Author Archives: Elise Thompson

Elise Thompson

About Elise Thompson

Born and raised in the great city of Los Angeles, this food, culture and music-loving punk rock angeleno wants to turn you on to all that is funky, delicious and weird in the city. While Elise holds down the fort, her adventurous alter ego Kiki Maraschino is known to roam the country in search of catfish.

Join the 8 PM Howling

All across the country at 8 PM, Angelenos are joining people across the country who are standing outside and howling like wolves. Sometimes fireworks and air horns are added to the din. The ritual was begun last week by a … Continue reading

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Virtual Adventure: Ride Mystic Mansion at Disneyland Hong Kong

Mystic Manor is a dark ride at Hong Kong Disneyland featuring music by Danny Elfman. Unlike the Haunted Mansion, it is not about hauntings, but about a magic music box that makes an old adventurer’s collection come to life. It … Continue reading

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Virtual Adventure: The Great Wall of China Toboggan Run

I am disappointed that this toboggan wasn’t actually on the Great Wall of China, but I guess it would be a pretty slow ride, and historical preservation and all that. This ride POV manages to give you some thrills without … Continue reading

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Local Chefs Partner with José Andrés’ World Central Kitchen to Feed our Healthcare Heroes.

Chef and restaurateur José Andrés is a global leader in getting food to the site of natural disasters, and has even been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize due to his heroic efforts. In partnership with his global nonprofit, “World Central … Continue reading

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Here’s What You Should be Hoarding: Steaks and Seafood!

You might not recognize L.A. native Jeff Bovon’s name, but I bet your favorite chef does. Jeff has been supplying high quality meat and seafood to the best restaurants and sushi pads in L.A. for 18 years. Prior to becoming … Continue reading

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Virtual Adventure: The Tooth Fairy Maze at Knott’s Scary Farm

If there is one thing that terrifies me like nothing else, it’s the sound of the dentist’s drill. Take a walk through Knott’s Scary Farm’s tooth-themed maze with Sharp Productions. It is far worse than you would have thought, although … Continue reading

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Support Black-Owned Businesses and Treat Yourself by Ordering Some of the Best Take-Out in L.A.

While dining rooms are closed, we need to do everything we can to keep restaurants afloat, especially ordering take-out and delivery. It’s a good time to try new places, return to former stomping grounds, and support black-owned businesses. Here is … Continue reading

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Virtual Adventure: Ride the Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster

We could use some adventure right about now, and some beautiful scenery doesn’t hurt either. The Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster in Pigeon Forge Tennessee is the longest Alpine Coaster in the United States at more than a mile long. You … Continue reading

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Live Nature Webcams to Both Relax and Entertain

Sometimes we all just need to watch some kittens frolic. On the Explore philanthropic website, you can also watch hummingbirds, otters, manatees, and gorillas. Some cams are seasonal, and sometimes nothing is happening right at that moment, but most of … Continue reading

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The Metropolitan Opera is Streaming a Different Opera Every Night

During this unprecedented ban on gatherings, New York’s Metropolitan Opera is streaming encores of their “Live in HD” series on its website nightly. The streams start at 4:30pm PST and are available for 20 hours. Tonight’s opera is my absolute … Continue reading

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