Staffers at Original Kabob Factory marinate grain-fed, hormone-free meats according to recipes passed on from a famed Armenian butcher. The resulting menu contains more than 30 chicken, pork, or beef kabobs and wraps, each of which cooks can embellish with whimsically named signature sauces such as "Swag-Delish," "Aaahhh Yyyeeeaaa," and "Drop it Like it's Hot." In the modern but casual dining room, diners lounge at polished-steel tables beneath bold pop-art prints. Patrons can also opt to take home raw bulk meats for backyard grilling or rewarding the dog for learning to file taxes.
The Spot offers gourmet grub on the go, like a phalanx of soldiers catapulting pâté into enemy forts. Its menu of tantalizing takeout includes appetizers, entrees, sides, and desserts for a variety of palettes and preferences. Enjoy a dozen mushroom pot stickers with spicy Thai sauce ($9) or swirl a whirlpool into a quart of The Spot's artichoke dip with tortilla chips ($13). The Spot serves up home-style family pleasers such as quarter tins of meat lasagna ($14), vegetable lasagna ($10), and wild-mushroom lasagna ($12), as well as beef enchiladas ($2 each), meatloaf ($14), and succulent pesto-crushed salmon ($8 for a 5-ounce piece). Cap off your meal with The Spot's bread pudding with whiskey sauce ($9), sized for splitting between two or three diners. If you've already got your everyday meals covered, you can put the value of your Groupon toward a custom catered dinner party, X-Files fan-fiction recitation, or your next Blogging About Clogging club meeting.
A burst of color, an eye-catching pattern, an elegant design—whatever image exists at the top of the photo strip, it's the photos that truly define the prints from PoP Photo Booth. The charming rectangles of photo paper often bear the name of a happy couple or event in addition to the faces of attendees, who cozy into the booth in groups of up to 10 and capture the moment with earnest grins or goofy faces. Though the photos alone are fun enough, the experience can become even more memorable thanks to the photo booth's slew of optional add-ons. Revelers can swiftly publish a favorite snapshot to Facebook, add festive LED lights, create a high-definition slideshow, or slap a funny mustache on top of their own solemn mustache.
A 150-acre oasis of beautiful flora, Descanso Gardens is cozily situated in a secluded section of the San Rafael hills and offers visitors a refreshing glimpse of Mother Nature when she's not busy. Guests can stroll through the various gardens and soak in the sights of roses by the thousands, examine native California flowers, parley with old oaks, and meditate in a Japanese-themed sanctuary that features a picturesque arched bridge, a tea house, and a pond. Upcoming special events include Botanic Bling on December 11 & 12, hosted by Mark-Alan Harmon, and Enchanted Railroad Storytime on December 18, hosted by professional storyteller Bill Ratner.
In the old days, children's meals largely consisted of gingerbread shingles, fired-sugar glass, and creampuff doorknobs, which often led to no more children. Give your kids a healthier alternative with today's deal: for $9, you get $20 worth of organic, American eats at Giggles n’ Hugs Children's Restaurant on Wilshire Boulevard. This Groupon can be used for dine-in or take-out.
Instead of triple-double bacon burgers laden with pie, Giggles' menu is a veritable cornucopia of fresh, organic, and nutritious meals that kids will still want to eat. With options for breakfast, lunch, and dessert, you're sure to find something to fill your joey’s pouch, no matter what and when they're craving. Kid-size buttermilk pancakes stuffed with chocolate chips are $5.95. For lunch, order up a steaming plate of mom's tricky treat mac 'n’ cheese, cheese sauce secretly laced with pureed butternut squash ($11.90 adult size, $8.90 for kids). Adventurous children or eggplant-loving parents will enjoy Pocahontas's Panini (goat cheese, eggplant, sun-dried tomatoes, basil, and a light basil-garlic sauce on hot, grilled bread, $9.95) or bbq chicken pizza (chicken breast, onions, cilantro, and mozzarella cheese with homemade bbq sauce, $10.95). Desserts include ice cream, freshly baked chocolate-chip cookies, and ice cream mashed between two chocolate-chip cookies.
Owners Joey and Dorsa Parsi created Giggles n’ Hugs to provide a clean, upscale environment where kids can do kid-based activities, such as play with colorful objects, run around and make noise, and debate the current socioeconomic divide of the Dutch middle class, all while getting to eat a nutritious meal. When your toddler decides to start singing her favorite Kidz Bop hit, she won't be seized by thick-necked bouncers and tossed into the alley. Childish behavior is fully encouraged and even catered to, with entertainment that varies day-to-day, including face painters, magicians, crooning howler monkeys, balloon-animal sculptors, and more.
MyFOX Los Angeles has this feature on Giggles n' Hugs, part of Lisa's LA:
Giggles n' Hugs is a place Hollywood celebrities like to take their kids, including Mark Wahlberg, Jennifer Garner, and Adam Sandler; but it gets a lot of love from regular people as well.
Giggles n' Hugs gets 4.5 stars from Citysearchers, and Nickelodeon Parents Connect reviewers give it four stars.
- The play area is huge and extremely clean. They had everything a kid could imagine in the play area and more. The staff was genuinely nice and welcoming. – Sue Pedilla, Parents Connect
- The food is excellent and the play are [sic] is safe and clean with a variety of toys to keep the kids occupied for hours. My son loved it and didn't want to leave. I highly recommend this place to all parents of little ones. – leilylabu, Citysearch
When the Markowitz family took control of Factor's Famous Deli in 1969, the eatery had already been thriving for more than two decades. Today, the second generation of Markowitzes still owns and operates the restaurant at its original location on Pico Boulevard. They man a deli counter where patrons can grab freshly roasted meats by the pound or carat. The menu is enormous, filled with breakfast wraps, omelets, paninis, meat loaf, and short ribs that customers can enjoy along with a booth's warm embrace and the approving gaze of sports and entertainment memorabilia. Three private dining rooms—including a sundrenched back room, a vine-lined garden patio, and a wine room ringed with exposed brick—set the stage for food-focused get-togethers with friends and family.
The Markowitz clan also caters events, delivering deli and fish platters to your home or underground party bunker, and welcoming guests to The Mark for Events. This stylish space, which glows a soft pink when low light flickers across its white walls, tables, and chairs, is managed by one of the Markowitz daughters.