Archive for July, 2011

LA Adventure Specialist - 2:06 30 July 2011


July 28–31. ESPN kicks off its annual sports competition downtown, with more than 200 athletes at competition and event venues including Staples Center and Nokia Theatre L.A. Live. This is continuously one of the craziest fun events to watch while touring Los Angeles. New this year, Enduro X showcases riders’ talent on an all-terrain obstacle course, and a rally-car racing circuit runs through downtown.

Tickets via Ticketmaster 800.745.3000 or at Staples Center box office.

1111 S. Figueroa St., downtown, 213.742.7340.

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LA Adventure Specialist - 1:31 28 July 2011

Learn to Cook “Modern Italian” at Culina’s Tasting Panel

All the recipes offered in each of the the tasting panels are new, and you get the opportunity to rate them and decide if you would like to see them on a future Culina menu. I’m hoping for it to be a new experience that should entice future visits from those on LA tours. At the end of the afternoon, Casanova will send you on your way, armed with a set of recipe cards, so you can continue creating modern Italian cuisine at home.

Culina’s Tasting Panel beginss at 2 p.m. and lasts approximately two and a half hours.

Second Saturday each month through 2011: Aug. 13, Sept. 10, Oct. 8, Nov. 12 and Dec. 10.


Culina Modern Italian, Four Seasons Beverly Hills,


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LA Adventure Specialist - 1:05 27 July 2011

Planning Things Ahead Of Time

When you go on vacation the best thing to do is plan all your activities in advance. Planning ahead ensures that you will have a good time. It takes the stress out of trying to find things to do. This is really true when you have kids that you are taking with you.

If you are planning to go to L.A. there are a lot of cool things to do other then just search for stars. Yacht charters Los Angeles is a great experience. It’s a lot of fun to experience a yacht on the open water. There are a lot of things that your kids will be able to explore on the yacht. It’s a very entertaining experience.

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LA Adventure Specialist - 12:43 26 July 2011

Summer Thursdays Aperitivo at Fig & Olive

Thursdays through August. Oenophiles can sip and savor four new French wines from Provence at “Summer Thursdays”—alongside open forum discussions with the vintners and a complimentary appetizer with the purchase of a glass of Côtes de Provence rosé ($10; one appetizer per guest). Yet another of many cool places to indulge while your on a sightseeing tour of Los Angeles. The Côtes de Provence Appellation d’Origine Controlee (AOC) is the largest appellation in Provence and is known internationally for producing some of the world’s best rosé wines.

5–7 p.m. Fig & Olive Melrose Place, 8490 Melrose Place, L.A., 310.360.9100.

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LA Adventure Specialist - 11:40 24 July 2011

Let Me Down Easy

Through July 31.

Anna Deavere Smith (“Nurse Jackie,” “West Wing”) is a theatrical superstar, and her new solo show is as funny as it is tender. Having traveled to three continents and conducted over 300 interviews, Smith explores physical power and vulnerability in her signature style of journalistic performance. I thought this would be great for a different evening out while you tour Los Angeles. Throughout the evening, she channels twenty people, some you know, some you’ve never met from Lance Armstrong to first supermodel Lauren Hutton, to Governor Ann Richards to a rodeo bull rider to distinguished doctors and holy men. In the end, the show is about resilience, grace and most of all, love.

The Broad Stage,

Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center,

1310 11th St, Santa Monica,


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LA Adventure Specialist - 3:25 22 July 2011

Sushi Roku Hollywood Sunday Happy Hour

Sundays. Ease your way into the work week by enjoying a menu where all items are under $6. Menu items include new signature dishes such as Albacore Tacos “Roku” Style with Yuzu Guacamole; Sushi Roku classics like Hanabi with Spicy Tuna or Yellowtail with Diced Chiles; Miso Eggplant Dangaku and more. It’s not easy to find a good reasonably priced sushi place while you tour Los Angeles, thanks aren’t necessary. The Happy Hour menu also features sake, select wine and beer, and cocktails such as the Fuju Apple Martini.

5-11 p.m.

Sushi Roku Hollywood, 8445 W. 3rd St., L.A.


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LA Adventure Specialist - 2:15 21 July 2011

Sunset Strip Craft Beer Garden

July 23. ColLAboration, the crew behind the mobile craft beer garden that hit Hollywood in June, is back, taking over the Sunset Strip, Saturdays in July. Great place to take out friends while on a sightseeing tour of LA. Find dozens of craft beer selections from labels such as Russian River, Beer Valley, Craftsman and Green Flash.

$10+. 8950 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood.

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LA Adventure Specialist - 11:48 19 July 2011

Calivirgin Olive Oils Dinner at Mezze

July 20. For one night only Chef Micah Wexler partners with Calivirgin Olive Oils for an exclusive five-course Calivirgin Extra Virgin Olive Oil-infused tasting menu that includes selections such as tomato flatbread with housemaid lebne; mackerel with smoked egg and avocado; blue prawn with avgolemono and puffed rice; veal cheek sweetbread; and Calivirgin Extra Virgin Olive Oil semolina cake. Something to salivate over while you tour LA. Diners can also chat with the founders of Calivirgin, the Coldani family, and learn more about the California-produced oils that inspired Chef Wexler’s menu.

$55/pp. 6-11 p.m.

Reservations required: 310.657.4103.

Mezze Restaurant, 401 N. La Cienega, L.A.

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LA Adventure Specialist - 12:24 18 July 2011


Set in a retro chic lounge with a distinct ‘70s game show vibe, Vodvil is your best stop for a game night out in LA. Expect word games, trivia, classic game show challenges and party games like charades and celebrity. A great way for you to enjoy that retro LA feel during your sightseeing tour of LA. Each night has a different theme. Between games, refuel signature cocktails and nosh on classic Americana fare by Chef Jamie Lauren. Vodvil, 351 N. Fairfax, L.A.

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LA Adventure Specialist - 1:04 13 July 2011

Not Jumping Out Of A Plane

Have you ever wanted to go skydiving? I am deathly afraid of heights so for me the answer will always be no. At least that’s what I always believed. The thought of jumping out of a plane is not my idea of a good time.

When it came to my best friend’s bridal shower she decided that we should go to L.A. She had found a place for us to try sky diving. It was the Los Angeles Indoor Skydiving. Since it wasn’t jumping out of a plane she thought that it would be fun for me. It actually was a pretty good time. I still have no desire to jump out of a plane.

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