Timing is Everything
That's right. We went to a live taping of the Tonight Show with Jay Leno. How? Because it was PLANNED! We tried for Ellen's show too, but for that you need to start booking tickets online 6 months in advance...
Before we went to the taping in Burbank, we spent the morning in our inn's backyard; the Griffith Park! We went up Beachwood Canyon Drive (where Charlie Chaplin used to live) to see the Hollywood sign. This is the closest you can view the sign from and it was quite an adventure trying to get a photo with it while standing in the middle of the road. xD The roads get really narrow and start winding when you go higher up the Hollywood Hills. A lot of cute houses up there as is common around all of Los Angeles it seems.
Photo op completed and we were up the hills to get a view of the city from above and the world famous Griffith Observatory. Unfortunately, we were too early this time to go inside the observatory. Could have waited one hour more, but could not risk missing the Jay Leno taping. So we headed back to the inn to change into our pretty little dresses because we planned on going out for dinner right after.
Scared that we might not get in (tickets do not guarantee seats...), we arrived too early. xD Having time on our hands we decided to go shopping and enjoy some bubble tea or boba as the rest of the world apparently calls it. When we headed back to NBC studios, we found ourselves cursing because FREE parking was hard to find and just when we found a spot, a car full of *ssholes stole it from us when we were signalling for it! While wearing six inch high heels (not something I do everyday) I walked 10 minutes from the free parking spot, we thankfully found, to the now 137 people long line that had formed. After waiting, getting security clearance, and more waiting, we were finally seated for the show. Seated in the far corner...
If there'd been a musical guest then the seats would've been fine, but nope. No musical guest and all we could make out was Jay's chin in the distance and Mickey Rourke's messy hair. So while watching the plasma screens overhead, we did our work of clapping loudly, cheering incessantly, and laughing uncontrollably even though no one had said a joke. Nothing is free and all this clapping proved it.
*my poor little red hands*
No cameras were allowed, so I have nothing to show but the Leno sign. Overall, experiecing a live taping was quite interesting and has prepared us better for next time. Because next time it'll be Ellen's show!
The Best Sushi Ever!
Los Angeles is a world renowned city and has everything you could imagine, sushi included. When you're in the city of glamour and glitz, you want to pretend to be a part of it too. Having reserved seats beforehand at the famous Katsuya Hollywood restaurant, we made our way inside surrounded by tall, beautiful, and model-like waiters.
Upon entrance we were greeted by all the employees shouting something-asai (some sort of Japanese greeting I could not make out) and seated right by the centre where the chefs were busy preparing seafood delicacies. The atmosphere was chatty, lights were low, and customers were pouring in every 5 minutes.
Now even though you pretend to be rich, you can't keep the act up long when you're looking at a menu where the prices range from $40 to $100... Pooling our money together, we decided to each spend $40 so that we could try the Chef's specialties and the combination plate.
If I had all the money in the world then I'm telling you, I would ALWAYS order Katsuya specialties for lunch! My mouth stills waters when I think about the food there. *drool* If you happen to be in a city where there's a Katsuya, I absolutely recommend you go. It's one of the more affordable celebrity restaurants and make sure to purchase the chef's specialties because you can get your California rolls anywhere.
Still hungry after finishing 8 pieces each, we went back to the Hollywood & Highland Center for some afforable eats and munched away while watching the live taping of a strange show called "How do I look?" Actually, more than strange, as we had thought that the show was about fashion, but instead the host asked two audience members to come up on stage and fight each other for t-shirt prizes...
That's Hollywood for you. o_O