The Best BBQ on Los Angeles’ West Side

The Best BBQ on Los Angeles’ West Side

Los Angeles is not a town known for its BBQ, but it actually does have some good spots if you know where to look! I love barbecue: the brisket, ribs, cole slaw, beans, potatoes, biscuits, and of course the sauces! Here are some of my favorite BBQ places on LA’s...
Have a Great Date Night at Wolfgang Puck’s Spago in Beverly Hills

Have a Great Date Night at Wolfgang Puck’s Spago in Beverly Hills

Wolgang Puck is arguably one of the most famous chefs in the world. His flagship restaurant, Spago, in Beverly Hills, has been on my bucket list for a while, and I finally got to try it! Getting There and Parking Spago is located in the heart of Beverly Hills on North...
The Best First Date Ideas in Los Angeles

The Best First Date Ideas in Los Angeles

If you’re going on a first date with someone you don’t know very well, planning the right kind of date is critical! Many lists recommend a movie for a first date, but I think that is a terrible idea (unless you also do something else). The problem is that...
The Coolest Vintage Bars in Los Angeles That Are Sure to Amaze

The Coolest Vintage Bars in Los Angeles That Are Sure to Amaze

If you’re looking for an extraordinary place to bring a date to, or just a place where you can hang out with friends, check out some of my favorite vintage Los Angeles bars below. These will surely impress! Clifton’s Cafeteria / The Pacific Seas (DTLA)...
The Best Museum Date Ideas in LA

The Best Museum Date Ideas in LA

I believe that a museum is a great place to go to on a date. It’s quiet so you can talk, and there are usually interesting things to see and comment on. Maybe you can even show off some of the stuff you learned in that art history class you took in college. And...
Wicked Lit: A Unique Immersive Halloween Theater Experience

Wicked Lit: A Unique Immersive Halloween Theater Experience

If you’re looking for a really unique and cool Halloween-themed date idea, check out Wicked Lit, an immersive outdoor theater experience running from late September to mid November at the Mountain View Mausoleum & Cemetery in Altadena. What Is Wicked Lit? If...
Terranea: A Hidden Gem in Palos Verdes with Spectacular Hiking Trails

Terranea: A Hidden Gem in Palos Verdes with Spectacular Hiking Trails

Terranea is a hidden gem that’s worth a bit of a drive. Sure, there are other beautiful places to hike along the shore in Palos Verdes. And, there are some great restaurants as well. But Terranea combines the best of both. It’s an ideal place to have a good meal and go for an easy walk with breathtaking views of the ocean. You’ll feel like you’re staying at a high-end resort for a fraction of the cost.

The Best Orange County Date Ideas

The Best Orange County Date Ideas

Orange County is famous for tourist attractions like Disneyland and Knott’s Berry Farm, and for vast suburban sprawl. But, it actually has some really charming destinations that are ideal for a romantic date! Here are my favorites. 1. Laguna Beach My pick for...
A Great Summer Date Idea: Yamashiro Night Market

A Great Summer Date Idea: Yamashiro Night Market

I’m so psyched that the Yamashiro Night Market is back!! (Previously called “Yamashiro Farmers’ Market”.)  This is one of my favorite summertime Los Angeles events! Starting in April 2018, it will be every Thursday night from 5 to 10PM during...
Why the Downtown LA Arts District is An Amazing Date Destination

Why the Downtown LA Arts District is An Amazing Date Destination

The Arts District east of Downtown LA is one of the most vibrant, hip, and up-and-coming areas of the city. It’s now one of my favorite daytime date destinations in the entire LA area! It’s undergone an amazing revitalization with cool galleries,...
Have a Great Hike with Amazing Views at Griffith Park

Have a Great Hike with Amazing Views at Griffith Park

Griffith Park is famous for its observatory, but it also offers some great hiking trails which offer amazing views of downtown LA, Century City, the Hollywood sign, and the valley. I’m going to tell you about my favorite trail which begins at the Glendale Peak...
The Best Mid-City L.A. Date Ideas

The Best Mid-City L.A. Date Ideas

The mid-city area of Los Angeles offers some of the best restaurants and coolest attractions around, making it a prime date destination. By “mid city”, I’m referring to the area roughly between La Cienaga Blvd on the West and Western on the East,...
The Most Romantic Date Spots in Venice, CA

The Most Romantic Date Spots in Venice, CA

Venice has a surprising number of really romantic date spots. It used to be known as a low-end beach town plagued by gangs and crime, but much of that has been cleaned up and it’s now hipster-central for the West Side. Here’s a list of my favorite Venice...
The Best Free and Cheap Date Ideas in Los Angeles

The Best Free and Cheap Date Ideas in Los Angeles

Going on dates can be really expensive, but it doesn’t have to be. There are some really great date ideas in Los Angeles that are cheap or free. Here’s my list! 1. Hiking Hiking tops many lists of cheap date ideas for good reason. I have yet to meet...
My Favorite “Secret” Beach – Lechuza Beach Malibu

My Favorite “Secret” Beach – Lechuza Beach Malibu

There are many wonderful beaches in Los Angeles and Orange County, but many of these are crowded and lack privacy. I’d like to tell you about a “hidden gem” that I found.. a beach that feels like a private beach far away from the crowds of the city....
A Fun Beach Hike to Tidepools at Abalone Cove in Palos Verdes

A Fun Beach Hike to Tidepools at Abalone Cove in Palos Verdes

If you want a really unique L.A. beach experience, check out Abalone Cove in Palos Verdes. It offers a short trail hike down to a rocky beach leading to caves and tidepools. It can be a really cool and unusual date experience! One warning though – you will get...
The Top Date Ideas in Culver City and the Surrounding Area

The Top Date Ideas in Culver City and the Surrounding Area

Culver City and the surrounding areas have some really romantic and fun places that are ideal for a date. Here are my top recommendations. 1. The Culver Hotel Grand Lobby I consider the Culver Hotel to be the jewel of downtown Culver City. Completed in 1924, it offers...
My Top 20 Downtown LA Date Ideas

My Top 20 Downtown LA Date Ideas

It wasn’t that long ago that downtown Los Angeles was a pretty scary place to be outside of work hours, to be avoided at all costs.  Now, it’s undergoing a renaissance and is one of the real hip areas to hang out at, with tons of great restaurants, bars, and...
My Top Twenty Pasadena Date Ideas

My Top Twenty Pasadena Date Ideas

I believe Pasadena is one of the best places to go on a date in the LA area. It’s got fine restaurants, bars, shopping areas, cultural events, museums, and a lot more, making it worth visiting even if you live far away. Here are my top ten date ideas in Pasadena and...
My Five Favorite Restaurants in Old Town Pasadena

My Five Favorite Restaurants in Old Town Pasadena

There are so many great restaurants, bars, and hangouts in Old Town Pasadena, it can be difficult to choose.  Here are my personal favorites based on food, service, and ambiance, in no particular order. 1. Mi Piace Right in the heart of Old Town on the busiest part of...
Romantic Restaurants and Bars on Ocean Avenue Santa Monica

Romantic Restaurants and Bars on Ocean Avenue Santa Monica

If you asked most people what the best date spot in Santa Monica is, many would say Third Street Promenade.  But Ocean Avenue has a collection of great restaurants and bars too.  Although it’s gotten more crowded and touristy lately, it’s still a good bet...
Los Liones Canyon Trail – My Favorite Hike

Los Liones Canyon Trail – My Favorite Hike

You might have noticed that I’ve been going on a lot of hikes in the Santa Monica mountains lately.  They’ve all be great, but each seems to be better than the last.  At a friend’s recommendation, I did the Los Liones Canyon hike and I think it’s the best...
Complete List of Summer Outdoor Movies in Los Angeles 2017

Complete List of Summer Outdoor Movies in Los Angeles 2017

Seeing an outdoor movie with someone special can be a fun and cozy date idea.  Below is a link to the best list I’ve found of outdoor movies for summer 2017 (from Thrillist): 2017 Outdoor Movie Screenings from Thrillist.com Note that “outdoor” does not necessarily...
Temescal Canyon – An Ideal Date Hike

Temescal Canyon – An Ideal Date Hike

The Temescal Canyon Loop is a popular trail and is an ideal date hike because it’s the perfect length, it’s just the right difficulty level, it’s very close to civilization, and has some great views and interesting terrain. It’s a great way to spend a weekend morning...
Tips for Having a Great Time at a Staples Center Sporting Event

Tips for Having a Great Time at a Staples Center Sporting Event

Home of the Lakers, Clippers, and Kings, and host to concerts and other events, the Staples Center is a prime attraction in downtown Los Angeles. Here are my tips to make your visit fun and hassle-free. 1. Bring a good jacket for Kings games If you go for a Kings...
The Best Museum Date in LA: The Huntington Library and Gardens

The Best Museum Date in LA: The Huntington Library and Gardens

I’m a big fan of museums, and Los Angeles has some great ones, including the Getty, the Getty Villa, LACMA/La Brea Tar Pits, and the California Science Center.  But, I recently re-visited the continually-expanding Huntington Library and I concluded that it’s the best...
Have a Great Date at Griffith Park Observatory

Have a Great Date at Griffith Park Observatory

The Griffith Park Observatory is not only one of the most popular tourist attractions in Los Angeles, it’s also a great place to go for an after-dinner date with someone special, and most of the attractions there are free! Here are my top recommendations to have a...
The Skyroom in Long Beach (Will Return in 2020)

The Skyroom in Long Beach (Will Return in 2020)

SPECIAL NOTE: Unfortunately, the Skyroom is now closed for a two-year remodel. I’m hoping it returns in 2020 even better than it was! – Brian On my personal short list of romantic restaurants in Los Angeles is Long Beach’s incredible Skyroom. This place is...

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