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Will Run for Chocolate

Today is the 27th annual Los Angeles Marathon. Did you know that at the 1908 Olympic Games in London, the mileage was extended so the finish line could be in front of the Royal family’s viewing box, for the Queen to have the best view? We can thank her for the 26.2. I salute all…

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March 18, 2012

Movie costumes at FIDM

FREE is a word we all love to hear, especially when it comes to entertainment. Get yourself down to the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in downtown Los Angeles for their 20th Annual Art & Motion Picture Costume Design Exhibition. You’ll find costumes from 20 movies from 2011 on display through April 28. Interestingly,…

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March 17, 2012

Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day

Green beer. That’s what St. Patrick’s Day is really all about, right? The doors at Brennan’s Pub in Marina del Rey will open at the wee hour of 6am, for all the party revelers who want to get the party started early. Perhaps those party goers should fuel-up on a good breakfast of green eggs…

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March 16, 2012

Best US Beaches 2012

I’ve been to some beautiful beaches in the world, courtesy of my time onboard Princess Cruise ships. So I am always interested when Trip Advisor publishes their annual Travelers’ Choice Best Beach destinations. Just in time for spring break and summer vacationing, here is the rundown of the 10 best beaches found in the United…

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March 15, 2012

Happy Birthday Girl Scouts

It seems only fitting that during this season of Girl Scout cookie sales, the girls in uniform are celebrating their founding in Savannah, Georgia 100 years ago this week. I was a Girl Scout. So was Katie Couric, Reese Witherspoon and Dakota Fanning. My Girl Scout troop #77 took me on my first outdoor camping…

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March 14, 2012

What Goes with Pastrami?

What beverage pairs best with a pastrami sandwich? According to David Sax, it’s Dr. Brown’s Black Cherry soda or Cel-Ray tonic. So this beverage quest brought me on another field trip: to visit Galco’s Soda Pop Stop in Highland Park. I had heard about this cool store with all their sodas and retro-style candy, but…

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March 13, 2012

Beloved pastrami

Save the Deli! This is a book I read cover to cover and salivated the whole way through. The author David Sax had traveled east to west coast sampling pastrami sandwiches (and lots of other yummy deli food!) and declaring an East and a West Coast winner of the beloved pastrami sandwich. The winner on…

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March 12, 2012

Open Table

Who says dining out doesn’t have its rewards? Just over a year ago one of our tour guests told us about Open Table. Today I received my first $50 dining cheque (from the 50,000 points that I had accrued) and the money can be spent at any restaurant that accepts reservations on the OpenTable.com booking…

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March 11, 2012

Best Brunch in the US

Brunch, it’s that lovely weekend meal between breakfast and lunch that conjures up thoughts of big buffets with long lines for made to order omelettes and sliced roast beef. Oh and don’t forget the unlimited mimosas! While a few of those traditional brunches are still around (think Shanghai Reds in Marina del Rey) brunch has…

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March 10, 2012

Mexican in New Mexico

Recently in Albuquerque on business, I had more time on my hands than usual. So I took a cab to the Old Town area and asked my cab driver for a lunch recommendation. She mentioned being a YELP user, and is also a lifelong NM native, so I took her advice, though I was doubtful…

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March 9, 2012

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