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Archive: Mar 2013

Lunch at Homegirl Cafe in Downtown Los Angeles

I recently spent a full day in downtown Los Angeles.  I mapped out several places I wanted to visit from FIDM to The Last Bookstore to the American Apparel factory store.  First on the list was lunch at Homegirl Café, which is part of Homeboy Industries.  I have seen their chips and salsa in Ralph’s…

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March 30, 2013

Dining in LA~My Best Bite of the Week: Ham & Eggs at Nick’s Cafe

My best bite of the week is actually not one bite but several bites from the same breakfast plate!  Nick’s Café on Spring Street in downtown LA has been in business since 1948.  Reviews on YELP are mixed but my fellow tour operators at Esotouric highly recommend the breakfast fare at Nick’s so I finally…

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March 25, 2013

Movie Costumes on display at FIDM

Do you know about FIDM, the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising?  Located in DTLA (downtown Los Angeles on 9th and Grand) the school is home to students studying fashion design and what else?  Oh yeah, merchandising.  There are actually 20 different courses of study to choose from.  On campus, there’s the cool FIDM Scholarship…

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March 24, 2013

OZ at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood

The El Capitan Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard is currently home to the much-anticipated Disney movie Oz The Great and Powerful through April 30.  This is an experience for Disney fans and Wizard of Oz fans of all ages!  Your experience starts out on the sidewalk under the beautifully restored marqee and a visit to James…

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March 21, 2013

KTLA takes a TOURific Escape in Hollywood

Recently KTLA 5 reporter Lu Parker hopped onboard the TOURific Escapes van to check out our newest Celebrity Insider Movie Locations Tour led by British entertainment journalist Sandro Monetti.   Lu was amazed to see that some of the buildings she drives by every day were the film settings for both historic and recent movies.  On…

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March 19, 2013

Dining in LA~My Best Bite of the Week: Angel Wings

You read that right: I said Angel Wings, not Buffalo Wings. Where did I find these interesting appetizers? At a little Thai restaurant in Beverly Hills with an equally interesting name @Bangkok Thai Restaurant. Yes the @ sign is included in the name. This restaurant is located on La Cienega just south of Wilshire and…

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March 18, 2013

Dining in Los Angeles~My Best Bite of the Week: The Tripel Burger

Matt and I are regular followers of Bravo’s Top Chef.  Whether it’s Top Chef Masters or Top Chef Texas or Top Chef All-Stars, we tune-in on Wednesday night.  Top Chef Season 10 just wrapped up, with a local girl making it to the finale and coming in as the runner-up. Brooke Williamson made a better…

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March 4, 2013

Dining at Lawry’s during Dine LA Restaurant Week

Every year when dineLA Restaurant Week rolls around (it’s actually two weeks long) I get a little stressed out deciding where to go.  I use this time to dine at places that are way above my regular price range (Mr. Chow, Palm, CUT) or places that have been on my list for a while (Rivera,…

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March 1, 2013

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