Saturday, September 17, 2011
Friday, July 29, 2011
Friday, July 15, 2011
Sunday, July 3, 2011
Friday, June 17, 2011
Sunday, June 12, 2011
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Sunday, June 5, 2011
Slideshow below the jump
Sunday, May 29, 2011
Saturday, May 28, 2011
Friday, May 27, 2011
Sunday, May 22, 2011
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Saturday, May 7, 2011
Musso & Frank Grill has been around since 1919. I saw an entry on Blogging LA about it and am now feeling the urge to go. I remember going there as a little kid, with my family, often with my maternal Grandmother. She used to get sweetbreads to which of course I thought "YUCK"! (I still think that). I would always get the ground beef steak, and nothing else. It's a grand old place that I need to take the family to.
Miceli's has been around since 1949. There's two - one in Hollywood and one in Studio City - of course I would go to the Studio City one all the time as a kid. The thing about Miceli's is the bread rolls, I don't think I've ever had better. The pizza is the floppy, thin, fold Brooklyn-style kind that I can scarf all night. And they have live singing throughout the restaurant, which is decorated like well, an old Italian village. The whole thing is pretty schmaltzy, but as I'm thinking about old school restaurants this one is one of my faves.
The Bear Pit in Mission Hills was probably my absolute favorite place to go -- it's been around since the '40s and is still there, and I really want to go back. I haven't been there in probably 25 years and it's funny, I don't remember much about the food, but I do remember the sawdust floors and the delicious BBQ baked beans. Hope it's still the same.
Then there's the places that I just absolutely loved, but are no longer here -- Amber's Chicken Kitchen (Encino), Victoria Station (up at Universal Studios), Hampton's Hamburgers (in Burbank). Shame they're gone...
Sunday, May 1, 2011
Saturday, April 30, 2011
Thursday, April 28, 2011
The platform on top of the tower commands panoramic views of the entire region. This installation feels like an old wartime relic - well it is - but it's a bit weird for someone like me who remembers the Cold War. I was four at the time the station was decommissioned, but my memories of the threat posed by the USSR stretch back to a very early time, down to the elementary school nuclear attack drills....
Here's a few pictures, and of course the now requisite slideshow beyond the jump.
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Monday, April 25, 2011
Sunday, April 24, 2011
The boys and I decided to take a mini road-trip today, starting from the Balboa/Victory Orange Line stop, eastbound to the Red Line, all the way to Union Station and back (note I had some pictures of the kids up but then realized I probably shouldn't do that on a blog). My initial observations are that the Orange Line is a pretty good piece of public transit - bright, timely, speedy & comfortable. For those of you who don't know, the Orange Line is nothing more than a dedicated busline that cuts east/west through the Valley. It looks and feels like a light rail line, except that it's a big bus. It's a great idea that should be expanded elsewhere. As for the Red Line, I've taken it before and it is efficient and quick - between both lines I'd say it took an hour max to get from start to Union Station. The Red Line is a bit more depressing, maybe that's the nature of a subway. Some excerpts from the trip are after the jump (the first two items are videos, the rest are photos):
Saturday, April 23, 2011
The very next morning, Easter Sunday, a little boy walking on his way to church saw a bunny on the sidewalk and chased it back to its warren - and to his shock and delight, he found a brightly painted egg, bursting with colors. It was on that day the tradition of the Easter Bunny and the Easter Egg hunt was born.
The above image is from the corner of Balboa and Burbank - by the golf course and bike path
From the jogging path along Burbank Blvd., in between Balboa and Hayvenhurst
I thought this was weird - a bus stop with no sidewalks or paths leading to it. It is right by the Golf building, but you have to tramp through some small bushes to get to it.
This picturesque scene is actually of the eastbound 101 on-ramp at Magnolia and Hayvenhurst. Next image gives a better sense of perspective.
Mmmm - Henry's...
The above building is the Studio City Rec Center admin building, I spent a lot of time at this park
Most of the play areas were redone, but this turtle is the same one I played on decades ago. There used to be a three level giant robot jungle gym, with the arms functioning as tunnel slides. They removed it many years ago, the legend is some kid climbed up the side and either got killed or seriously injured.
Walter Reed Jr. High School - my alma mater
Go Go Go, Go You Mighty Huskies!! (Kind of a creepy sign, but they are memorializing someone who just passed away).
The Star Lite - pretty sure I never stepped foot in there.
101 overpass at Hayvenhurst & Magnolia. The SFV is big sky country (at least for L.A.)