July 19th, 2010

First day of school

Hello from Hollywood!

Bill and I made it to LA! We got here yesterday and went straight to Hollywood! We went to Grauman's Chinese Theater and walked around. Among the theater's most distinctive features are the concrete blocks set in the forecourt, which bear the signatures, footprints, and handprints of popular motion picture personalities from the 1920s to the present day. Bill and I took pictures with our favorite actors/actresses. It was very fun. We also walked around the Hollywood Walk of Fame and saw lots of stars! We checked out the whole area and took tons of pictures. 

Then we headed to see "Let's Make a Deal" filmed live, however we got lost and were a bit late. Sadly, we weren't allowed in, so we headed to the La Brea Tar Pits! It was pretty cool to see and they still bubble (it smells gross by the way). We walked around there for a bit and then headed to Pink's, a famous hot dog restaurant. It's been around for 70 years and has hundreds of different hot dog combinations! I got a Shrek hot dog - a 12 inch hot dog with guacamole and tomatoes! YUM! Bill got this insane double hot dog with bacon and chili and cheese and such. From there we went to Randy's doughnuts (they had a GIANT doughnut on top!) and back to the Air Force Inn for the night. (We totally crashed!)

Today we got up and headed to Roscoe's House of Chicken and Waffles. It was very delicious (even though it was a strange combination). Then we headed to Balboa Island. It was a cute little place with lots of little shops. We took a ferry over to the island and walked around and then came back and walked around the beach. Next we went to Downtown Disney in Disneyland (I had to see Disney on both coasts!) It was very different from the Disney in FL, but still nice to walk around. To end the evening we went to Philippe's Original French Dipped Sandwich. (We saw it on Man vs. Food) Philippe’s, which claims to have invented the French Dip sandwich, makes them from beef, pork, lamb, ham, or turkey. Beef is the classic, available single-dipped or, for serious juice-lovers, double-dipped in natural gravy. The place is a blast from the past: cafeteria service, floors strewn with sawdust, and a clientele from all walks of vintage L.A. life. It was pretty sweet and the sandwiches were DELICIOUS! (I had a beef sandwich with Jack cheese!) 

Now we're back in the hotel resting up because tomorrow we head out to San Diego! So many adventures!