Places to Go (some I’ve been to, some I haven’t)

20 Dec


Tar & Roses in Santa Monica

Proud Bird restaurant, LAX,0,1424281.story

Sunset Tower Hotel Bar, Hollywood

Hinoki and the Bird, Century City

Bar 9 coffee shop in Culver

Cafe Brasil Culver City

Green Peas in Culver City

Tsujita L.A. Ramen, Sawtelle

Giorgio Baldi in Santa Monica

Connie and Ted’s – WeHo

Paiche in Marina del Rey

Superba snack bar in Venice

Inn of the 7th Ray in Topanga

The Doughroom Culver City

Willie Jane on Abbott Kinney

Olson’s Scandinavian Deli

Locanda Positano in Venice

Piccolo Venice

Bow & Truss in North Hollywood

Hostaria del Piccolo in Santa Monica

Oscar’s Cerveteca in Venice

Soft shell crab po boy at Black Market in Studio City

InkSack on Melrose

Tonga Hut Tiki Lounge in North Hollywood

The Roof on Wilshire

Ombra Ristorante in Studio City

Simple Things on 3rd

Plan Check on Sawtelle

Bar Hayama/Restaurant – Sawtelle

Larry’s Venice


Mud Hen Tavern, Highland Park

Ink Restaurant, mid city

Horse Thief BBQ, downtown

Paul’s Kitchen, downtown,0,1196894.htmlstory#axzz2l4HJF3Em

Monte 52 Sandwiches inside La Tropicana Market – Highland Park

hoy ka Thai restaurant in Hollywood

Polka Polish restaurant in Highland Park

Bashan Glendale

Ago Italian in WeHo

RAO’s Hollywood

tortas ahogadas – Alhambra

Lazy Ox Canteen downtown

Lemon Poppyseed Kitchen in Highland Park

Lock and Key bar – Ktown

Don’t Tell Mama piano bar in WeHo

Bludso’s BBQ in Compton

Dal Rae restaurant in Pico Rivera

Noir Food & Wine in Pasadena

Happy Family vegetarian restaurant in Monterey Park

Masacasa in Eagle Rock

Shiro in Pasadena

Peking Tavern downtown

Al Wazir chicken

Mess Hall in Los Feliz

House of Pies

Link n Hops in Atwater

Parish restaurant downtown

Watts Coffee House

Good Girl Dinette in Highland Park

Mo-Chica downtown

Adassa’s Island Cafe in Leimert Park

BaRestaurant – Highland Park

Eatalian Cafe – Gardena

Gastronomico in Los Feliz

Elysian L.A.!/elysianla

White Horse Inn, Hollywood

Mo-Chica near USC

The Family restaurant in South L.A.

Black Boar in Eagle Rock

Ogamdo Cafe on La Brea

Guisados tacos Boyle Heights

Sadie – Hollywood

L&E oyster bar in Silver Lake

Papilles restaurant, Hollywood

Los Balcones del Peru in Hollywood

Casa Bianca Italian – Eagle Rock

La Cocina del Camageuy,0,4041337.story

Trails Cafe

The Beverly in WeHo

The Spice Table  – downtown


Al Fresco dining in L.A.

drunken noodles in L.A.

Best sandwiches in L.A.

LA happy hours

underrated L.A. restaurants

sea urchin dishes around L.A.

late night eats in L.A.

best coffee in L.A.

Top macaroni & cheese in L.A.

Chinese food outside SGV

Good L.A. coffee places


Japanese Garden in Van Nuys

Brookledge follies
LAT sidewalk, Highland Park

Beverly Hot Springs

Aqueduct Centennial Garden

most notorious L.A. murder sites

urban sweat lodge

KPop Museum in K-town

Rosebowl Flea Market

public art around L.A.

Leimert vision theater

San Pedro stuff / Red Car line

Tongva Park in SM


Peace Labyrinth & Gardens in West Adams

Delusion: The Blood Rite

Catalina Island Museum

Corralitas Red Car property

Randyland on Lemoyne St.

LA’s top 16 beaches

Gardens around L.A.

Lakefront Chateau in Big Bear

St Vincent’s Alley in jewelry district,0,3431928.story?track=rss

shopping in Highland Park

10 best bike rides in L.A.

braid/pony bar

best vintage shopping in L.A.

vacation rentals around L.A.

Abbey San Encino in Highland Park

new pharmacy at Heritage Square,0,7527546.column?track=rss

CLUI exhibit – Old Steel

Becoming Los Angeles at the NHM

LA Cold War air raid sirens

Surfridge near LAX

Bamboo Charlie’s LA River Paradise,0,4950837.story

Blumhouse of Horrors

Pumpkin bread monastery Hollywood

10 great stair climbs in L.A.,0,7945789.story

L.A. pools

Port of L.A. – USS Iowa, Craft market

Kayak in Redondo

Indian Gift Shop Hollywood Blvd

Panpipes occult store in Hollywood

gardens around L.A.

Robinson Gardens in BH

Bunny Museum in Altadena

origami exhibit at Japanese American Museum

Un-natural and Saving Paradise at Barnsdall Art Park

Westridge-Canyonback Wilderness, Encino

Mt Lowe Railway

Buena Vista Street – California Adventure

Hannah Carter Japanese Garden at UCLA

Shareen vintage

New CLUI exhibit

Street art in Hollywood garage

Rancho Los Encinos

Haunted Forest in Altadena

McManus & Morgan / Aardvark Letterpress

Converted trampoline place

Old L.A. zoo

Spahn Movie Ranch/Manson Caves

Lummis Day – June

Gabrielino/Tongva site at Uni High – Barrington & Ohio
open on the first Saturday of each month from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. where the Gabrielino/Tongva Springs Foundation conducts free tours of the site and opens its small museum on an onsite LAUSD bungalow structure

Heritage Square

HM157 – Historical Monument 157 in Lincoln Heights

Beach Boys monument in Hawthorne

The Great Wall of LA

The Clark Hotel downtown

Bothwell orange grove in the valley

Belmont Tunnel spelunking

Tunnels to Nowhere, San Gabriel

Playland Not at the Beach – El Cerrito

The Soap Plant Wacko

Lummis House

La Vista Court – London House

Glendale Train Station

Greystone Mansion

Lotus Festival

Vincent Price Museum in East L.A.

Arch. landmarks in L.A.

Nazi ruins in Pacific Palisades

John Frame at the Huntington

Hollyhock House

Gamble House

L.A. Arboretum

Venice Freak Show

Jumbo’s Clown Room

Leimert Park Art Walk

The Golden State Mutual Life Insurance building on West Adams Boulevard,0,6217924.column

Richland Farms<>


Hancock museum

Solstice Canyon

Philosophical Research Society

Lake Shrine

Watts Towers

Angelus Temple

Esotouric Tours


Fort Irwin Tour

Mini Grand Canyon in OC

Wayfarer’s Chapel, Palos Verdes

Wigwam Motel in San Bernardino

Wool Grower’s Restaurant – Los Banos

Temple of the Forest Beneath the Clouds

Mercey Hot Springs

Integratron in J Tree

Musical Road in Lancaster

Camping by the Sespe River


Winchester Mystery House in San Jose

Yurts in Big Sur

Buffalo Bruce’s Mercantile in Sylmar

Mission Tiki drive-in in Montclair

National Chavez Center near Palmdale

Guadalupe Dunes

Burro Flats painted caves,0,6013343.story?track=rss

Cold Spring Tavern, Santa Barbara

Frandy Campground – Lake Isabella

Travertine hot springs in Bridgeport CA

Benitoite Mine in Coalinga

Camping in cabins + pools! Anza Borrego


Playa Mujeres hotel, Cancun

Jaroslavna – Oleg Vinogradov

Grotta hotel in Italy

Il San Pietro di Positano

American stonehenges

Highland Haven in Colorado


Flying Fishbone in Aruba

Neon Museum – Las Vegas

Abandoned Lake Dolores Water Park, on the way to Vegas

Enedrik Island

Little Deadman’s Cay



Karaoke Song List

20 Dec

What’s Going On – 4 Non-Blondes

Cause you’ll always be my baby – Mariah Carey

PYT – Michael Jackson

Hot Child in the City – Nick Gilder

Give me another chance – Jackson 5

Slow Hands – Pointer Sisters

Break My Stride – Matthew Wilder

Dancing On My Own – Robyn

You Got Lucky – Tom Petty

Jump in the Line / Shake Senora – Harry Belafonte

Human Nature – Michael Jackson

Man in the Mirror – Michael Jackson

Watching the Wheels – John Lennon

Rhythm of the Night – DeBarge

This Charming Man – The Smiths

All I Want is You – U2

Elderly Woman – Pearl Jam

Say it Ain’t So – Weezer

Right Down the Line – Gerry Rafferty

Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover – Sophie B. Hawkins

Wonderful – Adam Ant

Sledgehammer – Peter Gabriel

True – Spandau Ballet

Fernando – ABBA

Just What I Needed – The Cars

Breakdown – Tom Petty

To Rock Around – Run DMC?

You Don’t Know How it Feels – Tom Petty

Stand Back – Stevie Nicks

Head over Heels – Tears for Fears

Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood – The Animals

Who’s Gonna Drive You Home – The Cars

Gonna Dress You Up in my Love – Madonna

Voices Carry – Til Tuesday

Night Moves – Van Morrison

Dirty Diana – Michael Jackson

These Dreams – Heart

Never – Heart

Big Shot – Billy Joel

Throwing It All Away – Genesis

I’ll Stop the World – Modern English

I Just Died in Your Arms Tonight – Cutting Crew

Wayward Son – Kansas

You’re so Vain – Carly Simon

I’m on Fire – Bruce Springsteen

Your Love – The Outfield

I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do) – Hall & Oates

Dreams – Fleetwood Mac

Linger – The Cranberries

Easy Lover — Phil Collins and Phillip Bailey

Tears on My Pillow – Little Anthony

Nothing Compares to You – Sinead O’Connor

There are Worse Things I could Do – Grease/Stockard Channing

Hopelessly Devoted to You – Grease/Olivia Newton-John

Freedom – George Michael

Don’t Speak – No Doubt

Bathwater – No Doubt

Sweater Song – Weezer

Pass the Dutchie – Musical Youth

Stuff I want

20 Dec

Lazuli Handcrafted

Black Adept

Arcos earrings

SoYouMade Yarns

Woven Craft wall hangings

Abacus Row beaded jewelry

iitalla ultima thule glassware

Ceramic mugs etc

Topo backpack — all black

sonoran bracelet

textiles, clothes

leather bags/wallets

ceramic mugs

Jewelry and Key Chains

Lapis Fei Ring

Uashmama Bag

ginkgo bracelet

opal studs

Gold plated cherry blossom hoops

cool jewels

more cool jewels

GinetteNY ring

Quoddy ring boots
Navy upper leather, dark taupe hevea crepe sole, brown thread, bright brass hardware, tan glove leather lining, size 7.5

Carla Fernandez


Cool jewelry

All Our Names – book

Zen awareness coaching


Pochi bags

natural exfoliants Avalon Organics Exfoliating Enzyme Scrub (ground walnut & flax) Burt’s Bees line of scrubs (ground peach stones, almond, & oats) Freeman Feeling Beautiful Salt Body Scrub (salt) Freeman Feeling Beautiful Sugar Body Scrub (sugar) Nature’s Gate Revitalizing Facial Scrub (ground willow bark, walnut, & corn meal) Queen Helene Natural Facial Scrub (ground walnut) Skin Milk Facial Scrub, Exfoliate (oat flour & almond meal) *St. Ives Apricot Scrub (ground apricot kernels)


Lumio lamp

Peacock necklaces

Paper peacock earrings

Courreges coat

Hettonen Xmas book


Hollywood bike book

Cherry blossom jewelry

Ginkgo jewelry

Frye Campus boots

woven straw flats Frye Campus boots

queen-sized mattress protector/bedding

Dean hand bags

Kinetic Art book

The Land of Little Rain

Tanner goods

Mackage draped wool coat

bluewick fragrance diffusers


The Sound of Philadelphia box set

Egyptian collar necklace

Giorgio Janeke hair brush

Brazil towel

Miki Dora book

earphone organizers

purse stand

rablabs tray

woven ring

Peplum Bandage dress

triple opal ring

tapered Lancelot ring

rose gold diamond baguette band


Manly Palmer Hall book

tieks – cream, azure snake also… mustard yellow? cobalt blue? tiek blue patent? sienna brown croc? camel?

Jem & the Holograms dolls

black & decker vacuum

knife set

grande epicure cutting board

large glass vase

salt & pepper mills


cowboy boots

Hudson Bay stuff

Vanessa Monteil black horn earrings

Pat Flynn ring

Tawapa jewelry

druzy geode earrings

cork sphere earrings

portable cup holder

diamond silver studs

crown ring

hand juicer

killer rabbit slippers

flexible surge protector

sparkly earrings

zimmermann keychains Zimmermann bikinis

Mara Hoffman bikinis

vintage jewelry

by boe earrings

tiny rivet promise ring

hazeltine solitaire

Metal drinking straws and cleaning brushes

Make-up brushes

Make Up Forever 12-color flash palette

Sole Rebels footwear

Deck Towel

Mike Sager – Scary Monsters & Super Freaks

Beautiful Ruins

Antelope Studio necklace

Airbag bike helmet

Mackage pants

The Ropes necklace/bracelet

Woolly Pockets Wall Planter

Paper Route


Vera Meat Goldfish Wrapper

TOVA perfume
Cambridge Fluro satchel bag
Bodum 4-cup, 17 ounce French Press
The Patrick Melrose novels
Here Comes Everybody
Kevin Kelly – What Technology Wants

hanging planters

airplant hanger

Suede fringe earrings

Razor Studs

Arik Kastan and Alexandra Jefford

Tanya Aguiniga rope jewelry

wood jewelry



Fiorentini Baker boots

old Cali bike map

Claudia Endler jewelry

Manon Presentation Bag

A&P: Small Business in America

Divine Art, Infernal Machine: Printing Press

Film Posters of the Russian Avant Garde

Bauer Pottery

Wallabee boots

Velvet Hooded Cape Pendleton Blanket

Andy Tauer perfumes

A Visit from the Goon Squad – Jennifer Egan Let Us Now Praise Famous Men

awesome jewelry – Free Bird collection

Bow ring & awesome earrings

Hollywoodland Book

World’s Most Useless Machine

Saint Charles Apotheke

Amused to Death – Roger Waters

pentax k-x camera or canon t12 or canon7d

Clifton R. Adams posters   


Holly Golightly ear plugs & sleep mask

Quoddy Trails ring boots NFN Gourmet Shoes amazing jewelry

Eddie Borgo

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Poupee Couture bags

antique jewelry



Palm Springs stuff

30 Dec
Restaurants w/ good brunch options

Cabots Museum, Desert Hot Springs

The Spring Day Spa

Sunmor Neighborhood

Korakia Pensione




A stop on the way: The Cabazon dinosaurs
Great sushi place — a little pricey but worth it, esp. out there.

The Palm Springs Tram
Sherman’s Deli

P.S. Modernism Home Architecture tour – map:

Kauffman House
740 West Vista Chino Canyon Road, Palm Springs, Ca

Sinatra House
1145 East Via Colusa, Palm Springs, Ca

Wexler residence
1272 East Verbena Drive, Palm Springs, Ca

Cody residence
1950 East Desert Palms Drive, Palm Springs, Ca

Octolillo Lounge
1111 East Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, Ca

House of Tomorrow
1350 Ladera Circle, Palm Springs, Ca

Frey II
686 West Palisades Drive, Palm Springs, Ca

Dean Martin House
1123 North Via Monte Vista, Palm Springs, Ca

Murray House
504 South Vista Oro, Palm Springs, Ca

Palmdale Railroad Station
1800 South Sunrise Way, Palm Springs, Ca

Miss Cornelia’s Little House
221 South Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, Ca

Gene Autry House
4200 East Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, Ca

Frey II
686 West Palisades Drive, Palm Springs, Ca

Grace Miller house – Neutra
2311 North Indian Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, Ca

Dinah Shore residence
432 West Hermosa Place, Palm Springs, Ca

Bob Hope house
1188 East El Alameda, Palm Springs, Ca

Elvis/Frankie Valle
845 West Chico Canyon Road, Palm Springs, Ca

Jack Benny house
987 North Avenida Palos Verdes, Palm Springs, Ca