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Where to eat near The Hollywood Pantages Theatre

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Many times I am asked for suggestions of where to eat near The Hollywood Pantages Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard near Vine Street.  This is a live performance venue, founded in 1930 and built by vaudeville impresario Alexander Pantages.  I myself have seen many live theatrical performances there from Lion King to Motown the Musical, Hamilton…

No Trick, Only Treat: Halloween Returns

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Normally I’m not a fan of movie remakes and sequels but an exception can certainly be made for the upcoming reboot of “Halloween.” I’ve got something of a soft spot for that horror classic as iconic houses from the original version of the classic chiller are featured on my Celebrity Insider Movie Locations Tour.

Food Tours are Fun for Locals and Travelers Alike

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Food tours have been on my radar since the 1990’s when a dear friend took me to San Francisco to enjoy a morning of food tasting in the Little Italy neighborhood, better known as North Beach. We enjoyed Italian coffee, pastries, breads and pastas as well as learned the history of the neighborhood and the…

French Market Café on Abbot Kinney

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French Market Café on Abbot Kinney in Venice is a hidden gem but has been a favorite dining spot of mine for many years!  I honestly can’t remember when or how I discovered French Market Café but it must have been when I lived in Santa Monica.  This charming French café, market and wine cellar has…

New Coffee shops in Los Angeles

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I often mention that breakfast is my favorite meal of the day and along with that goes a good cup of coffee!  I am always in search of the newest coffee shops and breakfast dishes in Los Angeles.  I have discovered some real gems recently that left an impression on me so I would like to share them with you….

Celebrating Cinco de Mayo in Los Angeles

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I was told once that Cinco de Mayo was just an excuse for a party, that the real celebration takes place on Mexican Independence Day, September 16.  But it’s true Cinco de Mayo has become a popular day to eat, drink and celebrate the arrival of the Fifth of May.  And really, here in Los Angeles, we…

Eataly Los Angeles

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After months, really years, of hungry anticipation, Eataly Los Angeles opened their doors in early November.  The location?  The Westfield Century City Mall, which is a massive indoor/outdoor shopping center that just completed their own gorgeous renovation.  Eataly Los Angeles, the also massive Italian marketplace, offers almost 70,000 square feet of Italian goodness and towers over a big…

Grand Central Market celebrating 100 years in Los Angeles

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It was wonderful to watch as Grand Central Market celebrated 100 years in business in Los Angeles.  I have loved GCM from the first time I walked along the sawdust-strewn floors back in 2001 when I moved to Los Angeles.  I loved the whole atmosphere because not only were there a variety of food stalls to…