You Can Take the Girl Out of LA but ……….

I am a LA girl deep down inside. I love the Dodgers, Dodger Stadium, Tommy’s, Griffith Park, the Hollywood Bowl, Travel Town, Giamella’s, Porto’s, the Smoke House, Damon’s, and so much more.

I grew up in LA. Burbank to be exact. Say what you want about Los Angeles but there is just something about it. It is a pretty exciting place to be. Ed and I headed up there on Saturday to see Billy Joel at Dodger Stadium. Pretty awesome. Billy Joel! Dodger Stadium!

Our first stop was at Philippe the Original for french dip sandwiches. If you have been to LA and have visited them, you need to! There is nothing like a french dip from Philippe’s.

Philippe’s is an LA institution. They have been in business since 1908. The french dip sandwich was invented by Philippe Mathieu. According to Philippe’s website, “One day in 1918, while making a sandwich, Mathieu inadvertently dropped the sliced french roll into the roasting pan filled with juice still hot from the oven. The patron, a policeman, said he would take the sandwich anyway and returned the next day with some friends asking for more dipped sandwiches. And so was born the “French Dipped Sandwich,” so called either because of Mathieu’s French heritage, the French roll the sandwich is made on or because the officer’s name was French. The answer is lost to history.”

Our next stop was in my hometown. Burbank. Yes, Beautiful Downtown Burbank. It has changed so much since I grew up there but one thing that has not changed is the tea cakes from Martino’s Bakery. Yes, they have changed their location but it is still the Martino’s I love.

How do you describe a Martino’s tea cake? Well, if you are from Burbank you know exactly what one tastes like. I can’t describe it any other way than, “tea cake.” It is a honey-y, cake-y, maybe a tinge of citrus flavor that is so so good. Especially with a cup of coffee. When I was a child every Girl Scout meeting, every PTA meeting, every Woman’s Club Tea had them.

Martino’s also has other amazing baked goods but if you go there, you must try a tea cake. (Or a dozen!)

Last stop of the day was Dodger Stadium. Let me tell you. If there is one place that reminds me of my childhood it is Dodger Stadium. I spent many a warm summer night there with my dad and my brothers watching my Dodgers play. Love them!

The reason we were there at Dodger Stadium was to see the Billy Joel concert. He did not disappoint. What a great venue for him to perform at! He sang for over two hours. He also had two surprise guests for us. First Pink came up and sang with him. She has such a great voice. Then a little later Axl Rose came up and he and Billy did a cover of Highway to Hell. The best part of my night was seeing my sweet Bible study friend rocking out to it! Amazing concert. And Dodger Stadium.

All in all, it was a great LA day. A little bit of a trip down memory lane, a little childhood food, and a little rock and roll.