Things to do in L.A.- visit history

Do like the locals and stay out of the tourist traps! Captions are links.

One of the things I like to do when visiting is check out lots of old stuff- buildings, restaurants, neighborhoods. Most of the time I just drive around but since L.A. is so huge, you can check out some of the local historical societies for guidance. Then of course, you’ll want to eat and drink, so I’ve included some ideas on where to do that.

Glendale Historical Society

Los Angeles Historical Society

Pasadena Museum Of History

Burbank Historical Society

Mid Century Modern Glendale Federal Building

Mid Century Modern Glendale Federal Building

vintage window decorations

A vintage window decoration at what’s currently a Sprint store on California and Brand in Glendale

Go visit the upscale shopping center Americana At Brand, where there’s a new Nordstrom and a new Bloomingdales next door at the Galleria. See a movie, check out the Mac store, or just have a coffee and walk around. I don’t usually approve of the destruction of all the old buildings they did to put this thing up, but downtown Glendale was pretty far gone and this is a big improvement.

Then you can go to Pasadena for more shopping, visit the Norton Simon Museum, which is small enough to explore in a couple hours but holds a ton of great art.

Do some shopping in OId Town. Old Town is a great example of restoring and reusing the old buildings instead of just tearing them down and putting in a mall.

old town, pasadena, ca

Old Town Pasadena

cassell's burgers, los angeles

So vintage! Cassell’s Burgers at 3266 W 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90020 So vintage, they don’t have a website!

cassell's, los angeles

Old Fashioned burgers at Cassell’s, Los Angeles

Fun vintagey decor at Cassell's

Fun vintagey decor at Cassell’s

Pick what you want at Cassell's

Pick what you want at Cassell’s

No, that's not an egg, it's a peach! Love the nostalgic food at Cassell's

No, that’s not an egg, it’s a peach! Love the nostalgic food at Cassell’s

I’m sure you all know some cool out of the way spots in the L.A. area, so be sure to let me know about them in the comments!

Recess Eatery, Glendale, CA

Pretty much every time I go to L.A. we have a meal or two at Recess in Glendale. Everyone loves it because the food is good and the atmosphere is casual and modern.

Last time I went to Recess I just had a latte and some toast with jam. It was really good jam!

Last time I went to Recess I just had a latte and some toast with jam. It was really good jam!

My brother had the breakfast burrito and some fresh fruit.

My brother had the breakfast burrito and some fresh fruit.

Another shot of the nice bread and jam.

Another shot of the nice bread and jam.

Recess also serves a great lunch.

Scott Road panini from Recess in Glendale.

Scott Road panini from Recess in Glendale.

A special wrap from Recess in Glendale.

A special wrap from Recess in Glendale.

Mom always has the ahi salad!

Mom always has the ahi salad!

The sweet potato fries at Recess are soooooo good!

The sweet potato fries at Recess are soooooo good!

Rae’s Restaurant Santa Monica

I’ve seen Rae’s at 2901 Pico Boulevard in Santa Monica a million times but never went in till recently. Very retro, and the food (we had breakfast) is what you’d expect. I liked it because it’s so photogenic.

Rae's Restaurant's vintage sign.

Rae's Restaurant's vintage sign.

We sat at the counter by the oldey timey kitchen.

We sat at the counter by the oldey timey kitchen.

And the oldey timey chef.

And the oldey timey chef.

Scrambled eggs and potatoes from Rae's in Santa Monica

Scrambled eggs and potatoes from Rae's in Santa Monica.

Pancakes at Rae's!

Pancakes at Rae's!

 

Coffee in L.A.

I go to L.A. just about every month. Sometimes Mike comes with me. There’s a lot to do there and there are always new places to go.

Of course we always go get coffee. Proof Bakery: 3156 Glendale Boulevard, Los Angeles, has fancy breakfast pastries, pretty desserts and great coffee.

Proof Bakery, Los Angeles

Mike and my brother Chris at Proof Bakery, Los Angeles

 

A slice of quiche and a cafe latte from Proof Bakery, Los Angeles

A slice of quiche and a cafe latte from Proof Bakery, Los Angeles

A bread pudding/strata type thing from Proof Bakery. Delish.

A bread pudding/strata-type thing from Proof Bakery. Delish.

Pretty coffee.

Pretty coffee.

Proof Bakery

Proof Bakery

Figaro Bistrot: 1802 N. Vermont, Los Angeles. One of my faves! Fabulous atmosphere and great food. Of course really yummy espressos and pastries, too.

Cafe latte from Figaro Bistrot, Los Angeles

Cafe latte from Figaro Bistrot, Los Angeles

 

House made bread and jam at Figaro Bistrot.

House made bread and jam at Figaro Bistrot.

Of course we always go to Intelligentsia in Pasadena when we’re in L.A!  The interior of this location is the neatest one.

Cafe latte from Intelligentsia in Pasadena, CA

Cafe latte from Intelligentsia in Pasadena, CA

 

Intelligentsia's red star

Intelligentsia's red star

 

Intelligentsia Coffee

Intelligentsia Coffee

Quick L.A. trip recap

In August I went to L.A. and did a few things.
As I was landing at LAX I saw In N Out. So I HAD to go there. I still think Colorado Springs own Drifter's is as good or better, tho.

As I was landing at LAX I saw In N Out. So I HAD to go there. I still think Colorado Springs own Drifter's is as good or better, tho.

I've heard so much about Cafe Leon in Montrose (Glendale), CA from Jeffery- so we met him there for breakfast.

I've heard so much about Cafe Leon in Montrose (Glendale), CA from Jeffery- so we met him there for breakfast.

Delicious croissant and latte at Cafe Leon, Montrose, CA

Delicious croissant and latte at Cafe Leon, Montrose, CA

My brother Chris driving me around in the convertible.

My brother Chris driving me around in the convertible.

Gotta have a Starbucks!

Gotta have a Starbucks!