Hollywood Hills Girls Night/ Blackout

On Saturday night, after a day of rock climbing, my good friend Lindsey invited me and several other friends over for a
girls night at a home she was house sitting. Wine, pizza, Apples 2 Apples, and good friends make up for a perfect night so of course I was in.

Even the girly dogs were enjoying our girls night. How cute is she!

This photo is me acting out the Apples 2 Apples card, aka taking bizarre photos of hands. Well, in this case I was documenting a nice nail polish job… but I was still bizarre.

In the middle of our merriment, the power (and lights) went out to the sound of us all gasping. It had the true making of a horror film. 6 girls, house sitting in a giant home in the hills, when the power goes out and murder strikes! Okay, well no one got murdered. In fact, this house was the best place to lose power because the homeowner had so many candles and a fire pit outside, which we had already lit.

It was so eerie and cool. With the moon out and the views looking down into Beachwood Canyon and into Hollywoodland, it was so special. Beachwood Canyon was the only section without power, and we could see all the neighbors lighting candles creating a little glow around the neighborhood.

It felt like we should of had a talk with the unliving, although we didn’t. Movie night had to end (for obvious reasons), but our night didn’t as we chatted and drank wine which made for a fantastic night with mood (candle) lighting.

We toasted marshmallows and talked through the night.

The views out on the patio were unbelievable. And the night was a success. I stayed over at the house… so next up is my adventurous Sunday in Hollywood.

Miceli’s

On Friday night, my sister invited me to Miceli’s to use one of her Groupons. The deal was a 3 course meal for $15 (1 appetizer, 1 salad, and 1 pizza). If this deal comes up again, get it!

We made reservations for 8pm at their Universal location. Parking was a little tricky as it was Friday night along Ventura Blvd, but they offered valet (for a cost) or you could search for a spot along the narrow winding side streets leading up into the hills (like I did, because Im a proud cheapskate). I was running a little behind because of an accident on the 101 (per usual), so when I finally found a parking spot and walked half a mile down to the restaurant I was about 11 minutes late. As I walked up to the door of Miceli’s, a family was exiting the restaurant with the mother saying “Im glad we got here when we did, because if you get here after 7p, forget’aboutit!” I continued in, thankful Erica made reservations because the waiting area was packed with people. I apologized for being late and she said that even with the reservation she was told it would be a 15 mintue wait, which was perfect timing given my tardiness. After a few minutes of chatting, Erica’s name was called out by a man with a cone shaped bullhorn. We made our way through a packed restaurant to a back area where they gave the 2 of us a table for 4, which was great because it gave us room to spread out (a rarity at a packed LA restaurant).


This place was like being in a cartoon. The walls are covered in murals representing “old Italy” and hundred’s of chianti bottles in signed straw baskets strung around the restaurant as decoration. In the center of the restaurant a band was set-up. Occasionally the wait staff would get their 15 minutes of fame, jump up there and belt out a song. While singing they also walked around the restaurant with the microphone to make all sections feel included. On this Friday night there was a tween birthday party happening in a section behind out table, which meant the songs karaoke’d were mostly Miley and Bieber (not my favorite, but it made them happy).

When using a Groupon you have to present it while ordering, which basically implies to the waitress, I’m a cheapo that uses coupons. Don’t get me wrong, I love Groupon but when presenting it right off the bat, it always makes me think the service will be less than stellar because the waiter knows we won’t be spending a lot of money. At Miceli’s I was proven wrong, the waitstaff was excellent. Our waitress was a woman in her late forties (?), and she was extremely attentive constantly refilling our drinks and checking in with us. Considering it was a packed restaurant, it was all the more impressive.

Our Groupon allowed us one appetizer (we chose the fried zucchini), one salad (perfect for 2 people), and one pizza. We chose the large veggie pizza, but the deal was even good on their fancier pizzas (up to a $22 regularly priced pizza). What a deal! The food was delicious, the live music and crowds were entertaining, and the service was great. My sister and I each left with a doggie bag of 2 pieces of pizza each, and the total spent on the Groupon and tip came to $22. I highly recommend Miceli’s for families and groups, and remember to make a reservation!

Photo taken from Yelp.com