30-APR-13: Hotel Amarano – Burbank, CA

Poolside.

Hotel Amarano - Burbank, CA (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Hotel Amarano – Burbank, CA (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

A beautiful luxury “boutique” hotel in beautiful downtown Burbank!

Hotel Amarano - Burbank, CA (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Hotel Amarano – Burbank, CA (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Hotel Amarano - Burbank, CA (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Hotel Amarano – Burbank, CA (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Hotel Amarano - Burbank, CA (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Hotel Amarano – Burbank, CA (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Hotel Amarano - Burbank, CA (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Hotel Amarano – Burbank, CA (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Hotel Amarano - Burbank, CA (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Hotel Amarano – Burbank, CA (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Hotel Amarano - Burbank, CA (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Hotel Amarano – Burbank, CA (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Hotel Amarano - Burbank, CA (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Hotel Amarano – Burbank, CA (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

THE SUITE:

Hotel Amarano - Burbank, CA (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Hotel Amarano – Burbank, CA (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Hotel Amarano - Burbank, CA (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Hotel Amarano – Burbank, CA (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Hotel Amarano - Burbank, CA (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Hotel Amarano – Burbank, CA (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Hotel Amarano - Burbank, CA (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Hotel Amarano – Burbank, CA (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

The Suite has a Private Fitness Room, Jacuzzi, Cabana and Large Terrace:

Hotel Amarano - Burbank, CA (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Hotel Amarano – Burbank, CA (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Hotel Amarano - Burbank, CA (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Hotel Amarano – Burbank, CA (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Hotel Amarano - Burbank, CA (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Hotel Amarano – Burbank, CA (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Hotel Amarano – 322 N. Pass Ave (at Oak), Burbank, CA 91505

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Pic of the Day 29-APR-13: Brewery Art Walk – Downtown Los Angeles

Brewery Art Walk – Downtown Los Angeles

One of the coolest pieces I saw at the Art Walk:

“A Comfortable Skin” Avatars by Kristine Schomaker www.kristineschomaker.net

Brewery Art Walk - Downtown Los Angeles (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Brewery Art Walk – Downtown Los Angeles
(copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Here are some more pictures:

Brewery Art Walk - Downtown Los Angeles (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Brewery Art Walk – Downtown Los Angeles
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Brewery Art Walk - Downtown Los Angeles (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Brewery Art Walk – Downtown Los Angeles
(copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Brewery Art Walk - Downtown Los Angeles (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Brewery Art Walk – Downtown Los Angeles
(copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Brewery Art Walk - Downtown Los Angeles (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Brewery Art Walk – Downtown Los Angeles
(copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Brewery Art Walk - Downtown Los Angeles (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Brewery Art Walk – Downtown Los Angeles
(copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

“A Comfortable Skin” Avatars by Kristine Schomaker www.kristineschomaker.net

Watch a video about this work: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jqJmEwUentc

Niagara Falls, NY B&W

Niagara Falls…
“Slowly I turned…step by step…inch by inch….”

Niagara Falls, NY (copyright 22010 JoshWillTravel)

Niagara Falls, NY (copyright 2010 JoshWillTravel)

 

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27-APR-13: The Capitol Records Building in Hollywood, California

The Capitol Records Building – Hollywood, California

Capitol Records Building in Hollywood (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Capitol Records Building in Hollywood (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

The Capitol Records Building is a thirteen-story tower that was designed by Welton Becket and is one of the city’s landmarks.  Construction occurred soon after British company EMI acquired Capitol Records in 1955 and the building was completed in April 1956. Located just north of the Hollywood and Vine intersection, the Capitol Records Tower is also home to the recording studios and echo chambers engineered by Les Paul. The building is included on the List of Registered Historic Places in Los Angeles.

 

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“Let’s Do Lunch” at the Standard Hotel on Sunset

“Let’s Do Lunch”

Friday at the Standard Hotel on Sunset Boulevard – West Hollywood, California

You know it’s not your “standard” hotel when you first pull in!

Standard Hotel on Sunset - West Hollywood, CA (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Standard Hotel on Sunset – West Hollywood, CA (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Valet park your car.  Celebrity sighting in the driveway: Danny Masterson from “That 70’s Show” valet parking his car in front of me.

Here’s the view of the Lobby as you enter:

Standard Hotel on Sunset - West Hollywood, CA (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Standard Hotel on Sunset – West Hollywood, CA (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

The “Belly-Button” art and the reverse view of the Lobby:

Standard Hotel on Sunset - West Hollywood, CA (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Standard Hotel on Sunset – West Hollywood, CA (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

I didn’t want to sit in the low couch seating in the Lobby, so I waited in The Cactus Bar (this pic is from the other night).

Standard Hotel on Sunset - West Hollywood, CA (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Standard Hotel on Sunset – West Hollywood, CA (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

People were having Lunch on the Patio (it’s a beautiful day!) and other people were laying out and enjoying the sun by the pool.  And they have two TeePee Tents (cabanas that are available for rent) and a ping pong table for extra fun.

Standard Hotel on Sunset - West Hollywood, CA (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Standard Hotel on Sunset – West Hollywood, CA (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

At night the patio is a popular spot for cocktails and the restaurant is always busy late night. (this next pic is also from the other night)

Standard Hotel on Sunset - West Hollywood, CA (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Standard Hotel on Sunset – West Hollywood, CA (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

While I was waiting I did a quick recon.  I knew she was from the valley, because she had “818” tattooed on her exposed thigh:

Standard Hotel on Sunset - West Hollywood, CA (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Standard Hotel on Sunset – West Hollywood, CA (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

I met and had lunch with three of the hotel managers.  We decided to lunch inside at the Standard Restaurant (OPEN 24/7), which serves very good, simple comfort food.  It’s a great menu and the kitchen services the restaurant, the patio and the 24 hour room service.

We shared delicious BBQ Pork Sliders and (HOT) Shrimp Egg Rolls appetizers to start.

Standard Hotel on Sunset - West Hollywood, CA (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Standard Hotel on Sunset – West Hollywood, CA (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Standard Hotel on Sunset - West Hollywood, CA (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Standard Hotel on Sunset – West Hollywood, CA (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

I had a coke and half of the Pizza of the Day: BBQ Chicken and it was VERY GOOD!  I had the other half packed to go.

Standard Hotel on Sunset - West Hollywood, CA (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Standard Hotel on Sunset – West Hollywood, CA (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

They had salads and offered me coffee and dessert, but I decided to be good and skipped the caffeine and sugar.  We had a great conversation and they told me all about the hotel.  After lunch we took a tour of the property and I looked at the different rooms.  I didn’t take pictures of the rooms so go to the Standard Hotel’s website to see them and the restaurant interior.

The panoramic view of Los Angeles from a Large Pool Room balcony is one of the most requested features:

Standard Hotel on Sunset - West Hollywood, CA (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Standard Hotel on Sunset – West Hollywood, CA (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

It’s a beautiful and unique property, in a great location, with a great view and great service.  The food was excellent and the management showed me their stuff!  It’s an Andre Belazs Hotel and the design is simple, clean and minimalist.  I would definitely recommend this hotel if you’re young, hip and and want to stay, eat or drink on the legendary Sunset Strip.  (Just not this weekend, because they’re sold out and overbooked!)

Standard Hotel on Sunset in West Hollywood: 8300 W Sunset Blvd  Los Angeles, CA 90069  (contact me at joshwilltravel@yahoo.com if you want to have lunch!)

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26-APR-13: Wai’anapanapa State Park – Maui, Hawaii

Hana, Maui

Wai'anapanapa State Park - Maui, Hawaii (copyright 2010 JoshWillTravel)

Wai’anapanapa State Park – Maui, Hawaii (copyright 2010 JoshWillTravel)

Waiʻanapanapa State Park is a 122-acre state park in Hana, Maui, Hawaii. It is located at the end of Waiʻanapanapa Road off Hana Highway, 53 miles east of Kahului.

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Skiing with Dad – Park City, Utah

Skiing with Dad – Park City, Utah – early 1980’s
Turn on the “way back machine” for a “blast from the past”!

Skiing with Dad - Park City, Utah (copyright 2010 JoshWillTravel)

Skiing with Dad – Park City, Utah (copyright 2010 JoshWillTravel)

 

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24-APR-13: Fab Dinner in Hollywood!

Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Mixer at Fabiolus! (at Sunset & Vine)

Fabiolus, Cucina Italiana Verona - Hollywood, California (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Fabiolus Cucina Italiana Verona – Hollywood, CA (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Caeser salad, italian bread, dijon chicken, penne in vodka sauce, margarite pizza and a beer (and it was all “on the house”, THANK YOU FABIO!)

Fabiolus Cucina Italiana Verona – 6270 Sunset Blvd in Hollywood (east of Vine) valet park or park in the rear, enter on Leland Way.

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Lunch at Cafe Bizou in Sherman Oaks

Jenny from China Air and I had lunch at Cafe Bizou in Sherman Oaks on Friday afternoon.

Cafe Bizou in Sherman Oaks (copyright 2012 JoshWillTravel)

Cafe Bizou in Sherman Oaks (copyright 2012 JoshWillTravel)

CAFE BIZOU, Sherman Oaks
14016 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks, CA 91423  (818) 788-3536

This is a fantastic place to meet and eat for Lunch, Dinner or Brunch!  They have great food and the price is reasonable.  You also have the option of adding soup or salad for just a dollar, and they have special ONLY $2.00 corkage fee!  It’s always pretty busy, so advanced reservation are usually required.  The bar/waiting area is pretty small and gets very crowded at peak times.  The dining area is spacious and very nice, it’s like having dinner in someone’s home.  Not too loud and not too crowded.  The waitstaff is very professional and the service is usually very good, if not excellent.

It wasn’t crowded on Friday for lunch and metered street parking was available in front of the restaurant.  They do have valet parking, because usually street parking is difficult.  I met Jenny from China Air in front and we were seated without delay.

We started by sharing a wonderful sesame seared Ahi Tuna appetizer.

Seared sesame ahi tuna and side salad

Seared sesame ahi tuna appetizer and side salad

I had the steak sandwich with fries and a side salad.

steak sandwich and fries

steak sandwich and fries

Jenny had the grilled salmon salad.

grilled salmon salad

grilled salmon salad

And we shared an order of vanilla ice cream filled profiterols covered in chocolate sauce for dessert.

Profiterols - filled with ice cream

Profiterols – filled with vanilla ice cream and covered in chocolate sauce

It was a great lunch!  Thank you China Airlines!

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23-APR-13: Staples Center – Playoff Time!

Staples Center, view from a luxury event box:

Staples Center - view from above (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Staples Center – view from above (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Watching the floor crew as they lay the “playoffs” decal on the parquet floor.

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