Genesse C.

Genesse C.

Los Angeles, California

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  • Malibu Creek State Park

    Los Angeles
    Outdoor Activity / Park
    Malibu Creek State Park - Outdoor Activity | Park in Los Angeles.
    Mar 30, 2013 A Hike and A Free Pool--Two in One Summer Special "It was a rare but torturous 105-degree day in Los Angeles. I was miserable. If I recall correctly, all I was asking for was “a hike where I can jump into some water at the end.” And that’s exactly what Malibu Creek offers. Located just miles outside of the city, the Santa Monica Mountains provide an accessible natural escape. The drive itself was gorgeous, winding through the wilderness and out of the LA. The park rangers were kind and helpful; as soon as they saw our bathing suits, they knew where we were headed. They gave us precise directions on how to get to the rock pool, and told us that we would find others along the way. My over-creative imagination always imagines getting kidnapped and murdered in the mountains, so I was relieved to find groups of teenagers, adults, and families along the way. It’s an easy hike—about one mile each way. The terrain is flat, ideal for novice hikers. However, keep in mind that this area is dry and arid during the summer, so stay hydrated! There are wide stretches of trail where there’s no shade for several hundred feet. The rock pool at the end of the hike was so refreshing (no pun intended)! On a weekday, there were about 30 people at the pool. Even then, there was plenty of room for us to swim, but the weekend crowd might not be as nice. Unfortunately, there really isn’t a clear spot to leave our belongings or lounge if you’re not swimming. The pool’s edges are lined with dirt and rocks. You’ll have to hopscotch to the edge because the rocks hurt! Also, be forewarned, the water is a very deep toxic green. You cannot see the bottom, and I was sure I was going to grow webbed toes underwater. The rocks are slippery, so be careful where you step or you might find yourself face-deep in emerald water. If you’re feeling brave, there are also several jumping rocks overlooking the pool. I didn’t try it for myself because of my now-obvious and irrational fear of nature, but several pool-goers did. If you’re looking for a quick adrenaline rush, I recommend it. Better you than me. During the summer, this hike is a revelation. However, make sure you contact the local rangers before heading out. During a dry season, the water may be too low for swimming and you might hike a mile to find yourself in a rocky, uneventful basin. " hide
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  • Stout Hollywood

    Los Angeles
    Bar / Burger Joint
    Stout Hollywood - Bar | Burger Joint in Los Angeles.
    Mar 30, 2013 My Two Favorite B's--Burgers and Beers "After stalking the Instagrams of my foodie friends for weeks, I decided to try Stout for myself. Come on, it had burgers and beers in the name—you can’t blame a girl for dreaming about it. Stout is a casual place in the midst of the frantic Hollywood scene. But even on a Friday night, the place was packed. The restaurant was a lot smaller than I had expected, so my party of 7 had to wait an hour to be seated. This wasn’t too big of a problem though because Stout offers about 30 craft beers, and waiting at the bar sounded more exciting than disheartening. The hostesses, servers and bartenders were all very upbeat and friendly; they were also very knowledgeable about their selection and helped us pick the beers best suited for our tastes. I was worried that our hour wait had earned us a hefty tab, so the menu prices were a huge relief. Each burger costs about $10, but keep in mind that the price only includes the burger itself. Fries are separate (but so worth it!), as well as the dipping sauces. Each dipping sauce costs an extra 50 cents, but I recommend getting a couple to try. The Chipotle sauce added a tangy touch to the sweetness of my burger and made the fries feel like a meal of their own. There are ten burger options. No substitutes, only subtractions. But understand that these have been designed to perfection, so any addition by amateur burger connoisseurs such as us might throw off the taste. The options range from heavy, loaded options to healthier, vegetarian choices. I chose the “Stout Burger”; my theory is that if a restaurant baptizes a dish in its own name, it’s probably a good place to start. Stout also takes the liberty of suggesting a matching beer, a suggestion I also followed. The combination was sublime, fresh, unique, and just filling enough. These burgers are gourmet, so if you’re looking for a normal, charbroiled, bacon-heavy burger, I’d go somewhere else. Stout is open until 4AM—I think we can just leave it there. " hide
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  • Drai's Hollywood

    Los Angeles
    Club / Restaurant
    Drai's Hollywood - Club | Restaurant in Los Angeles.
    Mar 30, 2013 Like Vegas--Without the Weeklong Hangover "If you’re craving a Vegas-caliber night out but don’t feel like braving the four-hour drive, the hotel, or the hangover, look no further. Drai’s Hollywood is the ultimate substitute located on Hollywood and Vine, in the heart of Los Angeles. When my cousin from San Diego called and said she wanted to go dancing, I was apprehensive. I’ve been to several clubs in Downtown and Hollywood and have been scarred by the drunken “woo!” girls in the bathroom wearing tiaras and the sleazy guys groping girls on the dance floor. But I wanted to show my cousin a good time in LA, so I took her to Drai’s. Drai’s has three things that set it apart from other clubs: location, location, location. Like the Standard Hotel, the nightclub towers above Los Angeles from its home at the W Hotel. The club is easily accessible by Metro as well, solving the pesky problems with LA traffic and parking. Upon arrival, an elevator takes you up to the top floor. As soon as the doors open, you feel like you’re in a miniature version of XS or Tryst. Drai’s has go-go dancers on raised platforms and elaborate mod décor that restored my previously ruined perceptions of dance clubs. One thing that Drai’s lacks is space. The club itself is very narrow, which limits the designated dance floor to a dangerously puny dangerously 10 by 10 square in front of the DJ platform. So if you’re looking to display your Dougie comfortably, try getting there early or finding a friend with table service. One way of making sure you get into Drai’s early is to get on a promoter’s guest list. I’ve been on a guest list every time I’ve gone, and I’ve never had to pay a cover. Being on a guest list and arriving early also saves you from the risk of being enticed by the bacon-wrapped hot dog vendors outside. Luckily, promoters are as easy to find on social media as, well, as a bacon-wrapped hot dog on Hollywood Boulevard. Simply look up #Drais and text one of them; they usually do their best to help you out. True to the Vegas vibes, the cocktails were also very expensive—a premium liquor drink costs about $20. I made a special request for a Lemon Drop on the Rocks and got my money’s worth; to my joy, the bartender used real lemons, delicious garnishes, and Ketel One to personalize my drink. The delicious concoction almost helped me forget how much I had paid…almost. Fridays and Saturdays are the busiest nights, while Sundays are the more laid-back evenings. On weekends, the club draws the attention of local DJ’s as well as popular performers such as Steve Aoki and Shiny Toy Guns. These are the nights you want to be on the lookout for—who would say no to a free rooftop concert? During the summer, Drai’s also hosts rooftop pool parties. Since I don’t have a pool, I take full advantage of these. Free pool use, a tan, and drinking at 2PM—very Vegas. At Drai’s, you’ll find yourself screaming about how much you love LA simply because the experience can feel so surreal. It’s a great time, but make sure to plan ahead, leave the Snuggie and sandals at home because the crowd can be very particular, and enjoy what happens in Vegas when it comes to LA. " hide
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