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.

Books to Help You Mellow the Fuck Out

This is a stressful time for everyone. We could all use a little help. I’m not generally a reader of self-help and spiritual books. Unfortunately, the genre is beset by platitudes and meaningless catchphrases. But there are some amazing books … Continue reading

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Virtual Adventure: Cross the Terrifying Hanging Bridge of Nepal

This bridge over the Kali Gandaki River in Ghasa, Nepal,  might as well be called “The Terrifying Hanging Bridge of Nepal,” because that is how it is referenced everywhere. It was built to move cattle and avoid having to herd … Continue reading

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This Week Marks The Days of Remembrance of the Victims of the Holocaust

The Days of Remembrance of the Victims of the Holocaust is an  8-day period designated by Congress to remember and to educate Americans about the Holocaust. The dates are determined by the Hebrew calendar, and normally the remembrance “begins on the … Continue reading

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Buy a D. Boon T-shirt and Support The Sardine/Recess Ops in San Pedro

Pre-order this cool “D. BOON LIVES ” T-shirt designed by guitarist and artist Tim Kerr of the Big Boys. Part of the proceeds go to help Sardine, a new mixed-use music space in San Pedro, get through this crisis. The … Continue reading

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Virtual Adventure: Kayak with Manatees

Manatee Springs State Park in Florida is located where the Manatee Springs flow into the Suwannee River. You can see manatees in the cooler months without even going into the water. You can also swim, dive, and rent kayaks, canoes, stand up … Continue reading

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How to Get Your Easter Sunday Praise On

Revival! Hosted by The First A.M.E. At 11 a.m. The First African Methodist Episcopal Church (The First A.M.E.) will be hosting a livestream of the gospel and R&B musical, “Revival!” a 2018 film that IMDB calls “the hippest experience of … Continue reading

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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 Manor 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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