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4 Haunted Hotels To Visit in Los Angeles, California This Halloween

HOTEL ALEXANDRIA, Downtown Los Angeles

Albert C. Bilicke and Robert Alfred Rowan built the first luxury hotel in the early 1900’s in downtown LA, and it was supposedly as well known and esteemed as the Coronado Hotel is in San Diego County, California now (many hauntings and has expanded into a lovely luxury hotel on the Pacific Ocean).

Known as LA’s first five star hotel, it glittered with gemstone tile, marble, pillars, mosaic floors, and stain glass windows that sparkled.  United Artists was supposedly formed in this hotel when a meeting with Charlie Chaplin and others decided the industry needed a new crew.

Although this new, bright hotel seemed to have a bright future, by the 80’s it had financial troubles and had to be converted into low income housing for Angelenos.

Prior to that there have been numerous ghost sightings of an Edwardian women in the hallways, phantom dancers in the ballrooms, and old fashioned business men in the guest rooms. 

One room in particular, the Valentino Suite, is said to be the most haunted of them all. 

Unfortunately you cannot book this hotel, but if you are brave enough you can rent out a room.  Be our guest.

CECIL HOTEL, Downtown LA

Nicknamed ‘The Suicide’, this haunted hotel still exists today.  It was home to 2 murdered females, an accidental drowning female, and 2 murderers that were convicted leading to one of them committing suicide.

The darkest was The Black Dahlia as Elizabeth Short was last seen as this bar before she was brutally murdered as her murderer sawed off all her body parts.

American Horror Story had a Hotel episode based on the stories of this hotel and others that are eerily similar and jaunting.

Interested in having the night of your life? Book here.

THE HOLLYWOOD ROOSEVELT, Hollywood

Many say they’ve seen Marilyn Monroe at the bar enjoying herself as a ghost, others have seen her at the pool.  Most book her preferred suite and said to have seen her in the mirrors.

The Hollywood Roosevelt was a wonderful stay, and when I first arrived with my guests, we had already gotten a feeling like we were being watched.  After leaving for dinner, we got very lost driving back and trying to find the hotel.  Then we eerily ran into Rosaria Dawson playing the piano on her own.  It was pretty spooky, but we weren’t surprised famous actresses would be there considering it’s ritzy past.

Care to run into Marilyn’s ghost this Halloween?  Book a room here!

THE MILLENNIUM BILTMORE, Downtown LA

It’s 100th anniversary is this year, and guess who is attending the party?  All the ghosts of Hollywood’s dark past including Elizabeth Short, The Black Dahlia, studio head Jack Warner, actresses Betty Davis, Greta Garbo, and many more will be there in pure form.

The Millennium Biltmore is opulence at it’s best, where marble, quartz and pillars ordain it’s halls that hang crystal chandeliers, and guests are ready to live like a 1920’s Hollywood star.  Check out the latest article on it’s crooked past, you’re likely to be scared when booking your stay, and its long run history has plenty of stories to keep you up at night. Learn more on this article in Haute Living here.

Want to meet some old Hollywood ghosts?  Book a night at The Millennium Biltmore Hotel today right here.

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Happy Birthday, Keanu Reeves!

Today is the ones birthday, no one other than Keanu Reeves who turns 56 today.

We all know and love him so much, and he embraces all that is right with life.

Keanu means cool breeze in Hawaiian.

Did you know that Keanu Reeves was born in Lebanon even though he is a Canadian citizen?

Did you know that his father is from Hawaii?

Did you know that Keanu Reeves is a vegan?

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Did you know that Bill + Ted’s Excellent Adventure is out this year? And it’s actually good?

Did you know he owns a motorbike company called Arch?

We caught up with him, and he likes to rock this jacket from Arch from his own merch store.

You can also buy American made motorcycles on his site here: https://www.archmotorcycle.com

Who else is excited for his upcoming movies and games including Matrix 4, Cyberpunk 2077, and John Wick 4?

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5 Awesome Diets to Kick Start Weight Loss

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All of us are looking to lose a few pounds now and then.  Most of my life I have experimented with different fad diets and some have been more successful then others.  My most recent diet is the Whole30 diet that restricts cheese, carbohydrates and dairy: basically everything I was raised on learning to eat.  We used to have a milk man growing up in the 80’s, which was awesome, but I didn’t realize the negative effects of dairy until I got older and did more research.

Below are 5 fad diets that I have tried over my lifetime that helped me lose weight fast:

 

  1. The Cabbage Soup Diet

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As you can imagine this diet is obvious as to what it is and it helps you to lose weight fast!  I lost 10 pounds in a week the first time I tried it, and it helped me fit in my bridesmaid dress.  Bad part is you need to cook the soup yourself to make sure there are not any other ingredients than what is required.

Ingredients to make Cabbage Soup:

  • 2 large onions
  • 2 green peppers
  • 2 cans of tomatoes
  • 1 bunch of celery
  • 1 head of cabbage
  • 3 carrots
  • 1 package of mushrooms
  • 6–8 cups water

Directions on what to do:

  1. Chop all vegetables into cubes.
  2. In a large stock pot, sauté onions in a small amount of oil.
  3. Then add remaining vegetables and cover with water.
  4. Bring to a boil, then reduce to medium heat. Let simmer until vegetables are tender, about 45 minutes.

You can use salt, pepper, hot sauce, herbs or spices, and you may want to consider adding other green veggies like, brussel sprouts, spinach or green beans.

You can only drink water and unsweetened tea during this diet, no soda, etc.

Here is the day to day breakdown of what you need to do:

  • Day one: Unlimited cabbage soup and fruit, except for bananas.
  • Day two: Soup and vegetables only, no peas, corn and beans. You may have one baked potato with butter or oil as well to help as a meal replacement.
  • Day three: Unlimited fruits and vegetables and all the soup you can eat. No baked potato today.
  • Day four: Unlimited bananas, skim milk and cabbage soup.
  • Day five: You can eat up to 20 oz of beef, chicken or fish. You can also eat up to six fresh tomatoes and unlimited cabbage soup. At least 6–8 glasses of water.
  • Day six: Soup, beef and vegetables. You may substitute the beef with broiled fish if you did not yesterday. Focus on leafy greens. No baked potato today.
  • Day seven: You may have vegetables, brown rice, unlimited fruit juice, but no added sugar. And of course, cabbage soup.

Do not repeat this diet for more than 7 days, but you can repeat it after a few weeks, just make sure you consult your doctor beforehand.

2.  The Whole30 Diet

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Just started this new Whole30 diet, and really excited because I already lost 6 pounds within 3 days.  This diet does not allow any dairy products, carbs or sugar at all, but does allow protein and veggies.  The first day I made an avocado, tomato and tuna fish (canned in water) salad, and the first night I made chicken with potatoes, onions, brussel sprouts and a little olive oil and popped it in the oven for an hour.  It was great!  This morning I had an eggs and bacon scramble with olive oil and almonds as a snack.  There are many different meal ideas here and my body has definitely gone through sugar withdrawal however I am hoping that the diet overall gives me more energy which it said it was supposed to do!

3.  The SlimFast Diet

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I literally learned about this diet when I was in elementary school, I wasn’t a fat kid, however I must have either heard my mom talking about it or saw the commercial on TV and wanted to try it.  The power of suggestion is strong with this one!  On this plan you eat two Slimfast meal replacements, along with 3 100 calorie snacks, and only one 500 calorie meal that you make for yourself at night.  Get ready to eat a lot as you eat up to 6 times a day, however you kick start your metabolism and can lose up to 2 pounds a week.

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4.  The Hollywood 2 day Miracle Juicing Diet

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Nope this is not a wine only diet as you would have hoped in Hollywood, the bottle actually looks like this:

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It works, but it tastes pretty bad.  This diet would be for desperate measures only.

5. Master Cleanse Diet

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This diet is recommended by the queen Beyonce herself, and consists of a herbal detox tea in the morning, throughout the day you drink two liters of lemonade.  This special concoction consists of the following: 1 tsp of ground cayenne pepper, 4 tablespoons of syrup, 2 lemons, and 1 liter of water.  I tried it and had major stomach pains but if you are up for the challenge give it a whirl.

Happy Dieting! 🙂

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