Written by: Gabe Reynoso
Morning: Runyon Canyon hike (2000 N Fuller Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046) https://www.laparks.org/park/runyon-canyon
Nothing I enjoy more than being outside and exploring LA with my sons, Isaac and Lucas. You are literally off the beaten off and you cannot beat the view of LA. I was proud of my boys for completing the hike and they had tremendous sense of accomplishment standing at the top where we took some selfies, of course. Make sure to bring some water bottles and snacks.
Brunch/Lunch: The Griddle Café (7916 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046) http://www.thegriddlecafe.com/
My boys (and I) earned a big breakfast after hiking Runyon. For those who have never been to the The Griddle Café, the stories are true. The food is amazing and the pancakes are bigger and better than anything you have ever had. Definitely worth the wait. You don’t even remember the wait after you see and smell the food. I had the hash, Isaac had an omelet, and Lucas had the breakfast tacos. We decided to share a stack of pancakes. Even between the three of us, I think we finished about a quarter of the stack. Weren’t disappointed at all, had leftover pancakes the next day. And the day after.
Post-Lunch: Movie at the El Capitan Theatre (6838 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028) https://elcapitantheatre.com
Following lunch, decided to watch Mary Poppins at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood. Love watching movies here. Disney makes a concerted effort to make it a special and memorable experience. In the case of Mary Poppins Returns, the screen was flanked by cherry trees, the theatre smelled of cherry blossoms, and the lighting was cool. And the movie (like all movies at the El Capitan) was preceded by a short curtain show. Movie was amazing. Boys and I were talking about and debating our favorite movie scene(s) and song(s) as we left the theatre and walked out to Hollywood Blvd. And, of course, we pulled up the movie soundtrack the minute we got outside. Perfect ending to a great day.