Weekend in L.A

I’m back from my whirlwind L.A. weekend – what a trip! Of course it went by too fast, but a good time was had by all.

Katie and I met up with each other at LAX on Friday. After getting our rental car we drove to Sarah’s apartment (which we had never seen) on the west side of LA, a couple of blocks from Santa Monica Boulevard. It was a charming 1-bedroom. I also had the chance to (finally!) meet Sarah’s boyfriend. He came over soon after with sandwiches from one of their favorite local delis so what was there not to love? 😉

Later that day we were joined by two of Sarah’s co-workers from Dallas who had also flown in for the big birthday weekend. The rest is history! The weekend was filled with delicious restaurant-eating, a nice hike through Griffith Park up to Griffith Observatory, a driving tour through different parts of L.A. (Rodeo, Sunset, and Robertson Drive, Hollywood,  East &West L.A., you name it), a stroll on Ocean Ave to see the beach, and the frequenting of several good bars.

Here are some highlights from the trip!

After Saturday brunch we all took a semi-physical hike up to see the Griffith Observatory located on the southern slope of Mount Hollywood.

We're almost to top!The mission of Griffith Observatory is inspiring everyone to observe, ponder, and understand the sky.

We’re almost to the top!
The mission of Griffith Observatory is inspiring everyone to observe, ponder, and understand the sky.

Griffith Observatory is one of southern California's most popular attractions. The Observatory is a national leader in public astronomy and a beloved gathering place for people.

Griffith Observatory is one of southern California’s most popular attractions. The Observatory is a national leader in public astronomy and a beloved gathering place for people.

The iconic 'Hollywood' sign resting on the mountain.

The iconic ‘Hollywood’ sign resting on the mountain.

What is a trip without sampling some of the local cuisine? The restaurants we went to were:

Dinner on Friday: Father’s Office, which is known for its burger and wide selection of brews. Of course we all ordered the burger.

Brunch on Saturday: Hugo’s Restaurant in west Hollywood. Hugo’s was your typical brunch spot. The food was pretty good and I found the ambiance to be very “hipster”.

Herbed Omlette and fruit at Hugo's Restaurant.

Herbed Omelet and fruit at Hugo’s Restaurant.

Dinner on Saturday: The Backhouse Restaurant, in west L.A. I was very impressed with this place. Everything we ordered from different sushi rolls, to meatballs, to tuna and salmon tartare was excellent.

Salmon Tartare at The Backhouse Restaurant.

Salmon tartare at The Backhouse Restaurant.

Brunch on Sunday: Bru’s Wiffle a Waffle Joint in Santa Monica. As you can tell by the name, this place is known for their waffles. I ordered the breakfast sliders and it was oh, so yummy.

Breakfast sliders at Bru's.

Breakfast sliders at Bru’s.

We also tasted a sample of L.A.’s nightlife.

Watch out L.A.!

Watch out L.A.!

Bars we went to: Renee’s Courtyard Cafe and Rosewood Tavern. Both bars were very chill and laid back a la Sarah also known to me as “Crab”. It fit perfectly for our kind of weekend.

Sarah, Katie, Renee, and Tracey thanks for a great time! Sarah, I hope 30 is your best year yet.

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