The jet lag had us up bright and early and ready to take on the day. First on the agenda was breakfast. We headed to a restaurant called Patrick’s Roadhouse. This place looks like a sort of tacky place you would just drive past. But I had heard good things about it so we said we’d give it a try. I ordered belgian chocolate chip pancakes with eggs and bacon. The portion was huge! It was really good 🙂 I loved the interior of the restaurant – I wish I had taken some more pictures inside! It’s a really quirky place and I hear it’s a favourite of Arnold Schwarzenegger, who has his own seat there, and people such as Tom Cruise, Bill Clinton and Julia Roberts have stopped by (sadly not when we were there)!
After breakfast, we drove to Hollywood and took a tour of The Dolby Theatre, which is where the Oscars are held. This was my third time in L.A. and I had actually done this tour before but this time it was 10 times better! We got to learn all about what goes on behind the scenes of the Oscars, from the beginning of the red carpet, to when the stars are ushered out after the show with their coffee! I guess it’s after this is then the party really starts! We got to walk out on to the stage, take a selfie like Ellen, sit in Leonardo diCaprio’s seat, go in to the host’s dressing room, and walk down the route of the winners. It was a really fun tour and I’d recommend it if you like to see behind the scenes.
We strolled around the Hollywood & Highland shopping mall for a little before attending Jimmy Kimmel Live. If you’ve read my October Highlights post, you’ll know that I actually managed to snatch tickets to this show twice when they were filming in Brooklyn, so I was excited to get to see my friend Jimmy again! It was really interesting to compare the taping of the show in Hollywood with the taping of the show in Brooklyn. The venue was a lot smaller in Hollywood! This meant we had a really good view. When I was in Brooklyn, we were seated up in the top tier of the theatre and the view wasn’t great! Rob Lowe and Chloe Bennett were the guests on the show. It was a long process because you have to queue for a while before it starts and then they have some warm up guys on but it was a good experience. (You can watch the show from May 4th and you will see us in the audience)
We went back to Santa Monica to get some tacos but I wouldn’t recommend the place we went to. Trying to find our car afterwards was an experience! If you’re ever parking in Santa Monica, note the number & location of the car park because they all look identical! It may or may not have taken us three wrong ones to find the right one. . .