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LA Adventure Specialist - 11:11 16 April 2010

She looks SO GOOD with a Shotgun!

dsc_00734Private Los Angeles helicopter tours are defined by the sensibilities and desires of the client.

So does skeet shooting qualify? But of course! Chartering a helicopter and landing at a Gun Club with a Pro Club Instructor waiting for you at the landing pad certainly puts this afternoon in the running. Our tour landed us at Triple Clays in El Monte. Before I knew it my wife had a shotgun in her hands for the first time and she was knocking orange clay targets out of the sky. Our Club Pro Instructor instructor Zach Kienbaum told us, “This sport puts a smile on everybody’s face because it is instant gratification. Give me 15 minutes and I will have anyone hitting targets.” Triple Clays is an enormous Club that has Skeet, Trap, and Sporting Clays, which is like golf with a shotgun. As it turns out, women enjoy this sport just as much as men do and seem to catch on even faster; at least my wife did! She looks SO GOOD with a Shotgun!

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LA Adventure Specialist - 11:11 15 October 2009

Cat in a Cab

dsc_0197 If you live in LA, the phrase, “Now I have seen it all” should never depart your lips. In fact I have embraced the fun things I encounter on a daily basis as the most enjoyable aspect of being a local!

Seriously, when will I ever see a cat lounging in the back of a cab again? While I enjoy being in a Los Angeles helicopter and flying around above traffic, there are certain sights that only can be see on the ground and in the right place at the right time. I would not make a good paparazzi!

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LA Adventure Specialist - 11:11 14 October 2009

Cupcakes: Beverly Hills Style!

sprinklesThere is a line that forms daily on Little Santa Monica Blvd. in Beverly Hills, CA. Sweet cakey goodness like no other is what makes Sprinkles so special. I always gravitate back toward the Red Velvet Cup Cake; but there is simply no way to go wrong.

Do not let the line outside the door intimidate you. There is very little standing room inside the front door and it creates the illusion that the line is longer than it is. I have never waited more than 20 minutes, which is worth every second if you have to. Enjoy them fresh! The perfect guilty pleasure before or after star tours Hollywood. Sprinkles Beverly Hills is located @ 9635 Santa Monica Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90210. (310) 274-8765

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LA Adventure Specialist - 11:11 11 October 2009

Brother Klaus Puck

puckPrior to a Clippers game, I was finally able to try Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill, at LA LIVE downtown, and loved every aspect of it. The restaurant is masterfully designed by Tony Chu, serving excellent food from chefs John Lechleidner and Dustin Lewandowski.

Wolfgang’s Bar & Grill showcases his signature comfort food with a variety of inventive dishes drawing inspiration from his renowned fine dining restaurants ranging in price to accommodate varying budgets. The restaurant offers creative salads, wood-oven baked pizzas, handmade pastas, enticing entrees and meats grilled over hard wood. If you are planning to tour Los Angeles, dining here will allow you to blend right in as a “Los Angelenos.” Also, if you happen to notice a family resemblance with the General Manager, Wolfgang’s brother Klaus Puck is partner and manager! 800 W Olympic Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90015 – (213) 748-9700

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LA Adventure Specialist - 11:11 10 October 2009

The Malibu Country Mart

pb2The Malibu Country Mart encompasses 6 acres of land in the heart of the Malibu Civic Center and comprises approximately 82,000 square feet of high-end retail, dining, and service providers. Its buildings are a mix of architectural styles, displaying Spanish, Mediterranean, modern, and rustic influences. Other features of the property include unique gardens and sculptures, outdoor dining and picnic areas, and a children’s playground.

Because of its high end retailers, the Malibu Country Mart has been a destination for the famous and the well heeled who inhabit the beachfront property west of Los Angeles, and a hidden gem for Los Angeles tours. The Malibu Civic Center area is the primary local gathering place, known for being frequented by locals and tourists, alike. To the city’s bemoan the area has also become an increasingly popular venue for paparazzi hoping to catch a glimpse of local celebrities, like Pierce Brosnan and his sons. Definitely stop by The Malibu Country Mart @ 3835 Cross Creek Rd Malibu, CA 90265 / (310) 456-6226

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LA Adventure Specialist - 11:11 9 October 2009

It’s a Wrap

showroomThis is the only company on the planet that offers the general public the opportunity to purchase actual wardrobe and props from movie and TV sets for sale in 2 fabulous retail stores. The folks from “It’s a Wrap” pick up wardrobe and props off the sets or out of the wardrobe or prop departments of major motion picture studios and independent production companies. Shoppers have the unique and special opportunity to purchase an item from a film or TV show-movie history can hang in your closet or decorate your home! The studios buy all types of clothing to dress the character from a movie or TV show.

It’s a Wrap sells designer labels such as Giorgio Armani, Donna Karan, Calvin Klein, Thierry Mugler, Anne Klein, Barney’s, Romeo Gigli, Escada, Prada, Hugo Boss, Canali, Ralph Lauren, Tahari, Nicole Miller, Ellen Tracy, Carroll and Company, St. John, Bagley Mishka, Jean Paul Gaultier, Gianfranco Ferre, Yves St. Laurent, Anna Sui, Betsy Johnson, Product, Versace, Moschino, Chanel, Ann Taylor, DKNY, Dana Buchman, Banana Republic, Gap and more!!! Most items in their stores are priced at 35% to 95% OFF retail price! I have often thought of opening my own kind of store called “tour vans Los Angeles” dedicated to selling the piles of designer clothing left behind on tours; but I have an excellent track record of tracking down my clients and returning their forgotten articles. Celebs dig “It’s a wrap too! Their customers include Gena Davis, Drew Barrymore, The Olsen Twins, Shirley MacLaine, John Tesh, Anthony Hopkins, Joe Mantegna, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Brittany Murphy, David Arquette, Patricia Arquette, Shannen Doherty, Angela Bassett, Shelley Michelle, Mark Harmon, Mario Lopez, Nicole Eggert, Margaret Scarborough… and more. I am telling you……..add this to your list, because this place is simply the coolest! 3315 W. Magnolia Blvd. Burbank, CA 91505(818) 567-7366 or 1164 S. Robertson Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90035 (310) 246-WRAP (9727)

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LA Adventure Specialist - 11:11 8 October 2009

Pre-owned Luxury Handbags

silhoueteYesterday, I was doing what I like to call “Professional Ease Dropping” while on Rodeo drive. Generally speaking, women unlike most men like to share their experiences with the process of “consumer spending” where as men typically like to simply show off the toys they bought. I digress. Two ladies chatting at 2 Rodeo Drive were talking about Pre-owned Luxury HandBags. So there I was 5 feet away Googling it on my Blackberry. Turns out, Fashionphile is the largest pre-owned luxury handbag business in the country. It is a family-owned and operated business, located just off of Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, CA.

Founder Davis says, “I started Fashionphile in 1999 as a way to pay off my law school loans. Over time, and with an enormous amount of help from my family, Fashionphile has earned an un-rivaled national reputation for selling only authentic luxury bags. Our mission is to make shopping for pre-owned bags easy, fun, and safe.” The fact that I find this stuff interesting, even though I do not own a hand bag and never will, explains why I often look down at my shirt to see if it reads, “sightseeing tours Los Angeles.” I suppose I just like to know, and share, then know some more. So if handbags stir the urge for you to “consume” go to: 9551 Wilshire Blvd Beverly Hills, California 90210 / or call: 310.279.1136

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LA Adventure Specialist - 11:11 7 October 2009

From the Vineyard to the Bar

dsc_03331Doing tours I have become spoiled with helicoptering into a a vineyard in Malibu for a wine tasting, but visting a great wine bar is a close second. Vertical Wine Bistro is in the heart of Old Town Pasadena, and should be added to your intinerary! This wine bar boasts over 400 wines from all over the globe. Their chef (the former chef of Opus Bar & Grill and Aubergine) has created a nice petite plates menu. This includes pan-seared Whitefish and ‘Date Poppers’ (Serrano ham, Gorgonzola and pickled Jalapenos). Up to 100 wines are available by the glass.

Outside of LA in neighboring Santa Barbara County, I have have conducted many California Wine Tours for VIP clients in addition to private tastings in LA combined with yacht and/or helicopter adventures. Yet, the ambiance of a classy wine bar in a hip part of Pasadena, is most definitely a great way to spend 2 hours. Vertical is located at: 70 N. Raymond Ave. Pasadena, CA 91103 / 626-795-3999

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LA Adventure Specialist - 11:11 6 October 2009

The Best Fish Taco in Ensenada

The Best Fish Taco in Ensenada. Yep. That is the name of the place. Do they live up to their name? Oh ya. Joseph, the owner comes from the wholesale fish business and he has this amazing creation down to a delicious science. bft Unlike most other fish taco places, a very light breading so they’re not too bready and filling. He’s serious about serving each taco fresh and hot right before your eyes.
Perhaps one of the coolest things about the LA County area, is the pride that certain restaurant owners take in turning a menu item that is found of hundreds of other restaurant menu’s and turning it into a passion driven culinary masterpiece! Located not too far from the land of “Hollywood tours” Swing by @ 1650 N. Hillhurst, LA CA 90027
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LA Adventure Specialist - 11:11 5 October 2009

Coast Guard @ LAX

U.S. Coast Guard helicopters are not to be mistaken for any other. The U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Los Angeles is located at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). The unit started as an aviation detachment in 1962 with two HO-4s helicopters and has since grown to a station supporting four HH-65C “Dolphin” Helicopters. Air Station Los Angeles maintains a Search and Rescue helicopter 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and is responsible for protecting the coastal area of Southern California from Dana Point to Morro Bay. On average, 200 SAR (search and rescue) cases are prosecuted every year. In addition to SAR, Air Station LA helicopters provide Homeland Security Patrols for the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, and Port Hueneme in Ventura County.

The Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach comprise the largest cargo seaport in the United States and the fifth busiest in the world moving over 15 million containers every year. In Addition to container traffic, the seaport is also the largest Cruise Ship port on the west coast. Additional Homeland Security responsibilities include the over water approach and departure corridors for Los Angeles International Airport, which handles more international flights than any other airport in the country. Over 60 million passengers on California tours, ect. and 1.8 millions tons of cargo travel through LAX each year. Finally, Air Station Los Angeles helicopters and personnel protect the ecologically rich waters surrounding the Channel Islands National Parks.

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