Posts Tagged ‘book’

Luxury Tours of Los Angeles - 3:00 4 November 2014

The Mysterious Kingdom of the Arroyo

Visit the Magical Arroyo on a

Private Tour in Pasadena

The cover of a new children's fantasy The Mysterious Kingdom of the ArroyoThe Mysterious Kingdom of the Arroyo is a powerful children’s fantasy written by a friend of ours who lives overlooking the fantastical Arroyo Seco in Pasadena.  Within the arroyo seco (“dry creek” in Spanish) our private Los Angeles tour guests can explore the Rose Bowl Stadium, Kidspace Museum and the Pasadena Aquatics Center (mentioned in the book).  The arroyo runs from near the Jet Propulsion Laboratory to the north, an area once inhabited by Chief Hahamongna and the Tongva indians all the way into South Pasadena where it feeds into the Los Angeles River.  The dry creek is largely cemented now as part of flood controls from 1920 Army Corps of Engineering efforts to prevent damage from the occasional massive rains that inundate the area.  The Devil’s Gate Dam stands where rapids would arise during these infrequent deluges.  But there is still woodland and open creek bed, ponds and …

… there is magic in the arroyo, too, captured by Boualem Bousseloub in his lovely adventure of a young boy named Astor.  Astor’s mother suffers from severe depression since the death of her husband, his father, in a tragic accident, yet the boy allows himself to be led by a giant rabbit, Blanca, to find a way to cure the unknown illness that plagues Lady Irena, who with her husband Lord Iridio, rule the magical kingdom.  Astor must learn to rely on his own strengths and the teachings of his father and grandmother to avert the chaos that would ensue from the failing health of Lady Irena.

A look at the magical woodland of the arroyo in Pasadena

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Luxury Tours of Los Angeles - 3:00 6 December 2013

Kogi Comes to L.A.

Our Private Tour Vans Seek the Kogi Truck

Cover of Roy Choi's biography and cookbookWe 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.  The Kogi truckEven 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.


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Luxury Tours of Los Angeles - 3:00 5 October 2013

Who Killed Love – Meditation on L.A. Life on the Edge of Success

Book cover Who Killed Love by Don Scribner

Not Quite Gritty Look at Los Angeles Is Like a Private Tour

We often use this space to tout friends of the company whose work will interest our website visitors and prospective Los Angeles tour guests.  Don Scribneractor, screenwriter, songwriter – is now a novelist with the publication of his first work of literary fiction, Who Killed Love.  Set mostly in North Hollywood, this meditation on an artist’s life, not suffering but not quite successful, takes the reader through the paces of living in Los Angeles in the wake of great fortunes and the struggle to attain it.  The book is also a murder mystery.  Not a cozy mystery for you airport paperback readers nor the gritty, underbelly of the city, tough talking kind of puzzle you love from Elmore Leonard and his Los Angeles ilk.  Don has either broken all the rules of homicide novels or created a few new ones that make his story really work.  This is a perfect book for a vacation to Los Angeles with time at the hotel pool or Venice Beach or for those of us who simply love Los Angeles and prefer to read late into the night.  Don, a character himself, populates his mystery with many of the same people you would meet when out for a night of country western bar beer slinging in Hollywood.  But Beverly Hills is also a part of the story as you might imagine.  Don knows the city and its entertainment industry denizens so well that he is on our list of “celebrities” that join us for certain custom private tours with guests who want to know not just where the movie stars live but how to one day live there themselves (or show their children the path).  Don has great anecdotes and tales of behind the scenes in movieland and really tells those stories well.  He makes the tour even more than special for our guests and for us.

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