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Archive: Oct 2013

The Magic Castle in Hollywood celebrates 50 years

I couldn’t let Halloween pass by without a nod to Hollywood’s Magic Castle.  Recently I was lucky enough to spend an evening there with my Tour Guide consortium.   No photography was allowed inside this private club, and I obliged and just enjoyed being in the moment and the magic.  A bit of history:  The castle…

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October 31, 2013

Dining in LA-My Best Bite of the Week: Roasted Corn on the Cob

Every Halloween season we scope out the best pumpkin patches in Los Angeles for our annual visit.  We choose a different Southern California pumpkin patch each year.  In 2012 it was Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch in West Hollywood.  Great entertainment and people-watching, but a little pricey on the pumpkins.  This year I wanted to find…

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October 27, 2013

Dining in LA-My Best Bite of the Week: Lasagna Verde

You may know that I keep a “restaurant list” of places that I want to try.   On this list are a wide variety of cuisines including restaurants, coffee shops, ice cream parlors and more.  One restaurant that’s been on my list for a long time is Angelini Osteria on Beverly Boulevard.  What is an Osteria,…

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October 20, 2013

Fun at Duff Goldman’s Cakemix on Melrose

Did you celebrate National Cake Decorating Day? I did! There’s a unique design bakery in West Hollywood where you can exploring your inner cake-decorator. It happens to be Duff Goldman’s Cakemix on Melrose and Sweetzer. It is basically a DIY studio where friends gather for an interactive activity; instead of painting ceramics you’ll decorate a…

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October 17, 2013

Dining in LA-My Best Bite of the Week: Avocado Toast

You may know that breakfast and/or brunch is my favorite meal to enjoy out.  And I’m lucky enough to be part of a fun group of girls who also enjoy breakfast out, so much we call ourselves the Pancake Club.  Although to be fair, we don’t always order pancakes.  One of the best parts of…

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October 14, 2013

Double D Diner doing good across the USA

About a year ago I read about a non-profit organization in Parade Magazine that really hit home.  The Double D Diner had come up with a simple yet ingenious concept:  asking donors to “eat one less meal” and donate that amount (or more) online by way of a clever menu.  Items range from $1.00 (for…

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October 9, 2013


Facelifts are nothing new in Hollywood but the one just given to the 86-year-old Chinese Theatre is among the very best.   The landmark movie palace recently reopened following its conversion into the world’s largest IMAX auditorium with better sightlines, taller screen and stadium seating. But I’m happy to report that all the traditional grandeur…

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October 7, 2013

Dining in LA-My Best Bite of the Week: Pastry in Culver City

My best bite of the week came from a casino, the Grand Casino Bakery & Cafe to be exact.   This cozy little eatery is situated on Culver City’s Main Street, which happens to be the smallest Main Street in the USA.   This quaint café specializes in Argentinian food, so I’m not exactly sure how the…

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October 7, 2013

Eat at STREET – We Can’t Wait for the NEW STREET to Open

Susan Feniger’s STREET on Highland near Melrose is one of our original restaurant partners.  For the past 3 years we have enjoyed bringing our Hollywood Sites & Bites Tour guests to that very orange building for international cuisine.  We literally sampled food from around the world under the same roof, which was Susan’s intent.  On…

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October 3, 2013

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