Amoeba Music on Sunset Blvd

On January 30, 2016 at 7:00 PM I visited Amoeba Music which is the world’s largest independent record store and is located on the bustling strip of Sunset Blvd in Hollywood, California. Amoeba Music is an icon in Hollywood and is truly reflective of how the wide and varied cultures of Los Angeles come together … [Read more…]

Staples Center

Last season I had the privilege of attending a Lakers game at the Staples Center. As a lifelong Lakers fan this was an exciting experience for me, and the area around Staples center was incredible. The area, known as LA Live, was filled with expensive cars and beautiful buildings. The walkways leading to the Staples … [Read more…]

The Birthplace of the People

Puvungna means “the gathering place”. Today, students at CSU long beach recognize it as “that old Indian burial ground”.  The story behind it is so much more than either of these two phrases can convey. Puvungna is a large empty lot with an amazing story behind it. Years ago the Tongva people habituated this area … [Read more…]

An intimidating city

I come from a town called Stockton in Northern California. My knowledge of L.A. consists of big buildings, heavy traffic, and pollution. To me it’s just another big, intimidating, and easy to get lost in city. I’ve never thought about visiting or exploring it; it has only ever been somewhere to drive through t get … [Read more…]

Toast and Jams: The Observatory, OC

Take a moment and imagine this: You’re front row. Your hands are gripping a cold barricade keeping you a mere two feet from jumping center stage at The Observatory. Your adrenaline is pumping as you listen to the crisp melody escaping Scott McMicken’s guitar, his voice hitting every note with ease. Suddenly, a sharp pain … [Read more…]

Doodle-icious

One of my all-time favorite food places is Porto’s Bakery and Café. After originally discovering their site in Glendale, I now regularly swing by their site in Downey to stock up on Cuban sandwiches, potato balls, and raspberry macaroons. Most recently I came by on Thursday, to pick up a birthday cake for my sister. … [Read more…]

“Rock the Boat”

“Rock the Boat” provided a very enlightening view on the L.A. River and how the L.A. city and region has developed around it. Massive flooding in the 1930s ultimately led to the creation of what the L.A. River was largely seen today as: a concrete channel designed to move water and runoff as quickly as … [Read more…]