by Bob Sparrow
Most of us who live in the ‘Golden State’ have visited many of our famous landmarks. As a native Californian with a severe case of wanderlust, I assumed I’ve visited most, if not all, of them. So, I turned to Google to see the list of what was classified as ‘famous landmarks’.
Golden Gate Bridge – Since I was born 28 miles north of this landmark, I probably went across this bridge before I was able to walk – CHECK. Yosemite’s Half Dome – as a kid, our family vacationed here every summer; I was even able to see the amazing ‘Fire Falls’ over Glacier Point many times; and much later in life I was able to hike to the top of Half Dome for that spectacular view – CHECK. Alcatraz – No, not as a resident! I took the tour several years ago, barely escaped – CHECK. Fisherman’s Wharf – of course, and had many great bowls of clam chowder – CHECK. Lake Tahoe – grew up there – CHECK. Napa Valley – been over-served there . . . many times – CHECK. Let’s get to the southern part of the state. Oh, first let’s cruise on down Big Sur in central California to see that spectacular coastline landmark – CHECK. And I’ve toured Hearst Castle on my way south – CHECK.
OK, so let’s get to some landmarks on the list here in southern California: Griffith Conservatory/ Hollywood Sign – I did those on the same trip a few years back, but they don’t let you near the HOLLYWOOD sign anymore – too many people turning it into HOLLYWEIRD – CHECK. Santa Monica Pier, Getty Museum, Death Valley, Randy’s Donuts, Disneyland, CHECK, CHECK, CH . . . wait a minute, Randy’s Donuts???!!! Yes, it’s on the list of famous California landmarks!! Not only have I not been there, but I’ve never heard of it. I asked Linda if she’s ever heard of it; yes, she had, as she had taught school in intercity LA and later, her work took her to many LA destinations, including Randy’s Donuts. I came to the realization that my life’s ‘travel check list’ was not complete until I’d been to this ‘famous California Landmark’, Randy’s Donuts. So, I checked the Internet for the history and locations of Randy’s Donuts.
Randy’s Donuts, which originated in Inglewood, CA, is celebrating it’s 50th year in business this year and out front most stores sport their big, famous donut sign, maybe biggest in the world. This famous donut sign has appeared in over 18 movies and TV shows as well as Randy Newman’s music video, I Love L.A. The store closest to me that features the ‘famous donut sign’ on top of the building, is in Downey, about a 30-minute drive. So, last Saturday morning I jumped in my car and headed up the 5 freeway to check off Randy’s Donuts on my list.
My research determined that the piece de resistance at Randy’s is the ‘Crondy’, a cross between a croissant and a donut, weighing in at around 400 calories! Yep, had to try it – you’re welcome. It was spectacular!!!
What I don’t do for you guys!!!