I’ve spent the last couple of years adventuring. For someone who had resided in the same place for 7 years, this was quite a change for me. I lived in West Hollywood and really didn’t leave my little bubble. Once I broke free from it, my entire world began to change. I began to explore other areas of the city and really began to understand why everyone considers Los Angeles to be so amazing. It’s the diversity! Los Angeles is one of the most ethnically diverse cities in the world. Within a few miles of each other you can find everything from Dim Sum in China Town to dinner on top the Ritz Carlton at Wolfgang Pucks WP24. While you’re downtown you can check out Olvera street for the most authentic Mexican Food in the city and then hop on the freeway for 20 minutes and you’re on the Santa Monica pier at The Lobster. Head down to the Pico-Robertson area to find some REAL matzoh ball soup and over 30 kosher restaurants. I could go on and on and I’ve only named a FEW. Every area of Los Angeles has something its famous for or something that makes it special. Learning and exploring all of this should be the requirement of a Los Angeles resident (:
People around me began to question my exploring and they wondered “WHY”. Some people even asked me point-blank, “why would you want to explore?” This served as yet another indication that it truly was time to broaden my horizons. If we have one life to live, why wouldn’t we want to see as much of this world as possible? Traveling abroad isn’t always an option but at the very LEAST get out and see your own city!
Today I’ve landed in Venice Beach, CA. The funny thing is, my first adult trip to LA without being accompanied by my parents and going to Disneyland…was to Venice. With my long time girlfriend and high school buddy Michelle, Venice Beach was our destination. Michelle and I stayed in a little motor lodge across the street from what is currently one of the best restaurants in Venice “Scopa”. I cant help but to glance out the front window of Scopa and be instantly taken back to those very virgin times. Without really knowing anyone and not much of a plan, my quick trip to Los Angeles was about to become my permanent stay. My very first Venice Beach breakfast was at The Firehouse Cafe right on Rose Avenue. It’s still there and has now become a Venice landmark. I stood outside of the Firehouse yesterday on my stroll down to the beach. I was completely taken aback by the fact that I’d made a complete circle in my life. Although I’m a completely different person today than I was that first visit, my heart is still the same and I can still feel the magic of this amazing city. Under it all I’m still that down to earth Northern California girl who just wants to laugh (and enjoy good food). On that note, you’ll can be sure to find healthy options on the Firehouse “Body Builder” menu.
Shortly after that trip I moved to Los Angeles, Brentwood to be exact. I sometimes wonder how my life could have been different if I would have stayed in Brentwood instead of moving to West Hollywood. Brentwood vs West Hollywood? The two are so close in proximity and yet couldn’t be more different. Again an attestation to this city’s true diversity. To a 19-year-old girl, Brentwood was lovely but the REAL action just wasn’t in Brentwood and THAT’S a story for a different day (;
Life moves fast but its been these little moments of realization that do seem to define me. It’s so important to explore new areas and meet new people. It’s great for business and its great for the soul! Being stuck in one neighborhood, one scene, or one group of friends can leave you feeling stagnant and unfulfilled. Other than being really fun, whats the true purpose of my exploration? I seem to be wandering but I sure don’t feel lost! How can I share all of this with others? I guess we shall see…