Frankie Goes to Hollywood

Christian and Frankie hit all the hot spots of LA on their trip to the USA.

Los Angeles is kind of like Auckland in a way. It is sunny all year around. You can buy 1.5l of vodka for $15. It’s full of glitz and glam, and has so many amazing things to do. Plus almost every bar sells margaritas and they have happy hours with free corn chips. Oh and the Mexican food is bloody amazing.

So, in fact, it’s absolutely nothing like Auckland is it really? Hmmm….

Lucky AirNZ know how cool it is and often have crazy cheap flights on their Grab a Seat sale. In fact I got a return flight for Frankie and I for less than $800 (in economy – ewww….) but because we had the basinet seat and I had the cutest baby onboard, we got extra special treatment. Yas kweeeennn…..

Right you probably want to know what we did and where we stayed etc huh? God, always wanting something you people…


Ok so we booked into an Airbnb with an off the hook, amazing lady called Rita. What a bloody hoot she was. So full of beans and man could she talk. She is kinda like your grandma crossed with Dame Edna and Hugh Hefner. She was certainly thirsty for a young man!!! And boy did I love it.

Rita telling Frankie some dirty stories


Anyway, when Rita wasn’t subtlety suggesting sex, she was telling me about the debaucherous things that have gone before, she gave me a run down on her life story where she had to re-mortgage to survive, and found AirBnb to supplement her income. She is now thriving and happier than ever. Pretty sweet for this old doll. Anywho, you can check out her Airbnb listing below if you fancy a hell of a laugh and a beautiful studio apartment with a pool.

The Airbnb listing is Oasis Retreat with pool #4

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I chose Rita’s place as it was self contained with a kitchen to prepare Frankie’s bottles, had a pool and was in the perfect location; close to Hollywood, Melrose and The Grove. I was able to walk everywhere except Santa Monica, in which case I caught the bus (that was an adventure in itself!).

We had 4 days in LA and we managed to squeeze a lot in. Here was our To Do List for LA.

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Santa Monica Beach at sunset


Los Angeles To Do List:

  • Runyon Canyon
  • La Brea Tar Pitts
  • The Grove shopping and Markets
  • Santa Monica beach
  • Catch Restaurant – Santa Monica beach
  • Venice beach
  • Frankie goes to Hollywood
  • Chinese theatre
  • Hollywood stars
  • Hollywood Farmers Market
  • Staple centre
  • LA modern art
  • Rodeo Dr
  • Beverly Hills


We found Frankie’s future star


Restaurant and Bar Recommendations

  • Catch Bar Santa Monica (thanks Laura McGoldrick for the tip). Great views, excellent service and delicious snacks and margaritas. They also do a pretty sweet happy hour. Enter through the hotel at the back behind the beach.
  • Marix Tex Mex Cafe, WEHO Hands down the best Mexican in a lowly lit, loud and fun restaurant. Perfect for a child as they can’t be heard when crying (even though the tables are close together). Everyone is lovely and friendly, they do cheap margaritas and provide free chips and dip. The ceviche is amazing. Don’t over order like I did…
  • Basix Food & Bar, WEHO Great brunch spot. Bottomless Mimosas on Sunday. Enough said.
  • Tatsu Ramen on Melrose Sweet little spot that does take-away and eat in but be prepared to wait as there can be pretty big lines (and it’s not super worth the wait in my opinion).
  • SkyBar at the Mondrian is a mean as spot to feel like you are celebrity. The views are Ah-MAZE-balls.
  • Cafe Gratitude (Vegan) Café Gratitude is a plant-based restaurant specialising in gourmet cuisines and it is delish-iwa. It has a massive range of meals and they are all bang on.
  • The Grove Food Court (and restaurants) has a massive selection of foodcourt offerings including ice cream, sweets and pretty much any type of food you can think of. I tried Moishes Restaurant which does amazing Mediterranean food.

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