|Downtown LA in the distance|
One of the things I love about L.A. is the food, so let's start with restaurants. I have some staples that I always go to, as well as discovering at least one new place on every visit. My regulars are Hugo's on Santa Monica Blvd., Swinger's on Beverly Blvd. and Lucky Devils on Hollywood Blvd. (wow, that's a lot of boulevards).
|Tofu Saute and a Kir Royale at The Kitchen|
Swinger's is just what the name might imply, fun! It's a hip, old-school diner that goes above and beyond the typical diner menu. I sometimes just order from the plethora of tasty sides, or get the vegan wrap or tofu saute, which are to die for. Swinger's also has divine shakes and smoothies.
|Cha Cha Lounge|
|The outdoor area of El Cid restaurant|
I also really like Toast Bakery Cafe, Buddha's Belly, Sharky's Mexican Grill, Caffe Primo, Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, El Cid for their flamenco dinner show, and The Kitchen. My wonderful discovery in February was Truly Vegan, also on Hollywood Blvd. This place is vegan heaven! I dined there on 3 occasions in the same week. Two of my fave dishes are the grilled lentil loaf and the protein salad. They also have delicious breakfast combos.
|Grilled lentil loaf at Truly Vegan|
|A book signing of the "The Whip" by Karen Kondazian (read this book)|
|Beauty at The Getty|
|A gorgeous place to hike - Runyon Canyon|
|Very cool house hidden in the hills of LA|