our first night on LA we walked a few blocks from our hotel and landed at the Daily Grill. lights were low, jazzy music, and my dinner of mahi mahi with fresh grilled vegetables really hit the spot.
the next day we decided to head down to Melrose for some shopping. we had all been up since at least 6 am, so when we arrived on Melrose the shops had yet to open. we caught some breakfast at Blu Jam Cafe, which has been voted best breakfast in LA by several city guides. it was deliciously fresh and our server was great and gave us some leads on good thrift stores to hit up. American Vintage was a fun spot, yet i didn't find quite what i was looking for there. many blocks and many shopping bags later we were happy with our finds (though i could have kept shopping for hours) and headed back downtown.