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Archive: May 2013

Drinking a Mai Tai in Los Angeles

Are your summer vacation plans taking you to Hawaii?  If so, lucky you!  Maybe your summer plans are taking you as far west as Los Angeles.   If so, lucky you!   I live in Los Angeles and  as a Tour Guide I am always on the lookout for fun activities and adventures for myself and for…

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May 30, 2013

Dining in LA~My Best Bite of the Week: Italian Ice in Redondo Beach

During the summer of 2000 I was working onboard the Grand Princess sailing a wonderful Mediterranean itinerary.  One of our ports of call was Naples, Italy.  There were many things I loved about Naples:   the pizza, the close proximity to Capri and the lemon ice!  The little old Italian men would sell lemon ice from…

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May 27, 2013

Spending a day at Disney California Adventure

I have wanted to visit Disney’s California Adventure since Cars Land debuted almost a year ago on June 15, 2012.   Guests on our Hollywood tour would talk about a three-hour wait for some of the rides last summer, so I knew our visit was not going to be on a weekend or a holiday.  The…

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May 24, 2013

Dining on the Oregon Coast~My Best Bite of the Week: Golden Beet Salad

This past week found us on the Oregon Coast, visiting some of our biggest fans (Trish’s parents).  Bandon is a town of just over 3,000 with approximately 33 dining establishments.  Over the 17 years that I’ve been visiting, I’ve tried a good number of those restaurants. One of my favorites is Alloro Wine Bar and…

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May 20, 2013

Dining at Bistro 31 in Santa Monica

My friend Brenda recently treated me to lunch at Bistro 31, which is operated by the students of the International Culinary School at The Art Institute of California-Los Angeles.  The restaurant is Zagat-rated, open to the public, and offers very reasonable pricing.  Students get hands-on experience with menu creation, food prep, management, money handling and…

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May 16, 2013

Dining in LA~My Best Bite of the Week was actually a Sip

You all know how much our tour groups love the food and the staff at Greenblatt’s Deli.  Even the most devoted pastrami fan needs a break every now and then.  The staff at Greenblatt’s told me once they often have lunch at a restaurant across the street called Luca on Sunset.  With lots of vegetarian…

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May 12, 2013

The Great European Chocolate Tour

We’ve wiped the last chocolate crumbs off the bus and bid our wonderful vendors a good summer, after a fun 8 months of leading Chocolate Indulgence Tours in Los Angeles. When Hasty Torres, known as Madame Chocolat to her hubby’s Mr. Chocolate (Jacques Torres), told us about Chocolate Season, we decided to align our tours…

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May 11, 2013

Cameras on the Bus, Kisses on the Cheek

Our smash hit Celebrity Insider Tour will soon be joined on the list of essential things to do for film fans visiting Los Angeles by a spectacular new movie museum. For the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures – a $300 million project packed with awesome props and exhibits – is taking shape under the guidance…

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May 8, 2013

AFI Night at the Movies

Recently the American Film Institute held a special event in conjunction with Target and MAGNUM Ice Cream Bar.  First begun in 2007, AFI Night at the Movies was held on a Wednesday night at Hollywood’s Arclight Cinerama Dome.  The red carpets were in place.  Magnum ice cream, popcorn and a soda were included with the…

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May 3, 2013

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