by Hiko Mitsuzuka
It's hard to believe we're nearly halfway through the decade. (Dear 2010s, stay a little while longer.)
So, now that we're fully settled into the new year, we at HIH would like to share with you a few things we're looking forward to during the remaining 11 months...
1. Back to the Future Part II Day - Come October, millions of fans of the time-traveling trilogy will geek out and undoubtedly celebrate the day Marty McFly hopped into his DeLorean and visited our current year. Sure, we may not have perfected the art of hoverboarding or sat through Jaws 19, but we're doing all right.
2. The long-awaited opening of Cooley's in WeHo - This highly anticipated gastropub (think of it as The Abbey's better dressed brother who just came into a ton of money) will finally be opening its doors this summer - just in time to wave those rainbow flags during Pride month.
3. The menu at Conchita's on Western Avenue - Looking for the best pupusas in the city? Don't know what a pupusa is? (See here.) Serving up some authentic El Salvadorian cuisine, this hidden gem just opened (above Melrose, tucked in between a Korean bar and a Central American bakery), and our mouths are already watering over the other comforting recipes we have yet to savor (like those empanadas filled with plantains and vanilla custard).
4. The Perception Myth by Brad Wheelis - There are a ton of books about the pursuit of happiness, but former ABC News correspondent Wheelis bares his soul to bare the truth about how we can be our best selves. We think Oprah would approve.
5. The Special Olympics World Games - With 7,000 athletes and 3,000 coaches representing 177 countries, along with 30,000 volunteers and an anticipated 500,000 spectators, the 2015 Special Olympics World Games - being staged in Los Angeles July 25 - August 2 - will be the largest sports and humanitarian event anywhere in the world this year.
6. The 30th Anniversary of The Golden Girls - Picture it: September, 2015...Expect many tributes (and DVD marathons) to be posted across the interwebs later this year when fans express their adoration for this 80s sitcom classic. Us included.
7. The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel - The sequel to our favorite movie of 2012 hits theaters this spring, and we can't wait to see the Dowager Countess - er, Maggie Smith - trade barbs with Judi Dench:
8. WonderCon - For those who wish to avoid the insanity that is San Diego Comic Con later this year, try its younger, more manageable cousin at Anaheim Convention Center this spring.
9. San Andreas - Two of our favorite guilty pleasures (Dwayne Johnson and disaster flicks) come together in what will surely be a popcorny good time at the theater. Plus: has no one caught Kylie Minogue's name in the credits yet? To be filed under: WTF?
10. The Art of Not Having It All by Melissa Kite - If you're looking to dive into an addictive memoir (or find the next selection for that book club you've been meaning to start for the new year), then focus your eyes on this title. Described as the next Bridget Jones, Melissa Kite's collection of personal misadventures, dating and otherwise, is a hilarious and comforting read for anyone who's ever felt pressured to "have it all."
11. Finding a hiking trail that's NOT Runyon Canyon - It's about time we distance ourselves from Hollywood's celebrity playground (and dog poop dump) and find a new place to work in some cardio in the sun...like the Eaton Canyon Waterfall trail in Altadena. (Trust us, it's worth the drive.)
12. Trying the bread pudding at B Sweet on Sawtelle - Because our collective sweet tooth will never be satisfied until we sink our spoons into this popular Westside dessert.
13. The relentless publicity for Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens - We're already zeroing in on a seat at the press junket (wherever it may be). And we're hoping Disney doesn't skimp on any press schwag.
14. New albums from every pop diva in existence - Madonna, Gaga, Britney, Christina, Rihanna, and Kylie all have anticipated titles being released in 2015, otherwise known as The Year Taylor Swift Will NOT Be Dropping An Album.
15. Taking more naps - Because, after running around the city and painting the town red, we're all about getting our necessary beauty rest. Who's with us?