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February 14, 2016

Lido di Manhattan Ristorante & Bar, Los Angeles…vodka pasta at a Kitchen Nightmares restaurant

Whether you’re craving a simple plate of spaghetti and meatballs, or an osso buco that melts in your mouth, there’s an abundance of Italian restaurants in Los Angeles. Wanting to go beyond specialty pizzerias and ho-hum red sauce joints, I landed in Lido di Manhattan Ristorante & Bar at Manhattan Beach.

The restaurant itself is beautiful, with a modern, spacious layout. The menu itself is pretty extensive and looks very enticing. Stepping out of my comfort zone, I ordered Lido’s famous vodka pasta – prosciutt0, basil, shallots, garlic, Lido’s famous spicy vodka sauce, tossed with penne. It was good but there was nothing out of the ordinary. Overall I would rate it as so-so. The food was okay. The service was fair

After dining here, I’d found out that this restaurant was featured on Kitchen Nightmares Season 3 Episode 5. Who would have thought?! This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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December 17, 2011

Universal Studios Hollywood, Los Angeles…King Kong 360 3D: a whole new way to experience the movies

While Disney is still king of little kiddie amusements, I really loved Universal Studios!

The main draw is the famous Studio Tour, the tram ride through Universal’s back lot that remains the heart of the park. At 45 minutes, the Studio Tour lasts far longer than your typical theme park ride. The star experience of the tour is King Kong 3D, a rockin’, rollin’ face-to-face encounter with the big ape. We were transported into Skull Island’s jungle and they made that tram do things I never thought it could. I’ll tell y’all right now that I screamed like a little girl in pigtails. So much stuff happens, though I don’t want to spoil it by giving it away except that the images completely surround the tram and there is stuff going on no matter where you look. King King 360 3D ROCKS! BIG TIME!!! This tram ride is most definitely the best place to start.

ACE and I checked out Revenge Of The Mummy – The Ride. Wow! This bone-rattling coaster left us breathless as unexpected turns and twists came at us right after one another! We liked it so much we went on it three times! Yah… it’s definitely two thumbs up! (And oh yes, it’s a major difference from the one in singapore)

Jurassic park ride (also a few notches above the singapore version) was cool but it’s a pity that the sound system of the T-Rex was not functioning well. Hence instead of a R-O-A-R, we get a muted roar from the right hand side.

We were there over a Wednesday and Thursday so it wasn’t too packed and it was easy to get on the rides.  Aside from the park, CityWalk is a separate venue, with shops, restaurants, nightclubs, and movie theaters. This is the true truth as i say it as it is…

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