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LA Adventure Specialist - 6:57 31 August 2010

The Little Door, LA

The Little Door RestaurantThe Little Door in Los Angeles, CA represents the melting pot of culture that makes this great city what it is. Opened ten years ago by Frederic and Nicolas Meshin this once hidden experience is now a staple in the Los Angeles restaurant industry.  Always a favorite, this can be an overlooked gem to visitors so I always point it out on my private LA tours.  Chef T. Nicholas Peter purchases all of his organic produce from local farmers and has created a simple but healthy menu. This LA hotspot serves a delicious rustic Mediterranean cuisine that captures all the natural essence of the region.

The Little Door also boasts the proud honor of being the first Los Angeles restaurant to ever introduce a wine bar to LA diners over ten years ago. With one of the largest selections of wines in the City of Angels, The Little Door contains eighty-five varieties of wine by the glass from all over the world. Whether it is for the wine or the love Mediterranean food, come visit this Southern California restaurant, which has built the reputation of being “The Most Romantic Restaurant” in Los Angeles. A Quintessential Classic for Romantic Dining 8164 West 3rd Street, Los Angeles CA 90048

“Best Wine Menu” Wine Spectator Magazine

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LA Adventure Specialist - 11:15 30 August 2010

Munch LA 9-18-10

If you haven’t had your fill of food truck events (we know we haven’t), then head on over to Fairfax High on Saturday September 18th from 11am-5pm. Munch LA is an event that will feature over 30 food trucks, while shopping from some of LA’s top designers and grooving to tunes provided by DJs. Admission to the event is just $7 (or $10 at the door) and proceeds benefit Fairfax High. Your entry includes a drink from Hansen’s Natural Sodas to wash it all down.

Our private Los Angeles tours will adjust their routes to include a stop and a munch for sure! Food trucks for the day include Ahn Joo, Baby Bad Ass Burgers, Big Swirl, Calbi BBQ, Crepe n Around, Del’s Lemonade, Dim Sum Truck, Don Chow Tacos, Dosa Truck, Dumpling Station, Eat Phamish, Fish Lips, Flying Pig, Frysmith, Greenz on Wheelz, Greasy Weiner, India Jones, Kabob N Roll, Komodo, Lake Street Creamery, Let’s Be Frank, LudoTruck, Nana Queens, Slice, South Philly, Sweet Truck, Tropical Shave Ice, Vizzi and more. Shop Young Fabulous & Broke, Hudson Jeans, Wendy Glez Lingerie, T Bags, Dylan George, Paige Denim, Boheme Jewelry and much, much more.

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LA Adventure Specialist - 12:52 28 August 2010

Back to School Beer Tasting 8-29-10

Back to School Beer Tasting
Glendale (3-5pm)
The Back to School Beer Tasting will be held at Red Carpet Wine with headmaster Larry James of Wine Warehouse. Celebrate the last days of a glorious Summer and the school system taking over the supervision of your children again with BBQ by RCW’s Pat. $30 per person, call to RSVP: 800.339.0609.

This is part of what I love about being a private guide of luxury “tour vans Los Angeles” because along with all of the traditional, historical and new sights that I showcase on a private customized tour, there is simply NEVER a lack of new and interesting things to do in this town on any given day or hour!  This is just another cool example. Red Carpet in Glendale is not just a place where you can go to get the finest wine and spirits in Los Angeles, but they have a tasting bar that is the coolest and most comfortable that I have ever seen.  It says……”Sit down…..stay a while.”  If you are tasting at the bar you are also welcome to bring some food along with you!  So, show up for the beer on Sunday and come back for the wine!  And while you are there……..ask for HK the owner……he is almost always there and a super nice guy!

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LA Adventure Specialist - 4:43 27 August 2010

OC Foodie Fest @ The Honda Center 8-28-10

OC Foodie Fest

Anaheim (11:30am-7pm)
Orange County’s first gourmet food truck event taking place Saturday, August 28th at the Honda Center in Anaheim. The one-day event will be the ultimate foodie destination, featuring the best in popular mobile eats combined with a unique forum to showcase local entertainment & shopping to help support local charities. 50 food trucks in all.  It is hard not to point out all of these rolling restaurants throughout the city on our private Los Angeles van tours.  Admission to the event is $12 bucks +food prices, or VIP for $50 +food prices which gets you in 30 minutes early with a bag full-o-swag.  You’re still gonna spend all day standing in line; because that is how it really rolls!  It is an experience though!

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LA Adventure Specialist - 10:56 26 August 2010

Embracing the West Coast Lifestyle

When my husband and I moved to Los Angeles, we immediately noticed that people do things a bit differently on the West Coast. The first thing that struck us was the casualness – I don’t think I’ve seen a single person at work wearing a suit or even khakis. Negotiating all the traffic on the Santa Monica Freeway has been a sobering experience to say the least, but for the most part we’ve adapted quickly.

I particularly like the fact that people in L.A. are so health-conscious. I had never so much as tasted tofu before moving out here, and now it’s one of my favorite garnishes. All of our friends back in Boston were intrigued by our new way of life, and many of them have made the trip out here to see how we’re doing. We love taking them around the city and usually make reservations for LA helicopter tours one day so we don’t have to battle the traffic.

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LA Adventure Specialist - 11:34 25 August 2010

Your Secret Parking Weapon at LA Live

UD - ParkWhizHere’s how it works. You score tickets to a big event at Nokia or Staples. And then you immediately visit the ParkWhiz website, find the night you’ll be there and reserve your spot in a 500-car lot just steps away on Figueroa. You pay up front (it’s $20), they email you a receipt, and you’re all set.  Being an expert when it comes to private “sightseeing tours Los Angeles” knowing where to park can be a science!

When the big day is here, just drive up, hand the attendant the receipt you printed out, and you’ll be shown to your spot. Easy. So in the meantime, you don’t have to worry about a thing.

Except getting tickets to that big event…  Check out:  www.parkwhiz.com

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LA Adventure Specialist - 11:26 24 August 2010

Sweet Rose Creamery @ the Brentwood Country Mart

Think of this as a retro date spot you can rely on—the owners are also behind your Rustic Canyon burgers and Huckleberry doughnuts—for those warm LA days when you need to show off your more traditional side. (It’s in there somewhere.) Step up to the counter, order a Salted Caramel Shake and meet her at the stools with a couple of straws. It’s like last night never happened—except the good parts.

On private Hollywood tours, we are always suggesting unique gems like Sweet Rose Creamery that will leave our clients with a specialized appreciation for what there is to offer in LA!  You’ll also just want to keep it in mind anytime you’re… really hot.  The ice creams constantly change, and everything’s homemade in small batches, from the marshmallows to the cones to the chocolate chips. We especially like the Strawberry Ice Cream Pie (ice cream and whipped milk in a graham cracker crust) to help you keep your cool.

Sweet Rose Creamery

at the Brentwood Country Mart
225 26th St, Suite 51
Santa Monica, CA 90402
310-260-2663

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LA Adventure Specialist - 10:54 23 August 2010

Corkbar in Downtown Los Angeles

Life is too short to drink cheap, bad wine. Come to mention it, life is too short to eat bad burgers too. Combine those rules of life, and you get Corkbar in Downtown Los Angeles. Situated amongst the fancier lofts of South Park, just steps from the Staples Center, home of the Lakers, Kings, and Clippers; Corkbar is the ultimate neighborhood wine bar. They specialize in mostly California wines, with a simple and focused comfort food menu.

Corkbar is decorated in rich wood accents, d cruswarm lighting, with plenty of seating. The tables outside along the street are perfect for summer time dining, with great views of the downtown skyline. There are inside dining tables for larger parties, bistro tables along one side, or pull up right to the bar and chat with any one of the friendly bartenders. You’ll quickly find that their wine knowledge, while expansive, is comforting and approachable.

They feature wines focusing on California and smaller vintners. Wines like Orin Swift “The Prisoner”, Melville Syrah, and Crystal Valley Cellars “The Temp”. Not only do their wines shine, but the food does too. No enormous plates of food here, just small and focused dishes of seasonal, market fresh food designed by Chef Albert Aviles. Snacks and sides like white bean puree on toast drizzled with truffle oil or pork belly sliders that melt in your mouth. Yes there, are many things to do in Hollywood on your visit………but you must not overlook the downtown LA scape and digs like Corkbar! Seasonal menu items like apple juice brined pork tenderloin and butternut squash risotto are perfectly paired with wines.

You’ll quickly find yourself coming back for jazz night, Sunday supper specials, and their Test Kitchen Tuesday that features a different small plate every week for just two bucks.

Corkbar
403 West 12th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90015
(213) 746-0050

TIPS: Happy Hour Mon-Fri from 4-7pm. Nightcap specials after 11pm. Live Jazz music on Sundays and Wednesdays. Monthly wine maker dinners.

This story was first published on Examiner.com

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LA Adventure Specialist - 1:00 20 August 2010

Things to do in LA 2010 / August 20

Friday, Aug 20

Barnsdall Fridays Wine Tasting

Los Angeles (5:30pm)
Unwind and enjoy the beautiful Barnsdall Art Park as the sun is setting, from the gated gardens in the West Lawn of the historic Hollyhock House. Silverlake Wine will present four selections of boutique, small production, artisanal wines from around the globe. As featured in LA Weekly, LA Times, Urban Daddy, and FoodGPS. Wine tastings are $20, tours of the Hollyhock house available for an additional $15. This is a unique and one of the fun things to do in Los Angeles. Tours start at 5:45pm, 6:15pm, and 7:00pm. Space per tour slot is limited, and often sell out!                                       Visit:    http://barnsdall.org/?cat=4

Image by: Adam B. Stein

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LA Adventure Specialist - 1:48 19 August 2010

L.A. Chefs Get a ‘Test Kitchen’ for YOU to dine in!

test-kitchen.jpgComedians test out their material in front of crowds before their big shows all the time.  So why not chefs before they open their next restaurant? Meet Test Kitchen, which opens next week in the much speculated-about former Spark Woodfire Grill space on Pico Boulevard.  I will be talking about this is on my next private Hollywood tour. I love new and fresh ideas like this that I can share with our clientèle!

On a rotating basis, chefs and mixologists will take stage. Starting next August 18th will be Jordan Kahn’s “Red Medicine.” The $40 per person contemporary Vietnamese prix fixe menu consists of 12 items that will be served continuously family style. For drinks, mixologist Noah Ellis will pair dishes with wine and his cocktail creations. The duo will serve customers through August 22nd.  Visiting chefs will be serving dishes they are working on for future restaurant projects.  Mixologists provide innovative pairing opportunities and avenues to express their craft.  Each chef will be working alone or in consultation with Ricardo Zarate, who is currently finalizing his own restaurant.   Contact & Media Inquiries: info@testkitchenla.com  / 9575 West Pico Boulevard, Los Angeles 90035

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