PANINI CAFE OFFERS UP A FAMILY MEAL THAT IS ONE OF THE BEST DINNER DEALS IN DTLA

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20170418_200109The other night my husband, a friend and I went to Panini Cafe on 8th and Hope Streets.  If you have not been there before, Panini is a Mediterranean restaurant with 13 locations across Southern California.  The DTLA location has an outside seating area that looks out toward Market Lofts and the Ralph’s supermarket.  The three of us were trying to decided what to order when we noticed the “Family Style Kabobs” advertisement next to the pepper and salt shakers.  For $29.95 you get three skewers of chicken and vegetables, Basmati rice or Bulgar pilaf, plus your choice of salads.  We decided to give it a try. Continue reading

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71ABOVE’S SKYLOUNGE IS PERFECT PLACE TO ENJOY GREAT FOOD AND DELICIOUS COCKTAILS WHILE TAKING IN THE SKYSPACE VIEW… FOR FREE

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There’s an easy way to take in the same amazing views from the SkySpace observation level atop the US Bank Tower in DTLA without paying the $25 admission fee.  Bypass the Skyspace entrance, and instead head up to the 71Above restaurant’s SkyLounge.  Okay, you won’t get the full 360 degree views of Los Angeles that you get at SkySpace, and you won’t get access to the SkySpace attractions like the SkySlide, but you can take the $25 and buy a cocktail in the SkyLounge. Continue reading

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MUSEUM OF ICE CREAM IS A SELFIE LOVER’S PARADISE, BUT OTHERWISE IT’S A BIT DISAPPOINTING

 

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The Museum of Ice Cream opened a few days ago in DTLA’s Arts District.  Although we love ice cream, we weren’t too impressed with our visit to the museum.  Yes, it was fun and we took a lot of photos, but it is not worth $29 for adults and $18 for kids/seniors.  Museum visitors go on a self-guided room-to-room tour of the museum. Each room has a different theme and many of the rooms have a museum guide that tells you a few facts about ice cream but that’s really it.  It’s all bright and colorful, but there is really no substance.   Continue reading

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LOS ANGELES STATE HISTORIC PARK NOW OPEN NEAR CHINATOWN IN DTLA

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Finally, after years of waiting the Los Angeles State Historic Park officially opened on Earth Day (April 22) 2017.  The California State Park system acquired the land back in 2001 and it has taken all this time to transform the area into a 32-acre park.  The land is the former site of the Southern Pacific Transportation Company’s River Station dating back to 1876.  It was called the Ellis Island of Los Angeles because this is where people migrating from the east arrived in Los Angeles.  Corn stalks sprouted up on the land over Continue reading

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LAZRFIT BRINGS EXCITING AND FUN NEW CARDIO LASER TAG WORKOUT TO DTLA

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What do you get when you cross laser tag and a cardio class?  You get something called LazrFit. It’s a first of its kind workout… and it’s right here in DTLA.  If you’re like me, you read the word “workout” and you want to stop reading.  Well, don’t.  I’m not a fan of fitness and exercise, but I’m a fan of LazrFit.  It’s a great way to trick yourself into getting in a good sweaty cardio workout.  LazrFit combines the fun and spontaneity of laser tag with the dynamic movement of a full-body workout. You are having so much fun, you’ll forget you’re actually exercising. Continue reading

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GUERO’S COCINA MEXICANA SERVES UP FRIENDLY SERVICE AND TRADITIONAL MEXICAN FOOD IN DTLA

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There are dozens of Mexican restaurants in DTLA.  Some get way more attention than others, and for some reason Guero’s Cocina Mexicana is not one of them.  We are not sure why because Guero’s is great.  We ate there for the first time a few days ago and we can’t wait to go back again. Continue reading

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CITY TAVERN SHUTS DOWN AT FIG AT 7TH… TO BE REPLACED BY GULP SUSHI AND ALE HOUSE

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…and another DTLA restaurant has shut down.  First it was The Briks, then EJ’S Bites, and now City Tavern inside the Fig at 7th shopping complex has closed.  City Tavern posted the closure announcement on its website and on its social media sites on Friday.  It reads, “Our disappointment in saying goodbye is matched, though, by our appreciation for Continue reading

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EVERYTABLE NOW SELLING HEALTHY AND AFFORDABLE GRAB-AND-GO MEALS AT THE BLOC IN DTLA

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There’s a new grab-and-go restaurant in DTLA called Everytable.  It’s located on the lower level of The Bloc, tucked away by the entrance to the subway.  The food is really good, but the mission behind the restaurant is even better (more on that in a minute). Continue reading

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UNCLE JOHN’S CAFE IS NOW SERVING CAJUN SEAFOOD DINNER

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You no longer have to head to Boiling Crab in Koreatown for your Cajun seafood cravings.  Uncle John’s Cafe on Grand Avenue has just started up a Cajun seafood dinner menu.  The place still serves up breakfast and lunch, but at 5:30pm they re-open with this new dinner service.  The main feature of the menu is the seasoned shrimp, crawfish, king crab legs, clams, mussels and oysters.  You pick your seasoning (house sauce, garlic butter or lemon pepper) and your spice level.

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DTLA IS GETTING ANOTHER RAMEN RESTAURANT… JINYA RAMEN BAR SET TO OPEN ON WILSHIRE BOULEVARD

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A few years ago when you were craving ramen in DTLA, you had to head to Little Tokyo. Well, that has changed.  More and more ramen bars are popping up across DTLA.  Joining 3rd Generation, Ramen Hood and DTLA Ramen will be Jinya Ramen Bar on Wilshire Boulevard between Hope and Flower Streets.   Continue reading

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