January 29 2008

Rockin’ at the Roxy on the Sunset Strip



Hello fellow jet-setters, we are in West Hollywood! Just a short 20 minute drive from LAX airport and another 30 minutes from downtown Los Angeles, West Hollywood is very accessible.  And with so many fun and crazy things to do in West Hollywood, you could spend days here!

As you walk the Sunset Strip—which did you know –that the Strip in Vegas COPIED it’s name from the Sunset Strip?  As you walk this historic street, you can literally breathe in history.  Take all the many nightclubs for example: The Whiskey A Go Go, which is both famous and infamous, and even the lesser known clubs like the Cat Club. Don’t forget to grab a slice of pizza at Frankie and Johnnies, either!

journeyPod had the pleasure of sitting down with Nic Adler, the owner of the Roxy, who literally grew up inside the Roxy—riding his skateboard across the stage and crashing a Gladys Knight and the Pips show.  Wanna hear more?  I know you do….so take a listen….

Get ready to "rock on" in West Hollywood! I’ll leave you with the unique song, “Ants in Hollywood” by Francis Collete.“


Celeb Movie Premieres at Hollywood’s Historic El Capitan

Hello fellow jet-setters, we’re on Hollywood Blvd, in Hollywood, California!  As we walk down the street we see the famed Kodak Theatre and the Chinese Grauman Theatre.  Find your favorite “star” on the sidewalk and say “cheese!” Afterall, you are allowed to be a tourist ever once and again.  If you look closely up to the hills, you see the most famous landmark of Hollywood—the Hollywood sign!  

 If you’re in the mood to see the latest Disney or Pixar film, you’ll find many theatres in and around Hollywood, but if you want to EXPERIENCE a movie, head over to the El Capitan Theatre.  This historic landmark is THE place to see a movie—and even see a celeb at their premiere!

journeyPod was given the royal treatment that included a private tour with the executive director, Ed Collins. We learned some inside scoop and then had VIP seats (that included popcorn and soda!) for the new Disney film, Ratatouille. There is no other way to see a movie!  We’re believers now! Let’s take a listen…   Swing on by the El Capitan Theatre and enjoy the pipe organ, popcorn, and the true experience of “going to the movies.”  I’ll leave you with the smooth sounds of Lorena Mire and her song, “Movies in My Head.”


Celebrity Hotspots: The Dolce Group

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Only in Hollywood will you find the legendary Sunset Strip, and Hollywood Blvd, home to unparalleledd nightlife, innovative dining, and world-class shopping.  And in what other 1.9 square mile city will you find 14 distinctive hotels? It's no wonder it's the place where the stars come out to play!

Today, we're at Geisha House, a modern Japanese restaurant, sushi bar and sake lounge that embraces the flavor of traditional Japan while catering to the hip, sophisticated clientele of Los Angeles. At the restaurant today, Barry Levinson is filming his newest film, featuring Robert DeNiro. We visited with Lonnie Moore, partner of the Dolce Group, a Los Angeles-based restaurant and nightlife team whose portfolio includes Geisha House, Dolce Enoteca, Ketchup, Les Deux, and Bella Cucina Italiana.

Check out our Los Angeles Destination Guide for other groovy restaurants like Dolce Enoteca.

Enjoy the unique sounds from Brainpool and their song, "How to Find a Decent Sushi Bar."


The Fabulous and Fun WeHo Gay Scene

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Santa Monica Boulevard is named in the Sheryl Crow song "All I Wanna Do" (Is have some fun!) and not surprisingly - this eclectic thoroughfare is one of LA's largest, connecting the eastside of Los Angeles with the Pacific Ocean.

This area of West Hollywood is home to City Hall and the "largest street party in the world," the West Hollywood Halloween Carnival.

Santa Monica Boulevard

is also home to the most popular gay & lesbian scene in Los Angeles, sometimes referred to as "Boys Town," with fun gay nightclubs, bookstores, and cafes all of which are bustling on any given evening. From upscale to low-key, anyone fits in when you are experiencing the WeHo gay scene. If you have ever heard the phrase, "There is not enough variety amongst West Hollywood restaurants."  I can tell you that is certainly Not true! Morton's, Il Sole, BOA, and Mel's are just some of the over 150 restaurants. West Hollywood suits everyone's palate.  The journeyPod pick for most interesting restaurant in WeHo is Eleven.If the walls of Eleven could talk, oh the stories they would surely tell!  Eleven is housed in a building that dates back to the 1920's and was once a bank and a recording studio.

Chef Vincent Manna prepared an extensive tasting for us that consisted of  a tomato creme soup with an in-season squash blossom, Maui onion rings (Which I must admit were the best onion rings I have had!), a whitecorn puree with truffles, and a unique dish of tuna sashimi with watermelon.

 journeyPod then had the opportunity to sit down with owner, Richard Grossi, and learn some interesting tidbits about this restaurant.

Get down to Eleven and grab some onion rings!  On your way, enjoy the rock sounds of Backslider and their song, Eleven East.


Fred Astaire Ginger Rogers Royale LA Museums

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Come along as we explore where Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers used to practice their dance moves.  The Royale has plenty of celebrity history to entertain you and great food to keep you coming back for more.

There are an amazing number of museums in the greater Los Angeles area:  Historic museums, cultural and art museums, movie and car museums, marine museums - you name it. Many of them are centrally located on Wilshire Boulevard.

There's something for everyone's taste. Make a day of it and eat dinner in one of the nearby restaurants.

La Fonda de los Camperos is a Mexican eatery open since 1969 that hosts nightly performances by the Grammy-nominated mariachi band Los Camperos. The heavily local and Latino audience whistles and hollers at the seven-piece group from plush booths on the ground floor and in the cozy balcony. But, the journeyPod pick for best restaurant around Museum Row is hidden inside the historic 1920s Wilshire Royale Hotel.  Simply called Royale, this swanky spot features a cool cocktail lounge, a black slate bar, a 35-seat circular booth, and lush patio. The dining room's soaring columns offset original white Italian marble and hand-carved French oak. Rumour have it that Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers once danced in the Ballroom, which is now the restaurant's dining room.

Museums and dining await!  Sit back and enjoy the sounds of Aubergine, an electronic music trio based in Fort Worth, Texas and their song, Royale.


Sushi and Celebs To Die For


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West Hollywood’s 1.9 square miles encapsulates the best of all Los Angeles has to offer! Equidistant from both the Pacific Coast and downtown LA, West Hollywood is a visitor’s paradise. Whether your plans include a trip to Hollywood,

Rodeo Drive

or a beachside stroll, WeHo (as the locals say) is ideally situated for both exploring by car or meandering by foot all of the gems Southern California has to offer.

Why not start the day with a tasty LA Breakfast out? Options WeHo-style include local finds such as Dukes Coffee Shop, Hugo’s or Joey’s Cafe, favorite hang-outs for people in the film and music industries. Or visit the Standard Hotel’s Restaurant, with its savvy, Sunset Strip take on coffee shop fare to satisfy your appetite for trendy spots serving great food.

It wouldn’t be West Hollywood without a party! And you’ll find it on the Sunset Strip. Venues range from The Roxy, Whisky a Go-Go, Viper Room, Key Club, House of Blues and beyond. All hotels on the Sunset Strip feature a bar or cocktail lounge with trendy scenes, especially SkyBar at Mondrian, Boa at Grafton and the Lounge at the Standard.

For a great dinner, and a possible run-in with Tommy Lee or Leonardo DiCaprio, head for Blowfish Sushi To Die For.  journeyPod enjoyed an extensive tasting and got some inside scoop on this great restaurant.  Take a listen…