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Archive: Apr 2012

Music in the City

Have you seen the random pianos around Los Angeles and wondered what was going on? Part of an international program, Play Me I’m Yours is a fun way to bring music to our communities. There are 30 pianos around Los Angeles from Culver City to Pasadena and everywhere in between. I happened to catch an…

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April 30, 2012

Carney’s on Sunset

I was in Beverly Hills doing research for my new tour, and where did I end up having lunch? Hollywood. I was dressed very casually (think yoga pants) and just wanted to pop into Duke’s, a coffee shop on Sunset next to the Whiskey A Go Go. And as I drove by, the windows were…

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April 28, 2012

Shopping and dining at LAX

LAX is getting a facelift in the way of new shops and restaurants in select terminals this year. Barbie and Hot Wheels are getting a home in Terminal 5, called the Mattel experience. Good job to my friends in El Segundo for landing that project! Already open in terminal 7 is Kitson, whose trendy storefronts…

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April 28, 2012

38 Essential LA Restaurant’s

I get my restaurant updates and insider foodie info from a great source called Eater LA. Not everyone agrees with all their findings and suggestions, but I do appreciate their reporting of the openings, closings, events, listings and more in one concise little package. Upscale to hole in the wall, celebrity chef to independent small…

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April 26, 2012

A Gourmet Waffle Sandwich in the OC

I cheated on Roscoe. My friend Gussy made me do it. Do I feel bad? Not too bad. Ever since Gussy mentioned a place in Brea called Bruxie, I have been thinking of something they call the Bold Fold… gourmet waffle sandwiches! These creations range from sweet to savory with a few specialty items thrown…

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April 25, 2012

An Outdoor Getaway

Do you like a freebie? I know I do, especially one that involves travel and adventure. April 21 to 29 is National Park Week, and FREE admission is offered at all parks across the US. Did you know there are 397 national parks? That’s a lot of beautiful locations to choose from. Now not all…

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April 21, 2012

Chimpanzee at The El Capitan

Have you ever wanted to catch a movie in the historic El Capitan Theater on Hollywood Boulevard? Well, here’s a fun outing. For a limited run engagement Disneynature will be featuring Chimpanzee, narrated by Tim “The Tool Man” Taylor (Allen). Haven’t heard of Disneynature? It’s an independent film label of the Walt Disney Company, in…

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April 19, 2012

Brunch at MB Post

Sunday morning brunch is one of my favorite dining events. A former post office, MB Post is a charming space near the Manhattan Beach pier. I have been for dinner, but just recently learned they also serve weekend brunch. Matt and I started with coffee and a caramel pecan sticky bun. We followed that with…

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April 17, 2012

I met the Ace of Cakes

I got a big bear hug from the Ace of Cakes yesterday! I led my group into Madame Chocolate and there he was, Duff Goldman, chatting it up with Hasty Torres. I knew from The Food Network that he was opening a second outpost of his famous Baltimore Charm City Cakes here in LA to…

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April 7, 2012

It’s baaaaack… the Spring debut of Yamashiro Farmer’s Market April 5

What has stunning city views, good food, unique shopping, and is only available April thru October? The Yamashiro Farmer’s Market by LA City Farm! Where else, but at the gorgeous hilltop Yamashiro Restaurant. Held on Thursdays from 5 to 9pm, they offer free parking at a church lot on Hollywood & La Brea and then…

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April 4, 2012