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Shake It Up!

13 Oct

Picture it: Los Angeles, 2014. You want to go out with the girls, or maybe a couples night, or a group thing. But you’re sick of the same old “dinner and drinks”. You want to do something fun, something different, something worth Instagramming. Enter Hard Rock Cafe Hollywood.

At Hard Rock Cafe Hollywood and Hard Rock Cafe Universal City Walk, you can book a private mixology class for seven to forty people. I took this class last week, and it was so much fun. The course runs from one to two hours, but the time flies. Here’s how it works:

Hard Rock’s charming and cool bartenders will take you through three or four classic cocktails. They’ll tell you the history of each one, talk about how to make it, give you a demonstration, let everyone sample, and then call for volunteers! We split into groups of four so that each of us could take a turn making a cocktail.

Here’s me, mixing up a classic gin martini. They have everything you need for each of the cocktails set up on a faux bar.

And you can’t go to Hard Rock Cafe without having bruschetta. At least, I can’t. So I had some. And a delicious non-alcoholic smoothie.

I cannot even tell you how much fun this was. This would be great for people who are really into spirits and mixology, or novices who just want to try something new for a night out.

You can Shake It Up for $42 per person, or combine it with a three course meal for $65 per person. Go for the meal, the revamped menu is amaze-balls. (Please note, Hard Rock Cafe, if you do add “amaze-balls” to your menu, I expect credit. And by credit, I mean eating them free for life. Thank you.) Book your class at Universal City Walk by calling 818.622.7660 or at Hollywood Blvd by calling 323.606.7150.

Disclaimer: Hard Rock Cafe sometimes invites me to try fun things. They pay me in bruschetta. I can eat a LOT of it, so this really works out in my favor. All opinions and appetites are my own.

About Last Night – 10/12/14

13 Oct

I fell down on the job last week, so today I’m talking about all the TV I caught up on over the weekend.

The Biggest Loser

Things are starting to get interesting with the introduction of the red line, and I’m glad. I like it when it’s less about the “game” and more about the results.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Terry Crews is one of the best actors on TV. That’s all you need to know. Watch everything he’s in, you won’t regret it.

Family Guy

I like having Cleavland back in Quahog. I kind of feel like we’ve done this whole “Peter helps Joe but makes things worse and in the end they’re still friends” bit before, but whatever. I did like the running Brian sub-plot. A great cautionary tale against fitness. If you need me, I’ll be on the couch, where it’s safe.


He had me cracking up in the opener, so yeah, this new show is a keeper.

The Middle

This kind of episode is why I love this show. Three words: Sue on coffee. It was great all around, with enough yelling to be true to the show and enough heart to make you really root for everyone. I just want to give Brick a big hug.

Last Man Standing

I love Tim Allen, he’s such a great sitcom dad. I thought Mandy was a bit harsh in this episode, but her and Eve resolved things.

On The Menu

I really like the premise of this show, but I have no idea why Ty Pennington is hosting. He seems overly scripted and I don’t know if it’s him or the sound or what, but it sounds like they went back over all of his dialogue and replaced it with voice overs. In this episode one of the home cooks insisted on naming every section of his kitchen after part of the United States. His kitchen staff looked like they thought he was as crazy as I did. But just give it a few minutes, all of these people seem insane. So, spoiler alert, the crazy one wins. (That’s not actually a spoiler. They’re all nuts.)

Bad Judge

I’m done with this one. It’s just too ridiculous, and I can’t handle the outlandish, inappropriate, unprofessional behavior. It’s veered from campy to “are you kidding me there is no way this is remotely reality, this woman would never be a judge or remain a judge”.

Hell’s Kitchen

Someone I liked went home, so that’s always a bummer. Looks like lots of drama and yelling next week. You know, as opposed to most weeks that are so tranquil.

Modern Family

I love the shenanigans. (Wow. So deep. Much insight.)

That’s all for the weekend – look for more catching up over the week.

It’s CHOC Walk Weekend!

11 Oct

It’s finally here – the CHOC Walk – the largest and most unique single pediatric walk event in the nation! Tomorrow morning, 15,000 walkers from all over the world will gather at Disneyland to walk through both parks to benefit Children’s Hospital of Orange County, and I’ll be one of them!

I’ve been looking at photos from past walks and I am too excited for words! The Disney characters, behind the scenes looks, and thousands of people rallying for an amazing cause – that sounds like my idea of a perfect Sunday.

I am so excited to be leading up the Blogging While Walking team, and you can still donate to our team if you haven’t yet! Look for me to be wearing some fun team apparel that I’m crafting myself. Notice I’m being very vague – I haven’t finished yet and I don’t want to over promise and under deliver. ;)

Be sure to follow along with all the fun, magic, inspiration, and surprises on Twitter and Instagram with #CHOCWalk.

If you need to find me at the walk, just look for the Therapy Dog team, I probably won’t be far away. ;)

Just when I think this event can’t get any better or more exciting, I’m told that there is a team of CHOC Therapy Dogs walking. I love therapy dogs, because they bring so much comfort and joy to kids who are going through scary treatments. And because those faces!!

Run Hard Rock Cafe for My Friend’s Place

7 Oct

As I told you all (and I know you hang on my every word), I’m doing the Run Hard Rock Cafe 5K in November to raise funds and awareness for My Friend’s Place. This past Sunday I had lunch at the Hard Rock Cafe with some staff members from My Friend’s Place, and then went on a tour of the facility.

Y’all, this place and the services they provide are absolutely amazing. They do way too many amazing things for one blog post, so look for a few over the next couple of weeks.

(The computer lab is decorated with this amazing banner.)

Here’s a sampling of what they provide for homeless youth aged 12 to 25 in the Hollywood area:

Food and clothing
Companion animal supplies
Personal hygiene needs (tampons, toothbrushes, combs, etc)
Access to legal services
Access to educational services
Parenting classes
A safe place to hang out
A permanent address to use for social services
Assistance signing up for social services

Every young person who walks through the door is immediately given a brand new pair of socks and underwear, and a snack. There’s no pressure, no waiting in lines, no mandatory forms to fill out. They create an atmosphere of safety and trust for these young people. Listening to the amazing and dedicated staff members talk about their work was so inspiring. The one thing that really stood out was how much they love these young people. They get to know them on an individual level and really care about them.

(This is the “closet” where they store clothing and shoe donations.)

If you’re in the Los Angeles area, you have got to visit My Friend’s Place and learn more. There is so much that they do, so much passion, and it’s all so moving.

No matter where you live, you can help. Approximately 60% of the young people they serve are men, and they need clothing, shoes, and underwear for them. They get a lot more donations of women’s clothing, because let’s be real, women purchase a lot more clothing, so there’s more to get rid of when you purge your closet. They buy underwear in bulk and because they have limited funds, they need to stretch them as much as possible. That means buying the cheapest option available, which is tighty whiteys. Listen, these young men have enough troubles. They don’t need uncomfortable underwear. So the next time you’re out shopping, pick up some extra boxers. If you’re not in the area, or aren’t able to get to My Friend’s Place, let me know and I’ll help you get them to me or someone else who can bring them to MFP.

(Heather from My Friend’s Place shows off the men’s underwear offerings.)

And if you are in the Los Angeles area, I better see you at the Run Hard Rock Cafe 5K! It’s a flat course, so if you’re a runner this is a great chance to set a personal record. If you’re not a runner, come walk with me. This is an easy distance, and if I can do it, anyone can do it! Register now and I’ll see you Saturday, November 8 at 7am!

About Last Night – 10/6/14

7 Oct

I’m gonna level with ya, I was out all weekend, and out last night, and I’m way behind on my TV. So things may be a little weird this week. But at any rate, here’s what I watched last night, Monday October 6.

The Big Bang Theory

What do you want me to say? This show can do no wrong. I loved Penny and Raj this week, and the dynamic between Stuart and Howard continues to crack me up.

Bob’s Burgers

Eh, I thought the season premiere was kind of weak. I like the family/restaurant focused episodes more than the ones about the kids and their school life.

The Simpsons

It’s Homer vs Bart in an epic vegetable showdown, and it’s great. This episode was a throwback to the classic family strife that made this show so good to begin with.

Aaaannnndddd…. then I went to bed. I have a lot of TV catching up to do, so bear with me as my schedule gets a bit shuffled this week.