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LA Adventure Specialist - 10:35 26 November 2010

Local Mixologists Shake Up Gift Baskets at Bar Keeper

barkeeper-giftbasket.pngIf you’ve got a cocktail lover on your holiday shopping list, we just heard about these amazing gift baskets at Silver Lake’s Bar Keeper that put the city’s best bartender’s in your hands.

There have been so many occasions that I have been asked about “gift baskets” on our private Hollywood tours. Bar Keeper has selected some of the city’s premiere mixologists to curate this gift basket series, like The Varnish’s Eric Alperin and Chris Bostick, Rivera’s Julian Cox, La Descarga’s Steve Livigni, Roosevelt’s Library Bar’s Matt Biancaniello, Neve Ice’s Michel Dozois, and more.  For these spirited holiday gifts, we love that the twist is that they’re all about LA. 3910 West Sunset Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90029-2242
(323) 669-1675  – posted on

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LA Adventure Specialist - 10:54 25 November 2010

Laugh Factory Hosts 31st Annual, Free Thanksgiving Day Feast

Laugh Factory logoThe Laugh Factory will host its 31st annual Thanksgiving Feast, free of charge – welcoming the underprivileged, the homeless and anyone alone for the holiday – for free food, fun and comedy.

Top comedians will greet and help serve guests, as well as perform live shows following each of four meals served throughout the day.

Also on hand to welcome guests and join in the festivities will be owner Jamie Masada, who commented, “Spending the holidays alone is no laughing matter. We welcome anyone to take a seat at our table and celebrate with our family of comedians and friends.” On our private Hollywood tours, I am always telling our clients about The Laugh Factory and Jamie’s “Coming to America” story coupled with his endless generosity.

WHAT: Laugh Factory hosts 31st annual, free Thanksgiving Feast with top comedians serving & entertaining.

WHEN: Thurs., Nov. 25 @ 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m. & 7 p.m. A live comedy show will follow each meal service.

Since its inception, the Laugh Factory has fed over 150,000 people through its annual Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners. Using the power of laughter to turn loneliness to joy, the club is transformed into a holiday wonderland where people from all walks of life are welcome to come and enjoy turkey, stuffing and all the trimmings. Past celebrity guests have included Chris Rock, Jamie Foxx, Jamie Kennedy, Dave Chappelle, Bob Saget, Tom Arnold and the late Richard Pryor, among many others.

    • Laugh Factory, 8001 W. Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood (Between Laurel Canyon & Fairfax)
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LA Adventure Specialist - 10:25 24 November 2010

Which Local Cities are the Most Dangerous in the Nation?

police-southla-hood.jpgNew rankings released today by CQ Press reveal which of America’s cities are the most and least dangerous. Of the over 400 cities evaluated, only three area cities show up in the first 50 most dangerous cities: Compton (#8), San Bernardino (#34) and Inglewood (#44). Los Angeles came in at #158 on the list. Other area cities in the top half of the most dangerous are South Gate (#81), Hawthorne (#121), Long Beach (#138), Lancaster (#164), Norwalk (#170), Downey (#187), Santa Ana (#196), El Monte (#198) and Palmdale (#200).

On private Los Angeles tours guests are always asking us about the safest places in LA. “The crime rankings are calculated using six crime categories: murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary and motor vehicle theft,” explains CBS2. “The rankings include all cities of at least 75,000 residents that reported crime data to the FBI in the six categories for calendar year 2009.”

It’s not all bad news in SoCal, though. Several local cities are among the safest in the nation, like Mission Viejo (#4), Lake Forest (#7), and Irvine (#10). Other top-ranking safe spots include Simi Valley (#16), Thousand Oaks (#18), Orange (#17), Newport Beach (#31), Glendale (#34), Huntington Beach (#39), and Temecula (#47). credited for posting.

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LA Adventure Specialist - 10:31 23 November 2010

PETA Names UCLA Most Vegan-Friendly College Campus

vegan-lasagna.jpgTurns out a “Bruin” isn’t necessarily a carnivorous beast: PETA has named UCLA”the most Vegan-Friendly College in the U.S.” among larger schools, besting 31 others in the process, which was a bracketing system compared to college basketball’s “March Madness.” PETA2 Director Dan Shannon singles out UCLA as a role model for nutrition education, adding: “More and more young people are learning that the best thing that they can do for animals, the planet, and themselves is to go vegan.” Though animal rights are a huge issue at UCLA, their dining halls offer several vegan options for students. On our private Los Angeles tours it is often considered unique by our clients to have a plethora of various vegan dining options.  (h/t Squid Ink)

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LA Adventure Specialist - 3:47 22 November 2010

The Truth about Santa

The truth about Santa is that he spends a lot of time in Los Angeles from November through December.  We are at his disposal flying him around by helicopter and transporting him by ground and yacht as well!

As a result, he is available to join our clients on private Hollywood tours that allow folks to get the most unique Holiday photos ever; posing with Santa by the Hollywood Sign, next to the Helicopter or with the beautiful Pacific ocean in the background!  He is a cool cat, and we love his shades!  Check out our Santa video!

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LA Adventure Specialist - 12:02 18 November 2010

Harvest Beer Fest LA / 11-20-10

Cost: $30.00
Saturday November 20, 2010 12pm – 7pm
1154 Glendale Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026
(213) 413-8200
Music, food trucks, craft beers…unlimited pours.  I can not to tell our clients about the “beer” on our private Hollywood tours.

Their words:
The First Annual Harvest Beer Fest, sponsored in part by Spaceland Productions, along with Anderson Valley Brewing Co., El Prado & Malo Restaurant, will be held at the Echoplex & Echo bringing together the best in LA-based food trucks, entertainment and over 50 West Coast and national brews. Local favorite bands such as Vaud & the Villains, Shannon & the Clams, Blasting Company, and Last Round Down will provide live entertainment throughout the day, and ticket sale proceeds will benefit 826LA. check out

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LA Adventure Specialist - 4:01 17 November 2010

Cupcake Camp LA 11-20-10

Saturday November 20, 2010 @ 12pm
Henry Fonda Theater6126 Hollywood Blvd
Hollywood, CA 90028
(323) 464-0808
The global “Cupcake Camp” phenomenon is finally coming to Los Angeles for a uniquely delicious charity fundraiser with a style befitting the showbiz capital of the world.

On Saturday, November 20th, Cupcake Camp L.A. will give local cupcake lovers a chance to sample creations from the region’s best commercial and amateur bakers, several of whom are planning to debut unique holiday-themed and wedding cupcakes.

General admission tickets are $15 and kids five and under are $5.  Tickets may be purchased in-advance at:

Proceeds from Cupcake Camp L.A. will benefit nonprofit organizations including Angel Acres Horse Haven Rescue (a nationally-recognized rescue that prevents equine abuse and saves retired racehorses from slaughter), InvisiblePeople (which empowers homeless people to tell their stories and connect with support services via online social media) and American Tortoise Rescue (which provides sanctuary and advocates to protect turtles and tortoises all over the world).

Produced by Los Angeles-based, the family-oriented event will feature a special kids cupcake decorating section and even a college football viewing lounge next door (with special drink rates for Cupcake Camp attendees).

On our private Los Angeles tours we always have the local scoop for our visitors! For more information, please visit the official Cupcake Camp L.A. website at and connect on Twitter @CupcakeCampLA (hashtag #CupcakeCampLA) and Facebook.

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LA Adventure Specialist - 2:31 13 November 2010

Designer Con

Saturday, November 20, 2010 10:00 am
Pasadena Convention Center
300 E Green Street
Pasadena, CA 91101
(626) 793-2122
Things to do in Los Angeles
One of the coolest things about being a tour guide is the never ending supply of events like this one to tell people about on our private Los Angeles tours.  Now in its fifth year, DesignerCon (formerly Vinyl Toy Network), is an annual art and design convention that smashes together collectible toys and designer apparel with urban, underground and pop art. Some must see activities include:
Spoonful of Star Wars™ Art Exhibition featuring over 100 paintings of vintage Star Wars™ action figures by Bwana Spoons from the collection of Dov Kelemer and Sarah Jo Marks.
Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School is the world’s premier alt.drawing movement that has now spread to over 100 cities around the world. Founded in 2005 in a dive bar in Brooklyn, artists draw glamorous underground performers in a variety of sexy costumes.
World’s Biggest “Blindbox Time” brought to you by Toy Break and DesignerCon! Bring a blindbox toy from home or buy one at the show and take part in the largest recorded group blindbox opening.
So Analog Custom Show by Squid Kids Ink featuring dozens of customized So Analog retro cartridge figures!
Live Painting throughout the day! Attending artists include Doctor A, Bwana Spoons, Scott Tolleson, Ragnar, Joe Ledbetter, Buff Monster, Chris Ryniak, Mr. Toast, Ben Walker, Nathan Hamill, and more. Past shows have also featured artists such as Frank Kozik, Amanda Visell, Michelle Valigura, Tim Biskup, Buff Monster, Greg “Craola” Simkins, Angry Woebots, Mad, Miss Mindy, Jeffery Scott, David Horvath, Sun-Min Kim, Luke Chueh, and many more.
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LA Adventure Specialist - 10:26 12 November 2010

Aziz Ansari: Dangerously Delicious Tour – LATE SHOW

Aziz Ansari: Dangerously Delicious Tour - LATE SHOW photo
Saturday, November 20, 2010 10:00 pm


Orpheum Theatre

842 S Broadway

Los Angeles, CA 90014
(877) 677-4386

$34.85 – $56.45
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If you loved Aziz in Funny People, Parks and Rec or his stand up special “Intimate Moments for a Sensual Evening” you will LOVE his live show.  Aziz has me doubled over every time I see his stand up comedy live.  This tour is selling out around the country! Don’t miss this show; I know that I will be telling people about it on our private Los Angeles tours!
From the press release for the tour:
Actor/comedian Aziz Ansari has announced he will embark on a major multi-city standup tour this summer.  Ansari, who currently stars opposite Amy Poehler on NBC’s critically acclaimed “Parks and Recreation” (which was recently renewed for a third season), will bring his “Dangerously Delicious Tour” to various cities from June through September.

This past January, Ansari released an hour long standup special on Comedy Central titled, “Intimate Moments for a Sensual Evening.” The special and subsequent DVD/CD were both extremely successful and the album continues to be a mainstay on iTunes’ comedy best-seller list. Ansari has also become a regular on the late night circuit with recent memorable appearances on “The Late Show with David Letterman,” “The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien,” and “Jimmy Kimmel Live.”

Ansari has clearly established himself as one of the biggest names in comedy. Entertainment Weekly recently named him one of the top 12 “Future Stars of Comedy,” and separately one of 2009’s Breakout TV Stars.  Paste Magazine named him one of the Top 10 Comedians of the Decade. The Hollywood Reporter said that he “has become one of the most prolific writers and performers on the comedy scene in recent years.”

Additionally, Ansari is currently developing three films for Judd Apatow and Universal with Director Jason Woliner. Ansari will appear in Get Him to the Greek this summer and had roles in the hit films Funny People, I Love You, Man and in Observe and Report.  Ansari first rose to fame on television as a member of MTV’s “Human Giant.”

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LA Adventure Specialist - 10:21 11 November 2010

URBAN HUNT: Los Angeles

URBAN HUNT California Tour DatesWhen:
Saturday, November 20, 2010 12:00 pm
Big Wangs
801 S Grand Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90017
(213) 629-2449



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I can not wait to tell people about this on our private Hollywood tours! URBAN HUNT is an afternoon version of “The Amazing Race,” where you and a teammate race around Los Angeles solving clues, complete fun puzzles and challenges, make new friends, and create long-lasting memories! This modern upgrade to the traditional scavenger hunt offers you an exciting and innovative way to explore new parts of Los Angeles.  It’s time to stop watching your favorite game shows from the couch and time to finally start playing them! Your adventure awaits!
Who: Teams of two looking for a fun and unforgettable afternoon exploring Los Angeles
When: Check-in from 11-11:45am. The hunt begins at NOON! (We estimate it will take teams between 2-5 hours to complete)
Where: The Starting & Finish Lines are at Big Wangs- 801 S. Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90017 – Located 1 block south of the 7th Street / Metro Center Metro Stop on the Red / Purple Line in Downtown.
Prizes: 1st place wins a $300 prize and bragging rights!  Best Team Costume wins a $50 gift certificate.
Entry Fee: NOW $50 per person
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