The Best Veggie Burgers on the Planet | The Secret Spot for Chic, Understated Style | The Hidden Hotel with a Timeless Vibe | This is Not What They Told You About on the Tour Bus
LOS ANGELES. OUR HOME TOWN
WHY NOT START WITH LOS ANGELES? OUR HOME TOWN. DON’T FORGET TO CHECK OUT THE PODCAST FROM OUR FAVORITE LA DJ, CASEY CONNOR. www.caseyconnor.com
WISH YOU HAD A CONVERTIBLE TO DRIVE UP PCH? WELL NOW YOU CAN. JUST FOR THE JOURNEY. NO LONG TERM COMMITMENTS. JUST LONG LASTING MEMORIES. WE FOUND A PLACE WHERE YOU CAN RENT A CONVERTIBLE AND TAKE THE DRIVE FOR THE DAY. JUST YOU, YOUR PODCAST, THE OCEAN & THE OPEN ROAD…stay tuned!
WHERE TO STAY
Forget Urban Outfitter’s and Barney’s, if you really want to experience true LA style (and acquire some of that said style for pretty cheap) then turn your rental around and b-line it to Melrose Trading Post at Fairfax High School for the best flea market in town. Mind you, the flea market only happens on Sunday’s so make sure to pencil it in for then. We wouldn’t want you to show up on a Tuesday all jazzed up with your shopping cap on, only to find a deserted parking lot. You’ve been warned! Everything from vintage clothing and jewelry to antique furniture and home accessories to obscure collectables and “things”, you know what we mean, can be found at this trendy swap meet of sorts. Admission is $2 and goes from early morning to mid afternoon. Haggling skills required. 7850 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA (323) 370-1200 Hours: Sunday 10am-4pm
Try to imagine a swanky Parisian hideout with a metropolitan flair of a Manhattan artists loft and you have the Pali House Hotel. In the heart of West Hollywood, this hipster meets celebrity haunt is decorated with eclectic vintage knick knacks, effortlessly tasteful furniture and is perfectly polished with a refinement that pops your IQ up a few points just by being in the space. The lobby, equipped with a cappuccino bar and a full alcohol bar, should you need to combat the warm Cali sun with a cold spiked beverage, opens to crisp atrium where you can sip on a Pali House signature cocktail, “writer’s block” and jot your day’s inspiration in your moleskin. The hotel offers sexy apartment-style suites and a rooftop to gain a little perspective, which we all need from time to time.
8465 Holloway Drive, West Hollywood, CA – (323) 656-4100
WHERE TO SHOP
Forget Urban Outfitter’s and Barney’s, if you really want to experience true LA style (and acquire some of that said style for pretty cheap) then turn your rental around and b-line it to Melrose Trading Post at Fairfax High School for the best flea market in town. Mind you, the flea market only happens on Sunday’s so make sure to pencil it in for then. We wouldn’t want you to show up on a Tuesday all jazzed up with your shopping cap on, only to find a deserted parking lot. You’ve been warned! Everything from vintage clothing and jewelry to antique furniture and home accessories to obscure collectables and “things”, you know what we mean, can be found at this trendy swap meet of sorts. Admission is $2 and goes from early morning to mid afternoon. Haggling skills required. 7850 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA (323) 370-1200
Hours: Sunday 10am-4pm
WHERE TO EAT
THE BEST VEGGIE BURGERS ON THE PLANET
Even if you are not vegan, you need to experience this burger. I came across this place after visiting the Healthy Spot pet store down the street and wanted to grab a quick bite before heading to the beach. Being vegan, I expected to be able to find something tasty but was not sure how it would satisfy my partner. No concern here. We both ordered the veggie burger after the server boldly proclaimed it to be the best burger in LA. Always up for a challenge, I was prepared to make a conflicting statement. But I have to admit, her claim was definitely warranted. The most savory burger I have ever laid eyes upon. I ordered the coconut milkshake and was immediately brought back to my childhood days- minus the dairy. Of course, they also won me over with the meditation area and the free wifi. It is seriously the best balance. You can have your burger and eat it too. I mean, free wifi, guiltless burgers and milkshakes, meditation area, close to the beach, close to great clothing resale stores and designer pet stores… I would be lying if I told you I haven’t made this a regular stop. Golden Mean Vegan: 1028 Wilshire Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA – (310) 393-650
WHERE TO GO
You wouldn’t expect this at a museum! If you’re looking for something a little more intimate, and perhaps less well-known, look no further. Basque in the golden-state’s famous sunset at the Getty Villa in picturesque Malibu. Bring a bottle of wine and your favorite french cheese and enjoy the view from one of their picnic areas. The Getty Villa requires reservations for tickets as there is limited space, and large crowds only disrupt the magnificence of this traditional Roman- style dwelling, so make sure you call and book ahead of time. HIPTIP: They are closed on Tuesday and extended hours only on Saturday.
17985 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, California (310) 440-7300
WHERE TO ESCAPE
Sure it’s nice to mingle with celebrities here there, hell, it’s inevitable in this town, but do you really want them around while you’re trying to find your inner serenity? Forget about Runyon Canyon, you won’t find any peace of mind there considering it’s in the middle of Hollywood. It’s all about Temescal Canyon for your mental getaway with a dash of cardio. High atop the hills of Santa Monica you find winding trails, native flora and fauna, dogs on leashes trying to chase lizards, and best of all, a low maintenance “scene” which is really anything but a scene. A true nature experience with 360 degree scapes of the ocean and Los Angeles valley.
Take PCH to Temescal Canyon Road and let yourself run (or hike) wild.
WHERE TO BE SEEN
If the walls could talk, they probably wouldn’t tell you anything because you’re not important enough. With that said, a little style and grace should be enough to grant you entrance to the Chateau Marmont. Of course, everyone knows about the famous hideaway (Jim Belushi overdosed here and Lindsay Lohan called it home for a while) but it is well worth mentioning as someplace to chill while in La La Land. The provencal-style surroundings take you away from the busyness of Hollywood and transport you to what feels like a tucked away manor of sorts in the hills of rural France. Call ahead and try to reserve a patio table for drinks. They will most likely tell you they can’t guarantee anything (assuming they don’t recognize your headline- splashed name), which of course only means they need to see who you are and what you look like to make sure someone better doesn’t come along first. If the Chateau sounds pretentious, that’s because it is! It’s all part of the fun.
8221 West Sunset Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA 90046-2413
Phone: (323) 656-1010
THE HIP TIPS
- Always keep a flannel on hand.
- Be vegan for a week- L.A. is the place to try it!
- Donate an hour to animal rescues. Give some love! Here is one to try this week- www.langefoundation.com
- Get tatted at the Chanel boutique on Robertson for a temporary fix. http://www.chanel.com