I finished with work around noon, and had made plans for lunch with the fabulous Suzy Soro from Hollywood: Where HOT Comes to Die! I figured she would be passed out from hunger in the 90 minutes it would take to drive across town and pick her up but, in what must have been a record of some kind, my driver managed to make the trip from LAX to the Hollywood Hills in under 40 minutes!
Once Suzy was on-board, we made our way to the Hollywood dining institution of Pink's for hot dogs...
The line never seems to drop below a 20-minute wait at Pinks any time of day.
Liz over at Everyday Goddess had told me that they served a veggie dog, and I was anxious to try it out...
My Patt Morrison Baja Veggie Dog, Suzy's Chili Dog, and a Martha Stewart Dog for our driver.
After getting our driver his hot dog, we grabbed a table inside to eat. Then, as if by magic, I look up and there was Betty White! Well, not actually Betty White, but an autographed photo... right between Nelly and Eduardo Arroyuelo...
I love Betty! Betty White totally kicks ass!
My "Patt Morrison Baja Veggie Dog" was covered in really good guacamole, then smothered in chopped tomatoes & onions and tasted fantastic! I'm going to have to try making them myself when I get back home.
After lunch we went up to the Hollywood Walk of Fame so we could say hello to Catherine, then went star searching...
KHAN! KHAN! KHAAAAAAAAN!
We also ran across this totally sweet puppy. I wanted to put him in my pocket and take home...
Yeah, it doesn't get much cuter than that.
Once I had bought a crappy (and totally inaccurate) Star Map, our driver took us through Beverly Hills and down Rodeo Drive so we could see how the other half live and shop. From there Suzy and I decided to go down to Venice Beach, where the storm we've been expecting for two days was laying just off the coast. This made for some cold weather, but beautiful background scenery...
More bars in more places... Cingular is now the new AT&T.
The fabulous Ms. Soro at Venice Beach just before the rain.
Mine! Mine! Mine! Mine!
After being assaulted by every hip-hop hopeful in Los Angeles wanting us to listen to their music and buy their CD, it was time to head back. I only had the car until 6:00, and the horrendous Friday rush-hour traffic over to Hollywood and then back to LAX was going to tear through that like wet toilet paper.
And so here I am back at my hotel getting some more work done while trying to decide what I want for dinner.
I can't really decide, because all I really want is another Pink's veggie dog.
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What an adventure! I want to try Pinks…gotta see if they have turkey dogs! I am glad you got to see the rain coming off of the coast…it just started down here.
Oh and can you please go back and get that puppy for me?
Mine, Mine, Mine…. Mine.
I saw that same puppy! SOOOO unbelievable adorable, just getting the hang of walking around.
I was so excited to see you today. I loved hearing my name come from out of the blue, then seeing your big smile and wave, that just RULED and totally made my whole day. I am looking forward to seeing you tomorrow!
Can’t believe anyone would pick any hot dog but the middle one.
Even on an about-to-be-stormy day, SoCal is still so beautiful.
I love my state.
P.S. Only 11 hours to go! Not that I’m excited or anything.
Hilly… The puppy already had an owner, and I’m pretty sure I’d get my ass kicked if I tried… though I could use a good ass-kicking, that’s for sure.
Carl… Gotta love Finding Nemo!
Catherine… I was hoping to get some Mardi Gras beads thrown at me!
Wayne… Try imagining you’re a vegetarian.
SJ… Especially at the beach. Because of the weather, there was nobody on it, which made it even better!
I started reading and I was like, OMG, I hope they actually had veggie dogs! SO glad they did!
Mine! Mine! Mine! Mine! – the last picture is just so lovely with the comment 😀
I’ve been to Pink’s and that place is crazy. All your pictures are making me want to go back.
Talkin’ of Betty White, back in 88′ I was in Hollywood, & was in the audience for a new game show. Betty White was on the live show & I was in the “front-row” Sweet!
Betty White has always been my idol. I swore to Kevin when we got married (long ago) that when I start to go gray I will totally get my Betty Hair.
I love her, always have…
I never managed to make it to Pink’s when I lived there, even though I wanted to very badly. The line was always ridiculous, even at 2 or 3 in the morning!
I get the bacon chili cheese dog at Pinks. It’s a love affair.