To-Do List

8.16.12 To-Do List Update


According to, Los Angeles is more than 450 square miles wide. That’s 450 square miles of some of the country’s top restaurants, boutiques, hiking trails, events, bars, concerts, historic buildings and so much more. And in my 25 years, I haven’t even seen half of it. Thus, I have decided to create a “To Do List 2012,” detailing my desires for the things I hope to see and do in LA this year. Enjoy!

  1. Hike the trails at the Griffith Observatory. I have been to the observatory several times, usually with out-of-town visitors who were awed by the venue’s gorgeous views of LA. However, I have yet to take an opportunity to hike the trails that curve above and below.
  2. Take my boyfriend to The Huntington Library. He’s never been, and I haven’t been in years. See my previous post for reasons why a visit to the breathtaking collection of books, gardens and art is a must-do.
  3. See Cirque du Soleil’s Ovo at the Santa Monica Pier. Described as “An immersion into the teeming and energetic world of insects,” Ovo features such awe-inspiring acts as flying art, a trampoline wall and a Spanish Web duo. The brilliant minds at Cirque never cease to amaze, and I have no reason to believe this latest traveling adventure should be any different. I always try to catch these performances when they come to town. Ovo opens on Jan. 20.
  4. Visit The Getty Center. Yet another LA icon that I have never taken the time to see. With art, architecture, gardens, eateries and stunning views (plus, that monorail ride from the parking lot looks kind of fun), a visit to The Getty is a top priority for 2012.
  5. Have afternoon tea at Chado Tea Room. I have heard amazing things about this place—which has a few locations throughout LA—but have not taken the opportunity to see it for myself. The choice of more than 200 blends of specialty teas + a triple-tiered tray of sweet and savory treats = yes, please!
  6. Dine at A-FrameBouchonWaterloo & CityThe Stinking RoseKatsuyaFord’s Filling StationFraicheMas MaloUmami BurgerNeptune’s NetFig & OlivePiccoloOsteria Mozza, the list goes on and on. These are places I have heard about through written review or recommendation. And they all sound delicious…
  7. Visit the Los Angeles of County Museum of Art. I hate to admit that I have never been to LACMA; in 2012, that will change. The museum’s California Design, 1930-1965: “Living in a Modern Way” exhibit (open through June 3) sounds particularly intriguing. Other upcoming exhibits include In Wonderland: The Surrealist Adventures of Women Artists in Mexico and the United States (Jan. 29-May 6, 2012), Robert Adams: The Place We Live, A Retrospective Selection (March 11-June 3, 2012), and Matisse’s La Gerbe (June 2-Oct. 7, 2012).
  8. Take a stand-up paddle boarding class. Although I love the beach, water sports have never really been my thing. I’ve tried and failed at skiing, wakeboarding, surfing, even kite surfing, but paddle boarding is one water sport I think I can do. I plan to search around this summer for a place that offers beginner classes.
  9. See American Idiot at the Ahmanson Theatre. It feels like I have been waiting for this show to come to LA for forever. I have friends who have seen it in other cities and said it is amazing. The show is a rock opera based on Green Day’s “American Idiot” album; featured numbers include “Jesus of Suburbia,” “Holiday/Boulevard of Broken Dreams” and, of course, the title track. American Idiot runs March 13-April 22.
  10. Have a night out at Pop, a champagne and dessert bar in Pasadena, and the delightful pairing of two of my favorite things. Runners-up in the nightlife category are Seven GrandRock & Reilly’s Irish Pub and Bodega Wine Bar.



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