Franklin Avenue launched on March 3, 2003, as part of a New Year's resolution. That year I wanted to (a) start a blog and (b) finally get a radio show going on KCSN.
Since our launch 12 years ago, we've been written up by Los Angeles magazine, the L.A. Times (which named us one of "L.A.'s essential blogs") and by several other media outlets. Our Great Los Angeles Walk was named one of L.A. Weekly's "Best of 2012" honorees, and also featured by the L.A. Times, KABC Channel 7 and KCAL Channel 9.
We cover everything L.A., from restaurants and events to local media and history. We've reviewed nearly 300 restaurants in the process, have attended countless Los Angeles events... and these days, with the Blogger kids, tend to view our city through the eyes of young parents.
Why "Franklin Avenue"? Quite simply, it was the street we were living on when we got married and started this blog.
Now, a few plugs. Looking for reasonably priced, handmade invites, thank-you notes or personal cards? Check out Maria's M Press Studio. Looking for professional graphic design work from a Grammy nominee? Check out Maria Villar Design.
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You can always feel free to send us snail mail as well: Franklin Avenue P.O. Box 9739 Glendale, CA 91226
Franklin Avenue's complete list of restaurant reviews, plus links and more.
Maria's collection of cooking tales and recipes. Yum.
The Great Los Angeles Walk
Complete coverage of our 2010 hike down Wilshire, 2009 hike down Washington and Adams, 2008 hike down Santa Monica Blvd. and 2007 hike down Pico.
Mike's music playlists, from 2001 to present.
The Ambassador's Last Stand
Ongoing reports on the final days of the Ambassador Hotel.
Aloha Friday Radio
Companion blog to Mike's former "Aloha Friday Radio" show, featuring playlists, news and more.
Mike & Maria's Halloween Housewarming Race
Complete coverage of our 2004 race around L.A., and afterparty with Chip and Kim.
Mike's Birthday Race
Complete coverage of our 2003 race around L.A., and afterparty with Phil Koeghan.