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Discover Magnolia Park in Burbank

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I recently discovered a most charming neighborhood in Burbank known as Magnolia Park.  When I had some guests mention that they wanted to explore Movie Costume shops for their upcoming private tour, a little research told me that a nice concentration of them could be found in Burbank.  And they all happened to be in…

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Food Tours are Fun for Locals and Travelers Alike

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Food tours have been on my radar since the 1990’s when a dear friend took me to San Francisco to enjoy a morning of food tasting in the Little Italy neighborhood, better known as North Beach. We enjoyed Italian coffee, pastries, breads and pastas as well as learned the history of the neighborhood and the…

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Celebrating Ice Cream Month

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When the calendar declares the month of July National Ice Cream Month, what choice do I have but to join in the celebration!  The truth is I enjoy ice cream on a regular basis being that two of our tour tasting stops offer samples and scoops of unique and delicious ice creams. Masthti Malone’s Ice…

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French Market Café on Abbot Kinney

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French Market Café on Abbot Kinney in Venice is a hidden gem but has been a favorite dining spot of mine for many years!  I honestly can’t remember when or how I discovered French Market Café but it must have been when I lived in Santa Monica.  This charming French café, market and wine cellar has…

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New Coffee shops in Los Angeles

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I often mention that breakfast is my favorite meal of the day and along with that goes a good cup of coffee!  I am always in search of the newest coffee shops and breakfast dishes in Los Angeles.  I have discovered some real gems recently that left an impression on me so I would like to share them with you….

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Celebrating Cinco de Mayo in Los Angeles

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I was told once that Cinco de Mayo was just an excuse for a party, that the real celebration takes place on Mexican Independence Day, September 16.  But it’s true Cinco de Mayo has become a popular day to eat, drink and celebrate the arrival of the Fifth of May.  And really, here in Los…

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Eataly Los Angeles

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After months, really years, of hungry anticipation, Eataly Los Angeles opened their doors in early November.  The location?  The Westfield Century City Mall, which is a massive indoor/outdoor shopping center that just completed their own gorgeous renovation.  Eataly Los Angeles, the also massive Italian marketplace, offers almost 70,000 square feet of Italian goodness and towers over a big…

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Grand Central Market celebrating 100 years in Los Angeles

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It was wonderful to watch as Grand Central Market celebrated 100 years in business in Los Angeles.  I have loved GCM from the first time I walked along the sawdust-strewn floors back in 2001 when I moved to Los Angeles.  I loved the whole atmosphere because not only were there a variety of food stalls to…

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The Proud Bird Food Hall and Event Center

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The Proud Bird Food Hall and Event Center has undergone a facelift from The Proud Bird I was first introduced to many years ago while attending a corporate holiday banquet.  When an announcement was made that The Proud Bird was closing its doors, Matt and I paid a visit for an Early Bird dinner and to reminisce the…

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Celebrating Italian Heritage Month with pizza

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October is Italian Heritage Month which might explain why this foodie tour guide has been eating so much pizza this month!  The origin of the word pizza is not clear, but  it is Italian for pie.  Various cultures and people ate forms of flatbreads with toppings including the ancient Egyptians, Israelites, Greeks and Romans.  The pizza pie we’re all familiar…

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