So you’re visiting Chicago?

People are always asking “what should we do when we visit Chicago?” Well, it’s hard to know exactly, everyone’s different. Here are some of my favorite things. This map includes local history spots, museums, landmarks and tourist attractions, things to do and see, activities, food, drinks, and of course yummy treats. The icons are all clickable and include URLs so you can visit the websites to plan out your trip based on exactly what you like and want to see.

Los Angeles visit: Apple Pan, Getty Center, Bigfoot Lodge, Corner Bar, Casa Bianca, Cacao, Amici, Americana At Brand, Damon’s

The night we got to LA we went out to USC to have drinks with dangermike”s friend Andrew who was out here for work. I think the bar was called something like The Lab. I don’t remember. As DM pointed out, it was way too bright in there. But they were playing Jeopardy on the TV which is always fun.

Pizza from Casa Bianca, a famous pizza place by my house. The wait is usually hours long but since we live nearby we can go at odd hours. This is a fried eggplant pizza. OMG it is awesome. I didn’t have my camera at the restaurant, this was the leftovers the next day.


The next day we went to The Apple Pan in west L.A. Another place that has been around forever and always has a line. They have a very limited menu but it’s all delish.

There are no tables, just a counter that goes all the way around the cooking area. The cooks and waiters have also been there since the dawn of time. DM thinks they’re rude, but they were nice to me. Hee hee.

There’s Eddie looking menaced by something. Probably the dude next to him. So, since it’s a counter, and there’s always a line, there is sort of a way of sitting down so there are no single seats left all by themselves. We wound up sitting down on the corner. Me and Dange on one side and Eddie over there. There is a cash register on the corner so we weren’t even really near each other. So the people next to eddie get up and this old dude in the baseball hat sites down, leaving two empty seats, one on each side of him. Never mind that Dange and I could have moved over there and never mind that there were other people wanting to sit down. Eventually the people next to me got up and there were two seats available for a group of three that was waiting. So I got up and went over to the vacant seat next to Eddie so they could sit down. The seat was next to the old dude. OF COURSE that meant I had to get up and walk over to DM if I wanted to talk to him. Well, this apparently irked old dude to the point of him lecturing me about how every time I get up I knock his seat, which I wasn’t really doing and DUDE, YOU SAT DOWN TOTALLY RUDELY NOT PAYING ANY ATTENTION TO ANYONE AROUND YOU. MOVE OVER. F that shit. I hate stupid rude old people. Ok, anyhow, back to the food.


MMMMMMMMMMMM french fries. Perfectly crispy just how I like them.


I got the steak burger and DM and Eddie got the hickory burger. I don’t remember which one this is, they’re pretty similar.

Finished the meal with the chocolate cream pie.


And the coconut cream pie.


And the banana cream pie.


All of which were of course, totally excellent.

Then we went to The Getty Center to see the Irving Penn exhibit.

The drove down Sunset to the original Guitar Center and checked out their walk fo fame after we checked out all the old cool vintage guitars they have for sale. I guess i don’t know anything about guitars cuz there were a couple that looked like they came from yard sales and they were like $60,000.


Then we all went to a bar by Eddie’s house in Burbank called The Corner Bar. It looks neat on the outside but it was kinda cheezy on the inside and was a full on old man bar, and not in a good way.


Later DM and I went to Bigfoot Lodge in Los Feliz. I love this place. Apparently there’s also one in San Francisco. They need one in Colorado- it’s all woodsy.

Another night we went over to Damon’s in Glendale (OMG what a terrible website). I used to go all the time with my parents but it got sold to someone new and they don’t go anymore. I dunno, it seemed the same to me.


Of course I started with a mai tai, their specialty.


The meals all come with salad and they make it at the table.


DM had the tenderloin I think. Or was it the New York? I dunno, I am not a huge fan of steak.


But I do love me some prime rib, which is what I had.


Then another day my friend Merz came over and we went to a mini 25 year high school reunion at a bar that one of our classmates owns. It’s called The Sidebar and it’s also in Glendale. The bar was pretty cool. The event was ok, I didn’t drink much and was tired.

Cookie Puss likes to look out the window here at the birds and squirrels.


I dunno, I like my little morning glory covered stop sign.

Dinner at The ‘Rents. Me and my two brothers Chris and David.

 
 
Lots of apps!


We went to the Xmas Tree lighting at The Americana At Brand a couple weeks ago.  
 There were a variety of acts including the band One Republic. I recognized one of their songs. I thought they were pretty good. Lots of screaming teenagers in the audience.

A few nights later we went back down there again, just mom and dad and me to have dinner at Amici

I had the roast chicken with potatoes and spinach which was really good. Mine’s better, tho.

And tiramisu which was also really good but my dad’s is better.

They have a snow shower every night at 7pm in the winter. LOL.
There’s mom eating a steak. mmmmmm
There’s a new “mexicatessen” in Eagle Rock near my house called Cacao. I heard they had really good coffee drinks so we went there yesterday while I washed a huge bedcover thingie at the laundromat next door.

My brother had the vanilla latte and I had the abuelita’s mocha latte. Both were yummy. The menu looks very interesting so we’re probably going to go back this week and have lunch.

 

That’s all for now! DM comes back tomorrow for two weeks so I’ll have lots more soon.