I once heard someone ask “What is America’s national food?” A friend then replied without any hesitation, “Hotdogs!” Now I would have to say that there just might be some truth to that answer, although of course, it could be questionable. The fact is that we love hotdogs and many of us have our own favorite brand.
If you are ever in Hollywood, if there is one hotdog place that you should try, it should be Pink’s Hotdogs. This is actually one of the famous landmarks in Hollywood and in fact offers more than hotdogs today. Indeed, the Pinks have gone a long way since Paul and Betty Pink sold hotdogs in a pushcart in 1939. Back then, they did their business on the corner near La Brea and Melrose.
Today, Pink’s home is in a building found at 709 North La Brea. Their menu has also expanded to more than hotdogs – from burgers to side orders and special hotdogs, one can expect to have a LOT of choices at Pink’s. Of particular interest to many tourist are their special hotdogs which are named after Hollywood Stars. It is said that these are the hotdogs that the stars themselves have ordered in the past. Want a few samples? Well, they have The Ozzy Spicy Dog which has spicy Polish dog, Nacho cheese, American cheese, grilled onions, guacamole, and chopped tomatoes. This one goes for $5.40. There are other interesting concoctions like Rosie O’Donnell Long Island Dog, and the Martha Stewart Dog (which seems to be popular).
Pink’s is definitely a place to visit – just be sure to pack along a lot of patience with you as there is usually a long line.
If you do, then you are among countless people yearning to live at The Broadway Hollywood, a condominium complex that gives a new twist to the classic loft style of living. The Broadway Hollywood is located at Hollywood and Vine and is housed in a 1927 department store building. The builders of this condominium complex took the original New York loft style and added their own brand of creativity.
Taking a step away from the industrialized loft style, The Broadway Hollywood has all the perks that are needed for style and comfort. It has a fitness center, the view is fantastic, it has a rooftop pool with cabanas for lounging, and more. The units themselves are designed for the most discerning tastes. Think Hollywood big names such as Charlize Theron, Dave Navarro, and Danny Masterson – they all have units in this building.
The Broadway Hollywood has more to offer than the condo units. With its strategic location, there are so many conveniences to be had. There is the Katsuya sushi joint downstairs and The Geisha House is within walking distance. This is not to mention the other numerous shops that you can visit within minutes.
Of course, you have to pay a considerable sum to enjoy all of this. Guess how much a unit will set you back? I could not find prices for the average lofts but a two-floor penthouse unit with a living area of 2,000 square feet was recently listed at $1.8 million!
He is a big star in Hollywood – and the rest of the world for that matter. He starred in so many hit movies. He bought a Toyota Prius (a green car, for those who do not know what it is) more than 7 years ago, when buying green cars was not the trend. He inspired other big stars to follow suit. He doesn’t have a Hummer (or a similar gas guzzling car) on the side. He even refuses to fly on a private jet and instead takes commercial flights. He has made films, which include a documentary, that highlights the environmental crisis. This is one man that “walks the talk” when it comes to being green. Can you make a guess as to who I am talking about?
To be honest, he was not the first person to come to mind. He is Leonardo di Caprio. Of Titanic fame, this guy has done a lot to bring environmental awareness to his part of the world. Even in private ways, he has been consistent in living a green life. Even international news agencies have taken notice. The Times Online (UK) ran a feature on him some time ago and noted that he has not always been this conscious of the environment:
The actor wasn’t always so planet-conscious: his first car, bought when he was 16, was a 1969 Ford Mustang, one of the original muscle cars. “It broke down on the freeway three times,” he says. “I nearly died [of embarrassment].”
So what made him change? He says that his role in the movie The Beach helped him become aware of our duty to conserve nature. His first act when he returned home after filming? He bought a Prius.
Seems to me we can learn something here.
…look for a posh dog hotel instead. It is not a secret that many Hollywood personalities have a deep affinity for pooches of all kinds. Even if you’re not a high profile personality, if you live in Hollywood and you find yourself needing someone to take care of your canine best friend during the holiday season, you have a new option that will help you have peace of mind.
The Street has a feature for Hollywood dog lovers and their top choice is Rover Kennels, described as the “haughtiest dog hotel:”
Rover is more than just a dog hotel; it also offers cage-free daycare, training and grooming for an array of dogs and cats. All guests and owners are interviewed to assess temperament and ability to play with others.
Overnight guests select from standard rooms, upgraded suites and the presidential suite. Standard boarding includes a self-contained room with glass door, fluffy dog bed and all-day access to the cage-free play area. Upgraded suites offer free-standing platform beds with more sedate color palettes and catering options like doggy tea parties arranged with like-tempered and like-sized dogs.
…our favorite amenity at Rover Kennels is its endless concierge services that include an in-room mini-bar of pre-selected treats like turkey hotdogs, doggie ice cream and holiday dinners of organic turkey and sweet potato. Those looking for a more glamorous stay can enroll in one of the photograph packages that include art-quality prints and posters of your best friend while on their winter holiday retreat.
Um, I love dogs and I would not really want to leave my pets over the holidays. This hotel does seem a bit excessive for me though. There are other options mentioned in the feature article – they seem more practical to me. If you want to read more, visit the whole article titled “Four-Paw Holidays for Hollywood Dogs.”