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Bloggers invade LA by Mitra L. '07

What should Sam and I do in Los Angeles? Suggestions welcome

When I woke up this morning, I made myself my typical bowl of Kashi GOLEAN cereal (don’t knock it till you’ve tried it)

and poured over it the last bit of my milk,

which may have been a problem tomorrow because the milk expires today,

but is actually perfect since Spring Break starts today!

(Does anyone know if milk is okay past the Sell By date? I don’t think mine could have lasted another day or two…)

Sam and I are flying out to Los Angeles today for a one-week stay in the city of angeles. Man, I love it when vacations line up with food expiration.

Two years ago, Sam and I visited San Francisco, and had a ton of fun running up and down hills and looking for grammatical mistakes on street signs.

We have nicknamed this year’s trip “The Amazing Race: Los Angeles,” and I am so into the theme that I am packing a hiking backpack instead of a suitcase.

On our to-do list so far, we have

1. Roscoe’s House of Chicken & Waffles (thanks, Bryan!)
2. Biking in Santa Monica (thanks, Laura ’06!)

And, um, yeah. That’s it. Do you have any ideas for things we should do/see/eat in Los Angeles? Thanks!

32 responses to “Bloggers invade LA”

  1. socal admit says:

    3rd street in santa monica, santa monica pier, venice beach, hollywood in general, maybe a concert?, lots of clubs to go clubbin… that’s all i can think of at this time of day.

  2. ARDHENDU says:


  3. Anonymous says:

    Groman’s Chinese Theatre on Hollywood Blvd! Lots of celebrities from years past have signed the cement there, it’s pretty cool!

  4. Anonymous says:

    Groman’s Chinese Theatre on Hollywood Blvd! Lots of celebrities from years past have signed the cement there, it’s pretty cool!

  5. Anonymous says:

    Are you sure that you two aren’t going out?

  6. Anonymous says:

    Kiss! What else do you want to do? You don’t need any ideas from us.

  7. anon says:

    check out the getty museum(s). if you’re into classical concerts, disney hall is cool (and not nearly as scary as bldg 32).

    if you’ll have a car, go hiking in the san gabriels or the santa monica mountains.

  8. anonymous says:

    that cereal looks like turds

  9. rasputin says:

    gr8 and wish i were so fortunate to do some fun stuff as morn i’ll try out ndole.lots of …

  10. Aaron says:

    You have no idea the addiction I suffered to GoLean-like a box every few days-I ate it for breakfast, for lunch, and for snacks. And then I read that soy raises estrogen, and now I’m more cautious. But it has such an amazing crunch. Everyone laughed at me for eating it, until they asked me to try it and started liking it as much as I do. Will you guys have it at CPW? hahaha

  11. Aaron says:

    And yes the milk should be fine-if you look it up though, apparently the light-block bottles work, and that just 15 minutes of exposure to fluorescent or other light kills the Vit. D, etc!

    Let’s experiment on it. Okay I’m letting my nerd out here

  12. Anonymous says:

    Try to get out to Malibu for food and a drive down Pacific Coast Highway.

  13. Nancy says:

    As soon as you two get to LA you must grab a bite to eat at In & Out. It’s about the best fast-food resturant ever made. Redondo Beach is really nice as well. Have fun!

  14. Anonymous says:

    Kashi is amazing. Especially with strawberries. smile

    The chinese food in L.A. is pretty amazing, i’m not gonna lie. There should be tons of random chinese restaurants lying around. You should visit the Getty Museum! I went there last time I was in L.A. and it was really interesting.

    Have fun!

  15. bonbon says:

    The Santa Monica pier for sure. When I visited I got a fortune telling from an animatronic lady in a glass box…I fairly sure she was reliable(at least reliable for 50 cents) Any way it was way cool ; )

  16. Hhhm, I suggest that you visit Chinatown and LACMA (the Los Angeles County Museum of Art). Some interesting places that are not in LA but are kind of close (if you’re up for a couple hours of driving) include the Queen Mary in Long Beach and Sea World in San Diego. An interesting place to eat is the revolving restaurant at the Bonaventure Hotel in Downtown (it’s quite pricy though; I would only suggest it for a special occasion).

    Well, I can’t really think of anything else right now, so I’m off to study for APs. Wherever you choose to go, HAVE FUN!!!

  17. Californian says:

    Roller skate along the Santa Monica Beach (you can rent the skates). Boogie board (you can rent the boards), chill, watch the vast array of characters you’ll see strolling by, and above all, enjoy the sun.

  18. Lola says:

    My 7th grade home ec teacher told us that foods are good a week past the sell-by date. I think your milk would only go bad if it had said “expires on 3/23.” I still drink milk that’s a week past the expiration date. Then again, I’ll eat anything without limbs attached to it…

  19. Tracy says:

    Food: Pink’s hot dogs, in-n-out, mel’s, Bay Cities (santa monica)

    Shopping: walk down Melrose for blocks of eclectic clothes, shoes, dorm stuff

    Other Stuff: Get really close to the Hollywood sign! (you can find more in-depth directions online, but take Beachwood all the way up.)

    Go to Venice Beach and walk along the Boardwalk. great for people watching, not so much for water quality…

    Definitely drive down the pacific coast highway. I take it to get to school everyday, it’s such a nice view of the ocean.

    But you should most definitely:
    Drive out to Pasadena and steal something from Caltech.

  20. Guy from LA says:

    For the BEST hot dogs ever, try the world famous pink’s hot dogs in hollywood.

    here’s some info copied & pasted from their website:

    Where are you located?
    We’re in Hollywood, near the intersection of Melrose Avenue and N. La Brea Boulevard, adjacent to the Northwest corner. The address is 709 N. La Brea Blvd., L.A., CA 90038.

    From the I-10, exit on La Brea and travel north to Melrose. We’ll be on the left, just after you cross Melrose.

    What is Pink’s telephone number?
    We’re at (323) 931-4223.

  21. cool person says:

    I think a grocery person once told me that expiration dates are actually 3 days early, but the guy may have just had a bad day and wanted me to believe that so i get sick…

  22. cool person says:

    Also, if you plan to go back to the San Francisco area for your return flight or something… go to the restaurant called “Fish” in Sausalito. It is the best seafood I have tasted, and its got kind of a riverside view with boats occasionally floating by.

  23. Anonymous says:

    Trader Joe’s! Woo!!!

  24. Snively says:

    If you put just a tiny tiny tiny pinch of salt in a the milk container when it’s new it stays drinkable longer.

    Just my two cents.

  25. Dina says:

    come to the Admitted Student Meeting on Thursday! I’m sure all the Los Angeles area ’11s want to meet you!

  26. Anonymous says:


  27. Rachelle says:

    Los Angeles, my hometown. Here’s what you can do:
    -Hiking in the Los Angeles National Forest (there’s a waterfall that you can hike towards near Big Tujunga Road in Sun Valley).
    -Walking along Old Town Pasadena.
    -LACMA, MOCA, The Getty and/or The Getty Villa, Natural History and/or Science museum.
    -Farmer’s Market
    -Union Station (a classic 1930s train station seen in many films with a great restaurant inside), Olivera Street (for authentic Mexican eats, it’s part of the historic district and across from Union Station).
    -Stroll along Rodeo Dr., Hollywood Blvd, 3rd St. Promenade, Santa Monica boardwalk, Ventura Blvd…
    -The Observatory, it’s renovated and finally open! It’s in Griffith Park (LA’s Central Park equivalent) and has a magnificent view of the city, you can hike along to check out the Hollywood sign as well.
    -Universal City Walk is also a tourist must see.
    -Watch a play in any quaint theater house in the NoHo Arts district (North Hollywood).
    -Manhattan Beach or Hermosa Beach (notorious for beach volleyball tournaments)
    -UCLA vicinity (West L.A.), I’ve heard that the Hammer Museum @ UCLA is worth seeing.
    -Definitely don’t miss out on In-N-Out Burger.

  28. Anna Park says:

    Two words and a letter: IN N OUT

  29. please please please;tell me the procedure to get selection in mit;i’ll give senior secondry exam in 2007

  30. amirah says:

    if you ever find yourself in the hague, the Escher museum is AWESOME!