This past weekend I hopped off the plane at LAX with a dream (to tan) and a cardigan. Marc and I decided to take advantage of the long weekend and the low airfare prices. After renting our car from Alamo (they did not assign us a car, but rather had us pick one from a row of “midsize” choices) we drove to our hotel, the Palomar in Westwood in 15 minutes flat, no traffic (but it was 9:30pm).

The hotel was in a great location, right near UCLA, on Wilshire Blvd, and near the entrance to the 405. The rooms were up to Marc’s trendy standards and somehow with our reservation we got coupons for cocktails from the bar each night.

Due to the time difference we woke up bright and early and met up with Marc’s brother to hike around Runyon Canyon, a spot where celebrities like to walk their dogs and where normal people like to hike. After some arguing and bushwhacking about which trail to do, we took a 45 minute hike around the canyon, did not see any rattlesnakes, did see Trevor Donovan from 90210 and looked to our right and saw the Hollywood sign.

It’s super easy to get to, as it’s right in Hollywood, and you can just park on the streets surrounding the park. It’s also pretty great exercise, my legs were sore the next day! After our hike we were famished, so we headed to Doughboys on West Third, about 10 minutes from the Canyon. It just re-opened after a year-long hiatus and the menu is massive, breakfast, sandwiches, meatloaf, they do it all and they do it well! The service was a bit slow, probably because we ordered so much, but it was worth the wait. The other tables around us got their food a lot faster. Their most popular dish “The After School Special” looked amazing, grilled cheese and creamy tomato soup, YUM! I opted for banana-caramel-nut pancakes, eggs, and homefries, also delish!

After lunch it was time for the pool, so we went back to the hotel and were dissapointed that the Palomar’s pool was designed in such a way that it didn’t get any afternoon sun. Idiots, who in LA builds a pool that doesn’t get sun? Fail Palomar, fail. So, we decided to check out the nearby W, if you order food or drinks you can enjoy the pool. However, once we arrived we saw the pool was covered, perhaps from some trendy event. Defeated we decided to drive to Santa Monica, and the smog was kinda hiding the sun anyways…

Peter has a secret parking garage in Santa Monica that’s free for 3 hours, however, most of LA already knew about it, but we managed to find the one empty spot. We started on the 3rd Street Promenade, a pedestrian street with shops, street performers, and a weird man who told me I had nice toes. Guess he liked my pedicure. Eventually we made our way to the water and Marc made me take a picture with the pier in the background, I don’t like carnival rides, so I thought this picture of the boys was better.

The highlight of the excursion was a stop at Fred Segal, a quirky LA based department store. They were having a 66% off sale, but all I bought was a smoothie. definitely check out their Santa Monica and Los Angeles locations, it’s super fun to browse around or go to their Cafe and buy healthy California fare.

For dinner that night we headed to Koi, one of those trendy sushi places like Nobu, developed by Chef Katsuya, behind the resturant of the same name. Their signature dish is crispy rice topped with ahi tuna. They sear the rice in butter and crisp it up, I could eat plate after plate, but the other dishes are good too! You can’t go wrong.

After dinner we decided to continue with the trendyness and headed to XIV for drinks. You may know it from the Hills, they filmed a lot of scenes there. Outside there was a lame looking red-carpet and some people posing for pictures, we didn’t recognize what was even being promoted. Once we actually found the door (it’s hard to find, look at it on the link, it blends into the building, maybe to keep normal people out?) we went the bar and staked out a table. It wasn’t to busy yet, but it started to fill up soon after we arrived.

The people watching was tremendous, after asking a few people we gathered that the red carpet outside belong to a movie premiere after-party of some weird horror film. There was a man wearing make-up, some weird rocker couple in leather, some lady’s who may or may not have been escorts, and most interestingly of all some little people. We didn’t recognize anyone and we definitely did not see LC or Lo.

At the end of the night as we were waiting for our car the red carpet area was empty, so we decided to pose for some shots… Some lady offered to take our picture and we told her we were extras, she believe us, got really excited, and gave us her card, she was a singer and said we should use her for events, hmmmm.

Immediately upon arrival at the hotel we searched IMBD for this movie and found Damer vs. Gacey was some weird indie horror flick about two serial killers who fight to the death. The little person we happened to see was the President of the Lollipop Guild from Wizard of Oz, and the rocker may or may not have been Steven Adler from Guns N’ Roses, who are both in said movie. Not your typical LA celebrities, but fun nonetheless!

After our red carpet extravaganza we were exausted and went to bed, dreaming of muchkins, crispy rice and canyons.

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