I was so excited to get a sneak peek into the newly renovated Griffith Observatory. And since I didn't want to go solo, I called a few friends whom I knew would be just as thrilled as me to come with me.
It was a beautiful LA afternoon as we boarded our chartered shuttle bus up to the Observatory. And we were greeted by Councilman Tom LaBonge who welcomed us to the historic landmark with a few charming Hollywood stories.
Like little kids on a field trip, we hurriedly rushed past the crowd around a docent-led discussion to get down the stairs to check out what was new. Into the new Depths of Space exhibit area, we found most of the beloved planetary scales working but were a little disappointed with a lot of the unfinished exhibit displays.
We were happy to find the swinging pendulum still there, (just without its pegs that day). And of course, the beautiful views from the Observatory were just like I remembered them to be - absolutely breathtaking as the bright orange hues of the sun set beneath the distant Hollywood hills.
After a good hour and a half of our touring and reminiscing our high school days, we were all famished and drove out to Tangier Restaurant for some good eats. The parking on Hillhurst proved to be difficult at around 6:30pm so I valeted my Hybrid for $5 in their small restaurant lot.
The inside of Tangier was pretty dark and empty so we got our pick of tables. We chose to sit by the street window to do a little people watching with our dinner. We ordered a bottle of Sterling Merlot among the three of us to get us started with our night out on the town. I ordered the French Onion Soup [$8.99, pictured above] while CLB and TW shared the Tomato Bisque Soup [$7.50]. The soup hit just the right spot on that chilly evening with lots of cheese goodness and sweet carmelized onions. Both CLB and TW ordered the Ruby Murray Chicken Curry [$13.95, pictured above]. The curry was mild and went well with the basmati rice.
But one bite of the Miso Glazed Black Cod [$23.95], and I knew that it was one of their signature dinner items - the kind that brings people coming back for more. Sweet, tender bites of white fish melted in the mouth like butter, and was so delicious that I ate my entire plate - including wasabi mashed potatoes and baby bok choy.
With good food, great company, and an amazingly gorgeous view of the city, dinner and a date up to the Griffith Observatory can never be wrong.
street: 2800 East Observatory Road | Los Angeles, CA | 90027
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC ON NOV. 3, 2006. MAKE RSVP TODAY!
street: 2138 Hillhurst Ave | Los Angeles, CA | 90027