Best of Life, Part I
The Strand at sunset is a
great time to cuddle up.
Best first date
The Hermosa Strand -
A walk on The Strand might
sound boring at first, but it actually offers a few perks that other first
date spots lack. First of all, the scenery ocean, beautiful houses and
people is hands down gorgeous. Secondly, if romantic sunsets dont make
you wince with their triteness, The Strand offers a front row view of some
of the best sunsets in the United States. Third, awkward first daters can
walk off some of that nervous energy while they talk. Fourth, The Strand
runs by a number of restaurants where the more forward dater can upgrade a
Strand walk into lunch or dinner. Finally, you have some place to run if
everything goes horribly wrong.
Runner Up: Sushi and sake bombs
If walking doesnt float your first date boat then maybe lots and lots of
drinking will. Sushi and sake bombs are the drunken mans version of a taste
of the East. Your date will immediately recognize your worldliness and if
you say anything stupid nobody will remember the next day anyway. Cynthia
Best place to act like youre still in
Hermosas Pier Plaza -
If you want to recapture the best of your
college years all you have to do is head down to Hermosa Pier.
There are drinking specials everyday, live shows, cheap greasy bar food and
screaming droves of inebriated young people.
Sangria is located at the entrance of the
Pier walkway and boasts; appropriately enough, that it offers a
great glass of Sangria. An outdoor patio, two large dance floors, DJs and
jazz bands attract large crowds. There is also live Flamenco on Tuesday
Sharkeez, decorated in a Polynesian
theme, offers daily 2-for-1 drink specials from 3 p.m. until 6
p.m. Since March Madness began, Sharkeez has been packed with college grads
watching their Alma Maters on 60 flat-screen TVs. But, what put this bar on
the drinking map was its Shark Attack special an 85 ounce bucket of booze.
Hennesseys is a Pier staple and the view
from its roof-top patio is one of the best in the South Bay. Get
a Guinness and watch the sun set, or dance to the Irish band that comes in
on the weekend. Theres never a line, which is a rarity on the Pier.
Hennessys owned Lighthouse was one of
the top jazz spots in the 40s and 50s and still has live music,
which includes 80s cover bands and reggae.
Across the Pier walkway, Cantina Real
makes a great margarita and has an outdoor patio, which is
perfect for taking in the sun and people watching.
Another great patio can be found at
Fenners Fishshack Saloon. Fenners is cozy and casual and has an
outdoor area that looks down on the Pier.
Patrick Molloys is an Irish-style pub on
the Pier. A restaurant by day, Molloys turns into something of a
dance club by night. There is live music on Tuesdays and Thursdays and a DJ
spins on other nights. Beers are $1 on Friday and $.50 on Monday. Thursday
nights are Coyote Ugly night. Starting at 9:30 p.m. girls dance on the bar
every half hour. Cynthia Dizikes
Best way to be
A Hennesseys Sunday -
There are many ways to
waste your time to put off doing that project or not write that paper. But
there are few ways more fun then heading to Hennesseys on Sunday morning to
start drinking $2 Bloody Marys.
Whether you just woke up or never went to sleep, Hennesseys Bloody Marys
are an eye-opener. They come freshly mixed and as spicy or mild as you want.
Plus they are so cheap that drinking a few and getting breakfast wont break
Runner-up: Start a blog. Cynthia Dizikes
Best of life, Part II
Best thing to do with a hangover
Hair of the dog -
If you rise out of bed only
to be flattened by a skull-crushing headache and an overwhelming need to
puke, cant remember last night or where all those bruises came from, and
dont know who is in your bed, then chances are you have earned yourself one
hell of a hangover.
Now, while your new morning mantra may have become, Im never drinking
again, or My God what have I done? most of our BOB readers are thinking,
I should keep on drinking.
So when you feel that hangover coming, jump off that wagon, raise your glass
to the sky, and remember this limerick to keep your spirits high.
I once met a man from the Bay
Who drank all night and drank all day
Hed wake in the mornin,
With a hangover formin
And shoot some Beam to chase it away. Cynthia Dizikes
Best place to go to the bathroom
Manhattan Country Club -
If you look like you belong
there and dont make eye contact, no one will question you as you walk
around the back of the building to the mens locker room and duck inside.
Then youll say Wow! If this is only the mens bathroom, I wonder what the
womens is like?
Maybe my standards have sagged from taking sink baths at the Shell station
across from my flophouse in Torrance, but I could live in this Country Club
bathroom. Its expansive, well lit, and the cold and hot running sinks are
stocked with every manner of product to make you look and smell great.
On a recent trip I took full advantage, shaving my face and cologne-ing
myself into perfumed beauty. Then I noticed the showers, and thought what
the heck. Whipping my shower cap from my back pocket, I disappeared into hot
steamy luxury, scrubbing my underarms and singing Genie in a Bottle.
After an hour or so I made my escape, but next time Im going to hide until
they close for the day. Party at my place!
Runner-up: Alley behind Pier Plaza
Private urination is safe, legal and hygienic, but wheres the thrill? Out
in the open air, thats where. If you really want to hang with the stand-up
guys of public urination, head for Hermosas sparkling Pier Plaza promenade
on a non-school night. Now step out of the bright lights into the alley.
There youll find sweet relief under the cover of semi-darkness, with at
least a faint musical accompaniment wafting over from the bars. I mean
restaurants. Robb Fulcher
Best place to come out to your family
Olive Garden -
Why the Olive Garden?
Because when youre here, youre family! Youve seen the ads.
Sure, your dad might crush the breadstick hes holding into dust, but he
cant come across the table at you, because hes in a public place and
youve had the good sense to wait until hes slowed himself down with that
never-ending pasta bowl.
A tip: While youre waiting until late in the meal to out yourself, enjoy
three of four filled-pasta dishes. The overeating will flood your anxious
body with calming serotonin, and it will cause your family to worry about
your eating habits, throwing them off the track.
And when youre ready to finally drop the G-bomb, the buzz of happy
conversation in the family-friendly restaurant will lend your words a
festive tone. Although youre already pretty festive, I guess.
Runner-up: The dinner table
Surprisingly, a lot of our readers thought it would be a good idea to break
the news at the scene of countless family fights, where the tension of
yesteryear can surface in a flash, and everyones armed with a cutting
utensil. Oh well, if you use the element of surprise maybe you can relive
some good times by making your brother spit milk out his nose. Robb
Best place to come out to your friends
Pacific Theaters El Segundo during Brokeback Mountain -
Our readers might be
ambivalent about their sexuality but they werent ambivalent about where to
come out! The hands-down favorite was the spacious, comfortable,
well-equipped movie house at Rosecrans and Nash, during a screening of
And why not? Its a way to say Im not ordinary gay, Im Heath Ledger gay:
mysterious, manly. A guy all the ladies want to be with, and all the guys
want to be. With.
Anyway, the movies strengthsits scenery, brilliant performances and able
direction by Ang Leegive you another advantage. You can come out to your
friends in the twilit intimacy of the theater, and if it doesnt go so well
you can tell them later you were just swept away in the moment, like when
you cried during Dodgeball.
A word to the wise: nervousness can give you cottonmouth, and you dont want
to fumble your words on this one. So before you hit the theater stop at the
snack bar and pick up a thirst-quenching beverage. Bottoms up!
Runner-up: Quiet spot on any beach
How romantic! Robb Fulcher
Photo of eric fonoimoana - tk
Volleyball players are the Kings of the Beach. The good ones, like Olympic
gold medalist Eric Fonoimoana know to take care of their subjects, which is
why hes hosting his annual Dig for Kids fundraiser on April 7 at Sangria in
Hermosa Beach. The program offers athletic and academic help to inner city
students. For ticket info call (310) 376-4412.
Best way to make rent and still get sun
Pro volleyball player -
If youre over
six-feet-tall and have a killer spike you just might be able to make rent in
the South Bay and still get sun by becoming a pro-volleyball player.
Home to some of largest AVP series in the country, South Bay summers are
filled with tall tan athletes practicing daily at the beach nets for the
nationally televised, grand-stand tournaments.
Runner-up: Waiting tables
If, however, you dont happen to be so athletically endowed, then according
to BOB readers, waiting tables is the next best way to make rent and still
get sun. While not nearly as prestigious or well-paying as being a
pro-athlete, at least you get a free meal every now and then. Cynthia