Day 13: I Am…

…grateful!

I made a new friend today. Her name is Heather, and she is awesome!

I mentioned in an earlier post that my friend Chris’ sister-in-law lives out here. She was kind enough to send me a list of things to do while in LA. And when I say a list, I mean this hilarious catalog of like 50 things. Here’s just a quick sample:

32. Zankou chicken (delicious, mentioned in a Beck song, and WHAT IS EVEN HAPPENING on their wikipedia page? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zankou_Chicken).

Our email exchanges were so enjoyable I told her we had to get together at one of the places she suggested and meet in person. She came up with an even better plan….visit her at work on the Paramount Studios lot! She got me a “drive on” and gave me a tour of the campus. It was quite beautiful, and it was super fun strolling around all of the stages.

After the tour we headed to the Paramount Theatre for an employee friends and family screening of the Jungle Book. Her co-workers were super nice, and I really enjoyed the movie. Great animation if you haven’t seen it!

After the show we checked out Café Gratitude for dinner. I absolutely fell in love with the place before we even had a bite to eat. The menu was inspiring listing a big “I AM…” at the top with every menu choice labeled a different positive adjective below. The waiter was super helpful in helping me decide, and after we ordered he asked us to discuss what we loved about our life. What great energy!

One of the original gates when streets still ran through the studio lot

One of the original gates when streets still ran through the studio lot

The Wishing Gate! If you touch the gate and make a wish it comes true!

The Wishing Gate! If you touch the gate and make a wish it comes true!

Production Park

Production Park

Each stage has a plaque showing what's been filmed in that particular building.

Each stage has a plaque showing what’s been filmed in that particular building

Blue Sky Tank. This is a parking lot they fill up with water to do boat scenes!

Blue Sky Tank was my favorite part of the tour. It’s a slanted parking lot they fill up with water to do boat scenes with a sky backdrop!

New York on the Paramount lot.

New York on the Paramount lot.

Movie night at Paramount Theatre

Movie night at Paramount Theatre

I highly recommend going to Cafe Gratitude, even if it's just to read the menu!

I highly recommend going to Cafe Gratitude, even if it’s just to read the menu!

Feeling the positive energy after a great meal with Heather

Feeling the positive energy after a great meal with Heather

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