Wish they had this last year when I visited Japan but, oh well, better late than never I guess. AA announced today about their direct flights to Tokyo Haneda from LAX leaving daily! And the best part is its operated on American’s state-of-the-art Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner. Amenities include satellite Wi-Fi, HD Panasonic touchscreen monitors, universal AC power outlets and a USB jack. They held a special reception at the George & Sakaye Aratani Central Hall at the Japanese American National Museum, which I was pleased to attend not just for a slice of Japan but also a special curation of Japanese performances and ceremonies, alongside remarks from key dignitaries and officials. Check out all the action!
Attended my first Yelp event in Los Angeles, that too as an Elite member, which is to say I have been writing reviews on Yelp for at least the past 5 years now. I began during my time in Atlanta, as an outlet to meet people who enjoyed the same things I did - visiting new places, meeting new people, having new experiences and all brought together by enjoying new culinary delights. I've made many good friends at these events and found some interesting places to visit as well. I certainly made a few new friends at this event as well as found a new place to try with family and colleagues. Add to that it was my first solo trip on the Metro Red Line from home to an event so I see this as progress! The Artisan House folks pulled out all the stops on this one and made it an evening to remember. the cozy table arrangement was only the beginning. What followed is more or less somewhat displayed in these images below, although there is a good chance some of the menu items served were immediately consumed without a chance for a photo-opp. Overall, a great experience. The food and service were impeccable. If you happen to be in the area, do check it out. Their tagline - Break bread, share wine, Feed the soul. Sold!
The first, most obvious attraction to anybody headed to Culver City will be the Sony Pictures studio. Especially if you are a movie freak, or even if you are remotely piqued by the entertainment industry, their studio tours are a big hit. The 2-hour guided walking tour takes you through sound stages, movie history, scenes and props you will remember from some very famous productions. Depending on when you visit, you might be able to catch a show taping here. Do check on the website beforehand though for dates, times and other rules to entry. Go here for the history but chances of any star sightings are rare. You will definitely learn a few things about the movie industry you did not know before.
Enjoyed this beautiful mid-day meal as part of a press luncheon at the beautiful Casa Del Mar property right by the ocean in Santa Monica. The week-long limited engagement features chefs from the Grand Hotel Quisisana at Hotel Casa Del Mar - what a treat! A two-page menu of offerings were available from both visiting Chef Stefano and local Chef Agberico but the media preview was certainly special in its own way. Take a peek!