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Hollywood, Dinner and Chocolate!

Ask the Yenta   "Dear Yenta, I’m coming to LA and am taking some clients out to dinner in Hollywood – any suggestions?" Of course! Katsuya – hip, modern, sushi http://www.sbe.com/katsuya/ Providence – American, voted Top 50 Restaurants in the United States, Gourmet Magazine http://www.providencela.com/ Street – food inspired by street vendors and family recipes worldwide http://www.eatatstreet.com/ Beso - Celebrity chef Todd English brings Latin approach to classic steakhouse cuisine http://besohollywood.com/   I often get calls and emails from other celebrity assistants asking or my help.  Here are a couple of questions from this week!     "Dear Yenta, my boss asked me to send “K” chocolates to a friend of hers for a thank you.  I have searched the internet and nothing comes up. Do you perhaps know what she’s talking about?"   Sure do!  She...

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Just an ordinary Saturday in Los Angeles

Who says living in Los Angeles isn’t AWESOME?!      Here’s a typical ordinary Saturday in LA.  I love this place!   10am I just found out about this place: Hotel Surplus Outlet. It’s a warehouse and resale outlet facility based in Van Nuys.  They warehouse and resell hotel furniture, new overstock furnishings, decorator goods, and lodging items – AND they are open to the general public!!  New shipments from Rumor has it, there’s a big sale this weekend. You can find small armoires with storage drawers $299, long upholstered benches $59, large armoires with antique details $349, wood end tables $149-$199 and small writing or dining tables $49.95.  Such a deal!!! Hours: M-F 9:00-6:00   Sat. 10-5, Closed Sunday 12pm Amy Jurist, chef and owner of Amy's Culinary Adventures catering...

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The Yenta’s Top 10 for 2010

Top 10 New Years Resolutions 1) Make my bed everyday 2) Be consistent with my recycling 3) Keep my apartment tidy 4) Less anger, more kindness 5) Cut down on the junk food 6) Travel 7) Cook more, eat out less 8) Dance 9) Save money 10) Let love in 10 Things to Look Forward to in 2010   1)   The Apple Tablet 2)   3-D TV 3)   The 4G Network 4)   Movies: Clash of The Titans, A Couple of Dicks, Robin Hood, The  Wolfman, Sex In The City 2, Alice In Wonderland, Inception, Dinner for Schmucks 5)   Fiat 500 6)   Real Health Reform 7)   Winter Olympics 8)    Albums: Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Hudson, Usher, Danny Gokey, Blink 182 9)   American Idol 10)  My Birthday   You know you want to read my blog! I Can’t Live If Living Is Without You Monday, December 28, 2009 I woke up...

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Pub Crawls, Breakfast with Santa and Retro Slide Shows

Some really fun weekend Holiday activities!! Pub Crawls, Breakfast with Santa and Retro Slide Shows Oh My! 1st Annual SANTA Monica Pub Crawl When: 5pm Saturday Dec 19 Price: Donation of one non-perishable food item per person Main St., Santa Monica, CA  90405 This Santa Monica pub crawl raises money and food for those in need during the holiday season. Revelers are encouraged to wear Santa gear as they drink their way through a variety of local watering holes on Wilshire Blvd., 4th St., Broadway, Santa Monica Blvd., Ocean Ave., Main St., and 3rd St. Visit the website for a complete list of venues. Also, join the email list to find out about the scavenger challenge! http://www.santamonicapubcrawl.com/ Sunset Strip Tweet Crawl 3 When: 6:30p Friday, December 18 starting at The...

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Hanukkah Happenings and Girls Rock Gift Idea

Ask the Yenta   "Dear Yenta, I need to buy a holiday gift for a 13-year-old rocker girl: electric guitar, vintage amp, keyboard. Help.”   Never fear, your Yenta is here! Vintage Amps: Rock N'Roll Vintage - vintage amps California Vintage Guitar and Amp - vintage amps Keyboards: Guitar Center  7425 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood, California 90046 (323) 874-1060 Sam Ash Music Stores 7360 Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood, CA 90046 (323) 850-1050 Electric Guitars: Daisy Rocks - girl guitars Top 10 guitars for girls Gibson Les Paul Goddess Daisy Rock Stardust Elite Venus Squier Hello Kitty Stratocaster Gibson SG Goddess Daisy Rock Tom Boy Epiphone Emily The Strange G310 Gibson Les Paul Vixen Daisy Rock Rock Candy Custom Special Luna Andromeda Luna Athena Hollowbody Hanukkah oh Hanukkah!!     Holiday Events around Los Angeles Third Street Promenade December 11-18 at sundown 1300 Block of The Third Street Promenade Come celebrate the Menorah lighting...

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Landscape Designers, Classic Food, and Holiday Pies!

Ask the Yenta "Dear Yenta, I’m looking for a recommendation for a fantastic landscape designer." Here are a few great choices: Mark David Levine Design Group http://www.markdavidlevine.com/mdlflash.html Mayita Dinos Garden Design http://mayitadinos.com/index.html Joan Grabel - Park Slope Design http://www.parkslopedesign.net/ "Dear Yenta, My wife and I recently moved here and we are real foodies. Do you have some kind of list of the top rated restaurants in Los Angeles when it come to each food style?  We want to try different places on our date night. Thanks." Thanks for the question -- I’ve got a great list now! Top-Rated Restaurant List Lucques – California/Mediterranean (West Hollywood)http://www.lucques.com/ Campanile – California/Mediterranean (LA/La Brea)http://www.campanilerestaurant.com/ Spago – California (Beverly Hills) http://www.wolfgangpuck.com/restaurants/fine-dining/3635 A.O.C. – California/French (LA/3rd St.) http://www.aocwinebar.com/ Sona – French (LA/ La Cienega) http://www.sonarestaurant.com/ Melisse – French (Santa Monica) http://www.melisse.com/ Capo – Italian (Santa Monica) http://www.caporestaurant.com/ Via Veneto – Italian...

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The t-shirts have arrived!!

This month, The Yenta Report launches its “Yentawood” t-shirt line…no explanation needed!!   Available in pink and black  for women (sizes: small to XL, $30) and black for guys (sizes: small to 2XL, $30 or $33 for 2XL), this is a must-have gift for any Yenta in your life!!   Click here and start shopping!! Love you, mean it, Loren   This weeks Blog!!!   You know, you want to read my blog...

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Hello Kitty, breakfast and flower girls

Ask the Yenta   "Dear Yenta, Help – I can’t find decent shoes for the flower girl in my wedding!  Where can I go? Nordstrom has a fantastic selection of kid’s shoes – including shoes for a wedding. With locations in Glendale, The Grove, Canoga Park, and West LA – there is bound to be one easy for you to get to. You can also buy online or call ahead to see what they have in stock. Otherwise, check out these websites: Pink Princess Zappos   Things to check out this weekend Friday, October 30th, 8pm   at the Egyptian Theater, 6712 Hollywood Blvd., LA American Cinematheque hosts the 50th Anniversary! "The Twilight Zone," 1959-1964. October marks the 50th anniversary of the debut of Rod Serling's landmark eerie TV series "The Twilight...

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Birthday happiness, U2, and other tours

Ask the Yenta "Dear Yenta, I hear it’s your birthday this weekend.  What do you want for your birthday?” So glad you asked! This is what I would like for my birthday!!!!!!!!!!! 1)   lose 20 lbs 2)   a boyfriend who loves me like a queen 3)   have someone hand me a check for $50,000 with no strings attached<div">4)   a lifetime gift certificate of manis and pedis 5)   a weekly massage for a year 6)   a private chef 7)   a dishwasher 8)   a trip around the world 9)   someone to paint my apartment 10) world peace and love!     Okay, okay – Yes, it is my birthday this weekend but I totally made up this question!!!  LOL!!   Here’s something to read!   Why Hollywood’s Jewish guys fall in love with shiksas!! A great article by Liel Leibovitz   http://www.tabletmag.com/arts-and-culture/18711/gentlemen-prefer-blondes/   Things to check out this weekend!   Saturday, October 24th   The Brewery ArtWalk Brewery...

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Holiday gifts, costumes, and craft night!

Ask the Yenta "Dear Yenta, I know it’s early, but I’m already working on Christmas/Hanukkah gifts for my boss.  He usually gives the same fruit basket every year and this year he wants something different.  The price point is around $50 and presentation is key!!  Any Ideas?” Paulette Macrarons (Bev Hills) http://www.paulettemacarons.com/gifts.html - assorted colorful flavors - gorgeous! The Cookie Sandwich Company (San Diego) http://www.cookiesandwich.com/packaging.php - feels likes it’s homemade!   Peanut Butter and Co. (New York) http://www.ilovepeanutbutter.com/ - you can send a package of six plus their cookbook - who won't love that!?! It’s perfect for families with kids. John and Kira's (Philly) http://www.johnandkiras.com/SHOP - check out the chocolate figs! Skinny Skinny (Brooklyn) http://www.skinnyskinny.com/products/green-gifts-c-3 - a set of organic soaps in a beautiful eco-friendly box that looks like a book!   Elegant Cheesecakes...

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Have fun or get inspired this weekend!

Yes, It’s the weekend – have some fun or get inspired!!   "Clue" at The Nuart   Friday at midnight, the historic NuArt Theater on Santa Monica Blvd. in West LA presents a “shadowcast” (reenactments in front of the movie screen) performance of the comedy whodunit "Clue." How could this evening get better? It includes an interactive trivia game. Whoa! You’ll receive a special ClueArt Clue Card at the box office. Test your memory and your knowledge of the film. Fun!   $10.50 http://wiseguysevents.tumblr.com/post/199574440/clue-at-the-nuart-clueart       Swap-O-Rama - a clothing and costume swap!   This Saturday, 12p-5p, at the Venice Center for Peace and Justice and the Arts, join in a communal process of reuse and celebrate collective creativity!  Swap-O-Rama-Rama is a giant clothing swap event with sewing and silk screening...

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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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