Archive for the ‘Dining in LA’ Category
Avoid Vampires, Eat at Raw After a Late Private Tour
Los Angeles is a pretty easy town to find late night dining, especially if IHOP and Denny’s revs your engines. However, we also have Norm’s, Pink’s, The Pantry and a number of pizza pits to fulfill the need for hot food after midnight. But what if you are a vegetarian and want something healthy and delectable and appealing when you leave the midnight screening of Rocky Horror Picture Show? If you are anywhere around W. Hollywood then get yourself to Planet Raw and embrace the raw food movement in the wee hours of the morning. Chef Juliano, who grew up in restaurants around the U.S., became a vegan before he turned 20 and later developed a philosophy and food preparation style embracing raw foods. With a complete understanding of nutrition and digestion the restaurant emphasizes proper food combining as well as selection. While we are mentioning it as a late night choice, Planet Raw is open all day, too.
Our Private Tour Vans Seek the Kogi Truck
We have written about many exciting food trucks that we encounter in our travels around Los Angeles with our private tour guests seeking the Los Angeles “experience.” One of our favorites, and one of the easiest to find, is the Kogi Truck. The cuisine is a combination of Mexican and Korean just as its chief chef, Roy Choi, is. Roy has a book out now talking about his life growing up in Los Angeles as a Korean in a Mexican culture, his love of food and culinary arts training and the birth of the Kogi Truck with his friend Mark Manguera. With five trucks traversing Los Angeles daily the Kogi website and Twitter feed make it easy to plan where to intercept a truck for a delightful meal. Even a family sightseeing with us on a private luxury tour is eager to experience this particular wheeled fusion of culture and foods when we tell them about the acclaim received by the business since its Thanksgiving 2008 inception.
Private Tour Lunch Stop in W. Hollywood
Lunch time on a private Los Angeles tour means so many things for our guests and us. Hot dogs, hamburgers, tacos, sushi – there are so many quick meal choices at recognizable and memorable food stops throughout our regular touring area in Hollywood and Beverly Hills. If lunch time strikes while we are cruising through West Hollywood then Lemonade is where we gently guide our guests for a delectable and healthy meal that is fast and fun. Cafeteria style, the café offers fresh made salads created from local and freshly grown vegetables and fruits and savory meat dishes that fill your stomach without emptying your pocket. It’s quick and easy with flavored lemonades that competently fit the southern California climate throughout the year. The man behind the plan, Alan Jackson, is the grandson of film legend Alan Ladd and the son of radio talk show host Michael Jackson. If you lunch with us on your tour then be prepared to learn about Ladd’s films and the Ladd Company while you enjoy young Ladd’s culinary creations.
Leaving LAX on a Private Tour to Get Fresh Donuts
Visible from the 405 Freeway, city streets and during the approach when landing at Los Angeles International Airport, the giant donut atop Randy’s Donuts is a Los Angeles icon. Since 1953 the hole has marked the spot where folks come by for some doughy refreshment and coffee. Part of a movement in architecture embraced by southern California, and particularly Los Angeles from the 1930s through the 1950s, buildings were designed to look like their featured products. We also have buildings shaped like familiar objects remaining from that period. In other words, our custom Los Angeles tour guests never know what they are going to see. Randy’s Donuts is familiar to many from its appearances in movies, television shows, commercials and music videos over the years – a filmography too long to list. And, not surprisingly, the donuts are good. Motorcycle clubs often meet here at the easy to find and park landmark before heading out to the beach or mountains for a day of riding. We also cruise by on the way from the airport to Hollywood. Donuts and coffee, anyone?
After a Morning Los Angeles Tour a Great Brunch
Pull off of Wilshire Boulevard onto Merv Griffin Drive and leave your car with the valet at the Beverly Hilton Hotel because you are in for a Sunday brunch to remember. Your destination is Circa 55, the classic yet modern dining establishment overlooking the newly remodeled pool which has a late morning/early afternoon Sunday buffet meal that will satisfy any hungry guest or visitor.
Catering to the widely divergent tastes of southern California there are all sorts of fusion dishes offered (with more traditional Sunday brunch fare for those with simpler tastes). Lots of food and free-flowing champagne and mimosas. And making it all go smoothly is a fine hospitality staff taking care of you from the driveway to your seat at the dining table. Many of our private Los Angeles tour guests have recommended to us the Hilton Sunday Brunch so we are happy to pass along their suggestions.
Let Your Tour Guide Show You Citywalk at Universal
A 19-screen movie theater (including a giant IMAX auditorium which is the best place to see Gravity in 3D), 14 restaurants (Hard Rock Cafe and Wolfgang Puck’s Bistro are there) plus a good number of snackeries and cafés, all kinds of stores, and then there are bars and nightclubs (Howl at the Moon a favorite of ours) from comedy to jazz – Citywalk is really an entertainment and shopping mecca for everyone to enjoy. It is not just for visitors after a custom luxury tour of Los Angeles and Hollywood and it’s not just for evening. Every day. All day. Include a visit during your tour or spend time for dinner and a movie or live music. Enjoy it all.
So Much History, So Little Time on a Los Angeles Tour to Tell It
Some places that we visit along the Sunset Strip as we drive between Beverly Hills and Hollywood have been there a long time (as we Californians account for time). One of those grand destinations is the Rainbow Bar & Grill which opened formally in 1972 with a party for Elton John. That’s not very old, we know. However, before it was the Rainbow Bar & Grill it was the Villa Nova and owned by director Vincent Minelli (husband of Judy Garland, father of Liza). Great Hollywood celebrities of the more distant past ate, drank, danced and sang there (Marilyn Monroe met future husband Joe DiMaggio there in 1952) while more recent luminaries occupy the present incarnation of the restaurant. Our guides can entertain their guests with the interesting stories and scandals associated with the building. The building deserves its own history book.
Our Private Tour Guests Want a Classy Halloween
One of our favorite West Hollywood restaurants is Fig & Olive on Melrose Place. They are hosting, along with Veuve Clicquot champagne a Halloween dinner party where you can dress to impress for fun. The posters from each of the Yelloween partners give all the details. Make your reservations now, get your costume together and prepare for a real Halloween treat.
West Hollywood, Hollywood, Beverly Hills – we tour in all these neighborhoods and keep track of what is happening there so that our guests can decide on things to do after their private Los Angeles tour.
Convenient Coffee Shop for Custom Hollywood Tour
We still refer to this charming diner in Hollywood as the “Swingers” cafe because we all so clearly remember Doug Liman’s 1996 film Swingers which was, in part, filmed here. We also love the little cafe in this charming hotel on Franklin near the 101, the Best Western Plus Hollywood Hills Hotel to be exact. The hotel was regularly filmed in its time and was also a stopping place for stars from the 1920s to the present to stay or just to get a bite to eat. Our guides still drop in after their private Hollywood tour on the way back to the garage. Not necessarily with a cappuccino on their mind but certainly a good meal and a hot cup of coffee. They can use the time to work on their scripts. If you are interested in the history of the building you should visit this YouTube link and enjoy a silent documentary for a quarter of an hour. How many of these notable Hollywood figures do you know?
Flying Over Hollywood Chic on a Sunset Strip Aerial Tour
The Mondrian Hotel stands alone atop Sunset Boulevard offering incredible views of the Los Angeles basin and shoreline. Known by everyone who is anyone for Skybar, the elegant poolside bar where the young Hollywood celebrities love to gather, the hotel will soon be opening Herringbone, Brian Malarkey’s wonderful seafood restaurant begun in La Jolla. Expect to find the same Hollywood elite dining and drinking at the Mondrian. What our guests always talk about is the rooftop pool. Great views to Palos Verdes and Catalina Island and what we love – great service. The poolside menu for drinks and snacks is superb and gives us reason to keep reading our guilty fiction and celebrity magazines instead of heading elsewhere for sustenance. On any of our perfect Los Angeles nights it is one of the best places to ogle the beautiful people gathering for drinks and power conversations. Join us there during or after a private Los Angeles tour to talk about the great homes of Beverly Hills and the busy studios of Hollywood.