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This weekend, our son's girlfriend was visiting from Northern California and we wanted to create a memorable weekend adventure, so we headed to Los Angeles. Now, I do not love this city just because I was born there. I love LA because it is like no other city in the world. There is a wonderfully diverse group of people in Los Angeles and the amazing art, music, performance and culinary pleasures that come from such a great spectrum, offer an amazing array of entertainment choices.
Whether I am taking in a concert at the Greek Theater or the Hollywood Bowl or attending a Dodger or Kings game, or one of the many, many festivals, theater or culinary events, it is always truly a memorable and wonderful experience. Many of the most unforgettable "first" experiences of my life took place here: my first baseball game at Dodger Stadium, my first Bruce Springsteen concert at the LA Sports Arena, and my first date to see A Star Is Born at what was once known as Grauman's Chinese Theater.
This Saturday was another beautiful day in Los Angeles (like most Saturdays), and we headed to the Century City Mall for some exploring. I love driving past DTLA (Downtown Los Angeles), and thinking how fun it was when I was there a few weekends ago to explore the LA Fashion District.
We headed down Wilshire Boulevard I felt excited as the day awaited us. I glanced down Beverly Drive and was reminded of another fun Saturday I spent with friends exploring Rodeo Drive. Rodeo Drive is a fun place to explore the shops and people watch. I could write an entire post on places to people watch in Los Angeles. Sometimes you can spot celebrities in LA and that is another reason I love LA.
Soon, we turned on Santa Monica Boulevard and headed to the Century City Mall, where one of our favorite restaurants, Rock Sugar, is located. The Century City Mall is one of many great places in LA to spend the day and people watch. It is a trendy and hip and fresh and chic vibe with lots of shops and cafes to match.
There was a musician playing in the food court area and we grabbed some drinks to explore the mall. I like to shop so it did not take me long to find a cool sunglass pop up shop and tried on some sunglasses. You can never have too many pairs when you are in LA.
These sunglasses were a great bargain and so cute, so I bought them. We checked out some of the shops and after lots of exploration,we then made our way to Rock Sugar.
This restaurant is a family favorite. We have celebrated graduations, birthdays and random Saturdays here. They offer Asian Fusion cuisine and the food is not only delicious, but memorable, every single time. I had one of their amazing Asian Pear Martinis to start off.
These martinis are amazingly refreshing and did not disappoint on this hot, sunny day. We love to order different dishes, and share them family style. We ordered some Claypot Beef, Green Mango and Papaya Salad and their Ginger Fried Rice, which comes with an egg on top, which our waiter happily cut for us.
It was another delicious meal and a priceless moment for me because my entire family was together and we enjoyed a fantastic meal together. We got to talk about what we had all been up to and laughed about how well we hoped our fantasy football teams would do this year.
This summer, we have created some wonderful memories by visiting different sites in LA. Now we have added another memorable, priceless adventure.
LA will always be my city in my heart. From the city's fabulous beaches to the beautiful mountains and the amazing sunsets that cast their colorful show amongst the palm trees every evening. I really love this city.
Have you been to Los Angeles? What do you love about this city?