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Cool things and weekend fun

Cool Things I Found Online   I always loved the “pocket knife/Swiss Army Knife” idea – but it’s hard to carry that on your key chain or get past security at a concert – and fuggit-about-it on an airplane.  BUT check this out!  From Garrett Wade – a key-shaped pocket knife!! These people are schmart! Bacon Soap – that right, I said it – Bacon Soap…Why??   Need inspirations for your Halloween Costume – check outReVamp Vintage Creations.  Uhmmm, I’d love to look like one of the ladies from MAD MEN!   Fun Happenings This Weekend   John Hughes Tribute this weekend! Double Features at The Egyptian on Saturday and Sunday: FERRIS BUELLER'S DAY OFF & WEIRD SCIENCE at 8pm on 10/3.  Discussion in between films with FERRIS BUELLER’S...

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Yom kippur, logo’s and walking for animals

Ask the Yenta "Dear Yenta, I'm new to the city. Where can I go for Yom Kippur services - where I don't have to belong to the temple or pay a high ticket price? Thanks." I got your answer! FREE High Holiday Services (Yom Kippur) With Rabbi Bob Jacobs Sunday, Sept. 27 at 6 pm The Laugh Factory opens its doors for its annual High Holidays services to comics, the Hollywood community, seniors, artists, and those away from home. All are welcome to join the Laugh Factory family. The services and the break-the-fast are free, and donations are not accepted. Reservations are suggested. Services will be conducted by Rabbi Bob Jacobs. On September 27, Yom Kippur will begin with the Kol Nidre service...

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Dining options…

Ask the Yenta   Wow!  Okay, so all three questions this week are about restaurant for specific occasions. 1)   From a 20-something guy wanting a restaurant for a first date in Hollywood – not romantic, but cool/hip/fun, and not too expensive. 2)   From a man wanting to take his sister out for a birthday dinner, emphasis on FUN. 3)   From a woman wanting to take her mother out for a really special lunch. Fun date restaurants that won’t put a hole in your wallet.<div"> Miceli’s - old-style Italian food where the waiters and waitresses sing, and we’re not talking karaoke -- they can really sing!! (locations in Hollywood and Universal City, Cahuenga Blvd) U-Wink - basic menu but the fun part is ordering on the touchscreen monitor at...

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I’m on Holiday..

Ya, I'm on Vacation   Have a great holiday weekend everyone! I will leave you with a recipe you can try for your BBQ - You know I love the color pink - so here is a recipe for fushia hummus - ya, baby!! Care of blogger and punk photographer Libby Bulloff Jitterbug Hummus Written by libby on August 4th, 2009No, really–not Photoshop. My hummus is that fuchsia. It matches my head. It’s pink because of the fistful of beets in it from Local Roots Farm. Last week’s CSA box left me with a number of heavy vegetables to sort into meals, but it was so hot here (record high temperatures for all time in Seattle) that I didn’t feel comfortable loitering about the oven. Hummus seemed...

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Kid’s art, keyboards and customized baby clothes!

Ask the Yenta "Dear Yenta, My boss is currently looking for a children's book illustrator for a self-published book he wrote.  Where should I look?" Two places to try: Storyopolis – they have a fantastic gallery featuring artwork by children’s book illustrators Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrator's – they’re on Beverly Blvd.   "Dear Yenta, We need a keyboard player or some such musician to play background music (w/his own keyboard) for a house party. Help!" Jeremy Weinglass Jeremy regularly plays weddings, parties and big events. Check out his website to listen to his music, read his bio and resume, see a list of his repertoire, and recommendations from clients: www.jeremyweinglass.com Also, visit his YouTube channel. He just did a concert last week that was filmed, plus other...

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Sneakers, posh “staycation” and bikini waxing

Ask the Yenta   "Dear Yenta, I’ve been hearing about some new sneaker shops popping up – which ones should I check out?"   Fight Club Los Angeles http://www.flightclubla.com/ On Fairfax  - This consignment store changes its stock daily - with over 1000 styles to choose from.   Kendo http://www.kendo-la.com/ On Melrose  - A posh women’s sneaker boutique that features high-end woman’s sneakers.   Kicks http://www.kickssoleprovider.com/ On Larchmont  - Most of the shoes here you could say are like limited editions - not what you’ll find at the mall.   Sportie LA http://www.sportiela.com/  On Melrose or Ventura Blvd - Whether you're looking for something you just saw on the courts or a style that's more retro, you'll find it here.   "Dear Yenta, I’m looking for some very local getaways but really nice hotels. Any suggestions?" You bet!  Here...

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Favorite “ask the yenta questions!”

WOW! Six months has flown by! I'd thought I'd take a look back at at some of the "Ask the Yenta" questions that received the greatest response, and it's all because of you! Ask the Yenta   "Dear Yenta, I have a couple of kitchen knives that need sharpening – any suggestions? Thanks." Good question.  I’ve had the same set of kitchen knives for many years and I know I need a couple sharpened (ok, so I don’t cook that much, but still…) Here are a some great places you can take your knives to: Ross Cutlery - downtown Gary’s Knife Sharpening Service - check website for farmers market locations where you can find him (Beverly Hills to Culver City). But hey, here is the really great news!...

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Kosher salami, shopping and quick getaway

Ask the Yenta "Dear Yenta, I am wracking my brain trying to find a nice getaway location for my 12-year-old daughter and me for Labor Day. Must be within a two-hour drive time and have nice shopping. And it can't be Palm Springs, San Diego or Santa Barbara." Have you thought about Ventura Beach?  THEN you can hit the Camarillo Outlets on the way!  Ooohhhhh… “The city’s historic downtown district is picturesque and entertaining with numerous boutiques, antique shops (Ventura is home to more than 125 antique dealers), outdoor cafés, restaurants and art galleries. Meanwhile, other outdoor activities, such as biking on the town’s 13-mile coastal trail or hiking at the Channel Islands National Park – located a mere 14 miles offshore –...

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Tweens, knives and film lovers

Ask the Yenta   "Dear Yenta, I have a couple of kitchen knives that need sharpening – any suggestions? Thanks." Good question.  I’ve had the same set of kitchen knives for many years and I know I need a couple sharpened (ok, so I don’t cook that much, but still…) Here are a some great places you can take your knives to: Ross Cutlery - downtown Gary’s Knife Sharpening Service - check website for farmers market locations where you can find him (Beverly Hills to Culver City). But hey, here is the really great news!  Bristol Farms will do it for free and while you wait!  Yay!  They will do up to 5 knives at a time (straight-edged knives). Call ahead to make sure the service is...

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Baby safety, spining and letterpress

Help spread The Yenta Love!! - Send this to your friends who would like it - just click at the bottom the page and "forward to a friend." Ask the Yenta "Dear Yenta, I'm looking for a good spinning studio in the Hollywood area. Any suggestions? Hey, check out these top spots for spinning in WeHo, Hollywood, and Silverlake: Equinox Kor Health and Fitness Train Spun Yas "Dear Yenta, Where can I buy “retractable gates” for kid’s safety in my house?" Family first on Sepulveda is a great store for all things baby…or you can always check out craigslist. But, the best and safest idea is to hire a reliable company like Boo Boo Busters to come and baby-proof your entire home. Many times they have great gates you cannot...

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Bathrobes, appliqués and downgrades

Ask the Yenta   "Dear Yenta, I need to get a serious corporate-style head shot done for my new boss - need someone in the BH area if possible.  Any suggestions?" Absolutely!  Here’s a couple studios that do super work! http://www.jonahlight.com/portfolio.asp?i=y http://www.fotostudiola.com/   "Dear Yenta, I’m looking for cute personalized gifts for a newborn and toddler. I was thinking of a kiddy bathrobe?"   For online purchases l love Lillian Vernon – they have it all when it comes personalized gifts.  I’ve done everything from kid’s personalized lunch boxes to personalized notebooks with matching pencils.  It also offers incredibly cute kid’s bathrobes and towels at affordable prices - with the kiddies’ names! All About Baby is also a great online store, they have tons and tons of personalized items and...

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Web, food and fireworks again!!

Ask the Yenta   "Dear Yenta, I have an urgent problem that I hope you can help me with. My old web site has crashed and I need immediate help creating a new one.  I love your web site and I was hoping that you could send me some quick referrals. Thank you in advance for all your great advice.?" I love, love, love both these people/companies!!! Keith Cohn CEO, Creative Director CCreativeDesign® www.CCreativeDesign.com Keith@CCreativeDesign.com 323-650-2001I worked with Keith on designing this website: www.acpa-la.com.  Keith is located in West Hollywood.Amy Kramer Counterintuity, LLC amy@counterintuity.com www.counterintuity.com 818-848-1700 Counterintuity did The Yenta Report - and I'm still working with them. Counterintuity is in Burbank. NOTE: I'M SENDING THIS QUESTION OUT AGAIN - PEOPLE, GO OUT AND CELEBRATE!!!   "Dear Yenta, Where are some places to celebrate 4th of July...

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College, fireworks, outdoor weddings and “green” with beauty

Ask the Yenta   "Dear Yenta, Do you know if Los Angeles City College is any good?"   I can’t give you a definitive answer on this, but click below to see what people are saying about LACC on YELP. My other suggestion is to make an appointment with a counselor and ask all the questions you want answers to.  Hope this helps!! The LACC Counseling Center : Administration Building, Room 108 | (323) 953-4000 ext. 2250 http://www.yelp.com/biz/los-angeles-city-college-los-angeles "Dear Yenta, Where are some places to celebrate 4th of July in Los Angeles?" Here are some dynamite spots across LA and The Valley to celebrate!! Hollywood Bowl: This venue is so popular, it celebrates the 4th of July for three entire nights: July 2nd, 3rd, and 4th.  This year, John...

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Threading, plaques and patios

Ask the Yenta "Dear Yenta, can you suggest a good “threading” place? Long story short: I have lots of blond hair on my face – so laser is out, and waxing makes me break out – so I want to try threading because a friend suggested it, but I have no idea where to go? THE place to try is Vinita’s Beauty and Threading Studio. They have multiple locations!!!  Beverly Hills, Westwood and Pasadena. PS. No kidding, I had four people ask me about this THIS week!!   "Dear Yenta, I have relatives coming to visit and they want to go on the Warner Bros Studio tour.  Where do I find info on this?" WB Studio Tour 818-972-8687 $45 per person - tour lasts 2.5 hrs The tour is...

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