I am back in Indonesia and have just finished teacher planning week at school. I am determined to get my trip documented. Luckily I have Maija’s blog post on our trip to refer to.
We all had different motivations for going to LA. For Jack, Maija and Seb, serious movie buffs it was seeing iconic movie stuff. For me it was checking out the veg scene.
First of all, I want to share our accommodation tip. As we need three rooms, we decided to try Airbnb. Despite the incredible short notice we managed to find a 2 bedroom apartment near Culver City (Jack was on the couch) which worked out as something like $35 per person per night. The downside? Only one bathroom and it wasn’t Maija and I hogging it. Just sayin’.
Our first morning, we headed out to Rodeo Drive and Hollywood. Seb and Jack were super excited.
Lunch was at Cafe Gratitude. A bit of a pricy lunch but so amazing. I had a pesto zucchini pasta.
Then we headed to The Payley Center of Media where our film buffs saw some cool TV and film memorabilia? I even got quite excited some of the stuff on show.
Then we went to Hollywood Hills and Mulholland Drive.
And then Native Foods for dinner good value comfort foods at their best
On Sunday we slept in, had a brunch at Real Food Daily and walked along Venice Beach. It was a beautiful day but I think I stayed there a bit too long. Too many people for too long but it was cool to see all the craziness that it is known for.
Monday saw a visit to the Warner Brothers Studio lot. I was a bit ‘meh’ about going but the others convinced me to go and I will reluctantly admit it was pretty interesting even though the shows were on hiatus and there wasn’t much going on. Our tour guide was telling us about the timeline of making a weekly show on the lot. Basically there’s a 5 day process that they follow every week and they said how usually on Wednesday the network comes to visit the set to look at rehearsals and what I thought was really shocking was that they are essentially there to check that the show doesn’t upset the advertisers. He mentioned specifically that this was the reason why you will not hear a show mention that a bad cheeseburger caused food poisoning and that it is always “bad Chinese” or “bad Thai” which is essentially a cuisine that does not advertise on TV. I feel terribly angry about this. Given that processed food is such a huge source of contaminated meat leading to sometimes fatal food poisoning, this is simply outrageous. A contaminated carcass is minced up and mixed with so many other bit of carcass that contaminated meat and can find its way in to thousands of different items all over the country. Anyone who has watched Food Inc will be aware of this issue. If you haven’t seen it, I recommend you do so. It’s film about the food industry rather than the animals, but I do like the film and think it has helped a lot of people get started thinking about where their food comes from. While I know that the food corps had a huge amount of sway over policy and that their marketing was terrible, I didn’t know that they influenced the scripts on our favourite TV shows even over such a subtle line like ‘I had a bad burger last night’. Assholes… #rantover.
Afterwards we headed to Veggie Grill and actually found ourselves twiddeling our thumbs over what to do for the rest of the day.
We had a classy movie experience at the Arclight Cinema before heading back to the apartment. Next stop Las Vegas,