The Ultimate Guide To A Hiking Date To The Hollywood Sign

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With the help of our trusty guide, you and your date can break a sweat together and learn a thing or two about Hollywood history in the process.

Step 1: Nail Down The Logistics

  • Lowdown –  This is an easy/moderate hike that should last approx 2-3 hours and takes you to the top of Mt. Lee (the highest mountain in LA) right above the Hollywood Sign.  Note that there are security fences that prevent you from getting right next to the Sign, but you’ll be able to get very close and enjoy amazing panoramic views of Los Angeles and the San Fernando valley.
  • Trail condition – The trail is in well maintained and in fine condition.  It does get steep, especially towards the end, but so long as you are in decent shape and take your time, you should be able to do the hike without a problem. Continue reading >

The Ultimate Guide To A Date At The Los Angeles Zoo

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Although I would much prefer to see these animals in their natural environments, sometimes it is not convenient to jump on a plane to go on a safari in Africa.  So if you have an itching to see lions, tigers, and bears (oh my!), the LA Zoo is the place to be.  Also, if you have children, clearly they’ll love seeing all the animals.

Step 1: Nail Down The Logistics –  We’ve done the research for you so you won’t hit any snags :)

  • Location – Here is an address you can plug into your GPS, but once you enter Griffith Park there is clear signage so just follow the signs.

5333 Zoo Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90027

(323) 644-4200

  • Hours – open every day of the year from 10am-5pm, except closed for Christmas.
  • Parking – Parking is free.  There is a huge lot so parking is generally not an issue, although on a busy weekend you may have to park far from the entrance so be prepared to walk.
  • What to bring – comfortable walking shoes, sunscreen, and a camera!
  • Cost – $14 for adults, $11 for seniors, $9 for 2-12, and free for under 2.  If you think you’ll be coming multiple times per year, a membership may make sense for you.
  • Other Questions? – For more information, check out the

Step 2: Have a Blast – Wow your date with your knowledge of the Zoo’s history and animals.  We’ve got your back :)

History of the Zoo and Animal Trivia

  • The LA Zoo is part of Griffith Park, which also houses the Observatory, Greek Theatre, Hollywood Sign, just to name a few.  Here are two incredible facts about the park’s namesake.  1) Griffith Park is named after Griffith Griffith, a mining magnate who donated the land to the city forthe park.  He had the same first and last name!  2) Griffith served 2 years in prison for shooting his wife in the face at the Arcadia Hotel in Santa Monica (she miraculously survived the shooting).
  • History of the Zoo site – The original LA Zoo opened in 1912 and was a few miles south of its current location, which opened in 1965.  The site of the current zoo was originally the Griffith Park Aerodrome, which was initially used as the testing grounds for Aviation pioneers and then later the National Guard Service.  When WWII ended, the site was turned into a public housing project, set up to provide temporary housing for the influx of veterans returning to the Southern California area.
  • Animal Trivia – You can bust these out when you are checking out the animals.
    • Komodo Dragon Exhibit – Komodo Dragons are the largest lizards in the world and only exist on a handful of Indonesian Islands.  They are carnivores, and swallow their prey in whole. If you have the stomach for it, you can watch a Komodo swallow a goat .
    • Tortoises – The oldest tortoise ever recorded was Tu’i Malila, which was presented to the Tongan royal family by the British explorer Captain Cook shortly after its birth in 1777. Tui Malila died of natural causes on May 19, 1965 at the ripe old age of 188.
    • Animal gestation periods: the shortest is the American opossum, which bears its young 12 to 13 days after conception; the longest is the Asiatic elephant, taking 608 days, or just over 20 months.  At birth, an elephant calf weighs about 250 pounds and stands over 2.5 feet tall.

Animal Jokes – Cheese alert!  These are super cheesy, so remember it’s all in the delivery.

  • A donkey had an IQ of 186. He hadno friends at all though. Even in the animal kingdom, nobody likes a smart-ass.
  • What do you get when you cross an elephant and a rhino? El-if-i-no
  • What disease can you get from kissing birds? Chirpes (It’s a canareal disease, but it’s tweetable)
  • Man goes to the zoo. But when he arrives there’s only a dog. It was a Shit-zu.

Step 3: Keep your date going – By the end of the day at the zoo, your feet will be tired from all the walking and you may want to find a joint nearby to relax and unwind.  Here are a few suggestions.  And for our itinerary for an all-day epic date in the Los Feliz and Silverlake communities, be sure to download our free ebook on 10 Epic Dates in LA (you can claim you free copy at the bottom of this post!)

  • Tam O’Shanter – At over 80 years old, this Scottish joint is the oldest restaurant operated in the same location by the same family, and it was Walt Disney’s favorite restaurant.  We recommend getting a hand-carved sandwich at the Ale & Sandwich bar.  They have an impressive draft beer and scotch selection as well.

Tam O’Shanter
2980 Los Feliz Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90039

(323) 664-0228

  • Porto’s Bakery & Cafe – if you are not in the mood for alcohol, stop by Porto’s Bakery for down-home Cuban cooking and decadent pastries.  On the weekends, you’ll probably have to wait, but the delicious potato balls, croquettes, and deserts are worth every minute of the wait.  They have two locations within a few miles from the Zoo, one in Glendale and the other in Burbank.   Both addresses are provided below.

(818) 846-9100                          (818) 956-5996

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3 Simple Ways Couples Can Be Healthy Together

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3 Simple Ways Couples Can Be Healthy Together

  1. Cook together

It’s easy to slip into mutually assured inflation when you get into the habit of regularly ordering in or eating out. After a long day at work, why wouldn’t you two want to kick back, have some Chinese or pizza delivered, and call it a night? Unfortunately, the easy way of handling dinnertime can settle you into an unhealthy . Too many carbs, too much fat, and too many processed ingredients will leave you both with padded waistlines, slimmer wallets, and not-quite-optimal health.

Luckily, cooking together is an activity and lifestyle habit that has a multitude of benefits. It’s easy to prepare and enjoy healthy meals when you’ve both put in a joint effort into creating them. Choose the meals you like and experiment with favorite recipes. It’s hard to overdose on fat, sugar, and salt when it’s your hands that are controlling what goes into your food. You probably won’t be stirring in high fructose corn syrup, MSG, or aluminum phosphate into meals you make with your own hands, either.

Not only will you save money and improve your nutrition by not shelling out for takeout or delivery, but you will also grow closer as a couple. Cooking is an hour or two of quality time together that can be fun, quiet, loud, and intimate. Turn on some Sinatra as you have an impromptu twirl about the kitchen island. Shake those salad greens dry while having a silly sing-a-long to “Shake It Off.” Continue reading >


How To Have Fun Getting Fit Together Using The RunKeeper App

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This post originally appeared as a guest post on , a fantastic site aimed at encouraing couples to get fit and improve their relationship in the process.   It is part of our regular SmartPhone Date series here on the Datevitation blog as well, where Olga and I let you know about our favorite smartphone apps which we use to have fun dates together.

Today, we are excited to tell you about one of our favorite apps, Runkeeper, which helps motivate us to stay fit and healthy.  Olga and I are both entrepreneurs running our own start-up companies with a 3-year old in tow. Our schedule makes it incredibly challenging to find the time to stay fit and take care of our bodies.  But we know from experience that when we do make the timeto be active and workout, we have more energy and feel great which obviously has a tremendously positive impact on our relationship. Over the course of the past year, we have noticed two things that have helped improve our fitness and relationship simultaneously.

  1. First, when possible, we try to find ways to work out together. That way we are killing two birds with one stone: We’re spending quality time together and getting fit in the process. We often go for hikes, jogs, and yoga class together.
  2. Second, we have found that the more fun and interesting we can make getting fit, the more we are inclined to find the time to work out. In doing so, we stumbled across a Smartphone application called , which makes it incredibly fun and easy to track your workouts.

Although most people use RunKeeper to track their runs, the GPS technology in the app lets you track just about any activity – from cycling to hiking to skiing. And when you are done with the activity, RunKeeper gives you detailed stats, including distance covered, elapsed time, pace, and calories burned. You also get a nifty map showing the exact route you covered. Best of all, it is completely free and available for all the major Smartphone brands.

In the video above, you’ll see how Olga and I used the app to track our runs along the beach during a recent trip to Hawaii. It really did make the runs a lot of fun, and we enjoyed looking back at the end of our trip to see all that we had accomplished.

Thanks again for watching our video, and be sure to download the and let us know how you like it in the comments below.   Make a commitment to work out together today by sending your sweetie an invitation to work out, either by including it in a or by sending an electronic e-date via email or Facebook using our .

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Date Idea: Rent Bikes At The Beach And Tell The Corniest Joke Ever

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Let me start by pointing out that there are billions (yes billions) of people all over the world who would die to see the ocean. So if are lucky enough to live on the coast, then you owe it to yourself (and to all those landlocked suckers) to enjoy the beach and all it has to offer as much as possible.

There are so many great beach dates, but one of my personal favorites is renting bikes and cruising down the boardwalk. Even if you just rent a bike for an hour, you can cover quite a bit of ground and get a nice feel for your beachfront communities. And of course, if you get tired, it makes for a great excuse to take a break, enjoy the view, and even sneak in a few kisses. Check out the video above to see highlights of my boardwalk beach date with Olga (don’t worry I left our tongue wars out of it, although I will warn you that I do tell what is quite possibly the corniest joke ever). Enjoy!

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