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Friday Finds: Santa Claus Is Coming To Tinseltown

December 7, 2012

Following last week’s Friday Finds post It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like a NYC Christmas, we’ve rounded up some Los Angeles-area winter picks and events for our west coast readers. For fun family activities this December, Malibu Country Mart is kicking off the season with a schedule of holiday… (more)
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From “9 to 5″ to “Hang 10″ at ZJ Boarding House in Santa Monica

October 7, 2012

SANTA MONICA, USA – Coming to Los Angeles on business can be a little bit of a buzzkill. What good is that expanse of ocean and steady California sun if you’re stuck in a suit in a downtown highrise? At ZJ Boarding House in Santa Monica, the antidote to your… (more)
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Channel your inner Dixie chick at South in Santa Monica

October 3, 2012

SANTA MONICA, USA – Los Angeles prides itself on being dubbed “The Southland,” and to get any further south than its wide metropolitan radius (which seems to sweep Orange County and San Diego into its orbit too), you’d practically have to skip the border into Tijuana. But at South, a… (more)
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Swinging with (and under) the stars at Cameo Bar

October 9, 2010

SANTA MONICA, USA – Cocktailing at Cameo Bar, the slinky lounge in the Viceroy Hotel, convincingly conjures up the 1960s with the lounge’s grass green sofas, slick white leather wingchairs, stylish shag carpets, and candlelight throughout the indoor portion, or if outdoors, with poolside cabanas, huge white armchairs, and sofas… (more)
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Riding the waves of culinary acclaim at Mélisse

August 4, 2010

SANTA MONICA, USA – What do you get when you cross a Venice Beach upbringing with French culinary training? A decorated chef who’s been known to surf and a fine-dining French restaurant with California cool. The chef-cum-surfer in question is Josiah Citrin, a half-French native son with full-French cooking prowess… (more)
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Taking the grease out of the greasy spoon at Cora’s Coffee Shoppe

July 16, 2010

SANTA MONICA, USA – I can just imagine what Cora’s Coffee Shoppe must have been like in the 1920s. The cute-as-a-button diner still features the original black and white tile floors and shiny chrome counter, and it’s not hard to visualize a dame named Cora in a cherry-print apron behind… (more)
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Step right up and win a slice of history at the Santa Monica Pier

July 15, 2010

SANTA MONICA, CA, USA- Seaside amusement parks, no matter how much sprucing and updating they get, always seem to retain an old-timey feel.  The Santa Monica Pier, which celebrated its 100 year anniversary in 2009, is no exception.  Though it was recently outfitted with a $1.5 million state-of-the-art solar powered… (more)
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One-stop-contemporary-art-shop at Bergamot Station

July 9, 2010

SANTA MONICA, USA – Despite the fabulous fashions and flowering of the arts in both Paris and Los Angeles, it’s really hard to compare the two cities. Paris prides itself on Sorbonne intellectualism; Los Angeles prides itself on reality television. The City of Light has Notre Dame Cathedral on the… (more)
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The whole shack shimmies at The Lobster

June 24, 2010

SANTA MONICA, USA – There’s just something about eating seafood at a beachside shack. Whether on an exotic beach in Thailand or in the terra firma of Cape Cod closer to home, I love the experience of eating a fresh-from-sea meal with sand still in my toes. At The Lobster,… (more)
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It’s a Brand New Diary!

June 21, 2010

WELCOME to our new Diary of The Purple Passport! Jenn and I are really excited about this new format which we hope you will find a bit easier to navigate and browse. Now, you’ll be able to wander through our entries on some of our favorite destinations around the world,… (more)
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