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.

Enjoy St. Patrick’s Day from Ireland

Enjoy 90 minutes of folk music, drumming, and Irish dancing from three of Ireland’s best-loved pubs. Performers include The Celtic Drummers, and a Riverdancer or two. Learn to play the spoons and pull a perfect draught!

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Irish Recipes that Aren’t Corned Beef and Cabbage

Once again, we will be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with a quiet dinner at home. If corned beef and cabbage isn’t your style, here are a few of my favorite Irish dishes. Beef Braised in Guinness 1 beef bouillon cube (OXO if … Continue reading

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What to Watch after Becoming Obsessed with the Cecil Hotel

The interwebs have been abuzz with stories of the Cecil Hotel, with both Ghost Adventures: Cecil Hotel on Discovery Plus and Crime Scene: Vanishing at the Cecil on Netflix drawing hordes of obsessed fans. It seems like people have gotten a sudden … Continue reading

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Check out the Trailer for Poly Styrene: I am a Cliche

In my opinion, Germfree Adolescents by the X-Ray Spex was one of the best punk albums to come out of England in the 70s, or maybe ever. Lead singer and songwriter Poly Styrene, with her incomparable air raid siren of … Continue reading

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Laissez les Bons Temps Rouler: Mardi Gras in Los Angeles – 2021 Quarantine Edition

Yes, everything is canceled, but you can still enjoy Mardi Gras in Los Angeles. Here are our recommendations so you can get your Ya Yas out! THE ORIGINAL FARMER’S MARKET Unfortunately, like everything else, the annual Mardi Gras event at … Continue reading

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Gung Hay Fat Choy! Happy Lunar New Year!

Lunar New Year celebrations in L.A.’s Chinatown usually last for three days, but the Lunar New Year this year runs from today, February 12, 2021 to February 26, 2021. Chinese New Year, Spring Festival or the Lunar New Year, celebrates the new … Continue reading

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50 Years Ago Today: The Sylmar Earthquake

The Sylmar earthquake was the first big quake in the Los Angeles earthquake since 1933, and the first of my generation. The 12 second-long 6.6 temblor hit at 6:00 a.m. in Newhall. 64 people were killed, many of them in … Continue reading

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Super Bowl: Super Recipes for Super Hearty Food

Just like everything else, Super Bowl parties are going to be scaled down this year. Like down to the people living under your roof. That gives you the chance to make comforting food without having to slave over hot wings … Continue reading

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The HOLLYBOOB Sign

Six people, including former Instagram model Julia Rose and YouTuber Jack Tenney, were arrested on Monday for attempting to change the Hollywood sign to say HOLLYBOOB. The group used tarps and the sign wasn’t damaged, so it technically wasn’t vandalism. Rose … Continue reading

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Restaurants Gear up for Outdoor Dining!

Citing improving Covid stats, Governor Gavin Newson has announced that restaurants in California can resume outdoor dining. All outdoor dining in Los Angeles county has been  suspended since November 30, 2020. The State followed with similar restrictions soon after. The … Continue reading

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