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.
We start off in the lobby of the Roosevelt Hotel, where we met Trish, our guide.
She is incredibly knowledgeable in telling us the history of many Hollywood landmarks.
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!
Half an hour into the tour we had our first bite – mini cupcakes from Crumbs Bakery.
I made a beeline for the Pumpkin Cupcake.
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!
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.
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.
A millet puff!
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…
…also a fried dumpling sampler – Ukranian spinach and cheese, Mandoo Veggie, and Shrimp Stuffed Shitake.
My plate. Mmmmm!
We tour the Sunset Strip and pulljewis into Greenblatt’s Delicatessen – a Jewish Deli that makes AMAZING pastrami sandwiches.
Love me a mustard buffet!
Two more places left – one being Mashti Malone’s Ice Cream, where I sample the pumpkin and ginger flavors…
…but ultimately go with the Peanut Butter Cup – sandwiched between two thin wafers.
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.
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!