Friday, June 7, 2013

Four Things Friday: Branch Out, Bitches

I've kind of gotten to that stage in my life where all I want to do is stay in, order take out, and watch five seasons of some cable show everyone claims is the best thing on television.  But now that it's summer, my new motto (in addition to "be happy") is to "branch out."  If you are single and looking to date, this needs to be your motto too.  I know it can be tempting to stay in your neighborhood, but I'm sure the city you live in has a lot to offer outside your one mile radius.  While I'm not on the prowl for boys, I'm hoping this new philosophy could help me make some cool career contacts.  So, for the LA peeps, here are few places to check out this summer.  And if you don't live in LA, I'm sure you can seek out the equivalent in your city with the help of this little thing called Google. 

Arts & Culture/Mid-Wilshire
(the LACMA, 5905 Wilshire BLVD, LA 90036)
Confession time: I'm not really a museum girl.  When I lived in New York, I used to go to way more exhibits (mainly so I could pretend I was hip), but truth be told, I generally don't have the patience or the energy to spend hours upon hours looking at art.  If I could have someone push me in a wheelchair the whole time, I might be more into it.  But lucky for me, the LACMA knows to mix my love of popular culture with my wannabe cultured-ness.  The Stanley Kubrick exhibit has been at the museum since November, so I knew I had to get my ass to see it before it closes at the end of June.  If you happen to find yourself in the Los Angeles area, I highly recommend checking it out.  My fave part was all the script pages with Kubrick's notes on them.  They even have his treatment for The Shining!  Plus, it reminded me that I used to be super madly in love with Matthew Modine.  The LACMA also has the added bonus of The Stark Bar, cause all that staring at stuff will make you hungry and in need of a beer.  Which makes it an all around great date spot.  Or a great place to wander around in your cutest outfit, hoping to meet a hot intellectual.
Spill the Wine/Los Feliz
(Barnsdall Park Wine Tastings)
You guys already know about my love of Silverlake Wine tastings, but during the summer they've partnered with Barnsdall Park in Los Feliz for a Friday evening of outdoor wine tasting.  For $25 you get four tastes (which are basically full glasses), a free glass, and the perfect view of the sunset.  They have a DJ at the park and plenty of food trucks, but it's also fun to picnic with your friends.  My one complaint is that there's a lot of little kids running around, but I guess families need fun stuff to do on Friday nights too.  And plus, once you're on your second taste of wine, you'll barely even notice them.  Not to mention, there are lots of single peeps hanging out if you want a cool romantic story of how you met your next sig other. 
Be one with Nature/Silverlake
(Silverlake Reservoir)
This one is a total cop out, because the Silverlake Reservoir happens to be a quarter of a mile from my house, so it's not exactly what anyone would call branching out.  BUT it is a nice change of pace from the regular gym routine.  I was super excited when we moved near the reservoir, but then two months ago I hardcore sprained my ankle and I'm still unable to jog (sucks).  And then, this week, I realized I could be one of those people that walks the Reservoir.  Not only did I walk six and a half miles, but I also listened to podcasts the whole time (Forgive me Rihanna for I have sinned).  And they say nobody walks in LA, ha!  For serious though, Los Angeles can get kind of insular and the outdoor walks and hikes are a great way to be around your fellow man.  Although, I did have to look at my phone while I walked right past my bestie's ex-boyfriend. Ugh!
Let Them Eat Fish/San Pedro 
(San Pedro Fish Market, Ports O Call Village, 1190 Nagoya Way, San Pedro 90731)
This might be one of the best places on earth.  I first discovered the San Pedro Fish Market on 4th of July FIVE YEARS AGO, when my friend Seth suggested we all check it out.  I can't believe that much time has passed.  If you want to read more about that excursion check out this post on Umamimart.  Obviously, if you don't like seafood, then this isn't the place for you.  But if want to stick your head in a giant, buttery, wonderful shrimp tray, then you should hop on the 110 headed towards Long Beach.  You can also get delicious oysters, soft shell crab, and tons of fish.  In the words of the H-Bomb: it's glorious.  And if you're dating someone that's into seafood, they will think you are the hippest chick on earth if you take them here. 

Hope you guys have a great weekend filled with blow jobs instead of blow offs!  But everyone be careful.  You don't want to get throat cancer.

2 comments:

  1. GRRR!!! The Wine tasting is sold out for tonight. How dare you tempt me like that! (but that sounds fab and I will definitely be attending in the future). Also, Fisherman's Outlet downtown on Central probably isn't as great as the Fish Market in San Pedro, but it does have awesome giant shrimp if you don't feel like driving that far. It is strictly an outdoor picnic table kind of place, but the food is delicious.

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  2. omg, i've never heard of that place, sounds awesome! I should have mentioned that the wine tasting sells out quickly, you usually need to get your tickets by thursday or else they run out!

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