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My Staycation in L.A.

Having had no summer vacation this year I decided to play tourist in my own city and take a “staycation” instead. And what fun it was. There’s a reason Los Angeles is known as the entertainment capital of the world – there’s so much fun stuff to do. The first thing that comes to mind,…

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September 6, 2017

Celebrating Seven Years as a Hollywood Tour Company

The month of August marks 7 years that TOURific Escapes has been operating as a Hollywood tour company. We never envisioned back in 2010 that we would make it this far.  We have a lot of people to thank for our success but before we do that, let’s take a walk down Memory Lane and see how TOURific Escapes was born. HOW IT ALL BEGAN…

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August 20, 2017

Waiting in line at Howlin’ Ray’s Hot Chicken

I finally made it to Howlin’ Ray’s to wait in line for their Nashville-style Hot Chicken!  Howlin’ Ray’s has been in ALL the foodie news for the past year or so and it was only a matter of time before I got to the Howlin’ Ray’s brick and mortar location in Downtown LA, Chinatown to be exact.  It…

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July 5, 2017

Porto’s Bakery & Cafe new location in Orange County

I have long been a fan of Porto’s Bakery & Cafe and have visited their Glendale location on many occasions for their reasonably priced but more importantly delicious Cuban food and pastries.  With additional locations in Burbank and Downey, I heard that they had expanded to yet another new location, this time down in Orange County.  The largest Porto’s Bakery & Cafe can…

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June 24, 2017

Visit the Museum of Ice Cream in Los Angeles

Yes a Museum of Ice Cream exists and it’s in Los Angeles now for a limited run through mid-July.  When I got notice several months ago that the Museum of Ice Cream would be in Los Angeles as a pop-up space, I knew I would need to buy tickets fast.  The first three days of ticket…

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May 9, 2017

My Red Carpet Oscars Fan Experience thanks to People Magazine

I just participated in my first Red Carpet Fan Experience thanks to People Magazine!  I say first because I had such a good experience I hope to win seats again.  Let me start from the beginning.  Every fall since 2010 (when I became a Hollywood tour guide) I have been entering two different contests, one…

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March 7, 2017

My Best Bite of the Week: Sunday Brunch at Le Petit Paris in DTLA

January is almost over and I’ve already dined at 13 new places this month!  Yay for me, I’m off to a good start checking places off my restaurant list.  I have a few meals that are deserving of best bite shout-outs but I want to start with my most recent experience at Le Petit Paris in downtown…

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February 22, 2017

Chocolate Indulgence Tour features best chocolate makers in Los Angeles

There are plenty of ways for a chocoholic to get their sweet fix, and here at TOURific Escapes we did our part by creating a Chocolate Indulgence Tour to showcase the best chocolate makers in Los Angeles.  After launching our savory and sweet Hollywood Sites & Bites Tour in 2010, many friends suggested a tour focusing on one…

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February 9, 2017

My year dining out, a TOURific review of Los Angeles eateries

Well, now that the first month of a new year is almost over (where did it go?) I decided to review my restaurant list from 2016 and see just how much I dined out, where and when.  Which meals were memorable?  Which restaurants would I like to go back and visit?  Which restaurants have already…

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February 5, 2017

My Oscars Forecast

The Oscar nominations have been announced and, for once, predicting the winners is going to be easy. “La La Land,” nominated in a record equaling 14 categories, is by far the best film and will take most of the awards at the ceremony here in Hollywood on February 26. If you’ve not seen the film yet,…

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January 24, 2017

Best Bite of the Week: Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken

It seems that lately in Los Angeles there has been a renewed interest in fried chicken.  A few years ago I attended a Fried Chicken Festival and as I was perusing my past blogs to find that story, I realized I have definitely written about some fantastic fried chicken dishes since we launched our blog.  But it seems recently…

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December 14, 2016

Seasons Greetings From La La Land

SANDRO’S CELEBRITY SCOOP Seasons greetings from “La La Land,” which is not only the nickname of Los Angeles but also the name of a terrific new movie full of fascinating filming places to add to my Movie Locations Tour of the city. [image source_type=”attachment_id” source_value=”4696″ align=”center” fitMobile=”true” autoHeight=”true” lightbox=”true”] Starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone,…

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December 8, 2016

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