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A Typical Day is More Fun in L.A.

Cross at Placita Olvera


A Typical Day is More Fun in L.A.

I was born and raised in Southern California, and there is no where else in the U.S. that I would rather live.

Like 2Pac said,
“To live and die in LA, it’s the place to be
You’ve got to be there to know it, what everybody wanna see”

Los Angeles historical monument - Living Mi Vida Loca (photo credit: Pattie Cordova)

Los Angeles is everything to everyone. It is so full of culture, diversity, arts, music, food, entertainment, etc. that you can really find everything that you’ve been looking for here. And it all started with 11 families that migrated here from Sinaloa and Sonora, Mexico.

Los Pobladores

The placket above lists the founders of the city of El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Ángeles del Río de Porciúncula (L.A. for short). The list includes the names, genders and ages of all the members in the 11 families. You can find it in “La Placita Olvera” on Olvera Street – the oldest part of Downtown Los Angeles. “La Placita Olvera” also houses the first firehouse (no longer in operation), the Chinese American museum, the oldest house, Adobe Avila, and really good and authentic Mexican food.

Rodolfo's Restaurant at Placita Olvera

If you do stop on by, I highly recommend getting the Cafe de Olla at Cafe de Camacho. I drink my coffee black, and I love the flavor in this fresh roasted coffee with a touch of piloncillo (Mexican unrefined brown sugar). This is easily a day trip that will take you back to Old Mexico.

Placita Olvera Los Angeles - Living Mi Vida Loca (photo credit: Pattie Cordova)

If you’re looking for a more star-studded experience, you are likely to run into it any day of the week in Los Angeles. My favorite scenes are the red carpet events because you get that personal experience with the stars, including pictures and interviews. You also get to ask questions like, “who are you wearing today?”

Let It Shine Red Carpet Event

You can even do good deeds right next to stars! Super stars like Esai Morales (one of my favs) who volunteer to clean up the L.A. River. will have you feeling like an L.A. native in no time.

Esai Morales cleans up LA River

And after you’re doing working and volunteering, you can go out to a rooftop party – in a strapless dress because the weather is very cooperative in Los Angeles.

Latina COVERGIRL party

Or maybe catch a backstage show with a hot star like Demi Lovato.

Demi Lovato sings backstage

Maybe even a basketball game? And because you are in Los Angeles, you HAVE to cheer the L.A. Lakers (second choice is the Clippers). Tickets to a Lakers game also makes for a super experience (and you know Jack Nicholson will be there!).

I love L.A., it’s priceless and I’ll take it any day of the week. You never know who you’ll see, what you’ll find and what you’ll experience when you step into the city. MasterCard knows this too so they have been working hard at providing you a great assortment of deals and experiences. The Priceless program  offers valuable experiences for those visiting Los Angeles, Chicago or New York.

p.s. You’ll never tire of views like this while you wait in L.A. traffic.

[disclaim]This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias®  and MasterCard. All opinions and photographs are my own.[/disclaim]

Pattie Cordova is founder of Cordova Media Group, LLC, a boutique social media consulting firm that develops and creates social media strategies for businesses. She manages and is EIC for LMVL SoCal. In her spare time (what little there is LOL) she enjoys working out, hanging out with her family (two chiclets and a Hubster) and traveling.



  1. Yolanda

    January 1, 2013 at 4:47 am

    Love your historical references :)<br /><br />…we do live an in awesome city!

  2. Jamie

    January 1, 2013 at 12:06 am

    Great post Pattie and way to put in where LA was originated from =)

    • Pattie Cordova

      January 1, 2013 at 12:09 am

      Thanks Jamie! Off to read yours 🙂

  3. Someday I'll Learn

    January 1, 2013 at 12:45 am

    I love this history here! So neat!

    • Pattie Cordova

      January 1, 2013 at 1:22 am

      I loved being at La Placita Olvera. You could feel all the history.

  4. Tami Marie

    January 1, 2013 at 4:54 am

    I&#39;ve never been…your post makes me want to visit that much more. It&#39;s on my Bucket List. Hopefully, one day. 🙂

    • Pattie Cordova

      January 1, 2013 at 5:30 am

      I hope you can come out one day! You&#39;ll love it.

  5. Stefani @

    January 1, 2013 at 10:25 am

    I used to say that I was glad that I live in Northern California. I am now wishing that I lived more towards your area since there is so much to see and do!

  6. Crunchy Frugalista

    January 1, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    I have never been to LA, but used to live in NoCal for about 3 years. I do miss Cali!

  7. Pam

    January 1, 2013 at 3:02 pm

    I have never been to LA but have always wanted to visit!

  8. East9thStreet

    January 1, 2013 at 3:30 pm

    Great, you&#39;ve made me what to visit LA, something I thought I would never say! Great way to showcase your city!

  9. AdventuresFrugalMom

    January 1, 2013 at 6:37 pm

    wow sounds like this a great place to visit. Unfortunately I live on the East Coast and don&#39;t think that I will be making it that way anytime soon.

  10. Jennifer Comet Wagner

    January 1, 2013 at 7:13 pm

    Isn&#39;t it great to love where you are living. Five years ago we moved back into Manhattan after living in the suburbs for many years. I couldn&#39;t be happier.

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