TOURific Escapes

I got to play tourist today!  TOURific Escapes is providing me with their Hollywood Sights and Bites Tour for free to review for the blog.

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We start off in the lobby of the Roosevelt Hotel, where we met Trish, our guide.

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She is incredibly knowledgeable in telling us the history of many Hollywood landmarks.

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I actually worked on Lakeview Terrace with Samuel L. Jackson.  It wasn’t appropriate to put my head on his shoulder in person, but his wax figure couldn’t stop me!

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Half an hour into the tour we had our first bite – mini cupcakes from Crumbs Bakery.

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I made a beeline for the Pumpkin Cupcake.

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After walking around a bit, we board the very comfy van, chauffeured by Matt – a former pilot! Trish tells us some trivia as we drive around – I’ve lived in this neighborhood for five years and don’t know the stories behind most places!

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Then the eating begins!  First stop: Chicken and waffles with syrup at Roscoe’s.  Stellar hot sauce too, but I forget to snap a pic.

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At the next restaurant, Susan Feniger’s STREET, we start off with a lemonade of Italian aperitif bitters and citrus juices. It is tasty, but I only have a little.

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A millet puff!

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The table shares some Kaya Toast – toasted bread spread thick with coconut jam.  They serve theirs with a soft fried egg drizzled in dark soy and white pepper…

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…also a fried dumpling sampler – Ukranian spinach and cheese, Mandoo Veggie, and Shrimp Stuffed Shitake.

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My plate.  Mmmmm!

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We tour the Sunset Strip and pulljewis into Greenblatt’s Delicatessen – a Jewish Deli that makes AMAZING pastrami sandwiches.

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Love me a mustard buffet!

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Two more places left – one being Mashti Malone’s Ice Cream, where I sample the pumpkin and ginger flavors…

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…but ultimately go with the Peanut Butter Cup – sandwiched between two thin wafers.

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I am stuffed to the gills after only a few bites but it is so incredible I wind up devouring the whole thing in record time.

Good thing our final stop only requires sipping! I have a taste of the lemon chamomile, sweetened with honey.

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I have to say, the entire experience completely surpasses my expectations. This is a real foodie’s tour – all of the places really highlight the diversity of the culinary scene in Hollywood. Trish and Matt are totally engaging, friendly, and knowledgeable.  When asked how they could improve their service at the end, I can’t think of a single thing! It is fun, informative, and delicious. They have vegetarian options and can work with other dietary restrictions if needed. Just let them know, and be sure to say “The Actor’s Diet” sent you!

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31 thoughts on “TOURific Escapes

  1. Shannon [Tropical Eats]

    wow that foodie tour looks AMAZING.

    wish i could have that pb cup ice cream sandwich for dinner!

  2. Astrid

    Wow, the Kaya toast looks like something I would love so much. That looks like a super fun tour to take!

    1. Lynn at The Actors Diet Post author

      oh yes – this will be going on all through the winter! i feel like i’m late jumping on the bandwagon too!

      1. chezjulie

        Fortunately the pumpkin shortage of last year is over. Seriously. There was a shortage of canned pumpkin.

  3. Ameena

    Were you at Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles? I went there years ago – it was an interesting place for sure!

  4. lequan

    Now that’s an awesome food day. Dang! I’d go on this tour just for the food. That picture of the toast with coconut jam and egg looks sooo good.

  5. TOURific Escapes

    Thanks for the great blog. It was a blast having you on the tour The pics came out great! Talk to you soon.

  6. Mimi

    Wow, that looks like tons of fun! I’m envious– I can’t chew anything right now, because I just got my wisdom teeth pulled.

    Hmm…I wonder if I could cover this for the Daily Trojan.

  7. Nelle @ Living Cliche

    You have to let us know where those restaurants were. I’m sure a previous comment was correct that the cupcakes were Crumbs… followed by Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles (where else?). But I have no idea where you went for the next restaurant and that looks AMAZING! I haven’t even heard of those things before and they look so good! I would guess that the Pastrami sandwich came from Canter’s… and is the ice cream from Mashti Malone’s? That’s right in the heart of Hollywood and they usually have some unusual flavors.

    And again, I have no idea what tea shop you went to, but it looks cute.

    I’d love to try the tour some day. It’s always fun to be a tourist in your own backyard.

  8. skygreen

    Truly a Yummy tour. How do you eat so much yet stay so slim?! Is kaya easily available in the Asian grocery shops in the States?

  9. Lauren

    Lynn, what an amazing day! Gosh, I am so envious of this extravagant life you live! LoL If I move to Cali, can I come live with you? Even just for a day or two? 🙂

  10. Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen)

    I want the ice cream sandwich! That looks like a great tour! Ya gotta love eating and site seeing around your own town!

  11. todayslady

    Mmmm what a food filled day!! Love it! I also love how you toured your own city. I feel like I could do that and learn so much that I don’t yet know….. and its more wallet friendly than traveling 🙂

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