Posts Tagged ‘Things to do in Los Angeles’

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LA Adventure Specialist - 6:49 9 March 2017

The Tour Story: No panties. No wall. No bad photos.

Famed photographer Timothy Fielding shares a unique story and photo tips with Tony Riccio, owner of Elite Adventure Tours of Los Angeles.

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LA Adventure Specialist - 11:11 30 December 2009

The Fairfax District

It is roughly bordered by West Hollywood on the north, Highland Avenue on the east, West Hollywood and Beverly Hills on the west and Wilshire Boulevard on the south. The Fairfax District is sometimes confused with Park La Brea, which is a real estate development within the District, and the curious Beverly Hills Adjacent, particularly on housing rental advertisements. The section of Fairfax Avenue filled with traditionally Jewish businesses is sometimes referred to by Angelenos as Kosher Canyon or “The Bagel District.” This area should be added as a brief stop on your “things to do in Los Angeles” agenda. Beginning around 2005, real estate listings began to define the western part of the area as Beverly Grove when listing homes for sale.

Historically, the Fairfax District has been a center of the city’s Jewish community. In the early 20th century, with an expanding population and more young families, many began looking for new housing. As a result of this, many middle class Jewish families moved west from Boyle Heights, City Terrace, East Los Angeles andMontebello to the area around Fairfax Avenue, a street they lined with Kosher delis, restaurants, butcher’s and baker’s shops and fish markets, creating a unique village in the heart of the city.

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LA Adventure Specialist - 11:11 3 December 2009

A Private LA Club

The Jonathan Club is a private social club in Los Angeles, California, U.S. It maintains two clubhouses, one in downtown Los Angeles at 545 South Figueroa Street (built in 1924) and one on the beach in Santa Monica. Indeed, the private club’s location in a prime spot on the Santa Monica beach has been a continuing source of debate, since that portion of the beach is off limits to all but clubmembers and their guests.

The Los Angeles headquarters has dining and residential facilities, ballrooms, a health club, a library and other accoutrements. The Jonathan Club has been rated among the top five private city clubs of the United States for many years, and the Santa Monica Beach location can be showcased nicely on LA helicopter tours.

Membership in the club is by invitation. For most of its history it was for men only, but since 1987 it has accepted both men and women.

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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 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 10 November 2009

Westwood Village

In the early ’80s, before The Grove, this small five-block square retail village used to pack in up to 100,000 people a night. For a small moment in time it was, L.A.’s answer to Times Square. It used to be the place where a great percentage of Hollywood films opened, determined by how well they were received by the UCLA students who crammed into the theaters.

Now it is a far relaxed Village, with its mix of stores and restaurants catering to students and elegant clothing stores catering to wealthier clientele from the surrounding upscale neighborhoods, visiting makes this a great cultural addition to doing many of the “star tours Hollywood.” The stunning old bank building at the heart of the Village that has been converted into the pricey, white-hot Eurochow restaurant. Bordered by the UCLA campus, Wilshire Blvd., Gayley Ave. and Hilgard Ave., Los Angeles CA

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LA Adventure Specialist - 11:11 8 November 2009

Tree Lighting Event

The stunning and elegant fir has traveled from the amazing landscape of McLeod, California in the Shasta region, brought in by Victor’s Custom Christmas Trees, and is 110 feet tall, will glow with 15,000 sparkling lights and will feature more than 10,000 ornaments.

The annual selection of the white fir tree is very important. Only a tree that is 80 years or older is chosen because it is near the end of the white fir’s grand life cycle. After the holidays the tree will be used for mulch; and 14 new white firs will be planted in its place. You if you are going to tour Los Angeles or you live here and you are looking for something fun to do on a Thursday, check it out @ 7:30pm Thursday November 19, 2009 @ Americana at Brand in Glendale California.

Last year the tree lighting event drew enormous crowds…….so I would suggest getting there early for dinner and/or a movie prior!

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LA Adventure Specialist - 11:11 6 November 2009

Thanksgiving on the Beach

paradise-cove-malibu-beachSo, our hill sides in Southern California are not covered in fall foliage. So hit the beach I say! I know of no better place to combine “food and beach” than Paradise Cove in Malibu. While I think it would be the coolest place to enjoy a California Style Thanksgiving in flip flops, you must make a visit on any sunny non-holiday as well.

Enjoy a Traditional Thanksgiving dinner at this restaurant on the sand in Malibu will include clam chowder, salad bar, turkey with macadamia nut dressing and all the fixings, pumpkin pie and free seconds. $29.95 for adults, half price for kids 10 and under; reservations 11 am to 9:45 pm. I recommend the Cove on all of my Los Angeles tours. You must have the calamari, even if you go on Thanksgiving!
Paradise Cove Beach Cafe
28128 Pacific Coast Hwy Malibu, CA 90265 (310) 457-2503

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LA Adventure Specialist - 11:11 31 October 2009

Pumpkin Ice Cream!

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It is that time of year again in Los Angeles where the temperatures start to shift just enough to be brisk but not enough where we loose the right t stop bragging about our year round sunshine! Since, pumpkin ice cream is not something your find in the grocers isle, pretty much anywhere, I enjoy directing people to a scoop or two.
Bennett’s Ice Cream is one of a kind: Scott Bennett and his staff make their own ice cream from fresh ingredients mixed on the spot, which you can watch the process through Bennett’s kitchen window. Located in the famous Farmer’s Market in Los Angeles, which has become a main stop for those who search ” sightseeing tours Los Angeles ” you will find Bennett’s in Stall # 548 @ 6333 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA (323) 939-6786€Ž
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