Category Archives: L.A.

Meet Amy

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Hi, my name is Amy Korngiebel. I’m a freelance television producer and a native Angeleno. I live in Los Feliz, an eclectic and friendly neighborhood situated between Hollywood and Downtown. Some of the things I love about Los Angeles: 87 neighborhoods, each with a distinct personality; the ocean; 2 hours to Big Bear; 2 hours to Joshua Tree; a spectacular variety of movie theaters, music venues and art galleries; the best Mexican food you can find.

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Los Angeles

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MUSEUM OF JURASSIC TECHNOLOGY

A visit to the Museum of Jurassic Technology in Culver City is a trip inside a cabinet of curiosities. It is at once a museum and a work of conceptual art. To begin with, the name of the museum is puzzling. The Jurassic Period ended over one hundred million years before the appearance of humanoids or anything that could be considered technology.

Even the museum’s appearance is dubious. The two-story labyrinth interior is veiled behind an unassuming windowless façade. The front door is always locked and you have to ring a bell to enter. Once inside the museum, it is difficult to tell fact from fiction. Some of the museum’s permanent exhibits include: an exhibit on old wives’ tales; a series of halls dedicated to the relationship between an opera singer and a neurophysiologist; a collection of microscopic sculptures and paintings. On the second floor, next to a room devoted to the dogs of the Soviet Space program, is a charming tearoom serving free tea and cookies.

The brilliance of the museum can be summed up in a quote from the museum’s founder, David Wilson: “Confusion can be a very creative state of mind; in fact, confusion can act as a vehicle to open people’s minds. The hard shell of certainty can be shattered…”

9341 Venice Boulevard
Culver City, California 90232
310.836.6131

Suggested Donations:
Adults, $ 5.00
Children aged 12 to 21, $ 3.00
Students in full time education, $ 3.00
Persons 60 years or older, $ 3.00
Unemployed persons, $ 3.00
Disabled Persons $2.00
Active service personnel in uniform $ 2.00
Children under 12, Free

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GRIFFITH PARK

If the traffic, mini-malls and plastic surgery are getting to you, get back to nature in Griffith Park. One of my favorite ways to spend the morning is hiking up one of the park’s many and varied trails. (Trail maps available on the park’s website.) After your hike, head to Trails Café for potato and egg a la Spain and some fresh-squeezed lemonade.

If you have kids, I recommend taking them to Travel Town, an interactive outdoor museum dedicated to railway history. Travel Town is pure heaven for any train-loving kid since they are encouraged to climb around, up and in the old trains. For a romantic evening, Griffith Park offers sunset horseback rides through the park that end at a Mexican restaurant in Burbank. A day spent in Griffith Park is sure to calm even the most jaded traveler.

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Griffith Park
4730 Crystal Springs Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90027
323.913.4688

Travel Town
5200 Zoo Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90027
323.662.5874

Trails Café
2333 Fern Dell Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90068
323.871.2102

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Los Angeles, California

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SHUTTERS ON THE BEACH

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Shutters on the Beach sits directly on the sand, a block from the Santa Monica Pier. This luxury hotel has the feel of a 1920’s New England beach resort – sophisticated, yet comfortable.  For me, absolutely nothing beats falling asleep to the sound of the ocean. The rooms are spacious and stylish, some have fireplaces; all have a balcony. The hotel’s spa One, offers full spa services. Shutters has 2 restaurants, the upscale One Pico and the more casual Pedals – both offer great meals. One Pico has perhaps the best Mother’s Day Brunch in L.A. After a rejuvenating walk along the beach, head to nearby Main Street for some of L.A.’s best shopping.

One Pico Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA 90405
310.458.4589

Avalon Hotel

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There is certainly no shortage of hip hotels in Los Angeles, but some stand out above the rest. My pick is Avalon Hotel in Beverly Hills. The small boutique hotel is hard to find, tucked between tall buildings and trees on Olympic Boulevard.

Custom designed contemporary pieces mingle with vintage mid-20th century classics to create a comfortable and chic hideaway. The rooms are spacious and each includes a separate sitting area; many have private patios. The hotel’s restaurant Blue on Blue features modern American cuisine and was named one of Food & Wine’s “50 Best Hotel Restaurants.” Avalon’s most architecturally beautiful and striking feature it it’s figure eight shaped pool lined with restaurant tables and cozy cabanas. Whether you’re visiting for work or pleasure, ease into the night sipping on the bar’s signature drink, the Blue Avalon (Bacardi, Malibu, blue curacao, Sprite and pineapple juice), in a poolside cabana.

9400 West Olympic Boulevard
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
310.277.5221

Western Hemisphere – LA Artsy Shopping Center

Space 15 Twenty

While I am usually not a fan of the recycled-chic architecture that has become so popular for trendy commercial structures, Space 15 Twenty manages to create an environment that gives even cement walls and bare pipes character.
Urban Outfitters, which played the main role in the artistic formation of this Space, provides the on-trend goods that we have all come to expect, while creating boutique-style unique displays, separating it from the rest of the chain.
This half-block center is also home to urban shoe store, Alife, which displays a huge porcelain urinal, filled with custom sneakers, Hennessey & Ingalls art and architecture bookstore, and an art gallery, displaying local artists.
During the week there are live bands and other events in the courtyard.
If you are on trendiness overload, walk a few blocks in any direction and you will be satisfied: Amoeba Records, The Beauty Bar, and music venues The Box and The Palladium are nearby.

What Comes Around Goes Around
An offshoot from its New York based central store, What Comes Around Goes Around provides Space 15 Twenty with the eclectic, one-of-a-kind feel that mass-produced Urban may lack. Aged and distressed wooden floors, weathered leather suitcases, and antique light fixtures give the store a luxuriously rich feel, and provide the perfect backdrop for the vintage and vintage-inspired clothing. Expect to pay much more than at your local Buffalo Exchange, but when you buy a pair of buttery-leather boots that you MUST wear out of the store, it’s worth it.

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What Goes around Comes Around

Snackbar
Ignore the moody chicks with over-sized sunglasses who haven’t eaten in a few days and head over to the Snackbar for a satisfying lunch. With everything on the menu under $14 you will feel better about the leather boots you just bought. There’s a great selection of warm, toasty pressed sandwiches, and other “snack foods” made into meals. Best of all, when waiting to get your eat on, you can nibble on a cinnamon glazed popcorn while people watching- and trust me, there is some good people watching.

1520 N Cahuenga Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028