02.11.2016 - 02.11.2016 80 °F
After a horrible meal last night, we went to a breakfast place in Los Angeles for brunch on a recommendation. Phew!!! We're back on the good food train! The restaurant was called The Griddle Cafe and it was located on Sunset Boulevard. They are famous for their pancakes. Tim had the espresso/chocolate chip pancakes and they were HUGE. I'm talking oversized dinner plate size....and then larger than the oversized dinner plate. I had the yummy breakfast tacos. Did I mention the coffee was pressed table-side? Both of our meals were delicious and it was clear by the packed restaurant that this is a favorite of many.
Due to the unexpectedly crowded restaurant, we had to race over to Burbank to Warner Brother's for our studio tour and made it just in time. Today was the warmest day so far, at about 80 degrees, which was great because most of the tour was outside. After a brief movie we loaded into a mega golf cart with 10 of our closest friends and zipped around the front and back studio lots. Warner Brother's is 110 acres and I think we saw maybe 5, but what we saw was awesome! Tim wore a Goonies "Truffle Shuffle" shirt which was a big hit with everyone we encountered. Before we started our tour the guide asked us if there were any particular films we were fans of and he would do his best to talk about them. Tim mentioned Goonies and the guide claimed that wasn't a Warner Brother's film. WRONG. Off to a great start!
Our guide drove us around to multiple outside sets that are used and reused over and over again for TV shows and movies. There were double sided houses (one side was Rory's house from Gilmore Girls and the other side was Sookie's house) to save money and space. All of the buildings on the lots (including office buildings) are nondescript in case they are needed for filming. One part of a fake city street was used for the iconic upside-down kiss in Spiderman and also for a scene in The Last Samurai. My favorite part was driving through a fake jungle that was used in the Jurassic Park scene where Jeff Goldblum was in the back of the jeep yelling "Must go faster!" as they were chased by the t-rex.
We also stopped at a comic book exhibit of 1st edition DC comics and the accompanying costumes used in the newest movies (Suicide Squad, Batman vs. Superman) and at a Batman car exhibit.
Our tour was lucky enough to see the Big Bang set because they weren't filming today. It was set up for Sheldon and Leonard's apartment. We weren't allowed to take pictures of the sets. But we were allowed to take pictures in the GIANT prop house! We could have spent hours in there. It was multiple floors and had everything you could imagine to set up a scene. Probably the most exciting part of the tour was seeing MATT DAMON!!! I mean, Tim saw him and pointed him out to me as he drove away. THANKS TIM...... He was filming something the guide couldn't tell us about.
We ended the tour in a sound stage converted into an interactive museum. They recreated the iconic coffee shop in Friends, Central Perk, there was a fun forced perspective set from Lord of the Rings, you could hold a real Oscar (I was overcome with emotion) and probably the best part - we reenacted scenes from Harry Potter and Batman they filmed on a green screen.....that we promptly purchased. Before you could leave you had to go through a gift shop (of course) but since we're here at an off-peak time there were lots of sales!
We spent way more time playing around in the interactive museum than we had anticipated so we had to grab a quick bite to eat before we headed to our final leg of the day - Pittsburgh vs Anaheim! A quick google map search revealed a nearby hot dog/burger joint called Dog Haus. Done. Tim had a hot dog with white american cheese, bacon, bbq sauce and crispy fried onions. I had a burger with white america, garlic aioli and bacon. We were pleasantly surprised to find they both came served on Hawaiian rolls!!! So good.
Traffic to Anaheim was pretty horrific, of course this is after I said yesterday how the traffic hasn't been bad here, but we made it to the game right on time. There were a lot of Pens fans. We've seen the Pens play in Tampa, Sunrise, Denver, and now Anaheim and there are always a ton of Pens fans. Always. It's kind of neat knowing us Pittsburgh fans are everywhere. The Pens won 5-1 and in-between periods or on breaks they played the World Series. The entire arena screamed when the Cubs won - so cool! Thanks to the Cubs and the Pens for putting the cherry on top of a great day!