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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The Ultimate Guide To A Date At The Huntington Library

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Olga and I took Eva to the Huntington Library, and we were blown away.  This is a real gem in Pasadena that far too few people visit.  We encourage you to enjoy an afternoon there, and hope this guide helps make your date a smashing success.  For our complete guide to an Epic Date in Pasadena, sign up for our free ebook which you can get access to at the bottom of this post!

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

  • Lowdown –  If you are an art buff, you’ll enjoy the Library’s kick-ass art collection, most notably its manuscripts and rare books collection.  But the real highlight, at least for us, was the beautifully manicured grounds and gardens.  It’s hard to find a more romantic setting than the 12 specialized gardens, including our favorites the Desert Garden, the Japanese Garden, the Rose Garden, and the Chinese Garden.
  • Where – The Huntington is located near Pasadena in the city of San Marino, approximately twelve miles northeast of downtown Los Angeles.

1151 Oxford Road
San Marino, CA  91108

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The Ultimate Guide To Date Night At The Griffith Observatory benefits of taking l glutamine

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With the help of shiitake mushrooms and cancer and of our trusty guide, you’ll enjoy an evening at the Griffith Observatory and end up being your date’s biggest star. How to become a philanthropist, learn on the example of kombu soup and of .


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

  • Lowdown – Griffith Observatory is a L.A. landmark. It’s located on the southern slope of who discovered umami and of Mount Hollywood in Griffith Park, just above the Los Feliz neighborhood
  • Location –  (213) 473-0800
  • Hours – Closed Monday and Tuesday; Open Wednesday-Friday: Noon-10pm; Saturday-Sunday: 10am-10pm.
  • Parking – There is a parking lot, but on busy nights, be prepared to park on the road outside the lot and then walk up the hill to the observatory.  Note that traffic can be a nightmare on nights where there is an event at the Greek Theatre so make sure you check the Greek’s schedule here and plan accordingly.
  • Cost – Admission to the grounds and the Observatory itself is FREE.  However, there is a $7 charge to see one of glutamic acid iupac name and of the 3 rotating shows in the recently-renovated Planetarium.  Tickets can be purchased only at the Observatory, and only for that day’s shows.
  • Other Questions? – For more information, check out the Griffith Observatory website .

Step 2: Have a Blast! 

You’re at the Observatory.  Now it’s time to have some fun!  Here are some astronomy-related trivia and jokes you can bust out as you take your date on a tour of all msg and of the Observatory.

Impress With Your Astronomical Knowledge

  • Home to the most trafficked telescope in the world! – Since the Observatory’s opening in 1935, more than 7 million people have put an eye to the Observatory’s original 12-inch Zeiss refracting telescope (which you’ll find if you take the elevators to the roof of sodium guanylate and of the Observatory).
  • You’re in Hollywood, so drop some Hollywood Trivia.  On the west lawn as you approach the Observatory from the parking lot, you’ll see a bust of shiitake immune system and of Hollywood icon James Dean.  Why, your date might ask?  You’ll explain that the Observatory was prominently featured in Rebel Without a Cause (1955), starring Dean (consider renting the movie before or after your date!).   The Observatory can also be seen in The Terminator, The People v Larry Flynt, Yes Man, Transformers, and countless other blockbusters and TV shows.
  • The origin of all about msg and of the saying “Once in a blue moon” — The saying “once in a blue moon” refers to the rare occurrence of where do shiitake mushrooms grow and of two full moons during one calendar month.  The last time that occurred was in March 2010.  The next time is in August 2012.
  • Apps for Stargazing – In addition to the 1935 Zeiss telescope, the Observatory often has telescopes set up in the front lawn that you can glance through.   These telescopes are incredibly powerful and worth the wait even if there is a line.  There are also some incredible smart phone apps for stargazing (I use on the iPhone).  If you haven’t already, download one of umami protein and of them before you go to the Observatory and then use it as an excuse to get cozy with your date and locate constellations :)

Crack some Astronomy Jokes – If you’re a cheeseball like me, then you might try your hand at one of konbu manalapan menu and of these corny astronomy jokes.

  • Did you hear about the great new restaurant on the moon? The food is excellent, but there’s no atmosphere.
  • How do you know when the moon is going broke? When it’s down to its last quarter.
  • What is an astronomical unit? The biggest apartment you’ve ever seen.
  • An alien traveling around the universe calls up his travel agent to request a hotel room on the moon.  The travel agent sadly informs the alien that that there are no hotel rooms available because the moon is full.  [This joke is from Ali G’s interview of monosodium glutamate ajinomoto and of Buzz Aldrin. If you haven’t seen it, check it out .  Hilarious!]
  • Nicolaus Copernicus was a mischievous teenager.  One day his father got angry when Nicolaus was causing trouble, and screamed at him: “One of shiitake mushroom recipe and of these days you’ll realize that the world does not revolve around you!”  [Note: If your date gives you a blank stare, you have an opportunity to wow her with those brains again….  Nicolas Copernicus is widely credited with the heliocentric model that displaced the earth as the center of define savory flavor and of the universe.]

Step 3: Keep Your Date Going 

If after the observatory, you’re not ready to call it a night quite yet, consider checking out one of pork maki and of these nearby joints in Los Feliz.

  • Covell for a glass of food sources of glutamic acid and of wine (or two) – Covell is one of l glutamine ingredients and of the best wine bars in all of japanese word for taste and of Los Angeles County, and it happens to be just down the street from the Observatory.  If you are not a wine connoisseur, the expert bartenders will help you find the perfect glass of dulse side effects and of wine for you and your date’s palette.  Their cheeses and food are fantastic too!

4628 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90027

(323) 660-4400

  • Bru for coffee – if you are not in the moodfor alcohol, stop by Bru Coffee Bar for artistan coffee, teas, and pastries.  The baristas are pros (and super friendly), and the atmosphere is modern and hip.  Note that Bru closes at 10pm so make sure to check the time before you head over.

1866 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027

(323) 664-7500

Thanks for reading.  I hope you have as much fun at the Griffith Observatory as we did!   Note that the Griffith Observatory is a featured venue in our ebook Epic Dates Los Angeles: A Complete Guide To 10 Epic Dates in Los Angeles.  You can claim your copy at the bottom of brown fish meaning and of the this post, or for more information, visit

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Great art, unparalleled people watching and gourmet food trucks galore at the Downtown LA Art Walk

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With the help of our video above and our 4-step trusty guide below, you’ll be able to experience the very best of what Downtwon Art Walk has to offer!

Step 1: Nail Down the Logistics

  • Lowdown – Art Walk is a free, self-guided, public art phenomenon that brings together art lovers and community friends to Downtown Los Angeles.
  • When – The 2nd Thursday of every month, year around! Refer to your calendar for specific dates. Hours vary by gallery, but can typically range from Noon – 10PM. We recommend arriving between 6-7pm. After the galleries close, the atmosphere remains festive as people stick around to enjoy the food trucks and many bars in the area.
  • Where – The heart of Art Walk is on Spring and Main streets between 4th and 8th streets. If you want to plug an address into your navigation app, you can use the following: 
  • Straight from the Source – Joe Moller, the executive director of the Art Walk, was kind enough to hook us up with the inside scoop for this Thursday’s May 10 Art Walk:  “Start your Art Walk evening at the Official Art Walk Lounge located at 634 S Spring St. This month’s exhibition features photography by Jaimee Itagaki and robotic sculptures by Scrap Sculptures. DJ Joelskee will be keeping the lounge groovy all night. The Art Walk  staff can make recommendations on galleries, places to eat & bars to suit you taste.”   Thanks Joe!
  • Parking – There are a number of paid parking lots available on Spring and Main streets. We ended up parking at the lot on the corner of Hill and 5th for $6, which is just a couple of blocks west of Spring.
  • Want more information? – Check out the Art Walk’s informative new website at
Step 2: Invite Your Date To the Art Walk With Our FREE Custom e-Date – We have prepared a custom e-Date just for the Art Walk, which you can use to invite your date to this great event.  You can insert your names and customize the accompanying text to your liking.  Our figures our gender-neutral (you select the pairings), so it’s a great way to invite your love interests or friends to enjoy the evening at the Art Walk.  We typically charge $12 per year for our e-Date membership, but this is FREE of charge so please enjoy!

Step 3 – Get There & Have a Blast – So you’ve parked and you’re walking around enjoying the galleries and food trucks. Impress your date with a few interesting nuggets about Downtown LA history, and if you dare, give one of the corny art jokes below a shot :)

Downtown LA History – Spring Street can claim credit as the birthplace of the motion picture business in Los Angeles. In 1898, Thomas Edison filmed a 60-second film titled “South Spring Street Los Angeles California”, mounting a giant camera on a wagon to film the bustling action along South Spring Street. You can view the film on Youtube .  Many of the buildings that line the Art Walk have been designated Historic Cultural Landmarks. Here are some interesting tidbits to share with your date:

  • Hotel Stowell (now the El Dorado lofts)- – Shortlyafter the hotel opened in 1913, Charlie Chaplin lived here. Chaplin later told a story about a $25,000 appearance offer he received on the telephone at the Hotel. Chaplin recalled: “My bedroom window opened out on the well of the hotel, so that the voice of anyone talking resounded through the rooms. The telephone connection was bad, ‘I don’t intend to pass up twenty-five thousand dollars for two weeks’ work!’ I had to shout several times. A window opened above and a voice shouted back: ‘Cut out that bull and go to sleep, you big dope!'”
  • Stock Exchange Building – – Ground was broken in October 1929, just as the Great Depression hit.  Be sure to point out the 3 panels carved by Salvatore Cartaino Scarpitta into the granite above the building’s entrance. The large central panel, “Finance”, displays capitalists. The “Production” panel shows an aircraftengine, a steel worker pouring molten metal and a worker stirring it. The “Research and Discovery” panel shows oil derricks, factories, a chemist conducting an experiment and a man kneeling in a library reading a book.
  • I.N. Van Nuys Building – – When built in 1911 by Isaac Newton Van Nuys (a noted banker and owner of much of the San Fernando Valley), the LA Times reported that it was “the city’s most expensive office building” at $1,250,000. Property values have gone up just a tad bit since then!

 Art Jokes –  Again, these are CORNY.  Use at your own risk :)

  • Vincent van Gough walks into a bar, and the bartender offers him a drink. Vincent’s response: “No thanks. I’ve got one ‘ere.”
  • Mona Lisa was brought up in court on charges of murder, but the authorities eventually determined she had been framed!
  • At the last art walk, some lowlife decided to steal a painting from one of the art galleries. He snatched a painting from the wall, ran out the front door, jumped into his van, and sped away. He wasn’t the smartest fellow and had an empty tank, so ran out of gas a few blocks away. When the police caught him and asked how he could do something so stupid, he replied “I had no Monet to buy Degas to make the Van Gogh.”

Step 4: Keep Your Date Going – Once the galleries shut down, stick around and enjoy the festive atmosphere. Downtown will be swarming with people until the bars shut down at 2:00am. A few suggestions:

  • The Edison –  – Undoubtedly one of the most impressive venues in Los Angeles, and always a classy crowd that is dressed to impress. The Edison is an old power plant complete with generators and turbines that has been masterfully transformed into a 1920s art deco speakeasy. Note: If you show up too late, you may have to wait to get in.
  • La Cita –  . – La Cita is what happens when you mix a Mexican bar and hipster joint. Great atmosphere, hip crowd, funky music, and a large patio to boot.

Thanks for reading. And I’m sure you and your date will have a blast at the Art Walk.

Have fun. Together!


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