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.

Staring Down the Night Stalker

Everyone seems to be talking about “Night Stalker: The Hunt For A Serial Killer” on Netflix. It seems like an appropriate time to re-post my own experience with Richard Ramirez. This post was originally published on LAist. There are some … Continue reading

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The Descendents Send Trump off of Twitter and out of our Lives

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A Skeptic’s Review of Ghost Adventures: Cecil Hotel

Ghost Adventures: Cecil Hotel with Zac Bagans is one of the heavily promoted new shows hoping to lure you to the new streaming service, Discovery +. I chose to get the 2-week free trial because Scott Michaels, friend of the … Continue reading

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Made in LA: Creating a Local Product Gift Basket

Los Angeles is the birthplace of so many great brands–from small artisanal companies to big industry like Lawry’s Season Salt, La Victoria, and Knott’s Berry Farm, who actually invented the boysenberry. A gift basket full of home-grown goods is a … Continue reading

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Make Your Christmas Feast Fancy (and Easy) this Year!

Jeff Bovon at J&J Distributors, the best meat and seafood purveyor in L.A., has made your holiday easy this year. He has created a gourmet package from his restaurant-quality meat and sushi-grade seafood to feed up to eight people. For … Continue reading

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Order Your Holbox Cookbook from Takeaway Books Now!

Simon Davies and Vaughan Mossop founded Somekind Press last March in Australia as COVID-19 rules started to threaten the restaurant industry. The independent publisher crowdfunds mini-cookbooks featuring local restaurants to help the industry stay alive. Books are approximately 100 pages, with … Continue reading

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Holiday Drive-thrus to Amaze and Delight

Christmas will look very different this year, but the holiday spirit lives on! Isn’t that what practically every Holiday Special is about? Enjoy the season safely with these festive drive-throughs. To remain safe, guests must remain in their vehicle at … Continue reading

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Gift Ideas for Fans of Mid-century Modern on any Budget

Mid-century Modern is huge right now. Whether it’s Googie, Danish Modern, Tiki, Atomic, or Boomerang, people are loving this retro style. When shopping for a gift, it’s imperative that you determine whether or not your giftee is a purist. Those … Continue reading

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Our Favorite Stocking Stuffers for 2020

Along with some fun new finds this year, we have been yearning for the comfort of our childhood favorites from back in the days when you found a silver dollar and an orange in the toe of your sock. Here … Continue reading

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Pre-order the Best Holiday Pies in L.A. Before it’s Too Late!

LACMA Pie Competition. Photo by Elise Thompson. It’s time to put your orders in for holiday pies before they sell out! Besides the “Holy Trinity” of Holiday pies: Apple, Pecan, and Pumpkin, this list includes some of the best original … Continue reading

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