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Archive: Feb 2012

Seeing stars at Greenblatt’s Deli

We go there for a taste of mouth-watering pastrami sandwiches, but sometimes we get more than we asked for. Greenblatt’s Deli is one of the best places for star-sighting on our tour. This historic deli and wine boutique on Sunset Blvd. (next to the Laugh Factory) has been in business since 1926 and has served…

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February 29, 2012

Famous Fosse Cookie

Tradition tells you to wear a bit of green on March 17 to capture the luck of the Irish (and avoid being pinched) on St. Patrick’s Day! What you may not know is that March 14 is National Potato Chip Day and March 12-16 is National Chocolate Chip Cookie week! There is a very special…

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February 29, 2012

Oscar? Swine & Wine…

…or in my case, champagne, and lots of it! This was the theme of my friend Becky’s Oscar Party. I arrived to find a beautifully set table, complete with Oscar statuettes and ballots on our plates. Because of our recent dinner outing at Grub in Hollywood, our hostess even made her own “crack bacon” to…

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February 27, 2012

Hooray for Hollywood

One of my favorite days of the year has arrived, the Academy Awards! I have my ballot filled out (fingers crossed for The Artist!) and I’m heading to Becky’s this afternoon to enjoy the festivities. Yesterday after our Hollywood Sites & Bites tour wrapped up, Matt dropped me off at The Peninsula Hotel in Beverly…

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February 26, 2012

7 Days in LA

Being a Tour Guide means lots of research. But who’s complaining? Honestly even before I became a tour guide, I was one of those people who enjoyed going on guided tours. When I worked for Princess Cruises, I volunteered to work with the Shore Excursion department to lead passengers on land-based tours around the world….

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February 25, 2012

Hollywood’s Big Night

Hollywood is abuzz with activity. Hollywood Blvd is closed to traffic. The shops at Hollywood & Highland are closing and being covered with beautiful red draperies. The red carpet will soon be rolled out. What’s the occasion you ask? The 84th Annual Academy Awards on Sunday February 26 of course. I’ll be heading to my…

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February 24, 2012

These cupcakes are made of Lasagna

When you think of cupcakes, your mind (and taste buds) wander to sweet flavors like chocolate or vanilla with lots of fluffy frosting. In my mind the sweeter the better. But a while ago my friend Heidi brought some cupcakes to a dinner party…and they were made of lasagna. Hmmm, savory cupcakes?! I have to…

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February 23, 2012

Burbank Bungalow on Air B&B

One of the best things about being let go from my corporate job was finding the International Tour Management Institutein San Francisco. Not only did my new certification push me in a new direction, career-wise, but it also introduced me to some really cool people. Let me introduce my new friend Thyra (pronounced Teera), a fellow ITMI graduate, world-traveler, artist and happy So Cal resident! Thyra lives in a Hollywood-style Bungalow in Burbank, just 5.6 miles from the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel(where our tours originate). If you are coming to Los Angeles and want a very cool place to stay with a charming hostess, check out Thyra’s bungalow on http://www.airbnb.com/rooms/344224. And a nice bonus, for any of our Hollywood Sites & Bites tour guests, if you are here sans transportation, Thyra will give you a complimentary lift to meet our tour…

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February 22, 2012

Hollywood Walk of Fame honors Jennifer Aniston

It’s been a big couple of months in Hollywood for actress Jennifer Aniston. She placed her hands in wet cement in the courtyard of Grauman’s Chinese Theaterin July 2011. Her movie Horrible Bosses had recently premiered at a red-carpet event at the historic theater. And today, timed to coincide with her upcoming Wanderlust release, the…

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February 22, 2012

Tea Party in Hollywood

I am happy to report that our friends at Chado Tea Roomhave re-opened in a beautiful new space at the Hollywood & Highlandshopping center. Just near the main entrance of the Kodak Theater, Chado invites guests of all ages to their cozy tea room for a cup, a bite to eat or both. Just when…

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February 20, 2012

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