was time to kick back a little and have some fun. Just for kicks we stopped in at the Saddle Ranch Chop House, where the brave (or possibly drunk) try their luck nightly on the mechanical bull. It was there that we were given the largest roll of cotton candy that I have ever seen. And yes, I loved it Apparently Todd did too!
Our stay there was short lived, however, because we decided to end the night watching stand up at The Comedy Store, where they were featuring their 16 headlining comics show in the original room. Of the comics we saw that evening the two standouts were: Bobby Lee and Steve Trevino. Hilarious! Both are up and coming comics to watch for! Clips of both below:
All in all it was a great first day in LA, but bedtime was gladly welcome at the end of that long day, and I was excited for what Day 2 was to bring. Blog post to come soon for Day 2!Sharing is caring