11 Jul A Flight Attendant’s Favorite Places In LA
I think back to an episode of Seinfeld when Jerry starts dating a massage therapist in hopes of getting some great back rubs in her down time. Unfortunately for him she did not like to bring her work home. This is the case in many professions. Most of us like to leave work at work. I say most because this isn’t the case for me and many of my colleagues in the aviation industry.
by Flight Attendant Laura Ricketts
Five years ago I never thought being a flight attendant was in my cards. Being paid to travel is such a luxury and I’m thankful for all the memories and priceless experiences I’ve had. The fun and glamour starts when work is done because of the wonderful perks we get in the travel world. I live by these words “locals know best”. I have been lucky enough to meet a friendly stranger or make a true friend in every city I have had the pleasure of visiting. They always point me in the right direction of great eats and local hot spots.
My favorite place in the world to visit is Los Angeles. My home away from home. To me LA really is the city of dreams. This city is filled with all types of people from everywhere. There are a lot of creative juices flowing from entrepreneurs and artists, big business and big stars. The lifestyle in LA is what sets it apart from anywhere I’ve ever been.
There are three neighborhoods I always find myself in – West Hollywood, Santa Monica and Beverly Hills. I can spend hours checking out my favorite stores at 3rd Street Promenade, and afterwards sitting on the sunny patio of True Food Kitchen. The Bungalows at the Fairmont is amazing to watch the sunset with some casual beverages and snacks. When I want to go posh, the roof top at the Huntley hotel has great views and a fabulous dinner.
Now on to West Hollywood (WeHo). This is where I stay when I come to LA. Lucky for me my best friend loves LA as much as I do so she moved here and has an open door policy for me, for which I can’t thank her enough. If you are a member of Soho House I’m jealous. If not, and you get an invitation, take it. I promise, the panoramic patio will blow your mind. If you like hot spots with a great looking, trendy crowd you’ll love Laurel Hardware. This place is rammed and rightfully so. There’s a great mix of small plates, full dinner or just drinks. If I feel like Japanese, Katana comes to mind. I love trying a little of everything without committing to a full size entrée. Probably the best Japanese I’ve had so far in LA.
If you enjoy a little seclusion, a great view and interaction with horses I highly recommend Sunset Ranch. They offer different packages so get those cowboy boots on and enjoy the ride! The more time I spend in LA, the more and more I fantasize about making the move. I still have way more to see, do and eat in LA and I know I really have just scratched the surface of what this wonderful city has to offer. Stay tuned for more from an outsider’s perspective. If you want to keep better track of what I’m up to, I’m an open book on Instagram.