Hot Hot Hot!

October 2008 has become Los Angeles' hottest in history. Because of the heat-trapping effects of urban development and global warming, L.A. has been getting progressively warmer. Entering this week, the average had been 84.3 and the National Weather Service was forecasting cooler days. But instead, it just got hotter: 94 degrees on Tuesday, 90 on Wednesday and 84 on Thursday. By 11:47 a.m. today, downtown had hit 81 degrees. It's almost November...I should be breaking out the scarf, not the bikini.
♥ Kan

Halloween Chamber of Horrors @ Hollywood Museum!

Take the scenic route and celebrate Halloween at The Hollywood Museum in the historic Max Factor Building in the new "Chamber of Horrors" showcasing your favorite terrifying costumes, masks, corpses, mummies, posters and props from popular horror genre films and TV, now through November 2nd.
The ‘Chamber of Horrors’ screams to the top of the list of must-visit Los Angeles Halloween haunts. You're invited to experience this entertaining, spine-tingling attraction featuring original memorabilia from the 1930s to present day featuring favorite horror-themed motion pictures and television. But beware! Don’t be shocked if there’s a surprise visit by Hannibal Lecter or Michael Myers all amidst the haunted church pews from "The Exorcist." Located at 1660 N. Highland Ave. (at Hollywood Bl.) and open Wednesday through Sunday from 10am- 5pm. $15 for adults; $12 for seniors and students under 21.
Happy Halloween!

Veterans Free (11/1/8-11/27/8) @ Knotts Berry Farm!

Veterans, please stand up.
Knott's annual tribute to the U.S. Military, past and present. Veterans or current serving military personnel plus one guest get in FREE with proper ID presented at Knott's turnstile (DD214, Veterans Administration Hospital ID or Active Military Service ID). Purchase up to six additional tickets for just $15 each. This offer stands November 1st through Thanksgiving Day, 2008. Click here for more info. (Thanks for the heads up Gordon Gartrale garments, my pop is a Veteran).

Vodka and Chocolate Cake, A Girl's True Best Friends (Nic's)

Nic's in Beverly Hills has everything a girl could ask for. There's a trendy, yet bohemian bar/lounge area and a more formal dining room with cozy semi-circular booths for an intimate dining experience, as well as tabletop seating for that evening meeting. The glass-enclosed vodka freezer, the Vodbox, is the perfect place for friends to share a bottle of high-end vodka while wearing faux leopard coats. And if you are into martinis like we are, you will be quite impressed with the martini menu which features 80 varieties. Do enjoy a hearty meal or just go for drinks and appetizers. Or, if you are a midnight sweets fanatic like Candice, just go for the molten chocolate cake. Nic's offers great deals on Monday nights, including $7 martinis and appetizers.
Nic's is open Mon-Thu 5pm-11pm & Fri-Sat 5pm-2am and is located at 453 N Canon Drive in Beverly Hills. Click the title link or call (424) 354-3392 for more info. Check out this video, courtesy of City Search, featuring restaurateur Larry Nicola for a tour of Nic's.

♥ Kandyce

Carleton Watkins at The Getty

Anyone that really knows Kandyce with a K knows that I love museums, aquariums, plays, etc. So now that the fires are contained, I'm planning on heading over to the Getty Museum for one of their newest exhibits, Dialogue among Giants: Carleton Watkins and the Rise of Photography in California.
Carleton Watkins, a South American native, lived a life of photography that is key to California history. The photographs he left behind display his personal vision of the birth and growth of California. Watkins is best known for his photographs of nature in Yosemite as well as the Pacific Coast. Watkins photographed the Monterey Peninsula in the 1880s, recording the continuously unfolding progression of the scenery along Seventeen-Mile Drive, which began and ended at the Hotel Del Monte. Near the hotel, Watkins created this image of a native cypress—windblown and with its roots exposed—clinging to the side of a rocky cliff.


Cypress Tree at Point Lobos, Monterey County 1883–85


Maxwell Live '08 Tour...with thicky thick Jazmine Sullivan

From blue lights and dusky leather, a Puerto Rican but Haitian fused Maxwell emerges from his M.I.A.-ness and graces us with a BET sponsored fall '08 tour. Expect to hear his greatest Neo-Soul notes with "Fortunate," "Sumthin' Sumthin' " and the intoxicating "Luxury: Cococure." He's back ladies and we're glad about it. Newbie, Philly-bred Jazmine Sullivan, a R&B, Pop, Reggae songstress, side kicks the show with new hits "Need You Bad" and "Bust Your Windows..." Click here for tickets to the main show this Saturday, November 1st at 8pm @ the Shrine Auditorium. *shopping on iTunes* ~Candice

2008-09 L.A. Lakers Season Opener vs. Trailblazers

The Lakers begin the 2008-2009 race to the Western Finals, tonight at Staples Center @ 7:30pm. (Ladies, I advise you to TiVo your shows ahead of time...) Following, will be their equivalent road game against the Clippers on Wed, 10/29/8 @ 7:30pm. If you're a fan, then you must go to a game this season...splurge, be spontaneous and be merry. (The highly anticipated re-match with the Celtics will be on Christmas Day, click early for seats.)
Click here for tickets, or rub elbows with the company execs in the suites. See you there!

Blue on Blue at The Avalon...Haunted!

OK, so Blue on Blue at The Avalon isn't really haunted, but they are offering some hauntingly good drinks to celebrate Halloween like the Massacre Martini made with vodka, Kahlua, butterscotch schnapps, whipped cream topping, and raspberry puree drizzle to give the “bloody” effect. Not to mention the Green Goblin made with Van Gogh chocolate vodka, Godiva white chocolate and green creme menthe. Yum!

The Blue on Blue bar is a popular, yet low-key, Beverly Hills poolside hangout that offers daily flavors of martinis as well as the popular favorites: The Blue Avalon, The Librarian's Martini, The Sex Kitten (*meow*), The Key Lime Pie, and A Walk in Space. Poolside cabanas with privacy curtains (*wink*) are available by reservation; three are for dining and three for cocktails. Book at least three weeks in advance.

But for now, swing by the bar before your Halloween festivities this year. The spooky specialty drinks are only available from October 30th to November 1st.

The Avalon is located at 9400 West Olympic Blvd in Beverly Hills. Call (310) 277-5221 or click the title link to make a reservation.
♥ Kandy Rain

Teachers...We Need You!

In the interim of job placement? Military Veteran and/or Retiree? Teach In L.A., is urging all Secondary and Special Education teachers to apply online for the 2009-2010 school year. LAUSD is seeking Math & Science enthusiasts, dedicated Special Education Leaders, energetic Physical Education coaches, and all mastered Foreign Language teachers. Bachelor's Degree holders, acquiring credentials is easy, click here for more info.

There's no time to lose, check it out!


Halloween Parties!

  • Are you dressin' up this year? You might as well party hop, since you can only wear that costume once. I found some Halloween parties going on around town, check 'em out. Head over to metromix.com for more info. Collaborative Media Halloween Party @ Element October 31st, 1642 Las Palmas Ave, Hollywood
  • Spooktacular@ Ivar , Oct 31st ,6356 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood DASK Productions' Masquerade and Costume Ball@ Henry Fonda Theater, Oct 31st, 6126 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood Shipwreck@ Queen Mary, Oct 24-26th, Oct 30th 1126 Queen 's Highway, Long Beach And of course, the infamous West Hollywood Carnival, Oct 31st. Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood. ~Candice

L.A. Lemonade's @ El Cholo's

Combination #1 with a chicken and cheese enchilada and a chicken taco; is El Cholo's most requested entree along side the L.A. Lemonade. This dim Spanish floral restaurant on Western Ave., upgraded with mini flat-screen t.v.'s in the bar area for you NFL fans, has great service, great food, and strong memorable drinks. This place was built on many memories of meeting girlfriends on lunch breaks, and random weekend excursions leading here. Definitely kid friendly, but singles and introverts, arrive before 4 pm to beat the rush.
Also, this Monday, October 27th, celebrate El Cholo's 85th Anniversary as they honor Teachers, Police Officers, and Firefighters at their Hero's Event. Show proper i.d. and your entree is free! Click on the title link for special events for proof. Let them know L.A. Etc sent you.

Pasta Roma...Late Night Pasta

I'm usually faced with many challenges daily. And of one them is dinner. No one in their right mind can cook every night, so what do you do? Fast food, Papa Johns? Trojans fans, if you're near USC or downtown L.A., Pasta Roma, a quaint Italian dine-in or take-out restaurant, is open 'till 10pm on weeknights. I am in love with the made to order pasta, you can change it up however you like. I usually get the Penne Pesto Pasta with chicken. But, they have an endless menu of soup and salads, pastas, pizzas, calzones, sandwiches...and even dessert. Top it off with the garlic rolls....
And, Monday through Fridays from 11p-2p, its your choice of pasta, pizza, or salad and medium drink for only $5.99*
Click on the title link for directions.

Yamashiro...Welcome to the "House of Yes"

A Japanese paradise, Yamashiro: A CalAsian Cuisine, is still one thee top rated restaurants winning accolades for best ambiance, best service, best value for your buck, and the overall dining experience, (in my opinion, the best date restaurant in the city)...
We love to go for dinner just before sunset, and have wine, Yama Rockin' crunchy rolls and prepare our journey to the buzzing Hollywood nightlife down below. Somehow by traveling up this winding slope on Sycamore (just off Franklin and La Brea), you lose your concept of time and opt to stay longer enjoying Garden court, forcing your senses to travel to the Chaniwa tea gardens.
Plenty of dining areas, try the Sunset Room, Garden Court, Skyview Room, or even the bar area. This place is breathtaking, especially at nightfall. So, light your cigars and ladies double up on the martini's, you'll be here into the wee hours of the morning.
Did I mention that Yamashiro is perfect for weddings? *wink* The Restaurant buyout will impress 1000 of your closest friends...and in-laws. Take a look at the Bridal Suite.
Click on the title link for directions. ~Candice

Sunday Mischief @ Hush

My my my, Mr. L.A., you stay one step ahead of the game. I just received an email from Talin Garabetian from HUSH. HUSH has a new promotion starting this Sunday called Sunday Mischief. Miguel will be performing live beginning at 9pm. There is a $5 cover charge. Unfortunately, the 1/2 off bottle service and $3 martinis was only for Prohibition Live Jazz Sundays. But don't let that stop your bottle poppin'. They have a really impressive bottle service menu.

Nokia L.A. Live Venues Coming Soon...

Are you kicking yourself yet for not buying a loft in Downtown, Los Angeles...? Located in the center of the entertainment capital of the world, the 5.6 million square foot L.A. LIVE mixed-used development on 27 acres will be the primary "content campus" and event center for Southern California where people seeking entertainment offerings intersect with the sports and entertainment industries at work in an energetic, unique, urban environment covering more than 6 city blocks. L.A. LIVE is a one-of-a-kind, landmark entertainment destination. It is a multi-faceted campus featuring an exciting mix of entertainment from sports to music to movies to dining. L.A. Live is anchored by STAPLES Center, the world's most successful arena. Since its debut in October 1999, STAPLES Center has changed the perception of downtown Los Angeles and has completely transformed the adjacent South Park neighborhood. NOKIA Theatre L.A. LIVE To compliment the arena, the new state of the art NOKIA Theatre L.A. LIVE will provide a mid-sized venue for live performances and events. The 235,00 square foot, 7,100-seat venue will host 125 music, family, dance and comedy acts, award shows, televised productions and short running Broadway theater events annually. CLUB NOKIA More intimate live performances will be hosted at Club NOKIA. Accommodating over 2,300 guests, Club NOKIA will be the perfect venue for new emerging music acts, cultural shows and will provide excellent space for corporate events and private parties. STUDIOS A 110,000 square foot showcase studio and regional headquarters is planned for ESPN, arguably the foremost sports brand in the world. ESPN's brand reach is gigantic and it's impact immeasurable. Included in this building will be state-of-the-art television and radio broadcast studios, office space and a two level, 30,000 square foot ESPN Zone restaurant and sports bar. RESTAURANTS In addition to the ESPN Zone restaurant, L.A. LIVE will offer a rich mix of local, regional and national restaurants reflecting the uniqueness of Los Angeles and its passion for food. Coming soon, Flemings Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar (yay!), the Conga Room (they will relocate from Mid-Wilshire), Sam Nazarian's Katsuya, Long Beach'based Yard House pub, Rosa Mexicano, and and a new California cuisine by Wolfgang Puck. There will also be a slew of quick service spots, like Starbucks, deli shops and ice cream eateries. BOWLING Hollywood's own Lucky Strike will occupy approximately 24,000 feet on the second floor offering a café and bar, plus billiard tables, dart and private function rooms in addition to 18 state-of-the-art bowling lanes. CINEMAS AND PREMIERE HOUSE The West coast flagship for Regal Cinemas will be built at L.A. LIVE including a new 140,000 square feet of state-of-the-art cinema with 14 screens and 3,800 seats including an 800-seat house suitable for the industry's most glamorous movie premieres. MUSEUM The Recording Academy (NARAS) and AEG are together developing The GRAMMY Museum, the permanent home for the GRAMMY Awards. Slated to open in October 2008 to celebrate the 50th Anniversary year of the GRAMMY Awards, the one-of-a-kind museum experience will be the cornerstone of the exciting L.A. LIVE development and is expected to draw over 300,000 visitors annually. HOTELS Designed by Gensler, the 1,001 guest room, 1,150,000 square foot Ritz-Carlton and JW Marriott hotel soaring over 54 stories in the sky will serve as the focal point of the entire district and a venerable beacon for the South Park neighborhood. RESIDENTIAL By 2008, over 60,000 people are expected to live in Greater Downtown Los Angeles, with many of the new residential projects near L.A. LIVE already underway. The public planning process for L.A. LIVE has served as a major stimulus in rejuvenating the downtown core, specifically by invigorating the high-density urban residential neighborhood and establishing a pedestrian district. For additional info, (yes there's more), click on the title link. See ya in downtown! ~Candice


The Game was scheduled to perform alongside Musiq and Ice Cube at the BET Hip Hop Awards filmed in Atlanta which aired last night. He missed his performance because his sister, up and coming rapper B-Fly, was shot during a drive-by. B-Fly was grazed by a bullet as she stood on the porch of her Compton home on October 14th. Word is that she will be ok, but The Game still chose to skip the awards to be with his fam.

B-Fly had this to say on her Myspace page: "...I truly believe in God!!! He has granted me another day at life, another day to love, another day to breathe, another day to bounce back, and another day to praise Him for life....I had so much to complain about until this brush with death surfaced but now I know that everything in my life has its purpose and place...“Death is more universal than life; everyone dies but not everyone lives.”
...I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it. And so it is with you... we are in charge of our attitudes. This is my wish for you: Comfort on difficult days, smiles when sadness intrudes, rainbows to follow the clouds, laughter to kiss your lips, sunsets to warm your heart, hugs when spirits sag, beauty for your eyes to see, friendships to brighten your being, faith so that you can believe, confidence for when you doubt, courage to know yourself, patience to accept the truth, love to complete your life. Perhaps our eyes need to be washed by our tears once in a while, so that we can see life with a clearer view again. Sometimes it's the smallest decisions that can change your life forever."

If her raps are as profound and humbling as her words, I am now her biggest fan. If she can wish her shooter rainbows to follow the clouds, I can forgive the lady that cut me off this morning on La Cienega.
Stop the violence peeps. It's senseless.
Click the title link for B-Fly's myspace page featuring her music and blog.

♥ Kan

UCLA LAW School Admissions Workshop

Law School Admissions Workshop For People of Color
Saturday, October 25, 2008 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
UCLA School of Law
147 Dodd Hall
405 Hilgard Avenue in Los Angeles
To register, click the title link and click on "Events."
Download "A Guide to the Law School Admissions Workshop For People of Color"
*Note: You Must Register*
♥ Kandyce

LAPD Job Fair!

Two friends of mine recently expressed an interest in becoming part of the LAPD team, and they are now hiring. I definitely need more protection during these tough economic times, so I'm all for it. *cheese* Click the title link for more info...there's a job fair this Saturday, October 25, 2008 @ Crenshaw Christian Center.

Hush...Half-Off Bottle Service & $3 Martinis

HUSH is a hip lounge with a fine dining menu, notable wine selection, and LIVE music. Formerly 86, a basement cabaret inspired by speak-easies of the Prohibition era (it was actually a speak-easy in the 1920s), Hush Lounge is a "secret" underground bar away from all the chaos of Hollywood Blvd. Hush exudes '20s soul, with dim lighting, marbled bathrooms, black and gold decor, and leather couches. Hush retains the elegance and glam of Hollywood's past. Their Prohibition Live Jazz Sundays offer $3 organic martinis, half-off bottle service, and of course, the best jazz in So Cal. Socialize in the smoking corridor or head off to the white Autumn Leaves room, with white suede chaise lounges and saxophones enclosed in glass wall cases. Just make sure you try the lobster mac & cheese. Hush is located at 6533 Hollywood Blvd. Call (323) 871-8634 for reservations, which I highly recommend. Click the title link for the website. Ciao

Swimming With The Dead At The Roosevelt

A slew of young celebrities, including Lindsay Lohan and Samantha Ronson, reportedly swam in a pool that had not been drained after a dead body was found in it. The body of 30-year-old Jordan Nagler was found at the bottom of Roosevelt Hotel's Tropicana Bar pool by hotel staff on October 13th. Apparently, the pool was never drained after the body was removed! A source claims that hotel management felt “there was enough chlorine in it to kill the bacteria” and that the staff was told not to "say anything to anyone". The Roosevelt Hotel, located in the heart of Hollywood, has been the hangout for young trendy celebrities from the late Marilyn Monroe to Lil' Kim. This can't be good press for Good Ol' Rosie.
♥ Kan

The Penthouse

The Huntley Hotel in Santa Monica unveils The Penthouse, a spectacular new restaurant and lounge, "where beach cabanas and open skies meet silver bars and open flames". Enjoy the panoramic views of the Pacific, as well as the gorgeous mostly white interior (designed by Thomas Schoos, designer of Koi and TAO New York/Las Vegas). Chef Greenburg presents a menu using ingredients from the Santa Monica farmer's markets combined with unique ingredients from around the world. Try the steak tartar and beef capriccio with crispy capers and truffle-grilled cheese. There's a wide array of specialty cocktails. The cucumber squeeze will definitely tickle your fancy. Grab a cozy curtained cabana in either the lounge or restaurant for a more private setting. But remember they're available on a first come, first served basis. For reservations, call (310) 393-8080 or click the title link to book online.
♥ Kandyce Rejerre


Lucky Strike lounge and bowling alley (whether you like it or not) is the premiere bowling alley, club, lounge, pool hall, bar, restaurant in Los Angeles. Dine in or wait for friends at the bar, battle nice strangers to the best 2 out of 3 games in pool, or get your elderly shoes and get to it. Experience the energy of the DJ, and exchange winks with the 21+ attractive crowd all while your boo rolls a gutter ball.
I know, I know...the Hollywood location is really congested. But, some of us like congestion and traffic and just looove to be in the scene, plus the Renaissance hotel is conveniently located a couple skips away...just in case...well...who needs a reason? Feeling private or have a fugly date? Have no fear. There's a newer location in Torrance that is a lot less of a hassle on weekends, but the dress code is the same - club rules apply. And if you look like the rowdy type...forgetaboutit. Also, take the time to peruse the art which is showcased online and near the lanes. If you wanna impress your friends (and me), live a little and rent the place out, click the title link for contact info.
~Candice (you better invite me!)

Who Says Inglewood's Always Up To No Good

Plans to transform Hollywood Park into a mixed-use community featuring retail stores, theaters, parks, homes, and a new elementary school are underway. This 238-acre site is planned for the Northeast corner of Century Blvd and Prarie Ave. The residential neighborhoods will include single-family homes, townhomes, and condos. This community effort will greatly benefit the city of Inglewood. 19,000 construction and permanent jobs will be created, and annual tax revenue to Inglewood will support services like police and fire protection, libraries, parks, and other programs. If you are interested in being involved with this project, call (310) 382-9029 or click the title link for the website.

Bestest Comedians in the World @ Comedy Store?

Chris Spencer is hosting Tuesday nights @ the Comedy Store. I think I like this place the best, by far the most professional of the comedy spots. And, this is definitely a pit stop for the most well-known comedians of our time. 2 drink minimum...I hate that. I mean I know I'll have 2, but I hate to be forced, hate to be restricted. I might want to have 1 there, and walk across the street to the House of Blues and have another. With their plan, I'm done before spot#2, and I'm on Sunset at that. I don't need those kind of tickets that stay with me 10 years. *sigh* I know, everyone has got to secure their money for the night, so bring cash and tip nicely. Doors open @ 8:30pm. Call for guestlist (818) 754- 2533. ~Candice

Little Door, or Little Next Door- Your Choice

First date? Out-of-towners? L.A.'s best romantic restaurant and secret garden features authentic Mediterranean cuisine on 3rd Street, that still receives mixed reviews (maybe they haven't tried the filet mignon, delicious) and a slew of star sightings, oh joy. Little Door enthusiasts claim that everyone deserves to unwind from the city’s buzz, and drink the finest wine-by-the-glass listening to birds chirping as delectable dinners are shared with friends, families or lovers amongst movie stars and luminaries of the world under the Southern California open sky. Let me know what you think, but I'm all about the ambience, the scenery and the whole idea or concept surrounding the entree.
I love when a restaurant goes the extra mile to sell the European paradise and the perfect picture backdrops are endless. There's even setting options; Piano Room, Winter Garden, Blue Room or the patio. In a rush? Opt for coffee and dessert nibblers at Little Next Door, conveniently located....next door.
Click the title link for info people.
~Candice 'can't live without dessert' Williams

Roof Top Weekend Barbeque @ The Peninsula

The Peninsula's rooftop restaurant is the place to be on the weekends. It has its own menu separate from The Belvedere downstairs, a full bar of countless specialty cocktails, and a beautiful poolside scene. Lounge on sleek custom-made furniture while a vertical garden wall separates the bar/restaurant from the hotel-guests-only pool deck. And while going barefoot isn't encouraged, the limestone flooring remains heated for chilly nights. The Peninsula has a three-course barbecue every weekend for $55. Begin with three varieties of salads, watch your entree prepare on the outdoor grill, and enjoy a fabulous dessert. Try the speckled jalapeno margarita. It is served on the rocks and has a definite kick. The pomegranate mojito has a clean taste of mint without any of the residue ( I hate the pulp). Parking meters are all over the neighborhood, but if you prefer valet, it's $8 for first two hours and $2 for every 30 minutes afterward with validation. The weekend bbq is served from 4pm to 9pm. The Peninsula is located at 9882 S Santa Monica Blvd in Beverly Hills. Call (310) 551-2888 or click the title link for more info.

Tanzore, Exotic Cuisine of India

Formally known as Gaylord restaurant, Tanzore Restaurant/Lounge, a newly remodeled Indian haven on restaurant row in Beverly Hills, is hosting the 2nd Annual Diwali Festival, Indian New Year and festival of lights. On October 21st-24th from 6pm-10:30pm nightly, enjoy food, couture fashion & jewelry shows, henna artists, Bollywood films, live and dj music, and the dances of India. Tanzore presents a unique, cultural experience to highlight the splendor of the Diwali Festival. So follow the news, the raves and spices to Tanzore and become a part of the newest wave of fashion food to hit L.A.
And, this place is perfect to rent for birthday parties, fashion shows, or launch parties. Omg, and on Fridays they have $3 drinks. Click the title link and check this place out!

The Train From Soul to Jail

Former Soul Train host, 72-year-old Don Cornelius, was arrested for domestic violence from his home on Mulholland Drive in Los Angeles last night around 7:15pm. He was taken to an LAPD jail in Van Nuys, booked on felony domestic violence charges, and released on $50,000 bail. He is scheduled to appear in Los Angeles Superior Court November 14th. The police still aren't saying who he abused, but he does live with his wife... :(

Belmont Cafe...Early Bird Gets Breakfast for $6

Before 10am, (long night) you can order just about any of their popular breakfast dishes for only $6 bucks. Score! I love to sit out on the patio, its outside on LaCienega but there's still seclusion and quiet nooks and crannies all amidst 1940's decor. It can be very sexy. Try their famed omelette and bloody mary. Enjoy! ~Candice

Radio Free KJLH Voter Registration Drive!

Even if you think you're registered to vote, confirm it! If you have not received any correspondence for the California General Election, that's a problem. Radio Free KJLH 102.3 fm is urging you to let your voice be heard. Finally an opportunity to voice your opinion or change it. See the flyer for more info. Get your sticker on Tuesday, November 4th, 2008. ~Candice Williams~

Hollywood Heritage

Although I've lived in Los Angeles for 26 of my 28 years (Chi-town baby), I never knew that Kermit the Frog had a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame until the other day. This made me think, sheesh, there's so much about L.A. that I don't know. We sometimes forget how bountiful Los Angeles really is. So, I thought this may be interesting one of these weekends...
Each Saturday throughout the year, Hollywood Heritage offers visitors the opportunity to see Hollywood from a historic point of view through weekly walking tours. Each tour begins each Saturday at 9:00 am at The Hollywood Heritage Museum located at 2100 N. Highland Avenue. The tour is 3 1/2 hours and ends at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel on Hollywood Blvd. Admission is $5 for Hollywood Heritage members and $10 for non-members. Advance reservations are a must, and the tour is limited to 10 people. Call (323) 465-6716 or click the title link for reservations and more info. Who says you have to be a visitor to be a tourist?

South Central Sushi

All hail those who cook and create masterpieces even on a lazy Saturday afternoon. Chef Jeff has an emotional rags to riches story (from prison to best-selling author and chef) wrapped up in a reality show / boot camp cooking competition to win a spot to have the opportunity to cook for his catering company Posh Urban Cuisine, Los Angeles. Sheesh. But I just wanted to see the food...the Crew all hailing from California simultaneously started taking the craft more seriously after he cussed them out when they met...(ok maybe not cussed out, but he was yelling, and I was like, why?) I'm rooting for Adam from South Central, L.A, with his South Central Sushi, he's classic L.A. TiVo Sundays @ 10pm on the Food Network. And, if you've had your vice for the night, play along with the challenges! Do something fun, enjoy yourself. Yum....

We Rockin' Stilettos! @ CODA

I just think this is one of the cutest, sexiest ideas ever! CODA is offering $1 off your drink for every inch of your heel! So, that means the higher the heel, the cheaper the martini. CODA is located at 5248 Van Nuys Blvd in Sherman Oaks. I hear the spot is rather small and needs to crank up the AC, but it's worth a try to all you Valley Girls. Click the title link for the website. Now where did I put those 6-inch stilettos...
**Note to CODA: Have your flyer designer use spellcheck ;)

The Bungalow Club...Happy Mondays!

Ok, after waiting long enough, I will finally give up one of my Sunday afternoon spots and where I spent New Years Eve (alright...well some of it, lol)... I love the Bungalow Club, and every time I go, I sit somewhere different. Been going here for years, it fits for a first date, birthday parties, mandatory girlfriend chats with martini's (miss you Tammy and Deshawne!), and even for co-workers. The back dining room transforms into a wedding reception dream and upstairs doubles as a private club spot perfect for VIP events, I think they even have a stripper pole, (or I made that up). Try the lamp chop lollipops for only 13 bucks! I usually have the Cajun Alfredo, calamari, oooh or the eggrolls. And you already know I'm a martini gal, and I was forced to try the cucumber martini and fell in love (don't even like cucumbers)...their list is endless. * Cucumber * LemonDrop* Peach * Pear * French * Rain Drop * Sour Apple * Chocolate * Espresso * KeyLime* Their daily happy hour is 4-7pm. And, on Mondays they have Happy Hour all day and night!! Wooohoo! It's on the corner of Melrose and Formosa, stop by, there's valet. ~C