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Archive: Oct 2014

Dining in LA- My Best Bite of the Week: Pumpkin Creme Brulee

It’s fun getting into the spirit of the Halloween season when you read about specialty desserts like Pumpkin Crème Brulee and  Pumpkin Spice Latte Donut.  Thanks to a recent posting by Eater LA on Spooky Eats, Drinks and Events for Halloween I found one of these specials right in my own backyard at our favorite…

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October 28, 2014

Dining in LA-My Best Bite of the Week: Musso & Franks Grill

Musso & Franks Grill is famously known as being the oldest restaurant in Hollywood since 1919, as well as for the famous folks who have dined there over the years.  Located on Hollywood Boulevard just down the street from the Egyptian Theatre and the Pig ‘n Whistle, Charlie Chaplin had his own booth and dined…

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October 20, 2014

Dining in LA-My Best Bite of the Week: Pumpkin chocolate chip bread

Growing up I was never a fan of pumpkin pie.  In fact, it’s still not my pie of choice, but now I enjoy a slice occasionally.  It seems something has happened in recent years with a plethora of pumpkin food products being available during the months of October and November.  Let’s take Trader Joe’s for…

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October 15, 2014

Rise of the Jack O’Lanterns at Descanso Gardens

In recent years Halloween has become much more than a one-night holiday for children.  It seems that those of us who like all things pumpkin-related, scary movies and haunted houses, costumes in all shapes and sizes, candy corn and miniature candy bars are in luck.  Halloween starts showing up in local stores in September and…

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October 9, 2014


I greet visitors from all around the world on my Movie Locations Tour of LA but this month I’ve been the one on vacation, heading over to Europe for family visits, fun and sun. [image source_type=”attachment_id” source_value=”3938″ align=”center” autoHeight=”true” lightbox=”true”] First stop was Italy and that tilting tourist attraction The Leaning Tower of Pisa, built…

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October 8, 2014

Dining in LA-My Best Bite of the Week: Dinner at Porto’s Bakery

Porto’s Bakery, a true family-owned business, has been an institution in Burbank and Glendale for many years, outgrowing several smaller locations over the years.  The brand-newest Porto’s Bakery opened in 2010 in Downey.  Serving the savory and sweet recipes of family matriarch Rosa Porto, this popular Cuban Bakery is known for their authentic cuisine and…

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October 6, 2014