First time in L.A.? Want the local experience?

First time in L.A.? Want the local experience?

San Fernando Valley #1 (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

San Fernando Valley #1 (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

I’m going to run down the beautiful San Fernando Valley for you. Here are some attractions, Points of Interest, good restaurants, and fun things to do. This list is nowhere near complete and things are constantly changing!

Don’t say there’s nothing to do and nowhere good to eat in the San Fernando Valley! Also, you”ll probably find a celebrity sighting or three if you get lucky.

San Fernando Valley #2 (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

San Fernando Valley #2 (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Let’s start at Universal City, CA: Universal Studios Hollywood, and Universal CityWalk with lots of places to eat/drink/shop on the hill, Firenze Osteria (Fabio from “Top Chef”) Italian restaurant,

Universal CityWalk (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Universal CityWalk (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Universal CityWalk Hollywood (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Universal CityWalk Hollywood (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

North Hollywood: Television Academy, NoHo Arts District and it’s many theatre companies, The Federal Bar, Circus Liquor and the giant clown sign on Cahuenga, Los Angeles Valley College, North Hollywood Park, Tiki No Bar, Joe Peep’s Pizza, Bar One: a craft beer bar, Krua Thai restaurant,

 

Atwater Village: Atwater Village Theatre, The Village Bakery & Cafe Proof Bakery, Canele Restaurant,

Burbank: Warner Brothers Studios, Disney Studios, Burbank Media Center, Bob’s Big Boy, Johnny Carson Park, Market City Caffe Italian restaurant, Smoke House Restaurant, Burbank equestriain center, Pickwick Bowl, Colony Theatre, Ribs USA, Arnie Morton’s The Steakhouse – Burbank,

Glendale: The Americana at Brand Shopping Center, Autry Museum, Griffith Park, Forest Lawn (there are two cemeteries, one near Griffith Park and one in Glendale), Jax Bar & Grill, Griffith Park and the Observatory, Griffith Park Travel Town, Los Angeles Zoo, Tam O’Shanter restaurant, Damon’s Steak House, Mori Teppan Grill, Billy’s Deli – Glendale, (continue east on the 134 freeway to Eagle Rock and Pasadena)

Sun Valley: Hansen Dam Park, Georgio’s Pizza and Sports Bar,

Studio City: CBS Studio Center, The Village restaurant, CA DEL SOLE restaurant, Black Market Liquor Bar, Spark Woodfire Grill, Vitello’s Italian Restaurant, Loteria Grill, Du-par’s Restaurant & Bakery, Fryman Canyon, The Six Restaurant, City Wok Chinese restaurant, Henry’s Tacos, Art’s Delicatessen & Restaurant, Firefly Studio City restaurant and bar,

Spark Italian Woodfire Grill in Studio City (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Spark Italian Woodfire Grill in Studio City (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Sherman Oaks: Sherman Oaks Galleria, Sherman Oaks Castle Park, Casa Vega, Westfield Fashion Square, Smoke City Market bbq restaurant, Delmonico’s Steak and Lobster House, Café Bizou restaurant, Blu Jam Café, The Getty Center, Skirball Cultural Center, Bamboo Cuisine Chinese restaurant, Valley Inn restaurant,

Cafe Bizou in Sherman Oaks (copyright 2012 JoshWillTravel)

Cafe Bizou in Sherman Oaks (copyright 2012 JoshWillTravel)

Van Nuys: Van Nuys Courthouse and historic district, Lake Balboa Park, Puro Sabor Peruvian restaurant, Swiss Chef restaurant, Salsa And Beer Mexican restaurant (Papas &Beer), Sepulveda Recreation Center, Japanese Gardens, Woodley Avenue Park,

Lake Balboa Park - Los Angeles, California (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Lake Balboa Park – Los Angeles, California (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Encino: Encino Commons, Okumura Sushi Restaurant, Sushi Hirosuke, Larsen’s Steakhouse, Versailles Cuban restaurant, Taj Mahal Indian restaurant, Balboa Sports Center, Los Encinos State Historic Park, Benihana Japanese restaurant, Yamato’s Japanese Restaurant, Aroma Bakery Cafe, Encino Velodrome,

Oh yeah, we're gonna have sushi. Sushi at Okumura! (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Oh yeah, we’re gonna have sushi.
Sushi at Okumura! (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Tarzana/Reseda: Tarzana Village, Le Sanglier French Restaurant, Fabrocini’s Italian Kitchen, Sushi Ichiban Kan, Bea’s Bakery, Superwok Chinese restaurant, Las Fuentes Mexican restaurant, Sol y Luna Mexican restaurant,

Le Sanglier (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Le Sanglier (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Northridge: Northridge Fashion Center, California State University, Northridge (CSUN), Valley Performing Arts Center (VPAC), Pacific Theatres Winnetka 21, A & W Seafood Chinese restaurant, Brent’s Deli, Mandarin Deli Restaurant (soup dumplings), (continue northwest on the 118 freeway to Simi Valley)

 

Woodland Hills: CA: Warner Center, Westfield Topanga Mall, Yang Chow Restaurant, Roy’s Hawaiian Fusion restaurant, Pierce College: Farm Center, Arnie Morton’s The Steakhouse, My Brother’s Bar-B-Q, (continue west on the 101 freeway to Calabasas, Agoura Hills, Westlake Village and Thousand Oaks)

Drive Topanga Canyon south over the Santa Monica Mountains to Topanga State Park, Saddle Peak Lodge, and down to the Pacific Coast Highway for access to Malibu Beach,

Drive Mulholland Drive from Cahuenga Blvd to the 405 freeway at Sepulveda or vice versa. Great views of the valley day or night!

San Fernando Valley Sunset (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

San Fernando Valley Sunset (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

OTHER UNIQUE EATS (multiple locations):

In-N-Out Burger in North Hollywood, Sherman Oaks, and Woodland Hills

Katsu-ya in Encino and Studio City

Cheesecake Factory in Sherman Oaks and Woodland Hills

Cupid’s Hot Dogs in Northridge and Tarzana

Tommy’s Burgers in North Hollywood and Van Nuys

Solley’s Deli in Van Nuys and Woodland Hills, Jerry’s Deli in Studio City and Encino

Mulberry Street NY Pizzeria in Encino and Sherman Oaks

El Torito Mexican Restaurant in Sherman Oaks and Woodland Hills

Zankou Chicken in Tarzana and Sherman Oaks

Dinner at El Torito (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Dinner at El Torito in Woodland Hills, CA (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

There are numerous public and private Golf Gourses, Tennis Courts and Country Clubs in and around the valley.

The Woodland Hills Country Club (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

The Woodland Hills Country Club (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

There are also numerous city parks, bike paths, small dog parks and urban garden areas. The rehabilitation of the L.A. River is an ongoing project.

 

 

The Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area http://www.nps.gov/samo has 500 miles of trails and spans 153,075 acres, the world’s largest urban national park!

Paramount Ranch, Agoura, CA (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Paramount Ranch, Agoura, CA (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

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San Fernando Valley Sunset (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

San Fernando Valley Sunset (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

San Fernando Valley at night (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

San Fernando Valley at night (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

“What’s Up Doc?” It’s Bugs Bunny Day!

It’s Bugs Bunny Day! 

Bugs Bunny

Bugs Bunny Statue at Warner Bros Plaza in Burbank, CA (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

It’s a windy Wednesday afternoon in the beautiful San Fernando Valley. It’s the last day of April 2014, so we’re a third of the way through the year. Tempus Fugit!

I’m left wondering “wha…happened?” Where did the month go? March 31st was my last official day with the travel agency and I decided to take a little time off…

Daffy Duck

Daffy Duck Statue at Warner Bros Plaza in Burbank, CA (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

 

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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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Hangin’ at Warner Brothers in “Beautiful Downtown Burbank”

Beautiful Burbank – Hangin’ at Warner Brothers!

WB

Warner Brothers 3400 Riverside Dr, Burbank, CA (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

“What’s up Doc?”

Bugs Bunny

Warner Brothers Plaza – Warner & Avon – Bugs Bunny (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Take the Warner Brothers VIP Tour!  Contact me for details!

Daffy Duck

Warner Brothers Plaza – Warner & Avon – Daffy Duck (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Warner Brothers Records "The Rabbit Hutch" - Burbank (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Warner Brothers Records “The Rabbit Hutch” – 3300 Warner Blvd., Burbank, California (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

WB Studios Back Gate

Warner Brothers Studio Lot – Gate 5 (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Building 140 - this used to be Casting Office Central

Building 140 – Used to be Casting Office Central (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Flashback!

Flashback! Building 140 – Waiting in the Hallway (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Burbank

Beautiful Downtown Burbank (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

12-APR-13: Warner Brothers Records

Warner Brothers Records – “The Rabbit Hutch” in Burbank

I used to work in this building.  I worked in the basement, that’s where the A&R Department was located in the early 90’s, back when Lenny and Mo were in charge.

And from this building came some of the greatest music ever made!

Pic of the Day 12-APR-13: Warner Brothers Records "The Rabbit Hutch" - Burbank (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Warner Brothers Records “The Rabbit Hutch” – 3300 Warner Blvd., Burbank , CA (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Warner Brothers Records Inc. is the foundation label of the present-day Warner Music Group, and now operates as a subsidiary of that corporation. It maintains a close relationship with its former parent, Warner Brothers Pictures, although the two companies are independently owned.  Warner Brothers Records was originally established in 1958 and for most of its existence it was a record label owned and operated by larger parent corporations. A sequence of companies controlled Warner Brothers and its allied labels, from the early 60s to the early 2000s. Over this period, Warner Brothers Records grew from a struggling minor player in the industry to become one of the top recording labels in the world.

(Read more about the history of the label at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Warner_Bros._Records)

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