I was born and raised in Los Angeles and I have watched the city and Southern California change for well over half a century but…I Love my LA!
The weather is perfect and there’s always so much to do and see in this extremely multi-cultural city. From great shopping, amazing dinning out, LA Live, China Town, Beverly Hills, The Groove, Hollywood Bowl, Getty Museum, Malibu, Hollywood, and one of my all time favorites, buying fresh flowers at downtown LA flower district. These serve as just a few of the many places I love, but there’s still so much more to do in this great city.
Being from Los Angeles, I have so many hot spots that only an Angelo could tell you about… and if you drop my name well you might get the special Angelo treatment. Where do I start?
The “Fam Bam” at Paradise Cove in Malibu Beach Cafe
Hottest restaurant in town Nobu Malibu
Oyster Shooters @ “Nobu” Malibu
Oh…and the weather is always perfect to work up a sweat from skating, surfing, skiing and mountain biking, to yoga and running. We’ve got the best alternative workouts in the country.
One of the best aspects of living in Los Angeles is the ready access to outdoor activities.The beach, mountains and desert are all within striking distance. Hiking is always an option, whether it’s the Santa Monica Mountains, Baldwin Hills, Hollywood Hills, down south in Ranchos Palos Verdes or up in the mighty San Gabriel Mountains. Learn about 10 of the best easy hikes in L.A. County that will get your heart rate up and yield some terrific views, but won’t lead to exhaustion.
Fam Bam @ Lake Hollywood
A few quick reminders:
1. Carry your cell phone with you in case of emergency. The signal can be limited in the mountains, but the phone is your best friend if you run into trouble.
2. Carry plenty of water because trails often offer little shade and it can get hot.
3. Wear sunscreen. Even if the sky starts overcast, sun often breaks through clouds. 4. Stay to the center of the trail to limit contact with plants like poison ivy and wildlife like rattlesnakes and tarantulas.
The best place to spend time outdoors in my city is at Griffith Park Observatory. It’s free, great for hiking and picnics, and offers the best view of the city—including the Hollywood sign.
View from the rooftop bar at The Ace Hotel in Downtown LA
Hanging with my girl Korina @ Petit Ermitage Hotel
If there’s one thing you should know about getting around my city, it’s that the traffic is usually as bad as the movies make it look.
The best outdoor market is The Hollywood Farmer’s Market or The Groove Farmer’s Market.
My city’s biggest sports event is the Academy Awards, maybe? Just kidding. The Los Angeles Lakers (basketball), Kings (hockey), and Dodgers (baseball) are all pretty even. And now we have football again…The Rams
To escape the crowds, I head to a small beach by my Mom’s house near Playa del Rey.
The dish that represents my city best is authentic Mexican tacos or burritos and a particularly complicated Starbucks order is my city’s signature drink.
The Los Angeles Public Library is my favorite building in town because it’s truly a beautiful building with an architectural style that incorporates ancient Egyptian and Mediterranean Revival influences.
The Getty Center is the envy of museums worldwide for its generous endowments—and its killer hilltop campus. Although it doesn’t match the rich collections of Old World galleries, it has some impressive works covering a vast sweep of history. Among them are several paintings by Rubens and a sprinkling of Impressionists, including Monet, Renoir, Cézanne and Van Gogh. The French decorative arts and an expanding photography collection are definitely worth visiting. And don’t forget to hunt out Miró and Moore in the fine sculpture garden.
Fam-Bam @ The Getty
Carmageddon could only happen in my city.
I love the hidden mansions in the Venice Canal Historic District.
In the summer you should camp on the beach in Malibu.
In the fall you should take a hike to the top of Griffith Park.
In the winter you should take pictures of yourself sunning on the beach.
When I think about my city, the song that comes to mind is 2Pac’s “To Live and Die in L.A.”
Even though L.A. is a sprawling, crowded, dramatic, colorful monster, you’ll probably like getting caught up in the madness.
I love Los Angeles, what about you?
Ali in the Valley