Yo-Yo Ma and Dinner at the Patina Rooftop Grill at the Hollywood Bowl!

Yo-Yo Ma and Dinner at the Patina Rooftop Grill at the Hollywood Bowl!

Yo-Yo Ma at the Hollywood Bowl (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Yo-Yo Ma at the Hollywood Bowl (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Another Thursday night concert at the Hollywood Bowl on a beautiful summer evening in Los Angeles! The staycation-vacation continues!

5:45pm Arrive at the Bowl and pay $18 to stack park the car in the “B” lot on the hill.

Yo-Yo Ma at the Hollywood Bowl (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Yo-Yo Ma at the Hollywood Bowl – Auto $18 stack parking (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Yo-Yo Ma at the Hollywood Bowl (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Yo-Yo Ma at the Hollywood Bowl (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Very early! We had a 6pm dinner reservation at Patina Rooftop Grill, so we were allowed in  before they opened the house to the public.  I took a couple pictures of the empty Bowl:

Yo-Yo Ma at the Hollywood Bowl (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Yo-Yo Ma at the Hollywood Bowl – empty house before opening (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Yo-Yo Ma at the Hollywood Bowl (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Yo-Yo Ma at the Hollywood Bowl – empty house before opening (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

And after dinner, I took this pic of the Bowl filling with people from the same spot:

Yo-Yo Ma at the Hollywood Bowl (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Yo-Yo Ma at the Hollywood Bowl (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Dinner at Patina Rooftop Grill

Dining al fresco on the open air patio is a real treat at the Hollywood Bowl.

 

Yo-Yo Ma at the Hollywood Bowl (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Dining al Fresco at Patina Rooftop Grill at the Hollywood Bowl (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Yo-Yo Ma at the Hollywood Bowl (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Patina Rooftop Grill at the Hollywood Bowl (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Yo-Yo Ma at the Hollywood Bowl (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Dinner at Patina Rooftop Grill at the Hollywood Bowl (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

On The Menu: Ahi tuna poke, caesar salad, bread & butter, BBQ grilled shrimp, Tillamook mac’n’cheese, classic cheesecake with berries and whipped cream, a coke, and a double espresso. (Made steak the night before and had a steak sandwich for breakfast, so I went with the tuna and shrimp starters and mac’n’cheese side instead of the steak entree.

Yo-Yo Ma at the Hollywood Bowl (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Ahi Tuna Poke at Patina Rooftop Grill at the Hollywood Bowl (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Yo-Yo Ma at the Hollywood Bowl (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Caesar Salad at Patina Rooftop Grill at the Hollywood Bowl (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Yo-Yo Ma at the Hollywood Bowl (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

BBQ Grilled Shrimp at the Rooftop Grill at the Hollywood Bowl (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Yo-Yo Ma at the Hollywood Bowl (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Ribeye Steak at Patina Rooftop Grill at the Hollywood Bowl (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Yo-Yo Ma at the Hollywood Bowl (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

House Wines at Patina Rooftop Grill at the Hollywood Bowl (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Yo-Yo Ma at the Hollywood Bowl (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Dessert! Classic Cheesecake with berries, whipped cream, and a double espresso (not pictured) at the Patina Rooftop Grill at the Hollywood Bowl  (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

7:45pm Dinner completed. Time to find our seats for the show!

Yo-Yo Ma at the Hollywood Bowl (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Showtime! Yo-Yo Ma at the Hollywood Bowl (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

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Picnic at Sunset at the Hollywood Bowl

Picnic at Sunset at the Hollywood Bowl

Picnic at Sunset at the Hollywood Bowl (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Picnic at Sunset at the Hollywood Bowl (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

There’s a blog under construction: “Yo-Yo Ma and Dinner at the Hollywood Bowl”, thing is it’s not ready yet….so here’s a pic I never shared from “Hair!” at the Hollywood Bowl.

Top of the Bowl, all the way up, there’s a lovely picnic area with a great view!

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Beethoven at the Hollywood Bowl! Box Seats! Life is Good!

We went to the Hollywood Bowl again last night! – Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Hollywood Bowl (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Hollywood Bowl – sign on the hill (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Hollywood Bowl (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Hollywood Bowl – entrance and box office (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Hollywood Bowl (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Hollywood Bowl – Bowl Store (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Hollywood Bowl (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Hollywood Bowl – Search and Turnstyle (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Hollywood Bowl (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Hollywood Bowl – escalator going up (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Hollywood Bowl (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Hollywood Bowl – dining al fresco on the patio (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Hollywood Bowl (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Hollywood Bowl – are you ready for some Beethoven? (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

It was a warm Los Angeles summer evening, and after enjoying a wonderful middle eastern picnic and a little red wine:

On The Menu: Shwarma sandwich (pita stuffed with lamb/turkey meat, rice, hummus, taboule, avocado, tahini and spicy sauce), baby carrots, celery, cheese & crackers, watermelon, strawberries, cherries, red grapes, white peach slices, coke and red wine.

Hollywood Bowl (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Hollywood Bowl – picnic dinner (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

I sat in my Box Seat listening to Gustavo Dudamel conduct the L.A. Philharmonic through  Beethoven’s Concerto in C Major for Violin, Cello and Piano and then the 5th Symphony. The Capucon brothers and Jean-Yves Thibaudet were tremendous! And from the opening notes of the 5th, it was a robust and wonderful rendition of one of Ludwig’s finest.

Hollywood Bowl (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Hollywood Bowl – warm summer night (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Hollywood Bowl (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Hollywood Bowl – the program and ticket (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

And while sitting there enjoying the concert, relaxed, fully sated and comfortably entertained, I gave thanks for my good fortune and the fact that no one was shooting rockets at me, and thought “Life is good.”

Hollywood Bowl (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Hollywood Bowl – Behave yourself, you’ve been warned! (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Don’t you wish this happened in everyday real life? People might behave better…

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Hollywood Bowl (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Hollywood Bowl Parking – going home (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

 

Hollywood Bowl with Joshua Bell & Friends!

Hollywood Bowl with Joshua Bell & Friends!

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Tuesday night in Los Angeles? How about a concert at the Hollywood Bowl?

Hollywood Bowl (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Hollywood Bowl (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Hollywood Bowl (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Hollywood Bowl (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Arrive Very Early! Get parking or take the Shuttle, Allow plenty of time and avoid the rush. Don’t be the latecomer just starting your picnic when the concert starts! Proper Hollywood Bowl etiquette is FINISH your dinner BEFORE the start of the show!

Hollywood Bowl (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Hollywood Bowl (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

We had Box Seats and brought a picnic dinner. The boxes are nice because they provide a fold-down table for dining which they will remove before the concert begins. Two things about dining in the box: you’ll be at a different level than your table partner because of the raked theater seating and the boxes are tight and a little close quarters. It can be difficult to maneuver, but the canvas seats in the boxes are so much better than the benches (even with a cushion). Note: They recently replaced all the old wood benches with new stadium benches, and there are also a couple non-box sections with stadium seating.

The Hollywood Bowl is fully accessible for guests with special needs, just be aware of the steep hillside terrain and large crowds that can at times be difficult to navigate.

The best dining option at the Hollywood Bowl is to bring your own picnic dinner. They even let you bring wine, beer, and other beverages for the classical concerts, but you should always check because they have restriction and are pretty strict about them at the rock and family events, and at big events where they are selling alcohol.

They also have a sit down outdoor patio restaurant, Patina at the Bowl, but you’ll need a reservation in advance! And they have concession stands that serve overpriced snack food and drinks, alcohol service varies.

TIP: You can park and picnic at the Ford Theatre across Highland when they don’t have a conflicting event. Or, the best place to picnic is at the top of the Bowl! Ride the escalators all the way up to the picnic area with tables, benches, and a great view of the city. Seating is first come, first served so arrive early and allow time for parking, walking and dining!

ON THE MENU: Lamb/Turkey Shwarma, rice, hummus, tabouli, falafel, pita bread, tahini and hot sauce, baby carrots, avocado, string cheese, sweet potato tortilla chips, cherries, an apple, Hershey’s chocolate bar, red wine, Pellegrino water, and a coke.

Picnic at the Hollywood Bowl (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Picnic at the Hollywood Bowl (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

We like to bring too much food and take home the leftovers. It’s also nice because you can share your food with total strangers while you picnic. We ordered dinner from California Mediterranean Cafe and packed the sides, dessert and beverages from home. As I mentioned dining in the box can be difficult, but after going to the Bowl for years, it’s a practiced affair. Dinner was good. I was hungry. We finished eating, and put the food away.  They took away the garbage and the folding tables as the orchestra was tuning up.

Every show at the Hollywood Bowl begins with “The Star Spangled Banner”, and it’s okay to sing along, most people do it badly…

Hollywood Bowl (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Moon Over the Hollywood Bowl – “The Star Spangled Banner” (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Hollywood Bowl (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Singing “The Star Spangled Banner” at the Hollywood Bowl (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

The program was Joshua Bell & Friends:

Hollywood Bowl (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Hollywood Bowl (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

The weather was perfect. Not hot, nice breeze, not too cold. Perfect. The concert was good. A little too much “slow sleepy music” and not enough flourish on the pieces. The L.A. Philharmonic Orchestra is always great! The choice of the pieces and the flow of the show was a little “jerky”. Glenn Close singing two of the pieces was a nice touch, the Eleanor Rigby with Frankie Moreno from Vegas was different but very entertaining, and the quartet with Joshua Bell and Time for Three was just plain cool. The classical pieces were played and conducted well and the concert was very enjoyable.

Hollywood Bowl (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra at the Hollywood Bowl (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

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Hollywood Bowl (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Going Home at the Hollywood Bowl (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)