Archive for November, 2009

LA Adventure Specialist - 11:11 30 November 2009

The Beverly Hills Speedway

Beverly Hills Speedway was an American board track in Beverly Hills, California, USA. It was the home to speedingModel Ts and airplanes which cut through the airspace of Beverly Hills during the roaring 20s. Built in 1919 on what is currently Beverly Hills High School, the Regent Beverly Wilshire and many shops and homes on the 275 acres (1.11 km2) was then called Beverly Drive West. The track ran south of Wilshire Boulevard, between Lasky Drive and Beverly Drive and Santa Monica Boulevard. At a cost of $500,000, it was completed and ready for inauguration on February 28. The money for this project came from a group of actors and others in the industry. Together they were known as the Beverly Hills Speedway Syndicate and in 1919, they finally had enough money to go ahead with their project.

The majority of this money went to buying the land. The lima-bean farmer who sold the Syndicate the land offered it to them for $1,000 per acre ($2,500/ha). Using 2-by-4-inch (50 by 100 mm) boards since the material was cheap, the 1-mile (1.6 km) speedway was built by Jack Prince — famous at the time for his speed track constructions. Though not only cheap, the wood was better than the typical dirt race track since it didn’t have the dust flying into driver’s faces. While it is hard to believe Beverly Hills evolving into Nascar 90210, it is a fond thought that Beverly Hills entertained racing enthusiasts for a short period of time. Today, when you tour Los Angeles, you will see all of the the Ferraris and Lambos with so many RPMS and no place to go!

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LA Adventure Specialist - 11:11 29 November 2009

LAX in Pop Culture

L.A. International Airport, a song written by Leanne Scott and first recorded by David Frizzell in 1970, was covered in 1971 by Susan Raye and this version reached #9 on the Billboard Country Singles chart (and #54 on the Hot 100 singles chart). The song was re-recorded with updated lyrics in 2003 by Shirley Myers for the 75th Anniversary of LAX. Susan Raye, who has been retired from the music industry since 1986, made a rare public appearance to sing her classic hit at a concert at the celebration and to be on hand when a proclamation was issued to make the song the official song of LAX.

Rapper The Game had a 2008 album titled LAX. LAX is referred to at the beginning of Party in the USA (2009) by Miley Cyrus. In addition, the terminology LAX is used repeatedly in television series, and movies with national recognition more so than perhaps any other airport abbreviation. In fact, on private LA Tours, I am often asked what the “X” stands for. LA once served as the designation for Los Angeles International Airport. But, with the rapid growth in the aviation industry, the designations expanded to three letters, and LA became LAX. The letter X does not otherwise have any specific meaning in this identifier.

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LA Adventure Specialist - 11:11 28 November 2009

Beachcomber Malibu

Looking seaward from Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, there’s almost no sign of the Beachcomber Cafe, but if you are on a surfboard in the ocean off Surfrider Beach, you probably have a great view of what’s so amazing about the place — its one of a kind location.

The Malibu Pier, part of a state beach and well on its way along a revitalization joourney, has a illusive kind of curb appeal. Unless you park and walk past the Sport Fishing Pier sign, you won’t know that it’s now a popular spot for strolling, sunset-watching and dining. But locals, including actor-celebs, have discovered the Beachcomber, a casual but pricey eatery that opened in the space once occupied by Alice’s Restaurant. It’s that rarest of waterfront restaurants, one that’s as cozy when the fog rolls in as it is fresh and bright on sunny afternoons. This is always a fantastic lunch stop on my private Los Angeles Tours, because it is that rare location that “has it all.” 23000 Pacific Coast Hwy Malibu, CA 90265 (310) 456-9800

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LA Adventure Specialist - 11:11 27 November 2009

Fish Grill Malibu

Ever eat at a seafood restaurant and get the urge that you want to run into the kitchen and check the freezer because it tastes like that is exactly where it came from? As far back as anyone can remember, Aharon Klein has loved grilling at family barbecues, and his obsession with fish and freshness that made the meals most memorable. Family and friends always knew that with Aharon at the grill, a spectacular feast was guaranteed for all. This lifelong passion inspired him, in 1986 to open the very first Fish Grill restaurant on Beverly Boulevard in Los Angeles. The rest is history. Of course, a lot has changed since then, but Aharon’s guiding principle of serving Simply the Freshest Fish remains the same.

Somehow fish always seems to taste better the closer you are to the ocean. Well, maybe that is just “me” but is could be true for some people too. I often frequent the Fish Grill at 22935 Pacific Coast Hwy
Malibu, CA 90265 (310) 456-8585
. This location exists in a realm of coastal beauty miles from the vortex of “tour vans Los Angeles” and the mainstream sightseeing scene, but being an Adventure Specialist, I recommend sightseeing outside the box!

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LA Adventure Specialist - 11:11 26 November 2009

Urth LA

The Urth Caffé is an organic coffee company that exclusively carries its own brand of premium, fresh roasted whole bean organic coffee, and hand selected fine teas sold under strict quality and ethical standards. Urth Caffé organic coffees and fine teas can be discovered online, via mail order, in fine restaurants and Urth Caffé locations in Los Angeles. Certified organic for the Urth means grown 100% chemical free. Only a handful of the world’s premiere, certified organically grown coffee beans can produce the flavor, richness, and aroma that make Urth Caffé’s organic coffees stand out from traditionally grown coffees. Urth Caffé’sorganic coffee standards are unmatched nationwide.

The Urth Caffé sells all organic specialty coffees, coffee drinks, teas, coffee-making equipment, high-quality health conscious meals, and exquisite desserts in a casual atmosphere through its restaurant locations. Caffé locations offer a wide selection of healthy entrees, soups, organic salads, and sandwiches. They also fresh bake their own delicious desserts with choices ranging from the most decadent to low fat, and vegan selections; it is no wonder why Los Angeles van tours often drive by identifying Urth as a hangout for celebs.

Urth Caffé – West Hollywood
Located at 8565 Melrose Avenue, (310) 659-0628, between Robertson and La Cienega, in the design district of Los Angeles.

Urth Caffé – Beverly Hills
Located at 267 S. Beverly Drive, (310) 205-9311, between Wilshire and Olympic, in the heart of world famous Beverly Hills.

Urth Caffé – Santa Monica
Located at 2327 Main Street, (310) 314-7040, between Pico and Ocean Park, in the heart of Santa Monica’s famous shopping district just a few blocks from the ocean.

Urth Caffé – Downtown
Located at 451 South Hewitt Street, (213) 797-4534, on Hewitt and 5th, in the Arts District of Downtown Los Angeles.

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LA Adventure Specialist - 11:11 24 November 2009

Healthy Eats!

Real Food Daily is the premiere organic vegan restaurant in California. With two locations in Los Angeles, Real Food Daily continues to draw crowds who enjoy delicious, balanced meals made fresh with organic ingredients. RFD attracts the someday to the everyday vegetarian, trendsetting young eaters with sophisticated palates and the mature diner seeking gourmet health supportive cuisine.

Perhaps the best person to recommend a Vegan dining establishment is someone that is NOT Vegan! Truly, RFD is is beyond tasty and will leave you wanting more. And for those of you that just finished your very own private “sightseeing tours Los Angeles” episode, RFD in frequented weekly by a variety of celebs that enjoy the healthy eats!5414 N La Cienega Blvd, West Hollywood – (310) 289-9910 OR
414 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica – (310) 451-7544

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LA Adventure Specialist - 11:11 24 November 2009

Make Los Angeles Personal

All throughout town signage shouts “sightseeing tours Los Angeles” in a variety of different ways and a potporri of colors that can be confusing and enticing all at the same time. Such prefix tours can be very general lacking the personal attention that unlocks the unique aspects

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LA Adventure Specialist - 11:11 20 November 2009

West Hollywood Los Angeles rooftop pool experience

The Rooftop Pool + FitnessSituated on The London West Hollywood’s top floor, their exclusive rooftop pool deck offers amazing panoramic views of the L.A. skyline and Hollywood Hills. Inspired by a traditional English garden, this lush retreat is tucked away from the city’s intensity, yet you remain at the center of everything. Soak up Southern California’s ideal weather from a plush lounge chair. Refresh with a cooling spritz or specialty cocktail served by the Pool Concierge. Or simply enjoy the exceptional atmosphere in their secret garden.

For those who need a little privacy or shade from the California sun, they offer four poolside Cabanas filled with indulgences and special services. Or if you prefer an invigorating workout, take advantage of their Fitness Facilities – both indoor and outdoor stations available day or night. Flying over the city of Hollywood Tours by helicopter, this is a roof-top oasis that stands out among the many neighboring building sprinkled throughout West Hollywood.

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LA Adventure Specialist - 11:11 18 November 2009

Shopping @ the LA Coroner’s Office

If you had to guess what city in the US had shopping available in their Coroner’s Office, LA very well may be your first guess. The shop, called Skeletons In The Closet, has been operating since September 1993. With the declining tax revenue, other concepts had to be considered to help off-set monetary losses. The intent was to use monies raised to offset the costs associated with the Youthful Drunk Driving Visitation Program (YDDVP), which uses no tax dollars as support.

This marketing effort is an outgrowth of a coffee mug and tee-shirt that had already been used to complement an annually sponsored professional Coroner conference.

Skeletons in the Closet features a complete line of quality souvenir items, such as beach towels, tee-shirts, tote bags, baseball caps, coroner toe tag key chains, boxer shorts called “undertakers,” and more. Each item displays a unique Los Angeles County Coroner design such as a skeleton in Sherlock Holmes attire, a chalked-out body outline or the L.A. County Coroner seal.

Response to this marketing program has been overwhelmingly positive and has received worldwide interests, particularly throughout the United States and Canada. Customer awareness has been generated through much publicized newspaper and magazine articles, as well as radio and television appearances. If you have exhausted your “Things to do in Hollywood” list; this could be an odd adventure for you!

A worldwide mail order business has been established with over 30,000 names of people interested in receiving the annual Skeletons in the Closet catalog. Customer names are constantly being added to the mailing list throughout the year from visitors to the shop, and daily telephone requests.

For more information contact Skeletons in the Closet, (323) 343-0760.

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LA Adventure Specialist - 11:11 17 November 2009

Finding the LA Tour That’s Right for You

laPeople on vacation tend to fall into one of two camps. First there are those who plan their trip down to the minutest detail, laminate their itinerary and stick to it like glue. Others take more of a laid-back approach, believing that adventures and future memories will find them if they just embrace the experience. In Los Angeles, it’s often best to find a balance between these approaches.

LA guided tours are intended to give out-of-towners a one-of-a-kind look at the city’s many personalities and attractions. Even if you cannot experience everything Los Angeles has to offer in a single trip, you can at least rest assured that a seasoned tour guide knows the area inside and out. Tours cut out the problem of getting lost and losing valuable vacation time because of logistical issues.

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