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Whip it in WeHo

The first day of summer brought me to Whipp’d LA on Santa Monica Blvd in West Hollywood. My Living Social voucher was about to expire and it would have been a shame not to use it. So I treated myself to a pineapple Dole Whip float which was: a base of fresh pineapple juice, with…

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June 21, 2012

Summer Time Treats

It’s the first day of summer, hooray! Of course for me, the food lover, the arrival of summer means enjoying (more of) certain types of food. In the good ol’ summertime who can resist… hotdogs, lemonade, s’mores or ice cream. There are several places to get hot dogs here in LA: Pink’s, Carney’s, Papaya King…

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June 20, 2012

Summer Makeover for Disney’s California Adventure

Who’s planning a summer visit to Disneyland or California Adventure this summer? Some exciting changes are taking place in California Adventure, starting with the unveiling of Cars Land on June 15. A 12-acre park that resembles Radiator Springs from the hit 2006 Disney Pixar movie, early visitors report that it’s like walking onto a very…

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June 19, 2012

Happy Anniversary Sid Grauman

This year marks big anniversaries for both of Sid Grauman’s iconic Hollywood theatres. The Egyptian Theatre situated next to the Pig & Whistle restaurant will be celebrating 90 years in the movie business in October. Originally set to look like a Spanish hacienda, Mr. Grauman changed up the plans when King Tut’s tomb was discovered so he could capitalize on all the Egyptian excitement. Five years after opening the Egyptian, Mr. Grauman debuted the beautiful Chinese Theatre. The first three hand and footprints were set in wet cement to flashing cameras just before the theatre’s grand opening. Now there are about 200 movie stars who have been immortalized in the cement courtyard. Grauman’s Chinese Theatre is offering special movie nights the remainder of the year with pricing reminiscent of the time: 25cents. You can catch Spartacus Tuesday June 12 with…

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June 12, 2012

Enter to win John Kelly Chocolates

It was my lucky day in January 2011 when I walked into John Kelly Chocolates store in Hollywood. I had discovered them on YELP and every single review was more mouth-watering than the next one. So John Kelly became a stop on my Chocolate Indulgence tour. Not only do our guests get to sample LOTS…

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June 7, 2012

Travel Happy Hour

I made a lot of interesting and wonderful friends when I spent 3 years sailing and working onboard Princess Cruise Lines. They came from all over the globe, and yet some of my shipmates are right here in Los Angeles. Lisa Niver Rajna and I met on the Dawn Princess somewhere in the Caribbean in…

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June 7, 2012

Celebrating Hollywood Legend Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe (born Norma Jeane Baker) would have been 86 years old on June 1. August 5 marks the 50th anniversary of her passing. There are many ways to remember, honor and celebrate the Hollywood legend. From now through June 7, there is a Marilyn Monroe film festival taking place at Grauman’s Chinese Theater in…

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June 4, 2012

Dolby Theatre + Disney’s Brave

Today on tour, I noticed the Kodak name was missing from the front of the landmark Hollywood theater that is home to the Academy Awards…I guess that means they are making way for the new Dolby signage. It was announced recently that the newly-renamed Dolby Theater will debut with the premiere of Disney/Pixar’s new feature…

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June 2, 2012

A Big Man Bakes great cupcakes!

So thanks to another of my fabulous Hollywood tour guests, I found a new cupcake shop in Los Angeles. Big Man Bakes is located downtown, on Main Street, across from Pete’s Café & Bar. I was super excited that they were open on Memorial Day Monday because Matt was buying a car only 2 miles…

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May 30, 2012

Pie + Tea

It’s fun being in the tour business, especially because the research can be so tasty! Today I paid a visit to the American Tea Room in Beverly Hills and met the owners of this quaint 9-year-old establishment. I tasted limoncello tea as I walked around the room sniffing little ramekins of tea named after Caribbean…

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May 24, 2012

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