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Archive: Jun 2013

Experience Two of the Best Hollywood Tours

Are you planning a vacation to Los Angeles?  Summer has only just begun and there are so many wonderful things to do here in LA.   I want to personally invite you to take a tour with TOURific Escapes.  We offer two unique Hollywood tours that are fun for the whole family, including kids and teens. …

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June 26, 2013

Dining in LA-My Best Bite of the Week: Red Velvet Pancakes

Pancakes.  Red velvet pancakes.  I’m somewhat fascinated by these pretty red cakes, and eat them whenever I can.  I trekked up to the Autry Farmer’s Market at Griffith Park when I heard The Buttermilk Truck was going to be there debuting their new Red Velvet Pancake Mix.  I arrived early and found people already in…

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June 23, 2013

Planning Your Vacation in Los Angeles and Hollywood and Southern California

The much-anticipated and welcome Summer Season is upon us.   Are you planning a vacation to Los Angeles with your friends or family?  Our great city can be overwhelming due to its size and the fact that there is so much to do.  Heck, I’ve lived in LA for more than 12 years, and I still…

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June 21, 2013

Happy 100th Anniversar​y Avalon!

What or where is Avalon, you wonder.   It’s the one-square mile city on Santa Catalina Island!  Avalon became an incorporated city in 1913, which means that 2013 marks the 100th Anniversary of this island-city.  Avalon is hosting official celebrations during the week of June 20-26 with events including a festival, concert and fireworks at the…

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June 19, 2013

Dining in LA~My Best Bite of the Week: Kendall’s Brasserie

This week my best bite is a three-way tie.  I enjoyed three different and delicious dishes at Kendall’s Brasserie.  It was my first visit to this special-occasion French eatery tucked beneath The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion at The Music Center in downtown Los Angeles.  My friend Paula and I were attending a movie as part of…

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June 16, 2013

SANDRO’S HOLLYWOOD DREAMS COME TRUE…

Guiding the Celebrity Insider tour these past few months seems to have the strange effect on me of making me believe I too could succeed on screen and stage – just like the people I talk about on the bus. As a result, the next few weeks see me embarking on a string of showbiz…

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June 12, 2013

Dining in LA~My Best Bite of the Week: Jean Harlow cupcake

Today I had the pleasure of joining a very special tour that gave tribute to the life and times of movie star and original Blonde Bombshell Jean Harlow. The tour was hosted by my friend Elisa who created LA Woman Tours to share her love of Los Angeles and the unique musicians and actors who…

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June 10, 2013

Hiking to the Hollywood Sign

I’ve lived in Los Angeles for more than 12 years now, and have always admired the Hollywood Sign.  But it’s not until I became a Tour Guide that my interest in this historic billboard really piqued.  I research its history, I talk about it on my tour, I photograph it every chance I get.  And…

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June 8, 2013

Visit Santa Monica for fun and a Ferris Wheel

There are many reasons visitors come to Santa Monica year-round: shopping, beaches, restaurants, entertainment, and the fun and casual vibe. Even those lucky enough to call Santa Monica home feel like they are on a continuous vacation. One of the most bright and visible forms of entertainment is the world famous Pacific Wheel on the…

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June 7, 2013

Dining in LA~My Best Bites of the Week: Peanut Butter & Jelly Cookie

Peanut Butter and Jelly.  Such a simple combination that brings to mind carrying brown bag lunches to school.  In fact statistics say that the average American student has eaten 2,500 of these sandwiches by the time they graduate high school.  Nowadays you can find the peanut butter and jelly combination in a number of baked…

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June 3, 2013