Thursday, April 28, 2011

100 Things To Try in L.A. Before You Die (Checklist)

Caroline on Crack put out this great list of "100 Things to Try in LA Before you Die," but she asked not to re-post the list in its entirety, so I removed the items that I've done before or didn't find very interesting.  (Let me know if that doesn't work Caroline!)

Between my adventures through pleasure and events through work, I thought I completed a good amount of these points.... but there is just so much left.  I added some commentary as well.

Also, I inadvertently completed 96 (kept it in) during my last work event.

Singing George Michael's Careless Whispers in front of drunk strangers got me a free tequila shot. The crowd seemed to like it when I blurted, "GUILTY FEET HAVE GOT NO RHYTHM" with conviction.

Though when I tried to do Don't Stop Believe, this drunk bitch jumped on stage and made me sing with her because it was her favorite song.  She was screaming into the mic with her ass to the audience. Oh god, top 10 strangest/awkwardest moments of my lyfe.  I mouth the words "help me" to my co-workers.

*In red - I want to accomplish soon!


1) Cocktail punch at the Radio Room in the Edison
  • Been here, but didn't get the cocktail punch.  Wouldn't mind just kicking it in the Radio Room
5) Great Los Angeles Walk
  • I take Wilshire every day at work.  It would interesting to walk it for once
6) Ajo Garlic Ramen at Ramenya
  • I've eaten a lot of Ramen, but not here
7) Sour Kraut Cocktail from Copa d’Oro
9) Singing Elvis at Palms Thai
  • Almost ate here, but parking was impossible 
12) Dessert tasting menu at Providence
14) Roasted bone marrow at Church & State
15) Pedal boat at Echo Park Lake
  • I don't think they offer this anymore since the lake emits poisonous gases
16) Bowling and $4 cocktails at Shatto 39 Lanes
  • Hate bowling, but $4 cocktails, sounds good
17) Kobe-style beef at Park’s BBQ
18) Mulholland Drive from 405 to 101
19) Medicina Latina at Malo
22) Mashti Malone‘s lavender ice cream
23) Red Line Metro barhop
  •  Sounds amazing
24) Live music at Spaceland
  • meh... may if I care for the bands, one day
25) Magic Mojito at Bar Centro at the Bazaar by Jose Andres
26) Wine tour through San Antonio Winery
28) Bike from Santa Monica to Hermosa Beach and back
  • Erik fixed my bike!  No excuses
29) Mochi from Mikawaya Little Tokyo
30) Broiled San Francisco stuffed French toast at Starling Diner
31) Mojito sampler jelly shots at Bar Nineteen12
34) Carne asada burrito from Tacos Tumbras A Tomas at Grand Central Market 
  • This market in downtown is overwhelming!  Last time we stopped by for a smoothie because I swallowed too many feathers from the LA Pillow Fight
36) Ride the mechanical bull at Saddle Ranch and have a premium SR AMF
  •  Didn't ride, but did sing Karaoke?  Does that count?
37) Greyhound Proper at Hungry Cat
38) Blue cheese fries at Pete’s Cafe and Bar
40) 21+ screenings at the ArcLight
  • Sounds naughty
41) Secret beef feast at Totoraku
44) Tomato, mozzarella, sausage, salami, bacon & guanciale pizza at Pizzeria Mozza
45) Ride the Pacific Ferris Wheel at Santa Monica Pier
  • Sounds romantic!
47) Bet on a horse at Santa Anita racetrack
48) Loco Moco (foie gras loco moco, quail egg, spam, hamburger) at Animal
49) Blood & Sand cocktail at Tiki Ti
50) Tea and a stroll through Huntington Gardens
52) Double chocolate croissant pudding with Jack Daniels sauce at Milk
53) Hike from Fern Dell Drive to Mt. Hollywood, stopping at Griffith Observatory
54) Meatball sandwich from Bay Cities Deli
55) Scorpion cocktail at Hop Louie
  • In Chinatown, looks sketch 
61) Remember the Maine at the Varnish
62) Omakase dinner at Urasawa
  • One of the most pricey restaurants apparently
63) LA Phil concert at Walt Disney Concert Hall
64) Pool party at Standard Rooftop Bar
  • Been here, but not for a pool party
68) Turkey dinner at Clifton’s Cafeteria, don’t forget the green jello
70) Marty and Elayne at Dresden Room
71) Coleslaw and sourdough toast at Original Pantry
73) Ninotchka at Bar Lubitsch
74) Stay in a bungalow at Chateau Marmont
  • Had dinner here, but didn't stay in a bungalow
76) Sunday wine tastings at Silverlake Wine
77) Grilled cheese night at Campanile
  • Someone told me about this, must do, must do! 
78) Power lunch at the Polo Lounge
79) Cadillac Margarita at El Cholo
81) Angel City Derby Girls Tournament
82) Box seats at Hollywood Bowl summer concert
83) Dodger Dog at Dodger Stadium
84) Ride the Good Year blimp
85) Sip mojitos poolside at the Hotel Roosevelt’s Tropicana Bar
86) Ringside at Lucha VaVoom
  • Trying to get work to take me to this
87) Summer movie at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery
  • We had a more intimate movie screening at Atwater Village.  Hollywood is hectic
88) History Walk from Mission San Gabriel to Olvera Street
89) Taro ice cream at Fosselman’s
91) Apricot and Honey 75 at the Penthouse during sunset
94) Bonfire at Dockweiler Beach
95) Bingo at Hamburger Mary’s
  • Gay and fabulous!
96) Karaoke at Brass Monkey
  • DONE!!!
97) Yee-Mee-Lu “blue drink” at Good Luck Bar
100) Hike to the top of Sandstone Peak and sign the register

Added from a Comment:
101) Tuna truffle oil at Wa (crack!)
102) Papas breakfast burrito from Tacos Villa Corona
103) Bet on a horse at Hollywood Park racetrack
105) Pig candy at Lou on Vine
106) Pasta Mama for brunch at Hugo’s
107) Anything at The Greek Theatre
  • Walked by it
108) Bacon wrapped matzoh balls at Gorbal’s
110) Onigiri (japanese rice and seaweed snack) at Sunny Blue


I prefer this list over anything I find in a magazine or high profile website because this is a list created by someone's blog.  It is more personal, interesting and credible.  Good job Caroline.

My Personal List
Burger Adventure with Jimmy
Chinese Food off Valley with the boys
Discover JR's "Wrinkles of the City" Street Art
Hikes with Alysia

I hope to repost this list, but with more accomplishments!


ms. button said...

Chris! This makes me look forward to moving back to southern california =) i used to hate l.a. but now, i think im warming up to it. i mean after withstanding vietnam for nearly two years, i think i can withstand anything. lol.

i enjoyed this post! hopefully ill get to accomplish that list too. hope ur well!

Caroline on Crack said...

Thanks, Chris! Appreciate the shout-out. :) FYI, some of the cocktails are out of date unfortunately. Like, Copa d'Oro doesn't do the Sour Kraut anymore but I suggest doing an around-the-world whiskey flight there instead. They have a great selection and it's yummy.