The Tam O’ Shanter: Walt Disney’s Favorite Restaurant

Posted on Apr 2, 2017 by Tom Bricker  •  Dining  •  5 Comments

The Tam O’ Shanter in Los Angeles, California was a popular dining spot for Walt Disney, his animators, and Imagineers. This restaurant is a must-do in Los Angeles not for its cuisine (although the food is above average), but for its rich history. In this post, we’ll take a tour of the Tam O ‘Shanter, and […]

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CNN Studio Tour Review

Posted on Mar 30, 2017 by Tom Bricker  •  Points of Interest  •  4 Comments

The Inside CNN Studio Tour in Atlanta, Georgia offers a behind the scenes look at the world’s largest news organization. The hour-long guided experience takes visitors on a walking tour of the CNN Center headquarters for CNN International, Headline News, and (of course) CNN itself. In this post, we’ll review whether the CNN tour is […]

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San Diego Zoo Safari Park Review & Tips

Posted on Mar 29, 2017 by Tom Bricker  •  Points of Interest  •  8 Comments

San Diego Zoo Safari Park is a vast wildlife preserve that’s home to thousands of animals from all over the world, which are separated into distinct “lands” based upon the animals’ habitats. While there are a variety of unique attractions at the San Diego Safari Park, its flagship offering is the Africa Tram, which takes […]

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Universal Studios Japan Tips & Strategy

Posted on Mar 28, 2017 by Tom Bricker  •  Tips  •  44 Comments

Universal Studios Japan is a theme park in Osaka. Due to its location, size, and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, it is an incredibly popular park. This post covers some tips for visiting Universal Studios Japan, and tricks for seeing as much as possible in a single day. At USJ, you’ll need all of […]

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The Getty Villa Review & Tips

Posted on Mar 28, 2017 by Tom Bricker  •  Points of Interest  •  4 Comments

The Getty Villa is an art museum in Malibu, California focusing on antiquities from the ancient Greeks, Romans, and Etruscans. Located a few miles from the Getty Center, it’s a perfect counter-part to the “main” museum in Los Angeles. This post reviews the Getty Villa, and offers my tips for visiting. As with the Getty […]

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Our Oktoberfest Experience in Munich, Germany

Posted on Mar 27, 2017 by Tom Bricker  •  Tips  •  No Comments

Last year, we took a trip to Europe that was capped off with Oktoberfest in Munich. Germany’s renowned beer festival was not our main impetus for traveling to Europe, but we did extend and configure our visit around Oktoberfest once we learned that it’d be possible to attend the celebration. In this post, I thought […]

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The Getty Center Review & Tips

Posted on Mar 26, 2017 by Tom Bricker  •  Points of Interest  •  10 Comments

The Getty Center is a free museum in Los Angeles, and one of the top attractions in California. This post offers our review of the Getty, along with some tips for making the most of your visit. If you’re a tourist who is thinking, “oh, it’s just a museum–I should do something better with my […]

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Dolby Theatre Tour Review

Posted on Mar 23, 2017 by Tom Bricker  •  Points of Interest  •  No Comments

The Dolby Theatre, located in Hollywood, California is the permanent home of the Oscars and various other events. Guided tours of the Dolby Theatre are available multiple times per day, lasting around 30 minutes each. In this post, we will review our recent experience on the Dolby Theatre guided tour. In theory, the Dolby Theatre […]

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Review: Is the Go Los Angeles Card Worth It?

Posted on Mar 22, 2017 by Tom Bricker  •  Tips  •  8 Comments

The Go L.A. Card is an unlimited, all-inclusive pass offering admission to 31 Southern California attractions, museums, and tours, including Universal Studios Hollywood, Knott’s Berry Farm, Legoland, Six Flags Magic Mountain, Warner Bros. Studio Tour, Sony Studio Tour, Discovery Science Center, The Hollywood Museum, Dolby Theatre Guided Tour, Madame Tussaud’s Hollywood, Aquarium of the Pacific, […]

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Anza-Borrego Desert State Park Wildflower Super Bloom

Posted on Mar 21, 2017 by Tom Bricker  •  Reports  •  11 Comments

Thanks to an abnormally rainy winter in Southern California, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park is in the midst of a rare wildflower ‘super bloom’ resulting in miles of normally barren land awash with vibrant color. We made the trek to Anza-Borrego (which, despite its remote location, is convenient to both Los Angeles and San Diego) over […]

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