Our second day in Los Angeles started off with a hearty breakfast. We stopped by Griddle Cafe on Sunset Boulevard, but surprisingly, neither me or Michelle ordered their famous pancakes. We both settled on Eggs! The standard Eggs & Bacon (sausage for her) was all we needed to kick start a long and eventful day.
After breakfast, we drove to Warner Bros. Studio to go on a studio tour. Although there are a couple studio tours to choose from (go figure), we settled on the house that Bugs Bunny built. Some of the most iconic films ever made were shot at Warner Bros. studios. I’m a superhero fan so I was excited about going to Warner Bros., considering that Superman, Spider-Man, and the first three Batman films were shot at the studios that we visited.
First off, Warner Bros. studios is huge. It really is like a self sustaining city. They’ve got everything they need there, including a gas station and makeshift Home Depot. They’ve got medal, plastic and wood shops so that the sets can be constructed as needed. And of course, our tour guide pointed out the famous Warner Bros. water tower – you know, the same water tower that Yakko, Wakko and Dot Warner live in. If you don’t know who Yakko, Wakko and Dot Warner are, then you obviously did not grow up watching the Animaniacs!
The VIP studio tour lasted about 2.5 hours and was definitely a fun and informative experience. We saw a lot of cool stuff from movies and television shows that we both grew up loving. The only thing missing was a celebrity sighting. By the way, at the beginning of the tour they tell you the protocol for what to do if you spot a celebrity during the tour. They say that you can wave and say hello – but no pictures!
After the tour, we stopped for lunch at the closest In-N-Out Burger. I didn’t really expect In-N-Out to be very busy, considering that there are more than one location in the state. Boy, was I wrong! The parking lot was full, the drive thru was full and the inside of the restaurant was full. Once we placed our order, we had to stay vigilant for a table and seat – because there were none since they were all occupied. Eventually we got a table and were able to enjoy what many have called THE best burgers ever. I wasn’t that impressed. I mean seriously, the burgers at the Shake Shack (New York City), Hodad’s (San Diego) and even Teddy’s Bigger Burgers (Hawaii) are better than those at In-N-Out.
The next destination on our itinerary was Grauman’s Chinese Theater. This is the place where a lot of big Hollywood premieres take place and it’s also the place to go if you want to check out the Walk of Fame. We were worried a bit about where to find parking, but thanks to a tip on Yelp, we found out that we could park at the Hollywood & Highland center and get validated parking for just $2. Both the Walk of Fame and Grauman’s Chinese Theater are right outside of this mall. As expected, the area covering the Walk of Fame was littered with tourists and fake superheroes. There was, however, a very convincing Maverick/Tom Cruise look-a-like, complete with full Top Gun attire. My one regret was that I failed to take a photo with Godzilla’s star on the Walk of Fame. It’s all I’ve been thinking about since we left Hollywood & Highland.
After Grauman’s Theater, I made my pilgrimage to the Johnny Cupcakes shoppe on Melrose Avenue. For some reason, Melrose at around 5:30 pm seemed really dead – not a whole lot of people around. When we arrived at Johnny Cupcakes, we were the only ones there, though people did trickle in a bit later. The shop itself is quite small – it seemed even smaller than Johnny’s Boston shoppe on Newbury Street. The first thing that you notice is the awesome themed decor – it really does look like a trendy bake shop. Of course, I ended up picking up a couple of tees, including a mint green store exclusive. I was also stoked to find that they had the Regal Tie in stock (I got the last one).
For dinner, we brought out the inner Andrew Zimmern in us because bizzare foods we did eat! Animal Restaurant is something that both Michelle and I have been looking forward to for some time now. They are known for their unusual menu. They’ve got things like veal brain, marrow bone, chicken liver, and rabbit. In fact, those were the things that we decided to order for dinner. Let me tell you, everything was good and prepared in such a way that nothing tasted too overwhelming for the palate. I thought my gag-reflex would kick into effect as soon as the veal brain entered my mouth – but it didn’t. Everything is surprisingly tasty and delicious. I want to try as many different foods as I can. I want to expand my palate. I want to have an open mind when it comes to food. Eating at Animal proves that I am serious about doing this.
As you can tell, Day 2 has thus far been a long day. And it’s not yet over! To end the night, we headed to the Jon Lovitz Comedy Club at Universal Studios to check out Jay and Silent Bob Get Old starring Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes. I’m a big fan of the various Smodcast podcasts, so I just had to check out this show. Like I told Michelle, the show is mostly a lot of babbling, rambling, and ranting that is laced with a lot of vulgarity and sex. Boy was I not disappointed. In fact, this might have been the greatest Jay and Silent Bob Get Old episode ever considering that Jay, in an effort to help explain the anatomy of a human vagina, pulled out and stretched one of his nut sacks. Needless to say, the show did not disappoint.