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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

Laundry Day

Susan Feniger’s STREET is a well-loved stop on our Hollywood Sites & Bites tour. The Friday and Saturday guests are treated to Susan’s international street-inspired shareable small plates. Laundry Day fritters are often served, representing a tradition from New Orleans. Apparently Mondays are laundry day in the French Quarter and so the cooks prepare a…

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May 22, 2012

Ocean views in Manhattan Beach

Summer is on its way and the beaches in Southern California have never looked so inviting. One of the most beautiful beaches around here is just a few miles south of LAX, known as Manhattan Beach. It is a known fact that the fine, white sand that you love on Waikiki Beach in Hawaii was…

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May 22, 2012

The Good Pizza

There have been a lot of blogs recently about pizza…first Eater LA hosted Pizza Week, and then Tasting Table announced a new roaming pizza truck. I still have 800 Degrees, Milo & Olive and Stella Rossa on my to-try list. I can check off Pizzeria Mozza, Sotto and Pici Enoteca. But I have to say…

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May 18, 2012

Papaya King

So after visiting Carney’s on Sunset recently, I decided it was time to pay Papaya King in Hollywood a visit. Located on Wilcox Blvd just across from the “You are the Star” mural, Papaya King is a New York City outpost that sells hotdogs and tropical drinks. Sadly, I was the only customer during the…

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May 16, 2012

Are you a Sinner or A Saint?

True story: one day recently a Mini Cooper stopped by as we were prepping the van for a tour, and the driver asked if we were the company who leads the Chocolate tours!? That’s how Elisa, the owner of Sinners and Saints Dessert shop, and I became friends. Clever name, don’t you think? Elisa and…

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May 14, 2012

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