30
Jun 14

9 Great Places to Visit in Los Angeles

by Lesley Kim

I love, love, love living in Los Angeles, Ca. It is one of the few places that if you want, you can snowboard in the morning, go to the sand dunes in the afternoon, and watch the sun set at the beach, all in ONE day. I am not a Los Angeles native by any chance, but when I moved to this bustling metropolitan, I instantly fell in love. It’s so alive and vibrant. I just love living here and will probably stay here or in SoCal.

Places to visit in Los Angeles

Los Angeles, because it’s such an amazing place, do receive tons and tons of visitors. There are just countless things to do, more than you can fit in a week’s visit.

If you are ever in the area and want to take in some wonderful sites, here are 9 great places to visit in Los Angeles.

1.)  Universal Studios – This is seriously like an Adult’s playground. Of course the kiddos will love it too, but it’s super fun for everyone. There are fun rides and many many attractions. Universal CityWalk is right outside, filled with restaurants and shops.

2.)  The Getty Museum– who doesn’t want to see a little bit of Monet, Rembrandt or Picasso on their vacations? The Getty Museum is ahhhmazing. Seriously… This museum will take your breath away.

3.)  Malibu Beach– One of my favorite places to visit in Los Angeles. It’s not as crowded as Santa Monica beach, but it is full of beautiful beaches. Stop by at the Malibu Mart for lunch and you may see a celebrity. I went to the Malibu Ralph’s and saw Brooke Burke and Cindy Crawford within 5 minutes. The next week, I saw Yolanda foster from RHOBH. Of course I told her I love her :)

places to visit in Los Angeles

4.) Old Town Pasadena– Old Town Pasadena is such a quaint little place. It’s more for shopping, and waking around.

5.) Hollywood– I don’t usually like to go Hollywood because it is always overflowing with tourists. But if you have never been, it’s worth a look. There is the Hollywood and Highland mall, and the famous Hollywood Walk of Stars.

6.) Santee Alley Downtown – this place is so LA. Here, you will find every thing like clothes, jewelry, shoes, toys, makeup, for cheap. Beware of counterfeit products. They will also have fake Chanel, Louis Vuitton, and even fake MAC! This is where most stores will purchase their retail merchandise, and when you buy, everything is pretty negotiable.

7.) LA Zoo – The LA Zoo is fun if you like the outdoors and animals. I used to go to LA Zoo just to get a good exercise from the walk. There are many beautiful animals, like the tiger, panda, bears, and zebra.

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8.)  Disneyland -This is my absolute favorite of places to visit in Los Angeles. It is located in Anaheim, about 20 miles from LA, but who cares? This place is amazing!! on a good day, it can take only 20 minutes to get there. I never thought I would be a Disney fanatic, but if you have never been recently, don’t dismiss it. It’s expensive, but totally worth it for the experience. It’s hard to get everything done and seen in one day. There is just no way. I have been about 10 times and still have not seen half of the place. I highly recommend going at least 3 days, or don’t go at all. You will feel stressed and exhausted if you try to fit it all in one day.

places to visit in Los Angeles

9.) Santa Monica Promenade– Fun, especially at night. This is an outdoor shopping center filled with shops, restaurants, right near the beach. During the night, it really comes alive with live performers.

 

 


08
Apr 14

Good Eats at Uva Bar, Downtown Disney

by Lesley Kim

A friend and I wanted to have some drinks at Downtown Disney and we found this delightful place, Uva Bar, right smack in the middle of Downtown Disney.  An outside bar, the Uva Bar is a perfect place to have some drinks and a light lunch while enjoying the beautiful weather of Anaheim, Ca.  For those who are not familiar with SoCal, Anaheim is about 25 miles south of Los Angeles.  Not too far in distance, but with major traffic, Anaheim can become a couple of hours away.

IMG_6999Downtown Disney is an outdoor promenade, filled with shops and restaurants, right next to Disneyland and Adventureland.  Similar to the City Walk of Universal Studios, Downtown Disney is exciting and fun.  There is no admission fee for this fun filled promenade and the Disney resorts are easily accessible.

IMG_7003Places to see in Downtown Disney include  Cirque du Soleil’s La Nouba, Disney Quest, the House of Blues, Planet Hollywood, the Lego Imagination Center, World of Disney, AMC Downtown Disney 24 with Dine-In Theatres, and Rainforest Cafe.

IMG_7011My friend and I enjoyed our lunch of chicken gyros and garlic fries at Uva Bar, and then walked around the promenade.  It was delightful to see all the Disney themed shops while we munch on chocolate covered strawberries.

IMG_7012For those who adore Disney, this outside promenade will be heaven.  For others like me, who enjoy good food and good sights, Downtown Disney can be just as enjoyable.


24
Jan 14

Afternoon Tea at Chado Hollywood

by Lesley Kim

Life has so many things to offer.  The company of friends is one of those that is truly special.  One afternoon, a friend and I took some time to have tea at Chado Hollywood. I have been to the Chado in downtown, but never to the one in Hollywood. Situated inside the Hollywood and Highland Mall, Chado Hollywood was surprisingly serene and peaceful.  My friend and I sat on the small, outside patio to have some privacy.
Chado HollywoodMy friend and I opted for the Celebration Afternoon Tea.  With this choice,  you get tea, soup or salad, a variety of sandwiches, fresh scone, cookies and a tea float for $25.00.  Chado has a variety of tea selection that you can choose from.  I opted for the mango tea and it was delicious.  Chado HollywoodA bowl of tomato soup came first, then an array of mini sandwiches, scones and cookies.  The sandwiches were small but good.  My favorite was the chicken cranberry sandwich.  After a nibble of the scone and cookies, and I was ready for my float.  My tea was not sweetened, otherwise, I would probably get an intense sugar rush.IMG_0677 IMG_0679Afternoon tea at Chado Hollywood is such a perfect way to spend time with a friend.  It’s easy to forget all the chaos of life when you are sipping hot, mango tea and nibbling on warm scones.IMG_0689 IMG_0692


06
Dec 13

Legoland Adventure

by Lesley Kim

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27
Nov 13

Cold Pressed Juice Delivered

by Lesley Kim

“The people who influence you are the people who believe in you.”
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I am beyond excited to get my first batch of cold pressed juice from PressedJuicery.  PressedJuicery is a cold pressed juicery based in California.  The great thing about PressedJuicery is that they deliver fresh juice to your door.  They offer subscriptions where they will deliver a number of juice to your door per month

The prices below are applicable for me because I live in Los Angeles.Cold Pressed Juice Delivery   Pressed JuiceryI opted for the $245/month for 36 juice.

The prices below are for those who are not in close proximity to the PressedJuicery locations.Cold Pressed Juice Delivery   Pressed Juicery (1)

The main concern I had with PressedJuicery was that I did not know if they were using organic produce.  Nowhere on the website did they explain this.  I emailed them to inquire and they assured me that they do use organic produce, but due to daily demands of juice, they can not guarantee 100% organic which is why they do not claim to be organic.

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The juice came in a box, packed in an insulated, recyclable bag with a cold pack.  The first juice I tried was greens 3, (kale, spinach, romaine, parsley, cucumber, celery, apple, lemon and ginger) and it was delicious.

cold pressed juiceOverall, I am extremely happy with my experience with PressedJuicery’s juice delivery. I can’t wait for my next shipment so I can try out other flavors =)

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19
Nov 13

LAAC Los Angeles Athletic Club

“Things do not change; we change.”
Henry David Thoreau 
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H has been a member of the LAAC (Los Angeles Athletic Club) for many years now.  The LAAC is a private athletic and social club in downtown Los Angeles, Ca.  Every year, the John R. Wooden award is given to men’s and women’s basketball player.

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I must admit that my favorite part of the LAAC is the food.  They have the most amazing food ever!  Every time we eat there, I am never disappointed.  As a foodie, I am in love with  the quality of the food at LAAC.  The chicken quesadilla, sweet potato fries, and chinese chicken salad are some of my favorites. I truly would not mind eating there everyday! =)SIMG_6004 IMG_6007 IMG_6008


22
Oct 13

Rent a House in Palm Springs

“Let us always meet each other with smile, for the smile is the beginning of love.”
Mother Teresa IMG_5229

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21
Oct 13

Los Angeles Zoo Visit

“It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness.”
Charles Spurgeon tiger

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29
Sep 13

Lunch in Malibu

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06
Jul 13

Dugout Club at Dodger Stadium

by Lesley Kim

Occasionally, H likes to watch the Dodger play, and when we do go, we usually buy seats at the dugout club.  For those who really want to experience a baseball game, the dugout club at Dodger Stadium is probably the way to go.  Of course, these seats are not cheap and can set some people back quite a lot.

What exactly is so special about these seats you ask?  First of all, if you want to see the game, you will be right front, in view of every action. It’s also nice that there are not many people in front of you to block your view.

dugout club at dodger stadium

I am not really a fan of the game, but I do LOVE the dugout club at Dodger Stadium.  The one and only reason that I like to go is the unlimited food.  Yes! The tickets come with free access to a restaurant connected to your seat area, where there are unlimited steaks, tacos, hot dogs, pastas, you name it.  There are catering chefs who will cut you a slice of beef or give you grilled vegetables. There is also a dessert bar filled with cakes, fruits, pastries and throwback candies.

dugout club at dodger stadium

The dugout club at Dodger Stadium is definitely an experience.  The food is amazing and the seats are not bad either.  The convenience of being able to go to the restaurant from the game is also wonderful. Flat screen tvs line the walls of the restaurant, so even if you want to be somewhere more secluded, you will not be missing the game. I have also seen several actors there, including Zac Efron, which was pretty neat =)

dugout club at dodger stadium